Ottobre Design has a great wool soaker pattern that is knit with roving. I loved the way it looks, but wanted to knit with worsted weight rather than roving. So I re-worked the pattern for worsted weight wool. I also made a few changes that make the pattern easier to knit and to give a little better fit over a cloth diaper. I also re-worked it to make one size smaller than the original pattern, but it is still not as small as a newborn. However, it is very easy to re-size the pattern to make it smaller still.
This soaker is knit flat and seamed. It is knit in garter stitch with a ribbed waist and leg cuffs (that can be left off). This pattern is easy enough for beginners. Plus, the garter stitch is stretchy enough (even without short rows) to let this soaker fit for a long time.
Pattern updated 1 Februaury 2010 to include sizes Newborn through X-Large.
Written in 3 sizes:
Small~ 21” (53cm) hip, 15” (38cm) rise
Med~ 23.5” (59.5cm) hip, 18” (45.5cm) rise
Large~ 26” (66cm) hip, 21” (53cm) rise
It is good to note that these are not traditional sizes. The Ottobre was written for two sizes based on ages. I added one size smaller, and then (for lack of something better to call them) simply dubbed them small thru large. Please look at the measurements when deciding on size.There is no size equivalent to newborn, but it is simple to alter the pattern.
This pdf was updated 16 July 2009. If downloaded prior to this date, you will want to download the new version.