Ok, this is my first attempt at a tutorial! My hope is to have several of these over the next year but we'll see...I've written a few knitting patterns for myself but I've never pollished them enough to share with others. So, I decided instead of waiting for the pollishing to happen I'd give you the rough draft and see how it goes!
I've absolutely loved this thing. I've used it for photo props and even for nighttime warmth in our cold house this winter. It's great for just snuggling your baby too, like a no fail blanket that won't come off or get bunched up where you don't need it. These little cocoons have become a rage in the photo prop world because they basically make an adorable photo in just about any setting! One of the best parts is that it's super easy to knit up! I love the chunky texture of big yarn so that's what I used. It would be easy enough to adjust the gauge for smaller yarn if you have something you just can't help using. I've also added ribbon to them and fun furry yarns just add more texture which in my opinion is even better! So, here is what you'll need to get started:
2 skeins super chunky yarn (I used Lion's Brand Thick and Quick - it's soft, fairly durable and comes in nice colors, plus it's cheap!)
Size 13 circular needle (at least 16")
crochet hook or darning needle for weaving in the ends
To begin, CO 45 sts.
Work in stockinette st without joining in the round until the cocoon measures 6" ending ready to begin a RS row. Knit around and join in the round. When you come to the joint, k2tog (44sts.).
Continue in stst until cocoon measures desired length (I made mine 21" long). Cut yarn with a 10" tail, thread it onto your darning needle and then through your live sts. Tie off and secure inside by weaving in the end. Now just weave in your tail of yarn at the top and you're done!
I liked the bumpier look of the purl side so I decided to do a reverse stst on mine after the collar.