Hello everyone ! It’s a little late to wish you a happy new year, but it seems that I’m still on time! I hope she got off to a good start, both creatively and personally.
I have the feeling that this year more than usual we need to surround ourselves with sweetness, and I must admit that I have never knitted, sewn, crocheted as much as in this month of January!
But back to our project of the month. At the beginning of winter I had proposed on my blog the step by step for a birth cocoon . It is a woolen tube in which a newborn baby is slipped so that he feels contained as in his mother’s womb. The cocoons facilitate sleep, reassure and warm, they also avoid jolts. In short, it’s a super useful birth gift that has proven itself around me.
The version on my blog is a long version, today I propose you the short version, knitted in double with needles 8, this cocoon there rises very very quickly, in five hours it is done.
5 balls of Aubusson de Fonty here in color 28.
Double knit the first 4 balls, then split the fifth. Look for the inside end, join it to the outside one and roll my hen, you have your yarn doubled without wasting a ball.
A pair of N°8 needles mounted on a 40 cm cable, just perfect for the circumference.
A yarn needle to tuck in the threads, and a marker ring.
Cast on 52 stitches, place a marker ring then knit in the round until you have a 45 cm long tube.
I have chosen here to make a sowing stitch but you can of course simply do it in jersey or foam. (Note, however, garter stitch requires more wool than stockinette.) Remember that with circular needles, and when knitting in the round, stockinette is obtained by knitting each turn in place.
The sowing stitch breaks the monotony of the jersey and is obtained by repeating these 6 rounds. (T= turn=row)
T1: *7 knit stitches, 1 purl stitch* repeat this sequence 6 times and finish the round with 4 knit stitches.
T2 and T3: all right side up.
T4: Knit 3, * purl 1, knit 7 *, repeat from * to * 6 times, finish with purl 1.
T5 and T6: all right side up.
At 45 cm in height start the decreases.
DIM1: Knit 4 stitches, 2 stitches together (1 dim). Repeat this way until the end of the round, finish with 4 knit stitches (To manage the sowing stitch and the decreases, rely on the garter stitch bar aligned 5 rows below and knit a purl stitch opposite). Knit 3 rounds.
DIM2: Knit 3 stitches, 2 stitches together (1dim). Repeat like this until the end of the round, finish with 4 knit stitches. Knit 3 rounds.
DIM3: Knit 2 stitches, 2 stitches together (1dim). Repeat like this until the end of the round. Knit 3 rounds.
DIM4: Knit 1st, 2 stitches together (1dim). Repeat this until the end of the round. Knit 2 rounds.
DIM5: Knit 2 stitches together all the way around.
Cut your threads to 20 cm then thread them on a wool needle and pass it through all the stitches. Tighten well even if you have to make several turns.
Tuck the wires in and you’re done! Your cocoon measures approximately 22/23 cm in width and 52/53 cm in height when flat, it rolls up, this is normal. He’s handsome, he’s hot, you can be proud of yourself.