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Comfy Knit Baby Cocoon and Cap

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Comfy Knit Baby Cocoon and Cap
Comfy Knit Baby Cocoon and Cap
This image courtesy of redheart.com

Your baby will be both adorable and cozy in this comfy knit baby cocoon and cap. The rib knit matching set is sure to keep any bundle of joy warm, but be warned that you won't be able to put the camera away after seeing all the cuteness. This is an easy knitting pattern that uses circular and double pointed knitting needles and one skein of fabric. The neutral color would fit both genders. This would make a great homemade baby shower gift that is sure to impress any mommy-to-be.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size: 8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

 

Materials:

  • RED HEART® Super Saver®: 1 skein of 341 Light Grey
  • Susan Bates® Circular Knitting Needles: 5 mm [US 8] – 20"
  • Susan Bates® Double Pointed Knitting Needles: 5 mm [US 8]
  • Stitch marker, yarn needle

 

Measurements:

Cocoon: 16" (40.5 cm) circumference x 20" (51 cm) long, unstretched
Cap: 14" (35.5 cm) circumference x 7" (18 cm) long, unstretched

 

Abbreviations:
K=knit;
mm=millimeter;
P=purl;
st(s)=stitch(es);
tog=together;
( )=work instructions in parentheses as indicated;
*=repeat instructions that follow * as indicated.

 

Gauge:
17 sts=4" (10 cm), 23 rows=4" (10 cm) in Stockinette Stitch

 

Special Stitch:     
PSSO = Pass Slipped Stitch Over – Insert the left needle into the front of the slipped stitch, passing it over the previously worked stitch and off the needle (1 stitch decrease).

 

Instructions:

COCOON
With circular knitting needle, cast on 96 sts. Join, being careful that sts are not twisted, and begin working in the round. Place marker for beginning of round.
Round 1 (Right side): (K4, P2) around.
Repeat Round 1 for pattern until piece measures approximately 19" (48.5 cm) from cast on edge.

Toe Shaping
Note: Change to double pointed needles when there are too few sts for the circular needle.
Round 1 (Right side): *K4, P2tog, K4, P2; repeat from * around: 88 sts.
Round 2: *K4, K2tog, K3, P2; repeat from * around: 80 sts.
Round 3: *Slip 1 as if to knit, K1, PSSO, K4, K2tog, P2; repeat from * around: 64 sts.
Round 4: *Slip 1 as if to knit, K1, PSSO, K2, K2tog, P2; repeat from * around: 48 sts.
Round 5: *Slip 1 as if to knit, K1, PSSO, K2tog, P2, K4, P2; repeat from * around: 40 sts.
Round 6: *K2tog, P2, K4, P2; repeat from * around: 36 sts.
Round 7: *P2, P2tog, P1, K4; repeat from * around: 32 sts
Round 8: *P1, P2tog, P1, K4; repeat from * around: 28 sts.
Round 9: (P2tog, P1, K4) around: 24 sts.
Round 10: (P2tog, K4) around: 20 sts.
Round 11: *P1, slip 1 as if to knit, K1, PSSO, K2tog; repeat from * around: 12 sts.
Cut yarn leaving a 12” (30.5 cm) end. Thread yarn needle with end and weave through remaining stitches; draw up firmly; fasten securely.

CAP
With double pointed knitting needle, cast on 60 sts. Join, being careful that sts are not twisted, and begin working in the round.
Place marker for beginning of round.

RIBBING
Round 1 (Right side): (P4, K2) around.
Repeat Round 1 for Ribbing until piece measures approximately 2” (5 cm) from cast on edge.
Next Round: Purl around.
Body Round 1: (K4, P2) around.
Repeat Round 1 for Body until piece measures approximately 6” (15 cm) from cast on edge.

Crown Shaping
Round 1: *K4, P2, slip 1 as if to knit, K1, PSSO, K2tog, P2; repeat from * around: 50 sts.
Round 2: *K4, P2, P2tog, P2; repeat from * around: 45 sts.
Round 3: *K4, P2, P2tog, P1; repeat from * around: 40 sts.
Round 4: *K4, P1, P2tog, P1; repeat from * around: 35 sts.
Round 5: (K4, P2tog, P1) around: 30 sts.
Round 6: (K4, P2tog) around: 25 sts.
Round 7: *Slip 1 as if to knit, K1, PSSO, K2tog, P1; repeat from * around: 15 sts.
Cut yarn leaving a 12” (30.5 cm) end. Thread yarn needle with end and weave through remaining stitches; draw up firmly; fasten
securely.

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I just love this pattern, I have made it a few times for when friends or family members have a baby and every time it has been a hit, people go mad for the matching hat as well and I've even been asked to make the hat in different colours, people have said its so warm and cosy for the baby and so simple to pop on before leaving the house, highly recommend trying this pattern!!

These are perfect for the popular new baby photos that new mommies love. They are quick to knit up and make great gifts. I usually make one in a neutral color so mommy can style it any way they want.

I am going to knit this with shoulder straps since even newborns do a lot of kicking and moving

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