barrel o’ monkey

a couple of weeks ago, when david and i got to meet baby knitspot in person i didn’t go empty-handed. with me i had a project i’d kept secret from you—one that erica hadn’t even seen (though she was the one to suggest we use it for baby’s first knitspot photo shoot)

it’s a little olive snuggle sack—crazy soft and cuddly; just the thing to quiet flailing limbs and cycling legs so baby can rest comfortably.

ours is knit with lovely organic cottons and features some short-row shaping to create a scoop that’s higher at the back of the neck

and just a bit lower across the front—but not too; just enough to keep drafts off baby’s neck.

the body is ever so slightly egg-shaped to provide a bit more room down below for little legs to to kick. it’s knit in the round in one piece, mostly stockinette

so simple you could whip one up at the very last minute for that early bird baby who can’t wait to join the world.

the matching cap is equally easy to knit in matching yarn or a contrasting color.

lest you think we cooked this up merely as a knitspot marketing gimmick

presto, change-o; we have one prepared in natural vanilla as well

to show you how gorgeous it is barenaked.

and as soothing to knit as it is to hold; mmmm.

how precious is that??

baby says: “i’ll show you precious . . .”

above in knitting notions organic cotton yarn, in delicious vanilla. below, in ecobutterfly organic color-grown pakucho cotton in colorway deep green. cap is knit in colorway poppy, currently only available in lace weight (which i knit holding four strands together).

just look at how calm and cozy padraig is in his new sack.

and erica is happy when the baby is happy.

to purchase pattern or view complete pattern information, please click here to visit the knitspot pattern shop. or purchase the pattern in our ravelry pattern shop.

catherine from knitting notions was very generous to test knit this set in her organic cotton yarn at the eleventh hour and to lend it to us for photography—thank you catherine; it’s the perfect project for your yarn.
many thanks to baby padraig who put up pretty well with all of us intruding on his quiet saturday afternoon snoozefest.

and when he’d had just about enough, he let us know, haha, as babies are prone to do.

buddy sympathizes . . . modeling is so exhausting.

35 Responses to “barrel o’ monkey”

  1. majordomo erica says:

    oops! i hit submit too fast. guess i’m not awake as i thought – ha ha!

    i love this pattern so much! thank you! i’ve put padraig in it a couple times since you’ve been here. he just loves the snuggly feel!

    i love how the pictures turned out too. you’re amazing!

  2. Irishgirlieknits says:

    Omg! The cuteness and absolute joy and love in these pictures! Mama looks amazing, Padraig I so precious, and the design is perfect!

    And I love that all of us honey badgers are awake in the wee hours…xoxo

  3. Karen says:

    Absolutely adorable – the snuggle sack and handsome little Padraig:) And I needed a unique baby gift soon so this is just perfect. Thanks Anne!!

  4. Marcy says:

    The whole thing…just ridiculously cute. Erica and padraig are just a beautiful pair!
    Makes me happy to have a niece or nephew on the way! I see a set in my future!

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  6. Donna says:

    The cutest evahh! Baby, mom, pattern, photos, everything!

  7. Michelle says:

    Just a little pea in his pod…

  8. cherie says:

    Oh, it’s lovely, and Padraig is just a little sweetie!

  9. Jo Morgan says:

    Makes me want to go out and find a pregnant friend!

  10. Mary-Heather says:

    Love the little sleep set! Padriag is adorable of course, and oh my gosh Erica is just GLOWING! Awwww such happiness. :)

  11. What an adorable sack of cuteness! So snuggly and cuddly.

  12. Bobbie in AK says:

    Oh, Padraig is so sweet!
    This is a perfect gift for our friends newborn son. Thanks, Anne!

  13. Bonnie says:

    Baby Padraig is so very sweet! And, Erica!!! I cannot get over how beautiful Mom looks after all these months of growing and then birthing! Good job!!!
    On, Ann, good job, too! The snuggly is a perfect gift.

  14. Marilyn says:

    The sleepsack is darling and Padraig is perfect (and perfectly beautiful snoozing inside it). Another wonderful and thoughtful pattern from KnitSpot.

  15. Robby says:

    It’s like the Luxe Snuggy. Cute baby not included. And now? Now, I am intensely jealous of Padraig. When is the full-sized version coming?

  16. Katharine says:

    I giggle every time I read the pattern name. So cute. I love the vanilla cotton. It looks yummy!

  17. Phyllis says:

    Soooooo, sooooooo cute. Too cute for words.

  18. beckie says:

    I love the snuggle sack and I am pretty sure Padraig does too. Just look at the way he is gazing at you when you are holding him. I think you have a buddy in him for certain!

  19. Judy says:

    Don’t have any one in mind right now to knit this for, but couldn’t wait to buy and print out the pattern. It is so-o-o cute. Thank you, Anne, for another great pattern. (Which reminds me, will you be making Padraig’s little Sky Ladder sweater available for purchase? I loved it, too!)

  20. Susie says:

    Oh….my……gosh! Absolutely precious!!!

  21. megan leslie says:

    addoooorable!!
    the sweetest baby ever :)

  22. Kristi says:

    Beautiful…Padraig, Erica and baby sack!

  23. josiekitten says:

    Super cute!! And Buddy just wants his chin tickled!!

  24. Carol P says:

    Padraig is adorable and the Knitspot logo olive and red pimento is the cutest ever!
    You look great Erica!

  25. Jane says:

    What a beautiful baby! The sleep sack is cute too!

  26. Mom says:

    Oh my how beautiful!!! Lovely snug sack, and how Padraig loves to be snugly bulgy!!

  27. Mom says:

    Oh my how beautiful!!! Lovely snug sack, and how Padraig loves to be snuggly buggly!

  28. jenn says:

    Erica, you look amazing! Such a wonderful postpartum glow…and what a beautiful baby. Lastly, as always Anne, thank you for another great pattern! I loved this blog post…so much love & beauty!

  29. Pam says:

    Already ordeted some vanilla yarn and purchased the pattern. I will be a grandma this coming spring. What a perfect gift!

  30. Danielle says:

    what a great idea! i especially love the set in the bare vanilla color – so peaceful and cozy looking. and erica you look fantastic!! :)

  31. Jocelyn says:

    I love it! I definitely could have used a few of those when the girls were little…

  32. Mitty says:

    Baby Knitspot as an olive–too cute! I love the design in vanilla. It’s a great idea to have the hat separate. I got a couple of hooded sacks when my dd was a baby, and they never fit correctly. When the baby moved, the hood didn’t somehow.

  33. Eleanor says:

    So is Padraig’s new nickname “Pimento”?