Before I start today I just want to give a word of caution. Baby blankets, sleep cocoons, baby car seat tents are wonderful donations! They are practical and can beautiful keepsakes. However, it's vital that we read the guidelines for donations to your charity/hospital of choice BEFORE donating.
Now, because I work primarily with 2 charities, one local and one in Africa I am aware of cultural differences in parenting. One thing has become clear. The little baby cocoons or sleepy sacks are a great alternative to blankets for infants. (however, in my opinion buttons on a baby sack just are not a good idea) Parents are able to use the baby cocoons in most countries. Best of all hands can be free so that infants that have learned to roll over can push themselves back without any impediment. Adding a simple hat gives an infant a better chance at body temperature regulation. ... bonus, baby hat/cocoon sets make for adorable baby photography!
The baby cocoons (also called sleepy sacks or by an older term, bunting) I've made and also collected for charity have been well loved by the recipients. These make perfect take-along projects for knitters and crocheters. Sewists can upcycle sweaters or create cute little swaddle blankets with fleece or cotton. (sewing machines and I have never been friends, therefore I can't say with certainty that a pattern is easy or difficult... because sewing is not my thing LOL!) I thought I would share some great free patterns for baby cocoons. Knitting and crochet novices will find these little cocoons are an excellent way to learn to work "in the round". I'll try to divide the patterns in categories for novices, experienced and expert crafters.
Knitters will find that these little cocoons can be knit like a bigger version of a sock. Top down or bottom up! If you are new to sock knitting maybe a baby cocoon would be a good place to start? Grab your needles and let's enjoy these free patterns!!
Easy patterns for novices: (some of these are only available on Ravelry):
Patterns for experienced knitters:
Patterns for expert knitters:
Crocheters will find a veritable plethora of adorable patterns for baby cocoons on the web. (One note... stitches like the double or triple crochet stitches tend to be more open than most knitting stitches. Therefore remember that little fingers and toes can get stuck in the weave.) I'll be concentrate on baby cocoons using the half double or single crochet. (American Terms)
Patterns for novice crocheters:
Crochet patterns for experienced crocheters:
Patterns for expert crocheters:
One last pattern for those who like to sew. An upcycled baby cocoon made from a sweater! alidamakes.com/2013/01/upcycled-sweater-baby-cocoon.html
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