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Knitted Uterus  


Many labor/delivery nurses, midwives, doulas and childbirth educators teach about anatomy/physiology of pregnancy, Braxton-Hicks contractions and effacement and dilating of the cervix. This pattern, from Connie Banack owner of MotherCare Birth Professionals in Canada, provides step by step instructions for making this valuable teaching tool. When combined with a baby and a pelvis, topics such as cesarean, posterior presentation, dystocia and more can be discussed. Our thanks to MotherCare Birth Professionals for allowing us to reprint this pattern.
Materials Needed:

Knitted worsted, 2 ounces
1 set double-pointed needles, size 6
1 doll’s head or child’s ball, 3-1/2" in diameter
Rayon seam binding or ribbon, 16" length
Following are directions for knitting a "uterus". The numbers in parentheses are for the larger size.

Directions
Cast on 48 sts. Divide evenly on three needles. Join. K2, P2 until cuff measures 2 inches. First round, incr. 1 st in every 6th st – 56 sts. K evenly for 6 (4) rounds. 8th (6th) round, inc. 1 st in every 7th st – 61 sts. K evenly for 6 (4) rounds. 15th (11th) round, incr. 1 st in every 8th st – 72 sts. K evenly for 6 (4) rounds. 22ns (16th) round, incr. 1 st in every 9th st – 80 sts. K evenly for 6 (4) rounds. 29th (21st) round, incr. 1 st in every 10th st – 88 sts. K evenly for 6 (4) rounds. 36th (26th) round, incr. 1 st in every 11th st – 96 sts. K evenly for 6 (4) rounds. 43rd (31st) round, incr. 1 st in every 12th st – 104 sts. K evenly for 6 (4) rounds. (For larger size, continue knitting 104 sts evenly for 5 inches.)
Decrease
First needle *K 11 sts, slip K, pass, repeat from * for entire round, Next round, *K 10 sts, slip, K, pass, repeat from * for entire round. Next round, *K 8 sts, skip, K, pass, repeat from * for entire round. Next round, *K 7 sts, slip, K, pass, repeat from * for entire round.
Next round, *K 5 sts, slip, K, pass, repeat from * for entire round.
Next round, *K 4 sts, slip, K, pass, repeat from * for entire round.
Next round, *K 3 sts, slip, K, pass, repeat from * for entire round.
Next round, *K 2 sts, slip, K, pass, repeat from * for entire round.
Next round, *K 1 sts, slip, K, pass, repeat from * for entire round.
Next round, * slip, K, pass, repeat from * for entire round.
Finishing
Draw yarn through remaining 8 stitches and fasten. Insert dolls head or ball. Weave seam binding or ribbon through to control opening.




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