The first project I completely finished when I was learning to knit was a diaper soaker back when I was trying to conceive my first son. I wanted to cloth diaper but we were on a limited budget and I couldn’t afford to buy all of the fancy diapers and covers so I decided to make my own. I started sewing my own diapers at the same time and by the time Viktor was born he had a complete stash and I had donated a bunch! Over the years I combined patterns I found and altered them to make my own version that I think is easy to make and fit my boys best. Every baby is built different so you have to figure out what works best for you!
Diaper Soaker Pattern
xxs/preemie: 12 inch waist
xsmall: 14 inch waist
small: 16 inch waist
medium: 18 inch waist
large: 20 inch waist
sized listed in pattern as xxs(xs,s,m.l)
*3-4 ounces of 100% wool yarn (not superwash!)
* 2 sets of double point needles(5 needles in each set), one set of size 5 and one set of size 7. You could also use circular needles in these sizes I just tend to prefer double points
* yarn needle
Gauge is 4 sts per inch
* Using size 5 needles, cast on 48(56, 64, 72, 80) stitches, spread evenly among four of your needles.
* Join the two ends, being careful to not twist the stitches and place a stitch marker or tie a piece of yarn at your joining spot to mark the beginning of a new row
* knit 1, purl 1 all the way around. This will be the ribbing for your waistband.
* Continue k1,p1 until your knitting measures 1.5(1.5, 2, 2, 2,5) inches from the cast on edge.
* Switch to size 7 needles by knitting all stitches onto the new needles
* Continue knitting around until it measures 3.5(4, 4.5, 5, 5) inches from the cast on edge.
* Once your knitting is long enough finish the row you’re working and then turn your knitting around so you are working the other side of the stitches you just finished. You will now purl back the opposite direction for 36(42, 48, 54, 60) stitches. These are now your active stitches and the rest that are left should be held on a stitch holder or inactive needle and not worked any further.
* Turn work back to knit side and K1, Knit 2 together, knit to last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, K1
* Turn and purl across
* Repeat these last two rows until you have 12(14, 16, 18, 20) stitches remaining
* Use the kitchener stitch to graft these stitches to the ones you have been letting rest on your stitch holder.
* Lanolize your soaker by submerging it in warm water mixed with a drop of lanoline and a drop of liquid soap and letting it soak for half hour then laying flat to dry. Your wool soaker is now ready for baby!