Wool Soaker

Another old pattern.
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Size 5 US needles and worsted weight yarn or whatever you need to get gauge of
21 stitches and 30 rows over 4 inches (updated August 2011)

Using a circular needle or double pointed needles:

Cast on 90 for medium [70 for small, 110 for large]

Waist Ribbing
k1, p1, repeat this to end of row
repeat previous row until you’ve finished 20 rows (you may want to do 30 rows for a large soaker)

st st for 40 [30, 40] rows

Bottom and Crotch
If you want to weave the ends together — bind off 40 [30, 50] stitches then knit to end of row
If you want to graft them together — bind off 10 [5, 10] stitches, k20 [20, 30], bind off 10 [5, 10], knit to end of row and move the separated 20 stitches to a stitch holder

Work the remaining 50 [40, 60] stitches as if on single pointed needles (you can switch to them if you want):
slip first stitch knitwise, k2tog, knit to end of row
slip first stitch purlwise, p2tog, purl to end of row
repeat previous two rows until you have 20 [20, 30] stitches on the needle (about 30 [20, 30] rows)
to continue with the crotch:
slip first stitch knitwise then knit to end of row
slip first stitch purlwise then purl to end of row
repeat previous two rows until you’ve finished 50 [40, 60] rows

You can weave or graft this end to the front of the soaker before or after you knit the ribbing for the legs.

Leg Ribbing
using single pointed needles if you wait to connect the crotch or double pointed
needles if you’ve already done it:
pick up an even number of stitches at 5 stitches per inch around the legs
knit one full row
k1, p1, repeat this to the end of row
repeat previous row 29 more times then bind off loosely

If you haven’t joined the two ends at the crotch, do so now and weave the ends of the leg ribbing together, too!

You are welcome to distribute this pattern and use the ideas included and gift or sell whatever you make from it. But if you distribute it, please do so as a whole, with attribution and this info included. Thanks!

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This work by Suzanne Lander is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.


4 thoughts on “Wool Soaker

  1. Simone says:

    What size needles are used for the wool soaker pattern?

    How big is a small? 0-3 mths? 3-6 mths??

    • hardielander says:

      Use whatever needles you need to get gauge. The small comes out at about 16 inches around the waist, the medium at 18 and the large at 22. Of course, they’re stretchy, so it’s all a pretty well overlapping size range. I tended to make the medium for my kids and they lasted from the time they were a couple of months old until they were out of diapers. Neither kid was very chunky, though. They were both long and lean.

      Really, the best way to do this pattern is to find some yarn you like and needles that’ll get you a gauge that’s noticeably tighter than what the label usually calls for but not too tight to knit easily. Then count your stitches, measure your kid, and knit accordingly. You can measure around their waist, from their waist down to their legs, and from the waist in front down between their legs and up to their waist in back. Or measure a diaper cover that fits well. Then divide your measurements by the number of stitches per inch (or centimeter if you use them) and stitches per row to figure out how many stitches to cast on (waist measurement), how many rows to knit around before starting the flap (measurement from waist to leg) and how long to knit the flap (the measurement between the legs minus the measurement from waist to leg – remember to take the front and back into account). Measure around your baby’s thigh to make sure the flap will also be long enough to make a good sized leg hole.

  2. hannahransom says:

    Is this a good leak proof soaker? Or any special considerations I should take if I want it to be? I’m hoping for something at least as good as a diasana knit soaker.

    • hardielander says:

      I’m just now seeing this so, hoping you heard back from someone else! It’s as leak proof as any wool knit soaker. I’d think knitting the fabric as tightly as you can would be helpful. I liked making the legs and the waist long to help with leaks. You can also add lanolin to the fabric to make it a little more waterproof.

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