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Home : Patterns : Day-to-Night Felted Soaker
 

Free Knitting Pattern: Day-to-Night Felted Soaker

Lion Brand« Lion« Wool
Pattern #: BK4K-70430
Rating: *****4.3 (based on 4 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy + (Level 3)

SIZE: Newborn

0-6 mo, 6-12 mo
Crotch depth: 16.5 (20.5) inches, before felting
Hip and waist size are adjustable.



CORRECTIONS: (applied Mar 31, 2008)
Crotch depth: 16.5 (20 20.5) inches, before felting

SOAKER
Size 0-6 mos
Rows 15, 17, 19, 21: K2, kfb, knit until there are 3 stitches remaining, kfb, k2. This increases 2 stitches per row, so at row 21, you'll have 40 38 stitches.
Rows 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41: K2, k2tog, knit until there are 4 stitches remaining, k2tog, k2. This decreases two stitches per row, so on Row 41, you'll have 20 18 stitches.
Next row: purl
Rows 43-52: Work in stockinette stitch (knit on RS, purl on WS)
Odd numbered Rows 53 - 83: K2, kfb, knit until there are 3 stitches remaining, kfb, k2 (this adds 2 stitches to the row) Row 83 has 52 50 stitches.

SOAKER
Size 6-12 mos

Next 18 14 odd-numbered rows (Odd Numbered Rows 25-59 51): K2, k2tog, knit until there are 4 stitches remaining, k2tog, k2. This decreases two stitches per row, so on Row 59 51, you'll have 20 stitches.
Row 60 52: purl
Rows 61-70 53-62: Knit in stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl the next)
Next 22 odd-numbered rows (Rows 71-101 63-105): K2, kfb, knit until there are 3 stitches remaining, kfb, k2 (this adds two stitches to the row) Row 101 105 has 64 stitches.
Row 102 106: purl
Rows 103 - 126 107-130: Knit in stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl the next)
Rows 127 - 138 131-142: Change to A, *k2, p2 rep from * across.
Bind off.
The above is only a summary of corrections; the corrected pattern text is below (if free) or shipped upon completion of order (if purchased)
 
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*Lion Wool (Article #820). 100% wool; package size: 3.00oz/85.00 gr. (158yds/144m) pull skeins

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Additional Materials
Hook and loop tape
 

Day-to-Night Felted Soaker

Lion Brand« Lion« Wool

GAUGE:

22 sts x 28 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in stockinette stitch

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch

SOAKER
Size 0-6 mos

With A, cast on 28 stitches.
Rows 1-12: *K2, p2 rep from * across
Row 13: Change to B. K2, kfb, knit until there are 3 stitches remaining, kfb, k2 - 30 (38) stitches
Row 14 and all even-numbered rows: purl
Rows 15, 17, 19, 21: K2, kfb, knit until there are 3 stitches remaining, kfb, k2. This increases 2 stitches per row, so at row 21, you'll have 38 stitches.
Rows 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41: K2, k2tog, knit until there are 4 stitches remaining, k2tog, k2. This decreases two stitches per row, so on Row 41, you'll have 18 stitches.
Next row: purl
Rows 43-52 Work in stockinette stitch (knit on RS, purl on WS)
Odd numbered Rows 53 - 83: K2, kfb, knit until there are 3 stitches remaining, kfb, k2 (this adds 2 stitches to the row) Row 83 has 50 stitches.
Next row: Purl
Rows 85-102: Work in stockinette stitch.
Rows 103-114: Change to A, *k2, p2 rep from * across.
Bind off in pattern, weave in ends.

 

SOAKER
Size 6-12 mos

With A, cast on 36 stitches
Rows 1-12: *K2, p2 rep from * across
Row 13: Change to B. K2, kfb, knit until there are 3 stitches remaining, kfb, k2 - 38 stitches
Row 14 and all even-numbered rows: purl
Rows 15, 17, 19, 21, 23: K2, kfb, knit until there are 3 stitches remaining, kfb, k2. This increases two stitches per row, so at row 23, you'll have 48 stitches.
Row 24: purl
Next 14 odd-numbered rows (Odd Numbered Rows 25-51): K2, k2tog, knit until there are 4 stitches remaining, k2tog, k2. This decreases two stitches per row, so on Row 51, you'll have 20 stitches.
Row 52: purl
Rows 53-62:
Knit in stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl the next)
Next 22 odd-numbered rows (Rows 63-105): K2, kfb, knit until there are 3 stitches remaining, kfb, k2 (this adds two stitches to the row) Row 105 has 64 stitches.
Row 106: purl
Rows 107 - 130: Knit in stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl the next)
Rows 131 - 142: Change to A, *k2, p2 rep from * across.
Bind off.

 

FINISHING (all sizes)
Cuff

From RS, beginning at the back waistband, pick up and k stitches every row from front to back in an multiple of 4.
Row 1: *K2, p2, repeat to end.
Row 2: *P2, k2, repeat to end.
Rows 3-10: Repeat rows 1-2.
Row 11: Repeat row 1.
Bind off.
Work Cuff on remaining leg.
Weave in ends.

 

For Hook and loop closure: Position and sew with a sewing machine.

 

FELTING
Felting is a process whereby the wool is deliberately handled so that it is matted into a fabric. Wool fibers have scales and are also crimped. When these fibers are wetted and softened and then rubbed together they grab each other and are permanently bound together. This happens when you put a wool item in a washer and agitate it -- it comes out much smaller and also denser, because the fibers have bound together.
Finished soaker size depends on how much the piece is felted. Keep in mind that you can always felt more, but once felting is done, it is not reversible.
Wash by machine on a hot wash/cold rinse cycle with detergent and several pieces of clothing to agitate. At the end of the wash cycle measure the soaker. If you like it, stop! Place it flat to shape and let dry. If it is larger than you want, you can felt it additionally, if you dry by machine on a regular setting until almost dry. Remove from dryer and lie flat to shape.
Steam if desired.
If the soaker is still too large, you can felt it additionally by washing again. Felting is often improved by adding about 1/2 cup baking soda to the wash water to increase the alkalinity.


 
ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
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k = knit k2tog = knit 2 together
Kfb = knit in front and back of st p = purl
RS = right side  


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Ratings and Reviews
Pattern Average Rating: *****4.3 (based on 4 reviews)
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Day-to-Night Felted Soaker Reviewed by Cathy Mount on 2009-03-09 ****
I've made 2 of these so far, and like them quite a bit. The second time I added 20 more stitches (lg size) and did a garter stitch in place of the ribbing. (I don't like picking up stitches.) Both work out well. My only problem is getting velcro to stick to the soaker. I've heard that "Velcro Fabric Fusion" is sold in the USA and will stick to felted wool, but I'm using diaper pins right now (in Canada). Happy cloth diapering!


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