Knitting Pattern: Pacifier Holder

Since I published the post about my making a pacifier holder, there have been quite a few people finding my blog with the search phrases “knitted pacifier holder” and “diy pacifier holder.”  Since I for one know that I could not find a pattern for a pacifier holder when I wanted to make one, I feel guilty that people have been coming to my blog for a solution and not getting one.

I applaud you, internet friends, for your desire to make something yourself.  Let me at last reward you with a pattern.

For this project you will need:

  • Cotton Yarn — check your scraps!
  • Knitting Needles, Size 7
  • Polyester Cord
  • 1″ Mitten Clip (found in the sewing section of your local craft store)
  • Fabric Glue
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • Upholstery Needle

Stitch gauge: 5 stitches per inch.

Cast on five stitches (leaving a long tail) and knit until your desired length.  (I knit about eight inches.)  Bind off.  Cut yarn leaving another long tail.

Run the knitted lanyard through the mitten clip and then use the long tail sew the sides together as shown below.  (For extra support, I sewed along the top of the lanyard to secure the mitten clip in place.)

For the opposite end, you will want to have about six inches of cut polyester cord.  Fold about an inch of the lanyard on top of itself.  Run the folded cord through the lanyard. Fray the edges of the cord a bit and then glued the lanyard flap shut.  Follow the instructions for the setting of the glue.  (I set mine under some heavy books for 24 hours.)  After the glue is set, use the tail to sew the sides of the lanyard together.

Voilà!  A pacifier clip for your baby.

This is my first attempt at sharing a knitting pattern.  Please leave your feedback below!

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How we got our baby to sleep through the night (and how you can, too)!

We wanted to share how we managed this breakthrough with our other parenting friends out there who may be operating on minimal sleep.  Here’s our eight-day formula that you can use to get your own infant to sleep through the night.

Sunday  –  Go to the farmer’s market early in the morning.  Then go to church.  Then go to a park, perhaps a national forest.  Find a park ranger and shake her hand for a scavenger hunt.

Shake Hands with a Park Ranger

Monday – Have a grandparent visit with a family member that your baby has never met.  She will be held by loving arms.  Being passed back and forth will assure her that she is loved by many people.

Wren and her Aunty Ling Ling

Tuesday – With family members gone, schedule an evening session with other people.  For us, we went to our adoption support group.

Wednesday – Take your child with you to your former workplace.  Then to lunch with your former boss.

Thursday – Have more family members visit.  Preferably an aunt and an uncle with whom she is already familiar.

Friday – With family members gone, schedule a visit with someone who is curious about your child’s welfare.  For us, we had scheduled a post-placement visit with our adoption social worker.

Saturday – Go on a day trip!  Take twice as long to get there.  Going to a popular summer destination such as a beach town like we did is perfect!  Again, introduce your baby to more family members. Then take her to a sports game in the evening.  We found that a soccer game is very exciting for a three-month old.  Especially so when her cousin is the one who is singing the national anthem!  Fortunately, the fans at the game we went to had vuvuzelas which she learned how to eventually sleep through.  (I think that this is an important part of the process.)

Wren and her Cousin Faith

Sunday – The only repeat activity from the previous Sunday is going to church.  You will want to schedule a late evening dinner at the neighbor’s house.  Bathe her right before bedtime.  Put her in a familiar place and sweetly kiss her good night.  You will find that she will sleep through the night!

Disclaimer:  Okay, this isn’t for real.  And, just because she slept through one night does not mean that she slept through the next night.   Take last night.  I was up at 10:30, 11:30, 2:00, 4:00, 6:30.

This is a Life Changer

I spoke with my amazing boss yesterday.  She’s one of the blessings I count in my life.  That’s why what I told her was really tough.  Like put it off an extra day tough.  I had to tell her that I was accepting a new job with less pay.   You see, I’ve accepted an entry-level position as a diaper changer.  Yep, I’m going to be a Stay-At-Home-Mom.

I had intended to return to work after my maternity leave.  God intended something else.

I’ll get to read a variety of books:

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

Bringing Up Girls by Dr. James Dobson

I’ll get to teach exciting subjects:

Bible Stories

Important Life Skills like Potty Training

I’ll get to visit cool places more regularly:

Zoos

Playgrounds

I’ll learn how to cook exciting new meals:

Baby Food

More Baby Food

Anyway, I hear that I might be promoted out of this entry-level position within a year.