Barrel o' Monkey

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Barrel o' Monkey Pattern


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Skill Level:

small skill level requirement Beginner

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit, purl, increase/decrease

Pattern Description:

A soft snuggle sack and cap for infants aged newborn to 3 months. This cocoon-shaped garment keeps a wiggly baby covered while being carried, nursed, rocked, or while strapped securely in an infant carrier. The sack is constructed in the round in one piece from the top, with short-row shaping for extra coverage from drafts at the back of the neck. The cap in two sizes (S/L) is also knit in the round to match or work in a contrasting color.
Substituting yarn and/or needles may result in an overall variation in size.
Never leave a baby unattended while wearing a cuddle sack; not intended to be worn for sleeping


17 sts and 26 rows = 4 inches in stockinette on body needle

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • sack: 20 inches in circumference by 21 inches in length cap: 11.5(13) inches in circumference to fit heads up to 14(15.5) inches around


  • sack: 275 yards cap: 75(100) yards of any non-mercerized cotton worsted weight with approximately 50 yards per ounce
  • Needles: size 8US (5.0 mm) 16-inch circular needle for body, or size to obtain correct gauge size 6US (4.0 mm) 16-inch circular needle for edgings DPNs same size as body needle for bottom shaping

Suggested yarn:

275 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Ecobutterfly Organics Pakucho Organic Cotton Worsted


Deep Green

About Designer

About Designer

Anne Hanson on

I am the owner of Knitspot - knitting patterns, clubs, and artisan yarns. I am a life-long knitter with a background in the fashion and graphic design fields, and began designing clothing, knitwear and accessories during the 1970s. I teach and write about knitting, spinning, and designing at my blog, Knitspot. I live and work in Ohio with David, who loves wool, too.

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