Baby Cocoon

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    Baby Cocoon

    Sleeping baby girl
    Photo by.Ignacio Ayestaran/Moment/Getty Images

    Look at any professional photographer's work and you'll see the ubiquitous Baby Cocoon. They are a must-have for the pros, who find them useful for keeping babies warm, snug, asleep and settled while they take those all-important first portraits. For the rest of us, they are useful as swaddles or sleep sacks, and for giving that precious little bundle a feeling of security. One skein and one day are all it takes to knit this up!

    Materials:

    • 1 skein of Lion Brand Homespun in shade 315 Tudor,...MORE or about 125 yards of bulky weight yarn of your choice
    • One set size US 13 (9 mm) double pointed needles (or 2 circulars, or 1 long circular for magic loop)
    • Tape measure, stitch marker

    Gauge:

    2.5 stitches and 3.5 rows to 1 inch in Stockinette Stitch

    Size:

    Newborn (this is stretchy and will fit up to about 3 months, depending on the size of the baby)

    Circumference: 16 inches

    Length: 20 inches (excluding knot)

    Sample knit by Eileen Casey.

    Photography by Rebecca Painter of Barefoot Journey Images.

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    Shape the Hood

    Purple Baby Caterpillar
    Stephan Photography (stephanphotos.com)/Moment Open/Getty Images
    1. Cast on 40 stitches and join in the round, being careful not to twist. Place marker.
    2. Work 1 inch in Stockinette Stitch (every row knit).

    Short Row Shaping for Hood

    1. Slip marker, K18, with yarn in back (away from you) slip 1 purlwise, bring yarn to front, turn, slip wrapped stitch to right-hand needle. This is the wrap and turn on the right side (w&t).
    2. P16, with yarn in front, slip 1 purlwise, bring yarn to back, turn, slip wrapped stitch to right-hand needle. This is the wrap and turn on the...MORE wrong side (w&t).
    3. K15, w&t.
    4. P14, w&t.
    5. K13, w&t.
    6. P12, w&t.
    7. K11, w&t.
    8. P10, w&t.
    9. K9, w&t.
    10. P8, w&t.
    11. K8, pick up wrap (lying at foot of next stitch) by pulling the wrap up onto the left-hand needle and knitting it together with stitch. Then, with yarn in front, slip 1 purlwise, turn, slip wrapped stitch to right-hand needle. This stitch has now been wrapped twice.
    12. P9, pick up wrap by pulling the wrap up onto the left-hand needle and purling it together with stitch. Then, with yarn in back, slip 1 purlwise, turn, slip wrapped stitch to right-hand needle. This stitch has now been wrapped twice.
    13. K10, pick up both wraps by pulling them up onto the left-hand needle from bottom to top and knitting together with stitch. Then, with yarn in front, slip 1 purlwise, turn, slip wrapped stitch to right-hand needle.
    14. P11, pick up both wraps by pulling them up onto the left-hand needle from bottom to top on the right side and purling together with stitch. Then, with yarn in back, slip 1 purlwise, turn, slip wrapped stitch to right-hand needle.
    15. Repeat last 2 steps until all wrapped stitches are picked up, that is: K16, pick up both wraps by pulling them up onto the left-hand needle from bottom to top, and knitting together with stitch. Then, with yarn in back, slip 1 purlwise, turn, slip wrapped stitch to right-hand needle. (We are wrapping the first non-wrapped stitch to prevent a hole forming at the corner).
    16. P17, pick up both wraps by pulling them up onto the left-hand needle from bottom to top on the right side and purling together with stitch. Then, with yarn in front, slip 1 purlwise, turn, slip wrapped stitch to right-hand needle.
    17. K18, pick up single wrapped stitch -- do not turn.
    18. Continue knitting in the round, picking up the remaining wrapped stitch in the next round.
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  • 03 of 03

    Knit the Body of the Cocoon

    Newborn baby boy
    Eric Cote/E+/Getty Images
    1. Continue in Stockinette Stitch until piece measures 16 inches from top of hood.
    2. *K6, K2tog. Repeat from * around. 35 stitches.
    3. Knit the next round.
    4. *K5, K2tog. Repeat from * around. 30 stitches.
    5. Knit.
    6. *K4, K2tog. Repeat from * around. 25 stitches.
    7. Knit.
    8. *K3, K2tog. Repeat from * around. 20 stitches.
    9. Knit.
    10. *K2, K2tog. Repeat from * around. 15 stitches.
    11. Knit.
    12. *K1, K2tog. Repeat from * around. 10 stitches.
    13. Knit.
    14. K2tog around. 5 stitches.
    15. Continue in Stockinette Stitch for about 6 inches -- this is a 5-stitch I-co...MORErd.
    16. Bind off all stitches.

    Finishing:

    Weave in ends, tie the knot in I-cord. Stick a baby in it, you're done!