Saturday, February 20, 2010

Laurel Love Cocoon

Laurel Love Cocoon
This pattern is for personal, charity, and WAHM use. WAHM’s are welcome to sell items made from this pattern, all I ask in return is for credit for the pattern with a link back to my site http://www.laurellove.com/
(Example credit: This cocoon was knit using the Laurel Love Cocoon pattern. http://www.laurellove.com )

 If you have a question about this pattern please email me at laurelloveboutique@gmail.com
*** Pattern Updated 2/27***
FO should measure approx 8in. wide and 13.5-14in. long
Size: Newborn
Gage: approximately 2.5 stitches per inch (10 stitches = 4 inches)
Yarn: 1.5 skeins or approx. 100 yards of Super Bulky - I used Aquarella Malabrigo
Materials Needed:
40” US13 knitting needle
embroidery needle
tape measure
stitch marker

This cocoon is knit in the round using the Magic Loop technique. If you are not familiar with it www.knittinghelp.com has a great video tutorial on it. Of course double point needles would work just as well.

Cast on 40 stitches. Join in the round, place marker and begin knitting in stockinette stitch. Continue knitting in stockinette stitch until knitted piece measures 12 inches in length. Follow decrease sequence. End by running a 6” tail of yarn through remaining 8 stitches. Weave in ends. I did not wash nor block my cocoon as I wanted it to retain the “puffy” yarn look instead of the flatter more uniform look of a washed/blocked garment. Gently place newborn in cocoon and cuddle. Don’t forget to snap a few pictures for everyone to swoon over. <3

Decrease sequence
R1: *K8, K2tog, repeat around from* (36 stitches remain)
R2: K all stitches
R3: *K7, K2tog, repeat around from* (32 stitches remain)
R4: K all stitches
R5: *K6, K2tog, repeat around from* (28 stitches remain)
R6: *K5, K2tog, repeat around from* (24 stitches remain)
R7: *K4, K2tog, repeat around from* (20 stitches remain)
R8: *K3, K2tog, repeat around from* (16 stitches remain)
R9: *K2, K2tog, repeat around from* (12 stitches remain)
R10: K all stitches
R11: K2tog around (6 stitches remain)
R12: cut 6” tail to weave through eight remaining stitches.

Enjoy!
~ Melissa Riley

50 comments:

MoD said...

So totally cute! I swaddled my daughter - this would have been great for a December baby in Minnesota. Thank you for sharing!

The Bullknitter said...

This is adorable. I've been looking for something like this for a long time and was about to write my own pattern. I can't wait to cast on - as soon as I finish my Olympic knitting...

Mommabear said...

Oh my heck!!! THIS is adorable!! Very, VERY good smart idea!!! I will be making this for my little one due in July...thank you for the rockin' pattern!!
-Mags

tammiemarie said...

love love love this - saw something similar in newborn photo shoot and was wanting to make something for my own bun in the oven. thanks for the pattern!

ohbabyo said...

Gah! How very sweet! My sister due to have baby #2 this fall. How perfect. Thank you!

Wendy said...

Just wanted to say that I love your permission to allow WAHMs to use this to sell. Clever idea. I never put the disclaimer not to make money off of my patterns because I wanted people like that to be able to use them (especially kids).

Also, this little cocoon is fabulous. I want someone to have a baby so I have a reason to make one. (I'm not an expert knitter, but I bet I could pull this off.)

Bonnie said...

Soooooo sweet! You can't stop the "oooo" from escaping your mouth when you see the pic of that little bitty baby snuggled in the coccoon.

Liane said...

Love it! Thanks for the fun pattern.

Knancy Knitter said...

That is so sweet. Thanks much for a great baby shower gift idea :-D. A couple of these (extras for changing/washing) would surely be welcome for a winter baby or any baby in winter.

folksmith said...

the cocoon has to be the cutest thing. can't stop looking at that baby and saying 'ooooo'. even my husband said that. wish i had the instructions when my niece had her preemie this past september. i did make her a kicking sack...this is just to darn cute! thanks!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Aww, this is darling! I just clicked over from Ravelry. Thanks so much for sharing this, I'll be linking.

luvinthemommyhood said...

This is a great pattern! Thanks for sharing! I added it to our "link luv roundup" today, come by for a peek! http://bit.ly/d8hv9k

belle007 said...

Fabulous! Thanks very much.

ps said...

What does WAHMs mean? Sorry, I don't know. I'm anxious to try knitting the cacoon. The picture is precious. Thanx for sharing, qwiltz2

Mama Llama said...

Will I need DPN's to complete this?

Melissa (melissalaurel) said...

You're welcome and thank you everyone! <3

PS, WAHM = "Work At Home Mom"

Mama Llama, Yes! DPN's would work fine. I prefer to magic loop so that is what I included in the instructions.

ificould said...

So sweet! I linked this tutorial on my blog http://ificould-ificould.blogspot.com/2010/03/newborn-cocoon.html
Just came across your blog- so cute! I also am a mother of all boys so I feel a connection :) Can't wait to check out more of your posts.
-Kimi
P.S. You can get a featured on button here:
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Stacy said...

FYI there are the round hat looms that I think would work great (in the appropriate size) I have use the extra small ones when making hats for sewing for babies... I think I may borrow a larger loom to try it out.
Love the idea. Thanks for the tutorial.

(The round Loom may make it easier for the younger less experienced knitter to figure out)

JB said...

I just made one, and I couldn't be happier! I can't wait to try it on my nephew once he makes his appearance. Thanks so much for the pattern.

TopazGirl said...

Oh my gosh, this is SO completely adorable!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, my sister is expecting in a few months so she's getting one! I also have 5 wonderful sons. :)

Lisa

Anonymous said...

My hubby knits (I don't even know how, haha) but he used this pattern to make a cocoon for our second baby! I just LOVE it, so thanks for sharing! The only thing I don't like is that I chose a variegated yarn and the dye pattern ended up making horizontal stripes on our cocoon. It's still really cute though!

alingram said...

Thank you for Posting this! I can't wait to get started on this for our little boy who is due in July. This will be my first project knitting in the round.

Anonymous said...

Lovely pattern. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this. Love it, love it, love it. My sister is having a baby in a few weeks so I can make sure I have one waiting for her bubs when it arrives.

Mommy Jenni said...

I LOVE THIS! Just found it on raverly! I just wanted to thank you for giving permission to WAHMs to sell these. I am one! Just a little etsy shop...http://www.etsy.com/shop/DoveMomma
I have had a lot of requests for an item like this, but I stink at writing patterns of my own. I will be sure to give you credit when I list any of these! Thank you again!

missrhe said...

Thank you so much! I just blogged about you and this cocoon and giving us WSAHM permission!! wonderful!!! My sister loved the one I made for her.

Anonymous said...

thanks so much for posting the pattern - what a clever and adorable idea!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely lovely! This is exactly what I have been looking for. Thank you for sharing. (found it on ravelry <3!)

Though, I have one question: Is it possible to add a hood on, for those extra chilly nights? Is that still acceptable? I'd hate to render such a charming piece useless by adding extra "fluff".

Thank you kindly.
Best to all,
JLM

Amanda said...

I made this and the length measures about 15 inches. . .is that really long enough for a newborn? Is this a preemie pattern? I don't have my baby yet to try it out on her, so I'm just curious if it's going to be long enough?!

Melissa (melissalaurel) said...

Yes, 15" should be plenty long enough for a newborn. Newborns curl up easily. The newborn (actually 10 days old) I used in my pictures was average sized (8/8.5lbs ish) and I when I slipped him in it and he curled right up into it.

Sammi said...

my aunt just found out she is expecting and this will be my first major knitting project (ive only successfully made scarves!).

i cant find a 40" size 13 circular needle. can i use a 36" circular? i just want to make sure i dont mess it up before i start!

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Knit-a-holic said...

This is the cutest thing I've ever seen!!! I was searching for baby cacoons and I found yours tp be simple and easy to follow. Thank you!!!

UniquelymeNana said...

OMG! This is just too cute!! I am thinking that I can make one of these and a baby cozy too for a shower gift! These are going to be fun to knit up. Thanks so much for sharing your pattern!

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Erica said...

This is sooooo adorable! I'm getting ready to knit it for a friend's baby, but I have a few questions. Did you purl the first few rounds, or is it just turned down in the picture? Aaaand, I've forgotten my other question, so I'll have to come back when I remember what it was!

k2tog said...

Just finished my cocoon!! And I linked back to your blog in mine! Thanks!

Latida108 said...

I've just learned how to kinit and I chose this as my first real project. I hope I'm not being too ambitious. I'm expecting my third baby, a boy, in June. So since it's in the round, to do stockinette stitch you just do the knit stitch the whole time, with the magic loop technique, not purl right? And I could only find 36" needles, do you think that's ok? Thanks for your help!
Angela

Shayla said...

Thanks so much for the wonderful pattern. I followed it to make a cocoon for my niece and it turned out so cute! Photos are on my blog at http://www.designfinch.com/2011/07/09/cocoon-cuti. It was a fun project – I will definitely be knitting more!

Cara France (uk) said...

what size needles would i need to use in the UK? I love this pattern and really want to make one:) I've never knitted in the round before but this seems so simple.

is 40inches the right size for the length of the needles tho? or do you mean 40cm?

hope you can help thanks for a great pattern.
Cara.x

Christi said...

I love this but I don't knit--any idea where I can find a crochet version? Or a pattern for a round peg loom?

Anonymous said...

I was a little frustrated cuz you said to buy a 40 " long needle which is wayyyy to long to of a circular needle for this pattern. Might want to have all the correct info on here.

Anonymous said...

With the Magic Loop method used in this pattern, you would use a 40 inch circular needle. Magic Loop requires an extra long circular, but you can knit nearly any size item on just that length, so there's no need for multiple lengths of the same size needle.

knitting patterns for babies said...

It's cute! Seeing the newborn baby in this is so adorable! Thanks for sharing some tips and this pattern! I'll be making this in future. Love it.

Peg said...

I am a new knitter and I was actually able to make this cocoon. In fact I already made three of them. It is so cute still have to wait to see any of the babies in it, Can't wait

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Malinda said...

I am thinking about making some of these with the nifty knitter looms for a charity our church group works with, does anyone have any suggestions for working this with the looms?

Mom Orman said...

My daughter is having twins and she would like one to put both twins in for pictures. Could I just double the pattern?