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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.


Cocoon pattern for Bond (ISM) Knitting machine


Finished cocoon in use.

It takes approx 5 hours non stop to make a cocoon on the knitting machine.  The main body of the cocoon goes very quickly.  Pull out 80 needles – 40 on each side of center.   Hang your weighted hem with the elastic thread.  Knit with worsted weight and plate 3.  (This is what I use but you can make the cocoon out of whatever you want).

Knit for 20″.

Next row:

Decrease every 8th stitch. Knit the row and the next.

Decrease ever 7th stitch.  Knit the row and the next.

Decrease every 6th stitch. Knit the row and the next.

Cocoon being knitted on the machine

Decrease ever 5th stitch.  Knit the row and the next.

Decrease every 4th stitch. Knit the row and the next.

Decrease ever 3th stitch.  Knit the row and the next.

Decrease every 2th stitch. Knit the row and the next.

With a darning needle threaded with the same yarn, run the thread through each one of the stitches left on the needles.  Take the knitting off the machine and pull the stitches up tight into a circle.

Seam up the side of the cocoon with a darning needle and same thread to make a tube – one end is open and the other a gathered rounded end.  It looks like a bean hat, just long.   I use a mattress stitch for an invisible seam.   Make sure all ends are threaded in and trimmed off.  Fini ;-)




I’m new to machine knitting and would love to make this. But I’m not sure how to do the decreases in the middle of the row. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


Please email and we will be happy to walk you through it ;-) Not only does it help the babies, it’s fun!




Any kind of yarn you want to use works well – worsted weight or sport weight is best but we’ve used bulky yarn and doubled fingering or baby weight ;-)


I’ve made several of these baby cocoons since finding the pattern through the Yahoo ISM/USM group. Just a couple more and I’ll be ready to mail them your way! Thanks so much for the simple, fun pattern for the needy and precious bundles of joy.


How wonderful, Mary ;-) You are so kind to help us take care of the sick and needy babies. God bless you for your help! Hugs, Carol Green/President


I just made this from your pattern with baby weight yarn and it turned out great! I can’t wait to put my little on it and hopefully make more to donate. Thanks for the pattern!


I cannot find a pattern for the baby cocoon for a standard gauge knitting machine, I would appreciate the pattern please to knit for charityxBeth


The only knitting machine pattern we have is for the Bond Ultimate Sweater Machine written by Heather. If you would like to write us a pattern, we would love to publish it for others to use here on our blog. We need the help as we don’t have a standard gauge knitting machine (but would love a donation of one as we could help a lot more babies and their families).

The cocoon pattern is quite simple – cast on 80 stitches in worsted weight (more stitches if a lighter yarn is used ) and knit for 18″, then decrease. If folks don’t know how to decrease, you can knit for 23 to 24″ and run yarn through all the loops and pull. When the cocoons get here, I either open the gathering and hand knit the decreases or if the gathering isn’t too bulky, I donate it out like that.

The need is so great that we are excited to have extra helping hands to bless the lives of the babies who need warm cocoons and hats this cold winter.

Thank you so much for asking, Beth, maybe we will get the pattern needed for the standard gauge knitting machines because of your post ;-)

Carol Green


Re: your 12-2-11 post above

I too have a standard guage, single bed machine. If you can tell me how many inches the 80 cast on stitches (from the Bond) equal, I can probably figure out a simple standard guage pattern. You have already given me the 24″ length measurement.


The general sizes are:

XXS – 14″ long x 50 stitches wide (6″ across) – 12″ diameter
XS – 16″ long x 60 stitches wide (8″ across)
S – 18″ long x 70 stitches wide (10″ across)
M – 20″ long x 80 stitches wide (10″ across)
L – 23″ long x 80 stitches wide (12″ across)
XL – 25″ long x 80 stitches wide (12″ across)


Just wondering if the cute hat pattern is also available.


Can I make cocoons on a round knitting loom?


Yes, absolutely :-) Try to use a yarn that makes the knitted cocoon fairly stable without too much space between the stitches so little fingers don’t slip through and catch, but the cocoon still has plenty of stretch to it :-)


The pattern for the hat is the same as the cocoon, except you will start with 50 stitches and go for 5 1/2″ before decreasing :-) Thanks for asking, Andra :-)

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