Sunday, 19 June 2011

Baby Snuggle Wrap - knitting pattern

Baby things are always such a pleasure to knit.  I find myself taking the rhythmical meditation that comes with rhythmical stitching to new levels... with every stitch I imagine I'm infusing my handknit with love and hope and endearment, to envelop and protect the tiny baby who wears it (so much so, that I can't knit for a baby if I'm in a bad mood).  This Snuggle Wrap was not actually knitted with anybaby in mind (wishful knitting, possiblement?)... just an idea I had and it seemed like the perfect project for the Misti Alpaca yarn that had been calling out to me from my stash basket.  A delicious yarn to knit with, and a deliciously satisfying project, and even dreamier to knit if you have a little one on the way...


Size: newborn - 6 months
Gauge: 3.5 stitches per inch

Abbreviations

k - knit
p - purl
st(s) - stitch(es)
rep - repeat
cont - continue
CO - cast on
BO - bind off
RS - right side
WS - wrong side

Materials

  • 3 x 100g Misti Alpaca Chunky (100% baby Alpaca)
  • 7mm needles
  • 5mm crochet hook
  • yarn needle to sew in tails
  • little scissors
alternative folding technique

Instructions

CO 97 sts.
rows 1 - 6: work in Moss st (k1, *p1, k1 rep from * to end of row).
row 7 (RS): (k1, p1) 3 times, knit to last 6 sts, (p1, k1) to end.
row 8 (WS): (k1, p1) 3 times, purl to last 6 sts, (p1, k1) to end.
rep rows 7 & 8 until piece measures approx 20in/50cm in length.

next row (RS): (k1, p1) 15 times, k37, (p1, k1) 15 times.
next row (WS): k1, (p1, k1) 15 times, p35, (k1, p1) 15 times, k1.
rep these last 2 rows 2 more times (6 rows total of the Moss st shoulders).

next row (RS): BO 26 sts, (k1, p1) twice, k37, (p1, k1) 3 times, BO last 25 sts.
At this point you can either break off yarn and rejoin it, or using a crochet needle slip stitch over to your 46 live stitches.

Hood
cont in the same pattern of the 6 st moss st border at each end of row, stockinette st in between, until hood panel measures approx 8.5in/21cm.
You now want to slip 23 sts onto another needle (preferably a double-pointed needle, otherwise you'll have to slip them all a second time in order to get your needle points matching up when you fold the panel to close the hood seam).
Close hood seam with either a 3 needle bind-off or the kitchener stitch.
Sew in loose tails.



Fastening
Using a crochet hook, join your yarn at a shoulder corner, chain 10, rejoin with a slip stitch at the same point you started to create a loop.  Break off yarn and sew in tails.
Using the photo as a guide, join yarn at a point on the opposite shoulder, chain 40, break off yarn leaving a few inches of yarn to spare.
Make a mini pom-pom with a scrap of a contrasting yarn, or the same yarn, and attach it securely to the long chain (I like a simple reef-knot).  Now you can feed the chain through the loop and fasten it however loosely or tightly you want.







54 comments:

  1. snug as a bug in a rug xx

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  2. This is a neat terrific idea...thank you so very much for sharing...hugs, rose

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  3. Thank you! I have a few friends due this fall and this will make a perfect baby present.

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  4. young_knitter28 June 2011 19:15

    What would be a good substitute for the alpaca yarn?

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  5. young_knitter: you could really use anything as long as you can get the right gauge. Anything chunky-superchunky, even double strand a finer yarn, and I would advise using only 100% natural yarn as synthetics are not kind to babies skin. xxx

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  6. Hi hun...couldn't find out where to email you (new to blogger!) but I've posted a link to this pattern on my blog, I hope thats ok? My blog is kinda just searching the internet for great stuff and then adding a few notes for the less experienced knitter like myself!! I really loved knitting this, I'm making a modern layette for my brother-in-law, it's perfect :)

    Here's the link...if there's anything you aren't happy with please let me know!
    http://almostpurl-fect.blogspot.com/2011/07/baby-blanket-notes-and-photos.html

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  7. Nice Pattern...thank you for sharing...:)

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  8. Dear Elisa, can I have the measurements in centimeters of the small blanket with hood?
    Thank you very much! Anna

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  9. When binding off for the shoulders, COUNT, COUNT, COUNT!! Count how many stitches you've bound off and how many live stitches you have left! I forgot to count, thinking I was okay and didn't realize I made a mistake until AFTER I cut the tail off!! LUCKILY I just slipped the middle stitch in the next row and you can't tell I made a mistake, but I sure was smacking my forehead after I did it! Looks like it's still turning out well, though! I should be done in the next day or two. :)

    (By the way, sorry if this is my third of fourth posting of the same thing... my browser keeps refreshing)

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  10. DONE!! Now making a matching hat with leftover yarn! :)

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  11. Hello ,

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    Baby Snuggle Wrap

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  13. ciao
    Thank you very much for your kind permission, translation into Italian the find in this link.

    Barbara


    http://www.megghy.com/forum/f149/raccolta-modelli-copertine-ai-ferri-20364-8.html#post382844

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  14. Hello!
    I wanted to knit this for my best friend, she's having a little boy who is expected to arrive in January. But I'm a beginner knitter and I don't understand your instructions.
    Do you think this project is too difficult for a beginner?

    Natalie

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  15. Natalie: I think this would be a great project for a beginner, teaching you a nice little handful of skills and techniques. You just need to be able to read a basic pattern. I found youtube indispensable when I was learning- anything I didn't understand I'd look for a video tutorial (the knit witch on youtube is great!) to take me through it. I hope this helps, let me know if not, I'd be happy to recommend some specific tutorials. Happy knitting! x

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  16. Thank you so much for your encouragements Elisa!
    I'm definitely going to try, I'll update you when it's all done.
    Thank you again!

    Take care,

    Natalie

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  17. When binding off at the shoulders do you bind off in the moss pattern? Or bind them all off knitwise? Or does it matter? I hope I know enough about knitting that this question makes sense! It's a beautiful pattern and I am looking forward to completing it!

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  18. Anon: I bind them off all knitwise... Just to make my life easier! But I'm sure you could do it in moss, and I wondered if one could do some sort of moss-kitchener stitch...? I found an explanation of this here - http://www.tricksyknitter.com/pages/posts/kitchener-stitch-89.php

    Let me know how you go!

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  19. Hi Elisalex! Did you use the Lavender Melange color for this project? I want to try it for my best friend who is pregnant (and I'm hoping she has a girl!)
    Thanks for the pattern, I'm hoping I can get it right!
    -Heidi

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  20. Heidi: I'm afraid I don't remember the exact shade I used... it was a beigey colour though, definitely not lavender. I would highly recommend you make this in a gender neutral colour though if you still don't know the sex, then you can add the pompom last minute in contrasting, gender apt colour!

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    Some time ago one of the moderators of your forum, Mrs. Barbara Ajroldi, asked your permission to translate one of the models and to make this translation on available of the users of the forum.
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  22. Giulietta & Marina: Of course I'd be delighted for you to keep the translation! Thanks for getting in touch.

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  23. This is fantastic, thanks you for sharing it. I cannot wait to knit his for my friends' new baby. She will be so snuggly warm...

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  24. Currently knitting this for my first grandchild - a boy -
    due February 1st. It is wonderful I am using Bernat Alpaca Natural Blend in Tundra color (cocoa brown). Thanks for sharing this
    delightful pattern!
    Marge

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  25. I knit this for my new baby. When I wrap him in it he smiles up at me. He loves it, it's the only blanket that I use to swaddle him and put im to sleep. Thank-you!

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    1. Thank you so much for this lovely comment. It truly warms my heart to know it makes your baby smile and keeps him cosy! Thank you

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  26. I am a bit confused,I have gotten to the 20" length - next row says to K1,P1 15X, K37, K1,P1 15X = 67 stitches ~ What about the remaining 30 stitches???

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    1. I have the same problem. HEEEELP...

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    2. If you are k1,p1 you are making two stitches. You do that 15 times, it's 30 stitches, then k37 then k1,p1 15 more times, is 30 more stitches, equaling 97 stitches.

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    3. Thank you Lexi, quite right! Hope this clarifies... if not, please get in touch with me directly - elisalexdcp@hotmail.com

      xxx

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  27. I am a bit confused,I have gotten to the 20" length - next row says to K1,P1 15X, K37, K1,P1 15X = 67 stitches ~ What about the remaining 30 stitches???

    I really need to have this done by the end of February! Please help!!!
    The person above this comment has the same problem. I just copied hers.....

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    1. If you are k1,p1 you are making two stitches. You do that 15 times, it's 30 stitches, then k37 then k1,p1 15 more times, is 30 more stitches, equaling 97 stitches.

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    2. Thank you Lexi, quite right! Hope this clarifies... if not, please get in touch with me directly - elisalexdcp@hotmail.com

      xxx

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  28. Somewhere along the line I added two stitches, it looks like somewhere down in my first few rows... Will this be a problem? It's still an odd number so I figured I'd be ok if I just added two to whatever I needed to. I figured this would happen to me, considering I'm a newer knitter, but I hope it doesn't conflict with the pattern too much that I have to start over.

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    1. Not a problem at all, this is really the kind of pattern that doesn't need to be perfect seeing as it has no sleeves/close fit... as long as you can close the hood, you'll be fine! x

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  29. What are the finished dimensions of this blanket. I made one using bulky yarn but did not write them down. I am using an entirely different yarn this time and need to know which of my swatches to go by. I am getting no where near 3.5 sts. per inch.

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  30. thanks so much for this!!

    here is my take on it:
    http://giardinoinunastanza.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/copertina-con-cappuccio.html

    so cute!!!!!

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  31. I love this! it is adorable, My husband and I are expecting our first little bundle of joy, and I am starting my knitting for my precious. I have a question I am a little confused after you finish the blanket portion and you are starting the hood, you said cont in the same st of the 6st moss is that working rows 1-8? just a little confused, please help! Love the pattern though cannot wait to have my baby.
    Thanks,
    Tameika

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  32. Hi, this is my first pattern so may be getting a little confused!! But I have got to this row:
    "next row (RS): BO 26 sts, (k1, p1) twice, k37, (p1, k1) 3 times, BO last 25 sts"

    Does this mean one side of the border around the hood should be wider than the other (i.e. 4 moss stitches on the first side and 6 on the other) or am I mis-reading this line?

    Loving knitting this for my first niece/nephew!! Thank you for sharing!!

    Jen

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  33. This is exactly what I was hoping to find! However, I'd like to do the border in another color. Do you have any suggestions as to how that can be done? I was considering leaving off the border then picking up the stitches at one edge and knitting in the border. I consider myself an intermediate knitter but a beginner at designing patterns. I'm not at all sure it could even be done this way.
    Thanks so much for any help you could offer!
    Julie

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  34. I love this pattern..so far. I am now at the BO 26 st Row and it seems the total stitches is now 98? I still have 97 stitches. Have I overlooked something? thanks so much.
    Thanks in advance!
    KTS

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  35. bitter_lizard28 March 2013 12:00

    Finished!! http://stitcherywitchery.tumblr.com/post/46181605997/i-have-been-knitting-for-a-couple-months-now-and

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  36. I'm knitting this now for my niece's baby. Just a beginner so far so good. This seems simple so I know it will turn out. Thank you for the pattern! Do you have anymore easy knits for baby and beginners?

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  37. What color, specifically, is this?

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  38. I'm really sorry but I couldn't tell you - was such a long time ago and I didn't keep the ball band... I got the yarn from Loop in Islington (London) - maybe if you showed them the picture of the finished wrap and the brand of the yarn, they might recognise it better? Sorry not to be of much help, and good luck!

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  39. Mary Louise Collins16 July 2013 16:56

    Hi Elisa, I am an experienced knitter, but I am having difficulty understanding the instructions for the final part of the hood. I have knitted it up to 8 1/2 ", The border on each side is 6 stitches. and the SS in between is 35 stitches. Exactly which 23 stitches do I slip onto another needle and what do I do with once I do? I could certainly just bind off the 47 stitches I currently have and then sew a seam to make a hood, but I think you may be wanting it made smaller so it pulls closer around the baby's head. Please advise.

    Thanks,

    Mary

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  40. Does anyone have the finished size for this, width specifically? I'm using bernat super chunky baby yarn (chenille) and I'm worried its going to be too big. Thanks!

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  41. My baby was 6 lbs, 5 oz and 18" long. It wrapped around him just fine lengthwise but barely fit him width wise. It's not that wide.

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  42. Ok, Thanks! Maybe I'll keep going with it and see how it turns out. I'm not so worried about the width but the hood being too big as a result.

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  43. These would be perfect for hospitals! :D

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  44. lazydaycrafter4 November 2013 16:43

    My border is curling at the bottom and I can't get it to stop! What did I do wrong? Thanks!

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  45. Hi - what's the width on this piece. I.e, how many inches does the initial 97 stitches equal. Thanks. I'm hoping to make this for a friend!

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  46. How wide is this blanket supposed to be?

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  47. Bernadette Oatley4 March 2014 23:17

    I've realised that no one has answered this question and its been asked a few times, I actually read the comments just to find the answer, then I realised, Its actually pretty easy to figure out. She gives a gauge of 3.5 stitches per inch, so 97 stitches would be between 27 And 28 inches

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