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My soaker pattern

Wool Diaper Cover (Soaker) to knit [and crochet! (see edit of 5/31/07 below)] in the round

Size Hip over diaper
Newborn aprox 12"
Small (0-6 months) aprox 14"
Medium (6-12 months) aprox 16"
Large (12-24 months) aprox 18"
Toddler aprox 20"

Yarn needed: worsted weight, at least 75% wool
Gauge: 5 sts to the inch
Needles: 16" circulars (or a set of double points) in size to give you the above gauge

Instructions given for newborn [small, medium, larger, toddler]

- Cast on 56 [72, 80, 88, 96] sts. Join for knitting in the round.
- Work in k2, p2 ribbing for 4 [5, 5, 6, 6] rows.
- Eyelet row for all sizes: (k2, yarn over, p2tog) repeat around.
- Continue in k2, p2 ribbing for another 4 [5, 5, 6, 6] rows.
- Work in stocking or garter st for 3.5" [4", 4", 4", 4"].
- Place 12 [16, 17, 19, 21] sts on a stitch holder.
- You will now be working back and forth on the remaining 44 [56, 63, 69, 75] sts.
- Dec 1 st at the beginning and end of every other row until 12 [16, 17, 19, 21] sts remain.
- Weave these sts together with the ones you placed on the holder.

Finishing touches:
- Knit an icord tie and thread through the eyelets.
- Add cuffs if you desire by picking up one st for every row along the leg opening. Stocking st cuff works great (it rolls nicely), or a ribbed cuff works too.

Use your ascii imagination...
This is what the soaker looks like before you weave the sts together.

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Here's what it roughly looks like after weaving the sts together.

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Please note that I have not tested all of the sizes, but according to my calculations, they should be pretty accurate. Please let me know if you have any problems with or suggestions for my pattern.

(Edited 5/31/2007: Soaker pattern update - CROCHET CONVERSION)
chalynm has kindly converted all of the knitting instructions for my pattern into crocheted versions. I have not personally tested these patterns, but I have every confidence that chalynm's attention to detail is superb!

General info about the crochet conversions.
Crochet Conversion - Size Newborn
Crochet Conversion - Size Small
Crochet Conversion - Size Medium
Crochet Conversion - Size Large
Crochet Conversion - Size Toddler

(Edited 4/25/2006: Soaker pattern update - argyle knitting charts)
I've created a couple of argyle knitting charts for the pattern. Now, everyone can have a preppy diaper cover! Well, as long as the small or large size soaker will work for you. The 12-st repeat argyle pattern will also work for the toddler size, but I didn't get a chance to chart it out.

The chart for the size small.

The chart changes for the size large.

(Edited 8/16/2004: Soaker pattern update - decreasing tips)


You can try placing your decreases one or two stitches away from the edge. It makes the decreases visible, but it can make for a smoother edge to pick up stitches from. I like to do my decreases this way. Another thing that might be helpful is to make your decreases symmetrical. If you ssk (slip, slip, knit) for the first decrease and k2tog (knit 2 together) for the second, your decreases will slant in the opposite directions. A little fussy, maybe; but it looks great.

Maybe I should explain in more detail...let's say you are knitting the newborn soaker and have 44 stitches on your needle at the point you are ready to start the decreases. On the first decrease row you would do the following:

k1, ssk, k38, k2tog, k1

You basically have a "cushion" of one knitted stitch on either side of your decrease. If you wanted a "cushion" of two stitches instead, your row would look like this:

k2, ssk, k36, k2tog, k2



Gorgeous Kool-Aid dyed soaker by wetlandsusie

Another cute soaker by wetlandsusie

A lovely soaker by hotchips

A great soaker proudly knitted by Iaso with a thick thin yarn.

Detail of the neat texture in above soaker by Iaso.

A super cute soaker made by Lynn with Kool-Aid dyed wool.

A lovely Kool-Aid dyed soaker by Wendy

Wendy's soaker in action...

More Kool-Aid dyed cuteness by Wendy (the flower embellishment is from Knitty.com)

This little beauty was made by Marcy Bell with a thick/thin yarn she spun and dyed herself!

Tabitha's wonderful soaker she made by knitting with 2 strands of yarn at once.

Wendy R. made this delightful soaker out of Crystal Palace Iceland wool.

felixmum knitted this adorable striped soaker as a gift.

An action shot of another great soaker by felixmum. Isn't the embroidery on the back just the cutest?!

This stunning blue soaker was knitted by Christina.

Mandy's adorable soaker.

Feel free to send more my way, and I'll happily host and post them.



Oct. 29th, 2004 09:06 am (UTC)
soaker pants or longie pattern
I just love your soaker pattern that is knitted in the round. Do you have a pattern or know where to get one (preferably free) to knit the long soaker pants (longies or leggings) in the round as well. Your directions are great. Thanks:)
Nov. 1st, 2004 06:21 am (UTC)
Re: soaker pants or longie pattern
My favorite in-the-round longies knitting pattern is by my knitting hero, Elizabeth Zimmermann, and is from her book titled "Knitter's Almanac." Below is a picture of a pair that I made. The waistline might look a little small, but it is VERY stretchy with lots of growing room...and the roomy butt has lots of diaper-bottom room. It's not free, but maybe you could find the book at your local library. Unfortunately, I don't know of any free patterns that I like as well as this one.

Nov. 2nd, 2004 05:19 pm (UTC)
Re: soaker pants or longie pattern
Thank you so much for the tip. I could not find the "Knitter's Almanac" at my local bookstore, but I have requested that my library obtain it from an out of town library for me. Can't wait as this is what I have been looking for and the feet are a bonus! The soaker I made from your pattern came out just great. It worked up so fast! I'm impressed and can't wait to make more in other colors. Thanks a bunch :)
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Dec. 21st, 2004 01:39 pm (UTC)
Re: soaker pants or longie pattern
They are knit in the round.
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Dec. 24th, 2004 04:25 pm (UTC)
Re: soaker pants or longie pattern
I used Regia Crazy Colors yarn, a wool and nylon blend sock yarn.
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Re: soaker pants or longie pattern - cyntergomes - May. 9th, 2005 07:09 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Re: soaker pants or longie pattern - cyntergomes - May. 9th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 15th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC)
Re: soaker pants or longie pattern
I only had a chance to take a quick look at this pattern, but it appeared to only be given in one size that I'm guessing is for a small baby, yet I think you mentioned that you made them to fit an 18 month old. Was that using the instructions in the book or did you have to adjust the pattern? I'd love to make some of these for the winter when my son will be 18-22 months, but I have no idea how to calculate the necessary changes.
Aug. 15th, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC)
Re: soaker pants or longie pattern
I used the instructions in the book. The key is the gauge of the yarn. The baby I made my longies for was skinny and was wearing things longer than most little ones are able to. My guess is that if you follow the pattern but use a yarn that knits up somewhere around 5.5 stitches to the inch, you'll probably have longies that fit an 18-22 month old. Good luck!
Aug. 16th, 2005 11:24 am (UTC)
Re: soaker pants or longie pattern
Thanks so much! I appreciate your advice.
Jan. 5th, 2006 05:04 am (UTC)
Re: soaker pants or longie pattern
I'm doing well enough on this longie pattern so far (once I figured out how to increase properly). I've gotten down to the part where I'm starting on the bootee foot. I think I've done the instep (what looks to me to be the top of the foot), but I really don't understand the next couple of steps. I've got a rectangle of instep with a needle on the end, and 3 still back around the ankle at the bottom of the ankle cuff. How exactly do I knit up 11 sts along sides of the rectangle and continue in stocking-st for 10 rounds???? I think I know which 11 stitches it's talking about (the loose ones created by the slip/purls on the instep edges), but can't figure out which needle to use where my yarn left off, etc. Thanks!
Jan. 5th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
Re: soaker pants or longie pattern
It's helps to use a set of 5 needles at this point. Double pointed needles often come in either sets of 4 or 5. And you are correct, the stitches you'll pick up are along the instep edges.

Do that help?
Jan. 5th, 2006 02:11 pm (UTC)
Re: soaker pants or longie pattern
I do have a set of 5. Do I pick up those stitches on a needle? On both sides and then work in the round for 10 rounds? I have trouble imagining how that would make a foot shape. Wouldn't there then be a hole in the bottom of the foot?
Jan. 5th, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC)
Re: soaker pants or longie pattern
Well, yes, there would be a hole in the bottom of the foot, but the pattern has you finish that off and close the hole.

But to answer your other question:
Yes, you pick those stitched up on a needle, both sides (working in a rectangle now)

Here's a great little tutorial on picking up stitches, maybe it will help you visualize the process.
Re: soaker pants or longie pattern - jedierika - Jan. 5th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC) - Expand


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