14 February 2009

Placenta Pattern beta

Knitted Placenta

Please bear with me.. this is the first time I have ever tried to write a pattern. It has not been tested either, so all feedback is greatly appreciated and will go to improving the pattern (not to mention my pattern writing skills)

This was made from stash yarn so my preference was realistic colour over anything else. I ended up with two different width wools-
Patons Jet- colour number 8 variegated reds x1
Spotlight Basics Entwine- colour number 231 variegated purples x1


Set of 4 9mm dpns for placenta

2 6mm dpns for icord umbilical cord

(I used a long circular with the work divided into three sections)

Tapestry needle

4 stitch markers

Fleece, hobby fill or waste yarn for stuffing

Worked in the round all in one piece


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R1 kfb each stitch. Arrange stitches on 3 dpns, using a marker after the first stitch to indicate the start of round [12 stitches]

R2 knit

R3 *k1 kfp k1 kfb k1* continue this pattern for the round [18 stitches]

R4 knit

R5 *k1 kfb k3 kfb k1* as above [24]

R6 knit

R7 *k1 kfb k5 kfb k1* continue [30]

Continue increasing 6 stitches in this pattern every second round until the placenta reaches the desired circumference

Purl 1 round for a defined edge


R1 *knit to halfway along dpn k2tog pm knit to last two stitches on dpn k2tog* repeat on other two dpns

R2 knit

R3 *k to 2 stitches before marker k2tog sm k to 2 stitches k2tog* repeat

R4 knit

Continue decreasing this way until there are 12 stitches left.

Cut the two strands of yarn about 1 meter in length (longer if you want a longer umbilical cord)

Thread both strands of wool on a tapestry needle and run the needle through the stitches.

Remove 1 strand from the needle and thread the remaining one through a further 6 stitches.

Don't pull tightly yet as you will need to stuff the placenta.

Using desired fill, lightly stuff the placenta through the hole.

Picking up stitches either side of 1st strand, make an icord. Repeat for second icord. As I mentioned, the wools I used were two different sizes so to make the icord the same size I used 4 stitches for the red and 3 for the purple.

Once icord reaches desired length thread the remaining yarn through tapestry needle, run the yarn through the stitches, pull and secure.

Wrap icords around each other and sew together.

To help the fill stay in place, sew the top and bottom together with just a couple of stitches along each decrease line.

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This pattern is for personal use only. Please do not sell items made from this pattern.


  1. Lisa, this looks great. I will have to give it a test run.

  2. Well I can't offer any feedback because I have no idea about patterns, but it looks great :)

  3. Looks great Lisa - I'll have a test of it tonight if you like, and send you an email tomorrow with feedback :)

  4. Love the placenta! Sadly, I won't be making one of my own, I'm a real gumby when it comes to knitting :(

  5. i haven't been by in a while.
    congratulations on your new hungry caterpillar.
    loving the knitted organs

  6. HI-
    I am a midwifery student doing an extra credit project on placenta implantation. I will be knitting a uterus and several placentas and would love to use your pattern. Can you tell me how big this placenta ends up? Thank you so much for your ingenious knit!

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