Bel Pye

Cocoon | Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry, Londonderry

Cocoon by Bel Pye

A lot of people took up yarn crafts during lockdown.

1st row: [Right side (RS)]. 3 double crochet (dc) in 5th ch from hook.

Doing something with your hands can bring solace in anxious times.

2nd row: Ch 3. 1 dc in first dc.

A soothing rhythm that makes something new

*3 dc in sp between next two 3-dc groups

(Perhaps there’s hope in that)

3rd row: ch 3, 2 dc in first dc, sc in centre dc of first shell,

Us chronically ill folks, we knew the score.

4th row:  *3 dc in sp between next two 3-dc groups.

We’ve wrestled personal lockdowns for years.

Rep last 2 rows for pattern (pat) until work from beginning (beg) measures approx

Facing an empty expanse of time defined by what you can’t do

ending on a Wrong side (WS) row. Turn.

the frustration and isolation

Do not fasten off.

… well …

Border 1st rnd: 1 dc in each dc to last st.

… we’re sort of experts.  

RS of work is facing

You could say, we have an astonishing talent

Chain (ch) 115. (See diagram on page 2.)

for chess

8 sc into magic ring

With a regular audience of three to five million

sc2 into each st around

And against our better judgment an enchanted forest


the sourdough

*dc2tog ch1 * repeat around

The eligible Duke of Hastings cozies up to a pen pal

ch - chain sc -single crochet dc -double crochet

and a wild night sends her into a self-destructive spiral.

Change to green yarn.

Erin, Clare, Michelle, Orla and James are facing something

repeat around (64sts and 8 chains)

It’s a professional quizzer, known as the "chaser"

Start with dark brown yarn.

an unlikely journey with Bradley Walsh

produces mixed results and a big revelation

*tr3 ch2 tr3 into next ch space, dc3 into next ch space 4 times* repeat

a whirlwind of travel and international press coverage

dc -double crochet tr -treble crochet sl -slip

London's marriage market

meets Geralt, the mutated monster-hunter for hire

tc cluster - treble crochet cluster of 5

grappling with addiction

a growing dependence

banana bread banana bread banana bread

magic ring * - repeat

You haunt a kingdom stalked by a ferocious beast

Change to yellow yarn.

Eight close-knit siblings of the Bridgerton family

Rep Rows 2–5 until piece measures about 32 1/2"

Become a British television quiz show broadcast on ITV

Note: You may need to skip more or fewer sts before each corner,

Lady Featherington tries to browbeat Marina into marriage

With A, ch 116, loosely. Sourdough.

a dog detours the girls for relationship advice

In Puff st pattern

scrambling to solve a baffling murder aboard

4 tr in indicated ch.

a so-called devil goes to hell

in a turbulent world

Skill Level: ?

where people often prove more wicked

Than unfinished business

Adjust hook size if necessary.

And Yennefer accidentally finds a means of escape

Turn inside out so that wrong side is facing.

The universal challenges

(and our safety in numbers)

Make optional pompom and affix to the top.

make a magical new future.

then working out from that circle, ch 59

A confusing new life

Gauge: 18 sts x 9 rows of pattern = 4 inches.




Weave in your ends.

Banana bread

Fasten off.

Bel Pye is interested in the everyday art-making that is crucial to surviving hostile times. They try to respond to injustice through small acts of accessible protest, often by adding overtly political details to everyday objects.  Bel's practice is fatigue informed and grounded in the queer, mad and chronically ill communities they live in.

@bel_pye  on twitter

@chronic_queer  on Instagram


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