Knit Baby Cocoon

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hello old friends! And welcome to the new and improved Handcrafted Vintage. It's hard to believe that it's been over a year since my last blog post. I never intended to take a break. But life happened. And I had to take a step back.

Since it's been so long and so much has changed, I thought I'd reintroduce myself:

- My name is Rachel and I live in Knoxville, TN with my husband, puppy and BEAUTIFUL, 7-week-old baby girl.

- I'm an elementary school librarian by day, but I am a crafter at heart. I love knitting, crocheting, embroidery and just about anything else I can make with my hands.

- My crafting journey started on the school playground in the fifth grade when one of my friends taught me to crochet a hacky sack. Ha!

- I currently run two different Etsy shops:

     - Handcrafted Vintage Co. which sells knitting and crochet patterns and products.

     - The Vintage Mills which sells vintage accessories and home goods.

Now that we're reacquainted, on to the pattern!

When I was two days away from being 40 weeks pregnant, I had a panic moment when I realized I had no idea what I wanted to do for my baby's newborn pictures. I knew I wanted the pictures to feature something that I had made, because that felt so much more personal. The problem, though, was that I hadn't made anything yet! Way to wait until the last minute right??

Anyway, I needed a quick, simple project that wouldn't take too much brain power, because I looked like a whale and had absolutely NO energy left. Miraculously, I was able to whip this cocoon up BEFORE my due date and felt so much more prepared. (Funny what makes you feel prepared enough to have a baby. Ha!) Baby girl ended up cooking for an extra week, so I actually could've taken my time, but that's beside the point.

The beauty of this pattern is that it's incredibly easy. Like so easy, I'm not even sure you can call it a pattern. You're literally just going to knit a tube, and then sew up one end. Super simple and great for beginners!

- fingering weight yarn ( I used a gradient yarn from Wollelfe)
-  size 10 circular knitting needles ( I used a large sized needle to create a very loose fabric)
- scissors
- yarn needle

- co: cast on
- k: knit

- Cocoon is worked in the round.
- There is no decrease. Piece is sewed together at the bottom to create a gathered look.

- Cast on 110 stitches. Join in the round.
- Knit each round until piece measures 14 inches.
- Bind off, leaving long tail for sewing.
- Flip piece inside out. Using a yarn needle, sew a running stitch around the entire bottom edge. Pull string tight and knot to secure. Flip piece right side out.

If you decide to make one, don't forget to let me see your finished work! Tag me on Instagram @handcrafted_vintage!

Summer Spa Series|| Knit Washcloth

Thursday, July 14, 2016

It's time for the second installment in my summer spa series! (If you missed the first pattern, you can find it here) Up next are these beautiful, knit washcloths. I wanted them to be as soft as possible, so I used 100% cotton and made the fabric very loose and lacy. I love how they turned out and cannot wait to put them to good use!

If you've never attempted a lace knit pattern before, this is the perfect project to give it a try! The pattern is not complicated and doesn't require quite as much attention as some other lace projects. Once you're a few rows in, it becomes really quick and easy. Plus, these washcloths are much smaller than most lacy ventures. Each one took a little over an hour. All in all, a great project to "get your feet wet" with knitting lace. 

- cotton yarn ( I used Bernat Deluxe in Seaspray and Lily's Sugar'n Cream in Ecru)
- size US 10.5 knitting needles ( These are my go to.)
- yarn needle
- embroidery scissors

- Each row begins and ends with k 3. This will create a garter stitch border around the entire washcloth, giving it more structure.
- Pay close attention to your yarn overs! These are easy to forget, possibly known from experience... :)
- Finished dimension: 11 inches by 9 inches.

- yo: yarn over
- k2tog: knit two together. It's just like it sounds. Instead of knitting through one stitch, you are going to knit through the next two stitches at once. (This video can help!)
- skp: slip, knit, pass. Again, just like it sounds. Slip one stitch, knit one stitch, then pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch, just like you would if you were binding off. (This video can help!)

- CO 28
- Rows one - four: knit.
- Row five: k 3, *yo, k2tog, repeat from * across to last 3 stitches, k 3
- Row six: k 3, p 22, k 3
- Row seven: k 3, *skp, yo, repeat from * across to last 3 stitches, k 3
- Row eight: k 3, p 22, k 3
- Repeat rows five - eight until piece measures 8 inches.
- Last four rows: knit.
- Bind off.

And you're done! Don't forget to check out the first pattern in this series!

Happy Thursday!

Wishlist || Home

Friday, July 8, 2016

We've been in our home almost a year now and are slowing continuing to decorate and personalize the place. I recently finished working on my craft space (see the sneak peek here) and am turning my eyes to the rest of the house. The items on this month's wishlist are things I would LOVE to add to my home!

Knit || How adorable are these knit planters from The Merrythought?? I've been on a bit of a succulent kick lately and am loving how they look wrapped in yarn!

Crochet || Recently, I was asked to "DIY the room" by Cut Out + Keep and this was the first DIY I chose from their website. This blanket from Nicki Trench's book Crochet Basics is STUNNING. (If you haven't seen my DIY the Room feature yet, check it out here!)

DIY || I remember making God's Eyes when I was a kid but mine never looked like this... Almost Makes Perfect did a great job with these!

Etsy || These watercolor whale prints from Just Like Pictures make me so happy! I can't wait to get my hands on these guys. :)

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