Friday, March 21, 2014

Wool diaper cover

Wool Diaper Wrap Pattern

I love wool diaper covers, yes even in the heat. Wool is breathable, anti-bacterial, and easier to care for than often thought.

It makes amazing diaper covers over prefolds, fitteds, or even diapers with PUL to provide additional coverage for bed time. Wool can absorb without wicking to clothing or bedding, it doesn't need to be washed frequently. All around an awesome fiber for diapering.

Usually you see wool used as covers that look like pants or shorts. But as my baby is due in summer, I wanted something with less leg coverage. Although wool is great in summer, I like to have less on the skin as my babies tend to be little heaters. 

I decided I wanted a wrap style cover as they allow for the most customizable fit, which is nice for babies.

I didn't find a pattern I liked, so I made one. It's a small size, with a waist of 13 inches unstretched and a rise of 14 inches unstretched. Another awesome thing about wool is that it has great stretch. So this should fit for quite a while. 

Let's get started.

·        I hook
·        G hook
·        I love this wool in Bravo-1 skein
·        I love this wool in Smoke-1 skein
·        Yarn needle
·        Closure option- I will be using a Snappi, you could sew on buttons or snaps if you like.

Pattern is worked in rows.


With I hook, chain 36, SC in 2nd chain from hook and each ch across (34 sc)
Row2: SC in each SC across, turn
Row3-12: repeat row 2 piece should measure 3 inches long
Row13: sc 3sc together (insert hook into first sc from hook, yarn over pull up loop, insert hook into next sc, yarn over pull up loop, insert hook into next sc, yarn over and pull through all loops on hook), sc until 3 sc remain, sc last 3 sc together.
Row 14: sc across, you should have 14SC
Row15-24: repeat row 14 eight times.  
Row25-58: sc in each sc across, turn repeat row

Now the edging:

Change color if you like

Using I hook still, dc around the entire cover in the end of every row

Edging row 2: switch to G hook, turn your work and go the other direction now: sc in each DC around until you get to the decrease rows, FPDC BPDC two together, then sc around to the other side. When you get to the other side of the decrease rows, FPDC BPDC two together, sc around. When you get to the beginning, turn and work the other direction
Edging row 3: sc around until you get to the legs, sc two together 3 times then sc around to the other side and repeat. Sc to the beginning of the row, turn
Edging row 4: working the other direction, sc around. Fasten off, weave in ends.

As my baby isn’t here yet, your action shot will not be as adorable, but here is the finished item on Eeyore. A Snappi works wonderfully here to keep it closed, and as you can see, we get a lot of stretch on the wings and in the legs. This will allow for an awesome fit if baby has chicken legs, or chunky monkey thighs.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Silence is golden....sometimes

Silence is golden...sometimes

I have been silent for a couple of weeks now, not planned, but unavoidable.

We sold a home and bought a new one last week. That means the last two weeks have been spent packing, unpacking, dealing with unexpected things like keys not working, leaky fridges and such.

This is the second time I have moved during the third trimester and I have to say it's not easy or fun. I don't really do any of the hard labor of moving, but it is still exhausting. Never again. Unless, you know, I decide to.

We love the new home. We downsized a considerable amount, almost half. But we got one level which is something we desperately wanted. Having a large family makes home searching difficult at times, but the right one came to us at the right price, and it went as smoothly as it could  have. 

The kids love being here, the new school is amazing. No more bullying. It's wonderful.

The one level is fantastic for toddlers who want to walk everywhere. I no longer worry that they will sneak up a staircase before anyone sees them or disaster strikes. It's wonderful.

Now that unpacking is mostly complete, I hope to get back to a real routine and that includes spending more time here on the blog.

My creative juices have been needing an outlet but everything was packed away. I am hoping to have some new things to show everyone soon.

Later this week I will have a crochet pattern for you, as soon as I find the cords to get the photos to my computer.