A Trendy Baby Shower Gift
A snuggle sack isn’t your ordinary blanket; it’s like swaddling without the careful wrapping. These snuggle sacks are becoming more and more popular over the past couple years and are an excellent shower gift. It’s like giving a baby blanket with significantly less knitting! Here’s how to make a hand knit snuggle sack…
1 ball Cutie Pie in color Destiny (Color A)
1 ball Cutie Pie in color Splash (Color B)
1 ball Cutie Pie in color Koala (Color C)
1 circular needle 4.5mm (US 7) 16″
1 set double pointed needles 4.5mm (US 7)
1 tapestry needle
This pattern is knit in the round with the yarn held double. I wound the skeins into two separate balls and worked from there, but you can also work from a strand pulled from the inside and a strand pulled from the outside. There’s a much greater chance of tangles, but it can be done.
This pattern is for a large snuggle sack for 8 to 12 month old, if you’re attempting to make a newborn size, subtract 20 stitches and 2 inches in length for each color block. In the pattern I’ll be writing color A, B and C; if you wish to change the colors simply switch them out and follow the pattern.
Cast on 80 stitches in color A, join into the round, place marker, and knit in stockinette for 4″. Now we’re going to make the folded hem. With the right side facing you, fold your cast on edge away from you and hold behind the working needle. Pick up on stitch from your cast on edge and knit it together with the next stitch on your working needle. Continue to do this until all the cast on stitches have been knit.
Knit one round plain. The next round, you need to add ten stitches evenly through the stitches on your needle. If you’re working with 80 stitches, you’ll knit 7 then knit in the front and back. After your increase row is finished, knit in stockinette until the snuggle sack is 6″ in total. Switch to color B and knit in stockinette until this section is 6″ as well. Finally switch to color C and continue in stockinette until this color block is 5″.
Begin the decreases as follows:
Row 1: *K8, k2tog* repeat
Row 2: K all stitches
Row 3: *K7, k2tog* repeat
Row 4: K all stitches
Row 5: *K6, k2tog* repeat
Row 6: K all stitches
Continue in this manner, switching into double pointed needles when needed, until you reach K1, k2tog. After you complete K1, k2tog, there’s no plain stockinette row, you immediately go into K2tog.
The next step is to cut your working yarn, leaving a 12″ tail. Thread that onto your tapestry needle and thread the yarn through your live stitches. Pull tight and weave in the end.
This hand knit snuggle sack is one of the most appreciated baby knits I’ve ever made. It keeps baby ensconced in soft warmth with no danger of little toes peeking out and getting cold. There’s no tucking corners or fussing with multiple blankets, just one cozy little cocoon.