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Topic: Breastfeeding cover up--yarn/fiber/pattern suggestions?  (Read 1617 times)
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« on: May 06, 2007 07:21:19 AM »

Hi, I did a search and didn't find anything on this topic.  I was wondering if anyone might have some specific suggestions on patterns/fibers/yarns for a breastfeeding cover up, or if anyone has actually made one that worked well (or badly!).
I'm thinking something with enough coverage to make mom comfortable, machine washable, and light enough not to make a baby uncomfortable.
Suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2007 07:45:03 AM »

My opinion is that a knitted cover up may be too hot?  I have one for my son and he's always sweating under it.  I bought the Bebe Au Lait and I've sewed some as well.  If you made it, make with DK weight yarn so it's not so heavy.  Maybe just some Bernat Softee?  Either way, I think it may be WAY to hot!  And heavy too.  Just my opinion though.
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2007 02:11:34 PM »

Personally I think we should stop covering up breastfeeding.  It is, after all, what nature intended.  I always nursed my babies in public and never once used a cover up.

But since you asked - I'd use a lightweight (DK or baby) acrylic blend yarn and knit it in a somewhat lacy pattern forming little vent holes that will help with the coolness/airiness of it.
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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2007 02:20:42 PM »

saw this recently.  It's a discrete, convertible nursing top. Smiley http://www.knitty.com/issuespring05/PATTpeekaboob.html
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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2007 03:24:20 PM »

Personally I think we should stop covering up breastfeeding.  It is, after all, what nature intended.  I always nursed my babies in public and never once used a cover up.

Thanks for your thoughts. I understand there are ideological positions on this issue, but that's not my focus.
I also realize that babies are messy and grab at things, so suggestions for the best way to accomplish knitting a nursing cover up for a Mom that wants one (this is not an unsolicited gift) would be great. Thanks.
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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2007 03:27:32 PM »

saw this recently.  It's a discrete, convertible nursing top. Smiley http://www.knitty.com/issuespring05/PATTpeekaboob.html

Thanks!  I am thinking more shawl/coverish, but this is interesting, if I have time for another project.   Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2007 04:18:30 PM »

As far as patterns go you could just make a medium sized blankie with a button loop/strap on one corner. This way mom can slip it (the loop/strap) under her bra strap, button it in place, and spread the blankie out to cover up. As a mom who breastfed and covered up while I did so, I simply used one of those thin receiving blankets you can get like 3 in package from the Dollar Store and tucked one corner under my bra strap. So, if you knitted it like a lightweight blanket, it could still be used as a blankey after mom has finished nursing. The only real concern would be the button, but you could do a tie maybe or somethingorother.
You could start looking here at blankeys:
http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/baby_blankets.php

A very light thin yarn could work, especially one that breathed well- maybe a lightweight cotton would be nice, or a soy or silk.. The project itself doesn't have to be thick, it could be lacey airy... the point is to cover mom's bits to give her a bit more comfort and/or be a blinder for baby to keep him at task instead of looking around (which both of mine did if I did not cover).

Good Luck- I'd love to see what you come up with seeing as baby #3 will be arriving soonly.  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2007 04:53:13 PM »

Disclaimer: I've been a baby, but not a mother.

You will probably want something lightweight and machine washable.  Cotton or soft acrylic would work well.  You could do a shawl pattern... a passerby would only see a shawl with baby feet sticking out.  It should not be obvious that you're breastfeeding - if it is obvious, someone is bound to complain and try to send you off to the bathroom (!).
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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2007 08:37:59 PM »

Thanks for the feedback!  I'm strongly considering this pattern:
http://www.heartstringsfiberarts.com/a71.shtm
In this yarn:
http://www.simplyknitting.com/productDetail.jsp?yarnID=293
(I have 10 skeins of this yarn in colorway 60--greens--in the stash.) I'd use size 11 or so needles to make it a bit more breathable.
I'm a bit concerned that it says handwash for the yarn... Why in the world would cotton/acrylic blend be a handwash?
Does anyone have any thoughts?
Thanks again. 
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« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2007 04:49:18 AM »

Thanks for the feedback!  I'm strongly considering this pattern:
http://www.heartstringsfiberarts.com/a71.shtm
In this yarn:
http://www.simplyknitting.com/productDetail.jsp?yarnID=293
(I have 10 skeins of this yarn in colorway 60--greens--in the stash.) I'd use size 11 or so needles to make it a bit more breathable.
I'm a bit concerned that it says handwash for the yarn... Why in the world would cotton/acrylic blend be a handwash?
Does anyone have any thoughts?
Thanks again. 

I have no idea- you could always try makiing a small swatch and machine washing it.
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