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..that the solution to inequality, pain, suffering, and lack in the world is ‘those that have’ sharing willingly from the heart with ‘those that have not’ who are sick and/or needy.

Warm clothing and bedding for babies, quilts for the aged or ill, books for the disadvantaged, essentials and household goods for those who have lost everything in floods, house fires, or due to job loss; these are just some of the need we assist with. You can help.


Knitting for baby – Cocoons.


Knitted cocoon

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
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
knit together).
Row 2. Knit all sts.
Row 3. Knit 7, knit 2 together (repeat to end of row. Row should end with last 2 sts
knit together).
Row 4. Knit all sts.
Row 5. Knit 6, knit 2 together (repeat to end of row. Row should end with last 2 sts
knit together).
Row 6. Knit all sts.
Row 7. Knit 5, knit 2 together (repeat to end of row. Row should end with last 2 sts
knit together).
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 ;-) )

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.




In the instructions to link to this site from the Relief Share page – Patterns and Ideas, it says that your links don’t work unless they are copied and pasted. Actually if you control-left click on the links they will work just fine. It is just a glitch of the web-program you are using. We have had the same problem on some of the university sites and control-left click is a quick fix for people who have problems copying and pasting. I am pleased with the knitting pattern you posted – it is simple but can be varied if you get bored with stripes or cables, etc. God bless your work – I donate within my city, but I want you to know that there are others who you won’t hear from who will be contributing to their own communities using your website as inspiration. – Audrey


Are you going to be sending any shipments to Oklahoma? I would like to donate knitted things or clothing to them but haven’t seen any charitable organizations publicized specifically for them.


Dear Ethel,

We are happy to ship items to those in need anywhere in the US as long as we have funds to do so. Please feel free to ship to us and we will forward your items on to Oklahoma. Relief Share, 6078 Lundy Rd, Houston, MO 65483-2225


I just saw your posting – I have used the Bond pattern for years. Since this is a knitting site, why don’t you include the pattern for the knitting machine. The MK would be happy to help Reliefshare. Thanks!!


Thanks so much for the suggestion, Ellie – we did include the link for the pattern to make cocoons on the USM bond knitting machine in the post. Here it is, just for you :-)


I am a new knitter and I would like to make some of these to donate. Do I have to make with a circular needle? I don’t really know how to use them. Is there a website that shows me how to? I began making one with two needles then I realized the circular part in the instructions.


Here is a video to see how to make a cocoon with circular needles :-) It’s really fun to make them


You don’t say how much yarn you need


What size circular needle and yarn are used for this pattern?


We use size 7 Addi Turbo circular needles and worsted weight yarn. Our favorite is Hobby Lobby Love That Yarn :-)


It takes approx one skein of Hobby Lobby Love That Yarn :-)

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