Fisherman’s Baby Envelope

(Baby Shower Gift)

Knitting Pattern

By: Amal Saleh

Aka: Purpleneedle

Baby Shower Gift

This Baby project is knitted as one rectangular piece then folded like an envelope to receive the newborn and keep her/him warm. It makes an easy quick gift for any expectant mother.

The pattern is worked using size 7 US needles and worsted weight yarn category 4. Includes newborn size along with suggestions to customize dimensions and accommodate bigger babies.

Skill Level:

Easy Intermediate

Finished Measurements (Unwashed/Unblocked):

  • Width – 12 ½”
  • Length (Folded) – 20 ½”

Needles & Markers:

  • Straight or Circular Size 7 US (4.5mm)
  • Dpns or Circular Size 4 US (3.5mm)
  • Two ring markers & one removable marker (optional)


  • The featured project is worked using Sincerely, Purl Essence Baby yarn. Color, Sincerely Lavender.
  • To complete this envelope, you may need about 250 grams or 474 yards (1 ½ Skeins).

Buttons or Zippers:

  • Zippers are ideal for this project because iCord provides the stability needed to hand sew or machine sew a zipper on each side of the envelop. If you decide on zippers, you may need two 12” long.
  • If you decide on buttons, I recommend buying them after completing the project so you can try them on and make sure they’re the right size and style. For this project you may need about 10 buttons.

Gauge (Unwashed/Unblocked):

  • Garter – 4 stitches & 4 ridges in one inch.
  • Fisherman’s Rib – 4 stitches & 8 rows in one inch.


  • This pattern is worked as one piece and presented in three parts: Hood Section, Back Section, and Front Section.
  • The Hood Section is worked in garter rows then the Cast On edge is folded in half and joined to form the hood.
  • The Back Section is worked in repeated pattern of Fisherman’s Rib, bordered and interrupted by garter rows.
  • The Front Section is the same as the Back Section with the addition of the buttonholes.
  • All borders are finished by continuous iCord using Dpns.
  • The Buttons featured in this project are not sewed on. They’re placed for presentation proposes.
  • After I finished writing this pattern, I discovered that the yarn I used is discontinued and replaced by another brand. Luckily the yarn brand does not affect the pattern in any way. So if you could not find the same yarn, any Aran worsted weight yarn will work perfectly for this project.
  • To avoid allergy in newborn it’s recommended that you use acrylic or cotton fibers.

Stitches & Techniques:

Before starting on this project please make sure you master the following:

  • Cable Cast On or Provisional Cast On
  • Garter Stitch
  • Fisherman’s Rib (K1b, P1)
  • Button Holes
  • 3 Needles Bind Off
  • iCord
Bo Bind Off
Co Cast On
K Knit
K1b Knit One Below
K2tog Knit Two Together
P Purl
Repeat Repeat rows or stitches between round brackets
Ridges Ridges in Garter are formed by two rows of knit every stitch or two rows of purl every stitch. In garter it’s easier to count ridges than rows.
RS Right Side
SSK Slip, Slip, Knit
Sts Stitches
Yo Yarn Over
WS Wrong Side



  • Hood Section

Using larger size needle and Cable Cast On, or Provisional Cast On, Co 51 Sts

Rows Instructions
R1 to R50 Work 25 Ridges in Garter

Do not cut yarn at the end of this section; just continue knitting  the next section

  • Back Section
Rows Instructions
R1 K5, K1b, (P1, K1b) Repeat until last five Sts, K5
R2 K5, P1, (K1b, P1) Repeat until last five Sts, K5
R3 to R18 Repeat R1 & R2
R19 to R24 Work 3 Ridges in Garter
R25 to R144 Repeat R1 to R24 five more times or until piece measures 21” from Co

Do not cut yarn at the end of this section; just continue knitting the next section

  • Front Section
Rows Instructions
R1 to R6 K (work 3 Ridges of Garter)
R7, R9, R11, R13, R17, R19, R21, R23 K5, K1b, (P1, K1b) Repeat until last five Sts, K5
R8, R10, R12, R14, R16, R18, R20, R22, R24 K5, P1, (K1b, P1) Repeat until last five Sts, K5
R15 (Button Hole) K1, K2tog, Yo, K2, K1b (P1, K1b) Repeat until last five Sts,

K2, Yo, SSK, K1

R25 to R120 Repeat R1 to R24 four more times or until piece measures 34” from Co
R121 to R126 K (work 3 Ridges of Garter) Do Not Bo (keep stitches alive on waste yarn or stitch holder to be used later in iCord)

Finishing & Edging:

  • Hood – Using smaller size needles, pick up stitches from Cable Co edge or Provisional Co Edge, fold in half and use Three Needles Bo to close the hood and form the triangular shape.
  • iCord – Using smaller (or larger) size needles, start the iCord at the last Row of the Back Section and end it at the first row of the front section so when you sew to connect the two ends of the iCord will be hidden in the corner folding of the envelop.
  • Fold the envelope as seen in photo and add buttons or zippers.


How To Customize Size

  • When casting on, add or subtract 2 stitches to increase or decrease the width of this baby envelope.
  • You can increase or decrease the length by adding or subtracting ridges (2 rows) from Garter rows or 2 rows from Fisherman’s rows.

How To Avoid Mistakes

  • Garter sides can be easily confused even by experienced knitters.To avoid such confusion place removable marker on the Wrong Side (or the Right Side) when working the Hood Section.
  • When starting the Back Section, place a ring marker after the first five stitches and before the last five stitches. It will help remind the pilot knitter inside you that you are starting or ending the Fisherman’s Rib.

27 thoughts on “Fisherman’s Baby Envelope

  1. Just starting the front section of this Fisherman’s Baby Envelope. Love the way it is coming together but am confused on the pattern change for the front vs the back. Each section of the back has 18 rows of the Fisherman’s stitch but as the pattern is written the front has only 10 rows (these counts do not include the garter stitch ridges). In looking at the pictures on the purpleneedle wordpress website, however, the front section shows a row count consistent with the 18 rows of Fisherman’s. Can anyone or the pattern designer help me please?! As written the front is 34 rows less than the back which seems too short to me but what do I know. Thanks all!

    1. Sandy you are absolutely right. The Front Section Fisherman’s Stitches rows should mirror the Back Section. My only excuse is that I was lost in editing after R16. I’ll fix it. Thank you Sandy and sorry for the confusion.

  2. I am just finishing the baby envelop (which my daughter requested and I love!) and now am confused about the iCord finish…I understand where to start and stop but I’ve never done this stitch before. When I come to the live stitches is it a different process? Might you have a link that would help me with this?

    1. Hi Judy, if you’ve never done an iCord or applied iCord, you may need to practice first making an iCord using waste yarn then practice applied iCord on a swatch or a washcloth.
      The following link shows how to work an iCord
      The following link shows how to work applied iCord

      You’ll notice that when working applied iCord you’ll need to pick up stitches from the garment edge and incorporate them in the icord. When you reach the live stitches edge you can use those live stitches and incorporate them in the applied iCord. I hope that helps.

  3. If applied iCord seemed too hard, you can pick up stitches from all edges and knit in the round 4 to 5 rows of stockinetts which will curve on its self in a tube like border.

    1. Hi Carol Filmer. You do not attach the hood because you actually start working the hood and continue to finish the back then the front in a rectangular shape and once you’re done, you’ll fold the hood cast on edge in half and sew them together or use three needles bind off to close them and that will form the hood. I hope that helps.

    1. Hi Jackie, it’s better to practice the icord on a swatch or washcloths before applying it to any project.
      If you find icord annoying you can use a long circular needle to pick up and knit stitches from all around the envelop then knit five to six rows of stockinette stitches which will curl on itself and look like icord

  4. Hi I am just about to work the Icord on the pattern but am confused on how many stitches to use. Do I use them all? PLEASE HELP

    1. Hi Nancy, I’m not sure why I have not seen your question until now. I have never even received a notification from word press, or perhaps I missed it somehow. Sorry!
      If you are using smaller size needle then you can use all the stitches but if you are using the same size needle then skip a stitch every two to three stitches. I hope that helps.

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