If you are just new to knitting or like simpler quicker patterns, there are many things you can make besides scarves and blankets.
Although I am not a grannie as of yet, I have seen many of my friends with grandchildren using these knitted baby cocoons. They are a great way to keep your baby feeling snuggly and cozy. Make sure to use soft yarn, and check out this video below. I personally do better with visual instructions as I am not a "seasoned knitter" and tend to stick to simple things that don't take weeks to complete. This pattern uses larger yarn and needles and I figured you could finish it pretty quickly. Would make a great baby gift too.
Don't panic when you see her using the round needles. She starts off with the size 17 regular needles and then switches to the same size in a "round knitting needle". Watch her carefully and pause the video if you need to. I did, just to see how she was creating this project. I liked this video because she didn't skip over anything at all, and the video was shot up close which really helps.
I find some videos tend to gloss over details. I need details! Hopefully this inspires you to break out of your comfort zone and try something a little different. I used to think round needles were basically for socks as I saw my granny knit that way, but there are really cool projects to get going on once you master the art.
Knitting with round needles is not hard once you get the hang of it. You can make this knitted baby cocoon or even little hats for babies or larger ones for yourself. I really love simplistic designs. I know for myself I will get frustrated if the pattern is too complicated and I end up hunched over the project for hours!
The idea of these easy knitting projects is to break out of the mold every once in a while and try something new, but not something that will have me stressing! I live the video way as I can pause and play at each step.
I have included some Amazon links for the products she was using if you like to shop online including the gray yarn she used. I find online easier many times as my local stores just don't always carry the supplies I like.
So hopefully this post has inspired you to give it a go. You could switch colors and/or even embroider one of these to make them very personal. There are all kinds of creative ways to use this baby cocoon. You could create one and fill it with baby needs for a gift. Or simply knit it for your own baby.
My name is Diane and I love all arts and crafts including painting, drawing and knitting (I painted the bee above!) I decided after many years to take up knitting again and needed simple patterns that I could do while watching TV or listening to music that would help dial down stress. I hope you enjoy some of my own projects as well as ones I have found.