Knitting for baby – Cocoons.By
One of the items we love to make for the babies is a swaddling cocoon. Baby stays warm, cuddly and snuggled happily without mother having to constantly re-adjust the receiving blanket.
The cocoons are simple to make.
Thatcher’s Cocoon (knitted version) by Jennifer Sundquist.
With circular needle or dpn’s, cast on 80 sts (I love using a long tail cast on.)
Tutorial for it can be found at www.knittinghelp.com)
Join in round, placing a stitch marker on first stitch to mark beginning of round.
Knit for approximately 18 inches then begin decreasing.
Row 1. Knit 8, knit 2 together (repeat to end of row. Row should end with last 2 sts
Row 2. Knit all sts.
Row 3. Knit 7, knit 2 together (repeat to end of row. Row should end with last 2 sts
Row 4. Knit all sts.
Row 5. Knit 6, knit 2 together (repeat to end of row. Row should end with last 2 sts
Row 6. Knit all sts.
Row 7. Knit 5, knit 2 together (repeat to end of row. Row should end with last 2 sts
Row 8. Knit all sts.
Continue in this manner, switching to double pointed needle (DPN when it gets too small for the circular needles, until only 8 stitches remain. Cut or break yarn leaving a long
tail to thread through the remaining 8 stitches. Tighten the bottom and secure yarn by
weaving it up into the inside of the bag a bit until you feel it is secure and won’t come out.
Weave in any ends ( if you choose to do stripes you will have lots of them) and ta-da! All done:)
This size will fit most full term nb’s. Increase or decrease amount of stitches to size up or down.
My gauge for this is 4.5-5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch with size 7 needles using
worsted weight yarn.
The link to the pattern to make cocoons on the USM bond knitting machines is here : (thanks for the suggestion to include it on this post ) http://www.reliefshare.org/wordpress/2010/12/06/cocoon-pattern-for-bond-ism-knitting-machine/
Disclaimer: Please always supervise your infant while using the cocoon. We are not responsible for anything that may result from misuse of any cocoons made from this pattern!
The nurses just love them. They are so simple that even a beginner knitter can do them. If you would like to make some and donate them, please send the finished cocoons to: Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225. We will be happy to send a thank you letter and tax deductible receipt for your donation.