I recently bought a copy of the Natural Knits for babies and toddlers magazine. It was a real inspiration as not only were the patterns adorable and contemporary, but each item was finished off with handmade buttons – perfect combo!
One of the first patterns was for a snuggly baby cocoon that is perfect for keeping a baby warm in it’s pram. All of the patterns use natural, organic wools, which although they are luxurious are a little on the pricey side, and I wanted to use up some of my stash. I also fancied crocheting the cocoon and the pattern was knitted, so I set off on a little detour…
I’ve never been a big fan of ‘blue for a boy and pink for a girl’ and opted for Sirdar snuggly baby wools in a bright fresh green, multi blue stripes and a natural white.
I made a simple pattern using alternate dc and treble stitches along each row. Making two rectangles, the front piece is about 2cm narrower than the back to allow for the button band. After stitching the pieces together and sewing up the hood I finished the piece off with nine polymer clay buttons in contrasting colours.
This is the finished item!