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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Who wants a pacifier holder?

Edit:  Knitting pattern can be found here.

I knew that I would be making a lot of sacrifices as a mother.  Spending time with adults, going out whenever I wanted, showering, jogging, my house, clean laundry.  (Ok, these things make me sound like a slob, and I assure you that I am not.  Well, maybe a little?)  Without a doubt, the one thing I miss most as a new mother is sleeping through the night.  Coffee can only do so much.

As the result of holding a newborn who only sleeps when being held, I do a lot of web browsing with one free hand.  I read a lot of news articles and blogs.  I re-happened across this post by another cousin and was inspired to make my own pacifier holders.  I have been experimenting with some alternate designs, and I’m happy with how they have turned out.  See?

Sewn pacifier holder made with 100% polyester barnyard ribbon

Knit pacifier holder made with 100% cotton

Katie uses velcro to secure the pacifier to her handsome son’s holder.  Since I’m a mother to a beautiful girl, I wanted to avoid anything that would potentially damage a frilly outfit so I chose a polyester cord.

Pacifier holders are great for babies of all ages.  Newborns who spit them out with great force that they fly from your front door and into your lawn, or toddlers who like crawl around everywhere.  These holders will keep you from constantly retrieving pacifiers.

Every household should have at least one.

This is where the contest comes in.  I would like to give one of these away!  In the comment section below, please tell me about something you had to give up for someone, and do you regret it or not?  You don’t have to be a mom to comment.  Not even a dad.  Surely there is a small someone in your life who could use a pacifier holder and who is waiting for you to win them one.

Contest Details:  You will have until midnight on Mother’s Day (May 13, 2012) to reply (or rather, you have until I wake up very early on Monday morning).  I will pick a comment at random and then I will contact you to see which one you want.*   If you want another color than what is shown, I can let you know your ribbon or knit options.  I will ship this out at no cost to you.  Pacifier itself not included.

Cool, huh?  Now tell me your story.  🙂

* You’re better off picking the knit one.  My sewing skills are horrible.