3.23.2012

Cabled Baby Cocoon - Free Knitting Pattern


As is often the case in my life, a photographer asked if I could make a photo prop based on a photo she saw. I thought I could, and here is the result. It is knit on straight needles and looks much more complicated than it is. This would be a good introduction to cabling if you have been nervous about giving it a try. 








Cabled Baby Cocoon

Materials:
Yarn: approx. 1 skein bulky-weight yarn (I used a little less than 1 of Bernat Roving)
Needles: US 15 straight needles
Notions: 1 cable needle, row counter, darning needle for weaving in ends, two large (1-3/8" or larger) buttons

Abbreviations:
C4F: Slip 2 stitches onto cable needle. Let hang to front of work. K2 stitches, then K the two stitches off the cable needle.
YO: Yarn over
K2tog: Knit 2 stitches together

The pattern is broken into three parts: Collar, Body, and Toe.


Pattern:


Collar:
CO 50 stitches. Work in stockinette stitch for 14 rows.


Body:
Row 1: K3, P2, *K4, P2* repeat from * to * until last 5 stitches, end P2, K3
Row 2: P3, K2, *P4, K2* repeat from * to * until last 5 stitches, end K2, P3
Row 3: As Row 1
Row 4: As Row 2
Row 5 (cable row): K3, P2, *C4F, P2* repeat from * to * until last 5 stitches, end P2, K3
Row 6: As Row 2
Row 7 (buttonhole row): K1, YO, K2tog, *K4, P2* repeat from * to * until last 5 stitches, end P2, K3
Row 8: As Row 2
Row 9: As Row 1
Row 10: As Row 2
Row 11 (cable row): As Row 5
Row 12: As Row 2
Row 13 (buttonhole row): As Row 7
Row 14: As Row 2
Row 15: As Row 1
Row 16: As Row 2
Row 17 (cable row): As Row 5
Row 18: As Row 2


Toe:
(Note: As you begin working the decreases, continue knitting and purling as established in the Body of the pattern. As you decrease the pattern with change slightly--for example, you will only have one purl stitch instead of two--just keep going, knitting the knit stitches and purling the purl stitches. You will switch to all K stitches on the right side and all P stitches on the wrong side near the end.)
Row 1: *Work 8 stitches in established pattern, K2tog* repeat from * to * to end of row
Row 2: Work in established pattern to end

Row 3: *Work 7 stitches in established pattern, K2tog* repeat from * to * to end of row
Row 4: Work in established pattern to end

Row 5: *Work 6 stitches in established pattern, K2tog* repeat from * to * to end of row
Row 6: Work in established pattern to end
Row 7: *Work 5 stitches in established pattern, K2tog* repeat from * to * to end of row
Row 8: Work in established pattern to end

Row 9 (this row, switch to all K stitches): *K4, K2tog* repeat from * to * to end of row
Row 10: P 
Row 11: *K3, K2tog* repeat from * to * to end of row

Row 12: P 
Row 13: *K2, K2tog* repeat from * to * to end of row
Row 14: P 
Row 15: *K1, K2tog* repeat from * to * to end of row
Row 16: P 
Row 17: *K2tog* repeat from * to * to end of row

Break yarn, leaving a long tail. Weave tail through all stitches still on the needle, slip off needle, and pull to close bottom. Sew bottom seam together up to about 2" from bottom buttonhole. Weave in ends. Sew two buttons in places corresponding to buttonholes. Find newborn and take cute pictures! 


This pattern is for personal use only - please do not sell finished projects you make with it. Thanks!

10 comments:

  1. Loved it! My niece is going to look perfect in it! Thanks!

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  2. I'm a new knitter and I am so confused by the first half of the toe pattern. Am I no longer doing the cable row?

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  3. by the look of the photo there is only three cable rows so no none are worked in the toe part :)

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  4. What are the dimensions of the final cocoon? I started on size 10 1/2 needles with super bulky yarn, and am nervous it won't be big enough for a newborn. thanks!

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  5. Lovely pattern however I believe there is an error on Row 7

    I've worked it out to K1-YO-K2TOG, K2-P2, *K4-P2* repeat ** till last 5 stitches, end with P2, K3

    Again it will work the same for Row 13.

    Hope this helps those who may have been thrown off.

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  6. Ooops worked it again and Row7 Buttonhole should be

    K1-YO-K2TOG, P2, *K4,P2* repeat ** till last 5 stitches, end with P2, K3

    Same should apply with Row 13

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  7. Hi tinkerknits!

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  8. Very cute pattern! I used bulky weight yarn and US size 15 needles but it came out a bit small... especially if you are expecting a big baby! If you want to make something that will fit the baby for a little longer you might want to add a few stitches and another cable.

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  9. a friend of mine wants this for her 6month old baby just to go out for a walk so how do I make this for a say 6-14 month old...thank you

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