One Piece Bed Wrap (Vintage)

One piece bed wrap

This vintage bed wrap (also known as a shrug or cocoon) was designed in 1933. It is knit in one piece from DK weight wool, beginning with the wool used single on smaller needles, and changing to jumbo 3/8″ needles and doubled yarn for the centre.

Materials Required

3 ozs. each Greenock Scottish Fleece in two contrasting colors: Blue/White, Pink/White or any other desired shades.

One pair of Pins (knitting needles), UK size 6/US 8/5mm

One pair of Knitting Pins, 3/8 inch Leviathan. Note: Leviathan is just a name for any very large needles. This particular size is 3/8 of an inch or 9.5mm in diameter. You can use needles that are metric 9 or 10mm or US size 13


With white wool cast on 36 stitches and work k2, p2 rib for 5 inches. Take contrasting shade of wool and knit both together (working in garter stitch), increasing 1 stitch at beginning and end of every row until 72 stitches are on needle.

Take the large needles and knit plain for 40 inches or length required.

Now use size 6 needles and decrease 1 stitch at beginning and end of every row until 36 sts remain.

Take white wool and work k2, p2 rib for 5 inches. Cast of loosely, sew up cuffs.

Finish with a crochet edging either in rabbit wool, silk, or wool around part knitted with large pins. Tie in front with ribbon.

One Response to One Piece Bed Wrap (Vintage)

  1. lorief1 says:

    thanks so much for sharing this pattern! I’ve been looking for something like this for some time and i think this will do the trick nicely!!