Thursday, September 4, 2014

Nesting: Knit Cocoon for Raspberry

This is a redemption post - woo hoo!

Back in December I had a sewing/knitting/baking fail weekend of epic proportions. One of my fails was this sad and shapeless knitted cowl.

It should have looked like this.

But the nice thing about knitting, is that you can unravel your yarn and it basically ends up back in it's original form, unlike sewing. I actually knit up this ball of Malabrigo Rasta three times before landing on the right project for it... a cocoon for Raspberry.  It looks a little pinkish in these pictures, but the color is really a very rich red.

Laurel Love Cocoon with Hearts

This is patterned after the Laurel Love Cocoon by Melissa Riley, which is basically a tube sock for your baby to be swaddled in. I'm learning a lot about newborn development these days. Going from the confined quarters of the womb to the great big world is tough, and being swaddled can give a sense of security and comfort to a sensitive baby. Also, with such little motor control, swaddling can help a fussy baby remain more calm. Poor babies!  I'd be upset all the time, too, if I hit myself in the face with my own hands on a regular basis.  

Cosy Cocoon Swaddle

The original is plain, but I decided that it would be a perfect application for a little bit of lace and cable work. I picked the heart pattern from the center of these cashmere socks, which have since sprung a hole.

With a curious stowaway
Not only did it add more interest to the cocoon, but it made it a more enjoyable project to knit. You could really knit this up with any lace pattern that fit within the number of stitches.  I knit this 17 stitch pattern on one side and left the back plain. Other than that, there isn't much to say about this quick and satisfying project other than the yarn is plush and lovely. It is thicker than the called for yarn, so I knit it up on size 15 needles, reducing the total stitch count to 38.

A knit cocoon did spark some interest among the herd, and Dragon was elected to investigate this new curiosity.

Dragon the Hippo

I think he really does show how we can use the cocoon as Raspberry grows. When Raspberry is too tall to snuggle all the way down, it can be used up to the chest or waist to allow for arm movement.

Anyway, this was a fun and quick project with a double bonus - the use of yarn from my stash that happens to be the perfect color for the holidays.


Clio said...

that cowl shot... oh man you have the best sense of humor...good point on knits going right back to usable product!

Clio said...

Self deprecation is my specialty! ;-)

Clio said...

I kind of want one of these adult sized for winter! I guess you could call it a sleeping bag, but I've never seen a knit one.

Clio said...

ha ha - I just bought enough yarn for an adult throw blanket. I should totally make it into a knit sleeping bag instead!

Clio said...

Its darling, but the fail shot was very amusing. Thanks for the(sympathetic) giggle
2 of my babies loved being swaddled, but daughter the second thought it was torture (at least one would assume so from the noises of objection) ;) Hope raspberry is one of the swaddling appreciative type, he/she certainly has the right accessories already.

Clio said...

You make a very important point that's been on my mind lately! I have no idea what kind of baby R will be! Trying to plan for this little critter is like flying blind. I feel like I should try to prepare and have everything I need, but the truth is that this child will let me know. At least I am trying to keep all my baby projects quick and easy so I won't feel bad if they are never used.

Clio said...

This looks so snuggly and soft! I want a giant one!!!

Clio said...

so perfect. raspberry is going to love it.

Clio said...

Yeah, your expression is great (I think you used it in the original fail post?). I made a similar expression while taking photos of my latest dress today. Sometimes you just need variety! Anyway, this looks super cozy. I agree with Jennifer that this would be great in adult size.

Clio said...

Yes! That is the original fail picture/expression. Uuuugh, sorry you had a similar expression dress! Can you fix it?

If I ever want a cottage industry, I should knit these up adult size!

Clio said...

The dress came out fine. I just make that face sometimes to be goofy because I run out of expressions! :)

Clio said...

Oh good! Yeah, I'm not particularly natural in photos and feel like I should do more.