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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.


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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.



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(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

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(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.

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

NOTES ON DECREASING:

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


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PHOTOS OF SOAKERS MADE FROM THIS PATTERN:

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.
cyntergomes(at)livejournal(dot)com

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Comments

zjandosmom
Mar. 31st, 2005 10:52 am (UTC)
pattern
Hi,
I found your pattern and really love it! My question is this if I knit them up may I sell them using your pattern? I made a few small changes here and there mostly because I can't leave anything alone! I know realistically I will only knit up 2-3 a month ( I have 3 under 6), but I didn't want to use your pattern without permission. Thanks,
Kathy Taylor
zippymom@gmail.com
cyntergomes
Mar. 31st, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
Re: pattern
Hi Kathy. No, I don't mind if you make and sell a few covers using this pattern. Thank you so much for asking. Good luck in your knitting endeavor! (And if you get a chance, send along pictures...I'd love to see your versions of the soaker.)
zjandosmom
Mar. 31st, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC)
Re: pattern
thank you! I really appreciate it.
kathy
dadateacher
Apr. 23rd, 2005 11:01 pm (UTC)
Re: pattern
Hi,
I had the same question as the person above. I was wondering if I might sell a couple of soakers that I make using a variation of your pattern? I love it! Thank you so much for posting it!
cyntergomes
Apr. 24th, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC)
Re: pattern
Sure, feel free.
tigrrgrr
Aug. 3rd, 2005 09:00 am (UTC)
Re: pattern
And I have the same question as the previous two. Don't think I'll be doing any variation on it and I'd be happy to credit it back to you.
cyntergomes
Aug. 3rd, 2005 12:52 pm (UTC)
Re: pattern
That sounds fine to me. Thanks for asking.
Re: pattern - bouncingsolo - Oct. 8th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: pattern - cyntergomes - Oct. 9th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC) - Expand
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lunawatcher
Jan. 3rd, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
Re: pattern
May I as well??? I love your pattern! :) Beautiful! And I would be sure to credit back to you as well.
cyntergomes
Jan. 3rd, 2006 07:34 pm (UTC)
Re: pattern
Sure, you are welcome to sell soakers made from my pattern. Thank you for asking.
sugarpoisonappl
Mar. 3rd, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
Re: pattern
i'd also like to chime in and ask if i may use the pattern to make soakers and (attempt to) sell them. ^_^ i know you've said ok to others, but i prefer to ask for myself as well.
cyntergomes
Mar. 3rd, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
Re: pattern
I appreciate your conscientiousness. Sure, you have my permission to use my pattern to make and sell soakers. Good luck!!! Happy knitting.
Re: pattern - sugarpoisonappl - Mar. 3rd, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: pattern - justsurvive - Apr. 24th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: pattern - cyntergomes - Apr. 24th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC) - Expand
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cocosmommy
Jun. 6th, 2007 12:20 pm (UTC)
Re: pattern
I have the same question too! I'll most likely tweak it a bit, but I do want to ask for your permission to use your pattern to sell. Thank you for posting this wonderful pattern!
cyntergomes
Jun. 6th, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC)
Re: pattern
You have my permission! Good luck in your endeavour.
Re: pattern - flynd - Aug. 24th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC) - Expand
emkayess
Jul. 23rd, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
Re: pattern
I have the same question as the poster above. May I sell from your pattern? Thank you so much for posting it, it's great!

~Mary
cyntergomes
Jul. 23rd, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
Re: pattern
Sure, you are welcome to.

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