Many mothers swear by baby slings, saying that babies in slings are much happier and less fussy than babies in strollers or backpack-style carriers. Slings can be purchased, sewn or crocheted, but crocheted slings are good projects for expectant mothers on bed rest.
Things You'll Need
- 12 ounces worsted weight cotton yarn
- Size G crochet hook (may need F or H instead)
- Measuring tape
- Row counter
- Crochet needle
Begin by chaining 6, then joining the end to the beginning to make a ring.
Chain 3 and work double crochet stitches into the space inside the chain 6 ring, chain 1 and work 2 more double crochet stitches. Chain 3 and continue working in the round, putting a double crochet stitch into each chain-1 space and chaining 1. Increase as you go to form an oblong pouch of the right size for your baby.
Make the shoulder strap in two parts by switching to rows and decreasing often until you have the right width for the first half of the strap. For the second half, attach yarn to the pouch and work in rows, taking care to make the strap as wide as on the first half and decreasing in the same manner. Slip stitch the two sides of the shoulder strap together.
Use a contrasting color to work a row of reverse single crochet stitches around both edges of the shoulder strap and along the top of the pouch on both sides.
Weave the ends into the reverse single crochet stitches and finish off.
Tips & Warnings
- The sling will seem too small when you finish it, but when you add the baby, it will stretch out nicely.
- It will be up to you to determine whether the sling you made is safe to carry your baby in. Try it out over a bed so if the sling doesn't work properly the baby will fall onto the mattress.
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