Pattern for a wrap (baby carrier)?


#1

As if I need a new project to work on…

You mamas out there who are into babywearing - do you know of a knitting pattern for a wrap, similar to a Moby wrap? I don’t even know if such a thing can be knitted, but I’d love to try.

Thanks!


#2

I have used a lot of baby wraps (have worn all 3 of my children over the past 7 years) including the moby, I wouldn’t want a knit one, personally.

IMO, the Moby is great for a very young baby. After about 15lbs, it stretches too much, and you have to keep re-tying it. Then a woven wrap, or a different carrier, works better.

However, if you were to knit one, diagonal stretch is best (most baby wraps are woven, and have this diagonal stretch) followed by vertical stretch - horizontal stretch is awful, and will be mostly unusable (you’d have a heck of time tying it tight and secure). I have not knitted enough yet to know to knit without stretch, or minimal stretch, but maybe someone else can chime in.


#3

I’d agree that the stretch factor would not make a knit baby wrap a very practical idea.

candice


#4

I’ve seen a pattern for a crocheted pouch sling, but not a wrap.

You could always knit and felt to avoid the stretch. Or you knit it small enough so that the stretch is what makes it wearable (which is what the pattern for the sling did).

Doing that, I’d probably make it out of cotton… my cotton pieces seem to stretch less than acrylic or wool. Just allow for shrinkage. I’m thinking knitting the wrap in garter stitch and the center portion in a rib to allow a bit of stretch where the baby would be. Although stockinette seems to stretch less than garter… and knitting a border on it would keep it from curling. Also remember that knitting generally stretches more in one direction than the other.

Now that you mention it, I’m thinking about knitting and felting a mei tai.


#5

you must take some classes of knitting.make your own pattern


#6

I carried three and with 12 years between lots of different carriers were popular over that time. Anything front pack is heavy after 12 pounds. I have had
A snuggle
Padded ring sling
Not padded ring slings with lots of extra fabric
Framed back pack
Mai tai
A moby wrap
A pouch sling sew by a friend out of beautiful raw hemp blend fabric, but it sagged way to much and had to be altered I would say from that experience that knitted fabric would be to stretchy
And even cotton gives under weight,
Felting would be to hot in most climates against a body. And felted ties to hard to tie do to thickness.
There are so many beautiful knitted thing for babies, maybe a carrier is on thing to get sewn for you ( lot of work from home moms sell custom items) and maybe you could trade for knit baby pants or soakers

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