A friend of mine pointed me in the direction of this pattern, and it just may become my go-to gift for new babies. It is quick, easy and beautiful. And once I have two infants at home, quick and easy is a must if I am to get any gift knitting done at all!
Pattern: Laurel Love Cocoon by Melissa Riley
Needles: Size 13 Circular 40" Needles (I used the Magic Loop Method)
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande
Made for: The Twins (Baby Boy and Baby Girl H)
First Cocoon Started: December 14, 2012
Completed: December 16, 2012
Second Cocoon Started: December 16, 2012
Completed: December 18, 2012
I learned the Magic Loop Method for this project, and while I found the method easy enough, I think I prefer the Two Circular Method of knitting for in the round to Magic Loop. I did have a little bit of difficulty with laddering/loose stitches at the sides, but I found if I paid close attention I could eliminate this as I was switching sides. I do prefer Magic Loop to the more fiddly double points for small circular projects.
If you are interested in learning Magic Loop, here are two tutorials I found helpful:
1. Knitting Daily
2. Commuter Knitter
I will have to take pictures of the cocoons with babies in them. I think the effect it lost without proper models to show them off.