Happy Knappy Knitting Pattern
The Happy Knappy is a knitted creation by Alison Blenkinsop to show how baby poo should change in the first five days.
- Wool—cream or white chunky or 2 strands of DK wool (20-25gm)
- Needles—size 7 or 8 needles
Cast on 36 loosely
Knit 6 rows (slip the first stitch loosely of each row, to keep the edge neat)
Row 7: decrease 1 at beg and end of row – looks the neatest by reversing direction of st at opp ends, ie sl 1, dec 1 (sl 1, k1, pass sl st over), k to last 3, k 2 tog, k1
Row 8: k
Continue to dec 1 at each end of alternate rows until 16 st remain (27 rows)
K 19 rows
Row 47: increase 1 at beg and end of alt rows to get 36 st (ie sl 1, inc 1, k to last 2 st, inc 1, k 1)
Row 66: k 6 rows
Cast off firmly
- Wool—double-knit thickness, or 2 strands of 4-ply which can give a mottled or in-between effect if you can’t find the right colour. Two strands also makes for neater increases. Textured wool is good for the last 2 days. You’ll need 4-5 metres.
- Needles—size 10 or 11 needles
Colours and stitches for the different days:
- Black—stocking stitch right side out
- Dark green/black plus dark green—st st right side out
- Sludgy browny-green—st st wrong side out
- Browny-yellow—garter stitch OK if textured, or st st wrong side out
- Golden/mustard yellow—garter stitch OK if textured, or moss st
Cast on 7
Work as above; for days 1-3 (and 4 if not using moss stitch), 1st row: purl
2nd row: inc at each end of alt rows until 15 st (experiment to
get the shape you want). If using 2 strands of wool, inc by
working each strand separately
Dec at each end of alt rows until 7 st remain
Sew poos invisibly on nappy as shown in the picture.
Contact Jane Neesam to buy the Nappy Pack (£3 plus p&p). The pack contains the pattern, balls of wool and the accompanying song, which starts “On the first day of feeding, your babe will give to you a wee and a sticky black poo”.
The Five Days of Feeding (tune: the 12 days of Christmas)
On the first day of feeding, your babe will give to you
a wee and a sticky black poo.
On the second day of feeding, your babe will give to you
two little wees and a less sticky, thinner dark poo.
On the third day of feeding, your babe will give to you
three little wees, two little burps and a big greeny-browny soft poo.
On the fourth day of feeding, your babe will give to you
four little wees, three little farts, two little burps and a nice runny toffee-brown poo.
On the fifth day of feeding, your babe will give to you
five bi-ig wees:
four little farts,
three big burps,
and a large golden mustard-seed poo!
©Alison Blenkinsop –(Feel free to use it, but please keep my name with it) – from Fit to Bust – a comic treasure chest
This lighthearted look at breastfeeding and motherhood was written by a former IBCLC and associate LCGB member, Alison Blenkinsop, to raise funds for Baby Milk Action. LCGB is a member of the Baby Feeding Law Group and supports Baby Milk Action in its aim of protecting breastfeeding and protecting babies fed on formula milk.
(2nd edition, Lonely Scribe 2011. RRP £12.99)
For more information and to read a sample chapter of Fit to Bust, email Alison.