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April 17, 2009 Crochet Diva
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  • 1. Paula  |  April 17, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    How much wool do you use for this pattern?

    AKA tavish on Ravelry

  • 2. Crochet Diva  |  April 17, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Paula, it takes me under 250 yards for this pattern. I am sure it would depend on gauge, but a little under 250. 🙂

  • 3. Paula  |  April 21, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks so much.

  • 4. Cat  |  April 28, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    what is this? a diaper cover?

  • 5. Crochet Diva  |  April 28, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Cat, yes, it is a diaper cover. Wool soakers are used as diaper covers primarily by those who cloth diaper their babies. 🙂

  • 6. Cat  |  April 28, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Kewl! I learned something new today! & I guess it could just be a decorative diaper cover.

    Pretty!

  • 7. Crochet Diva  |  April 28, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Great idea, Cat! It could be any type of diaper cover, as well. 🙂

  • 8. Zuleika  |  May 9, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Great pattern! I wish I knew someone who’d use this so I could have an excuse to make it.

  • 9. Elaine  |  May 23, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    In the pattern it says to have an understanding of back loops. I do not see in the pattern where to do anything with the loops………

  • 10. Crochet Diva  |  May 23, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Thank you Elaine, you are so right. Changes have been made. 🙂

  • 11. MandyzMoon  |  July 2, 2009 at 2:07 am

    Regarding customizing, I am assuming you have a gauge similar to mine of 4 hdc per inch, thus yielding a rise of 20″ – which is perfect for me. If you include that information, people can more easily adjust how many chains they start with as determined by their gauge and desired rise (from front to back of diaper plus extra length).

  • 12. Crochet Diva  |  July 2, 2009 at 5:00 am

    Thank you MandyzMoon.

    Now by popular demand, I am adding a customizable version of this pattern. If you have Excel, you will be able to download the spreadsheet, and you can simply add your own measurements, and have a pattern perfect for you and your baby.

    Thanks, and if anyone has any questions, feel free to ask. 🙂 HTH!

  • 13. Lison Hackett  |  July 12, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Hi , still somewhat new to crochet and am almost done with it , but it looks kinda small . Not the rise but the waist . Do you have any rough measurements on what it suppose to be ? Maybe I need to add a few rows but my dd’s pretty small , 14 lbs . Wanted to ask before I keep going . Thank you , Lison

  • 14. Crochet Diva  |  July 13, 2009 at 3:17 am

    Lison, you are the best judge on measurements. If you think it is small, you can easily add more rows to fit your baby. This soaker, when crocheted properly in the back loops, should be very stretchy, but if yours does seem small, then I would go ahead and add extra rows. I don’t think it would hurt anything. 🙂 I have also added an Excel customizable version to this pattern at the bottom of the pattern. If you download it, you can use your own gauge with your baby’s specific measurements, and it will tell you your customized pattern. Maybe that would help. 🙂

  • 15. Lison Hackett  |  July 13, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Thank you for your help ! I just realized that I wasn’t doing my hdc correctly . Now I’m debating starting over or just adding a bunch of rows . I have no idea what stitch I was using … Thanks again , it is a really nice pattern btw 🙂

  • 16. Crochet Diva  |  July 13, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Oh no! Sorry to hear it Lison. I am sure whichever you decide to do will look great. Let me know how it turns out! Good Luck!

  • 17. Kristina  |  July 18, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    I was wondering if you have any shots of your little one wearing this cover? I know, strange question, but I like the mindless go-go-go of this pattern (a must for me, since the little guys keep interrupting while crafting). I ask because I want to see how it fits to figure out if it would be a good pattern for my little guy.

  • 18. Crochet Diva  |  July 18, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Kristina, I will try to post a pic within the next couple days for you. She is napping right now, but I will get one ASAP. 🙂

  • 19. Lison Hackett  |  July 18, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Hi ! I decided to undo it and start over . I just finished and it looks great ! Thanks for the pattern . It fits very nice and I can see it will fit a nice while too . Not bulky, looks comfy and is just plain nice . Thank you ! I’ve already taken pics , I will post a link if I’m aloud 🙂

  • 20. Crochet Diva  |  July 18, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Oh, congrats Lison. Glad it worked out, and thanks for letting me know! I would love to see a pic. You are more than welcome to post a link. I’m sure others would appreciate seeing, as well. 🙂

  • 21. Lison Hackett  |  July 18, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Here it is ! Btw , I’m still somewhat new to crochet real things , other than blankets 🙂
    http://s77.photobucket.com/albums/j65/Lisonh/crochet%20soakers/

  • 22. Crochet Diva  |  July 18, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Lison, it turned out beautiful, and such a pretty baby girl wearing it. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • 23. Kristina  |  July 19, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks for the help! I appreciate it. I just dyed some wool yarn and it is begging to become a soaker.

  • 24. lisa mawson  |  July 27, 2009 at 5:46 am

    hi, i was wondering how you use this in relation to cloth diapering. do you just use prefolds inside? i am new to total cloth diapering, i am trying to get a head start on crocheting a bunch for when i decied to have a third. i currently use the gdiaper system but only have them for when the are over 3-4 mos old and need something to use for a newborn. thanks for the great pattern, i cannot wait to start. does it have to be wool yarn? can i use and organic cotton or something that is softer on the skin? thanks again!

  • 25. Crochet Diva  |  July 27, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Lisa, yes you can use these with any type of cloth diapers. Wool diaper covers/soakers are used as a natural alternative to using PUL. There is a wonderful group on yahoo:

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wool_soaker_group/

    This group is wonderfully helpful at answering questions about anything you need to know about wool covers. 🙂 I highly recommend it! Good luck with your soakers, and feel free to ask if you have any more questions!

  • 26. Crochet Diva  |  July 27, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Oh, and I wanted to add that I am not the owner of the wool soaker group, but I do recommend it, because everyone there is friendly and helpful. 🙂

  • 27. lisa mawson  |  July 27, 2009 at 7:10 am

    thank u and i am going to join their group. i am a member of gdiapers there. i will look around and see if i can find answers to my other questions i have about using these. but i will definitely use this pattern, and maybe i will have the guts to alter it. i am crocheting baby booties and hats right now for someone else. thanks again!!!

  • 28. Crochet Diva  |  July 27, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Great, Lisa. That group is definitely the place to look for answers about wool soakers. They are wonderful and helpful there. Also, I am more than happy to answer any questions you might have. 🙂 It sounds like you are busy with the crochet. 🙂

  • 29. Kristina  |  July 27, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    I love the yahoo soaker group! Awesome. I’ve been a member for some time and love all the patterns that are posted. I used the Crochet Ribbed Soaker Pattern as my goto pattern for some time, but when I saw how super stretchy yours was, I decided to branch out!

  • 30. Crochet Diva  |  July 29, 2009 at 4:17 am

    Kristina, which pattern is the crochet ribbed soaker pattern? I don’t think I’ve seen it. I’d be interested in trying it, too. 🙂

  • 31. Kristina  |  July 30, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Ok, you go click on files, and then “crochet patterns.” It’s called “crocheted ribbed soaker pattern.”

  • 32. Crochet Diva  |  July 30, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Thank you, Kristina. I hadn’t ever seen it before, but I think I will give it a try. A little more complicated, but not too much, and I think it gives a more custom fit?? Thanks!

  • 33. Kristina  |  July 30, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    It’s really not as complicated as it looks. You essentially end up making a T shape and assembling it that way. Once you make one, it’s very easy and fits great. I added more rows to mine because I thought my guy had out grown the lrg size, but it turns out I was using a “herringbone half double crochet” instead of a double crochet. That’s what I was taught what a double crochet was. 🙂 That, and he’s also very tall and wide.

  • 34. diapernomad  |  August 29, 2009 at 2:38 am

    I just did the test square as per instructions and it looks really loose- would this soaker be suitable for naps/ night time?

  • 35. Tracy  |  September 12, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Hi I’ve made one. I picked up stitches around the legs and knitted a leg cuff.
    http://madquilter.blogspot.com/2009/09/easiest-crochet-soaker-ever.html

    Thanks for the pattern!

  • 36. shellie  |  September 24, 2009 at 1:21 am

    Could this be used as a longies pattern by adding rows to the legs, or would it bunch too much in the middle area for that? Thanks!
    Shellie

  • 37. Britney  |  September 27, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    How wide should the rectangle be? my stitches are like 6 to an inch so everything is off.

  • 38. Natalie  |  October 1, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Do you have to do anything the the yarn to prepare it for making a wool soaker?

  • 39. Amanda  |  October 20, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Do you have the formula for figuring the size to make?

  • 40. Crochet Diva  |  October 21, 2009 at 4:34 am

    Sorry for the delay in commenting back. If you have Excel, you can use the chart here to figure your exact pattern:

    http://crochetcastle.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/easiest-crochet-soaker.xls

  • 41. Mandie  |  November 19, 2009 at 12:04 am

    What did you do for the legs bands on this soaker? You crocheted in the same way as the rest of the soaker? in my head it works like this:
    start at top of thigh, chain 5ish HDC in back loops. ch 1 , turn, joining each returning end back to the soaker, for what seems like 20 rows? does that make any sense to you??? (this is why I don’t write patterns!)

  • 42. Kayla  |  December 6, 2009 at 3:05 am

    How did you do the leg cuffs? It looks like more than just SC rows. Thanks for this pattern, by the way. I’m really excited to give wool a try!

  • 43. Crochet Diva  |  December 6, 2009 at 3:33 am

    Yes, Mandie. That is basically how I did these leg cuffs. I think it was maybe 10 sc acrossed, and then SC in the back loops, if I’m not mistaken. 🙂 Your way would work, too, though. 🙂

  • 44. Crochet Diva  |  December 6, 2009 at 3:38 am

    Kayla: I attached my yarn through a loop on the leg hole. Then, I chained about 10 — You could do more or less to your preference. Next, I turned, and SC in each chain across, until I get back to the leg hole. I then SLST through the next loop on the soaker, and TURN. Again, I SC in BACK LOOPS of each chain across. CH 1, and TURN. Then, just continue this throughout the entire leg, and SLST each side together when you get all the way around.

  • 45. Brandy  |  December 14, 2009 at 3:32 am

    Love this! I knit soakers all the time and most of the knit patterns have way too narrow crotches. This is the first crochet pattern I will try…simple and beautiful! Thank you!

  • 46. Crochet Diva  |  December 14, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Thank you, Brandy! Be sure to let me know how it turns out! 🙂

  • 47. Angela  |  January 4, 2010 at 3:20 am

    This is a lovely pattern! It is harder to find crochet patterns for soakers so thank you for posting this one. My grams and I are going to make some together.

  • 48. Cindy  |  March 9, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Thanks for the pattern! This is my first experience with wool soakers, I’ll have a newborn in July. Do I need to preshrink/pre-felt the yarn before I crochet this?

  • 49. Crochet Diva  |  March 10, 2010 at 4:34 am

    Hi Cindy! Congrats on your soon-to-be-babe. 🙂 You do not need to felt or pre-shrink. This is an awesome group:

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wool_soaker_group/

    This group has a wealth of information on wool soakers! 🙂

    Good Luck!

  • 50. kylie  |  March 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Hi
    Thanks for this pattern, looks great, I’m about to try it. I’m just wondering if it needs to be lanolised before first use? Thanks again

    • 51. Crochet Diva  |  March 29, 2010 at 6:34 pm

      Yes, You will want to lanolize, Kylie. Good luck!

  • 52. Cori  |  March 27, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I just made this soaker, and it turned out lovely! I changed a few things (like doing a few less HDCtbl rows and adding a few sc rows for 20ish sts, and seamed those- think side panels). I also added ruffles to the cuffs, as I am having a girl this summer! It turned out great- just not as stretchy as I thought it would be. I think mine turned out more like a size small, or NB with a long rise. Thanks for the pattern 🙂

    • 53. Crochet Diva  |  March 29, 2010 at 6:36 pm

      Congrats on the baby girl, Cori. Your soaker sounds cute. 🙂

  • 54. Kathy  |  April 6, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I was reading through the comments and see where it says you’ve added an Excel spreadsheet to customize sizes. I can’t seem to find that spreadsheet anywhere. Can you point me to it?

  • 55. Crochet Diva  |  April 6, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    You are absolutely right, Kathy. I recently switched sites for my blog, and it was lost in the switch. I have emailed you the Excel file. Anyone else who wants it, feel free to ask, and I’ll send it via email

    • 56. grema richey  |  July 31, 2010 at 6:17 pm

      Thank you for this unique item. I would like access to that excel spread sheet & what is the suggested gauge? I am a beginner!
      thanks again.

      • 57. Crochet Diva  |  August 17, 2010 at 9:37 pm

        Here you go 🙂

    • 58. Alicia James  |  August 2, 2010 at 1:42 pm

      I would love this spread sheet also!! Thanks!

  • 60. Sadie  |  May 1, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Please send me the excel file! I’m expecting #6 and need to rebuild my stash… this looks like a fun pattern to try! 🙂

    Sadie

    smrfchic @ gmail . com

  • 61. Amy  |  May 6, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Hi,
    I am getting ready to make this soaker. When you get a chance can you send me the excle spreadsheet? Also, can a chainless foundation be used to start this pattern?

  • 63. GoblinQueen  |  May 17, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Hi! Could I get some measurements for this pattern? I mean measurements how long and how wide it should be. I’m making it from different kind of yarn so I need to modify the pattern a bit.

    Thanks for the great pattern!:)

  • 64. Kimberly  |  May 18, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I love how easy this is! Could you email me the Excel file? Thanks!

  • 65. Jennifer  |  May 18, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Could you please email me the Excel spreadsheet?

    thanks!

  • 66. Jenny  |  May 19, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    hi, can i get the excel sheet? i am about to try this pattern also. can’t wait to see how it turns out. thank you so much!!

  • 67. Sharon  |  May 20, 2010 at 2:28 am

    I’d love to have the excel copy of the diaper soaker. My daughter uses cloth diapers and is expecting her 9th child. She’s interested in learning to crochet and I thought this would be wonderful for her to make once she catches on how to crochet. I can crochet also and will be attempting to make one or two for her.
    Thanks!!

    • 68. peggy wolf  |  August 10, 2010 at 6:30 am

      I hope I can get Excel

      THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR KINDNESS

  • 70. Crochet Diva  |  May 20, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I apologize for the delay getting the excel file sent out. If anyone who wanted the excel file did not receive it, please let me know.

    • 71. Becky  |  June 7, 2010 at 11:14 pm

      I would like the excel file also please.

      • 72. Crochet Diva  |  June 8, 2010 at 4:16 pm

        Sending it now, Becky. 🙂

  • 73. Corinne  |  May 22, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I would appreciate having the excel file, please. I will be grandma in the fall and my DIL is planning on using cloth diapers. Thank you for sharing your darling soaker pattern!

  • 74. mrsossiander  |  May 27, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I just gotta say I love this pattern! It’s very versatile. I found that for some reason my chain row is always tight so I crochet the first row into the back bumps instead of the back loop and it comes out much stretchier and easier to put the sides together. Just thought I would throw that tip out there!

    • 75. Crochet Diva  |  May 29, 2010 at 2:03 am

      Great point, and thanks for bringing this out. I guess I assumed that the back bump on the chain was the same as the back loop, but some might not think so. Thank you for bringing this out. 🙂

  • 76. Jakki  |  June 3, 2010 at 1:33 am

    I just started cloth diapering and really would like to make some soakers for my daughter. I joined the wool soaker group on yahoo that was recommended earlier in this thread, but there’s one slight problem here. I’m really allergic to wool and lanolin. I was wondering if cotton or bamboo would work as materials for a soaker. Right now I’m using Econobums, but I’d love to make my own soakers. Any advice?

    • 77. Crochet Diva  |  June 4, 2010 at 2:58 pm

      I honestly don’t recommend using something like cotton or bamboo for a soaker. I have heard of some using acrylic yarns, but I am unsure how well it would work. You may want to try asking other mothers in the wool soaker group. They may hav more experience with this subject. HTH

  • 78. Debbie  |  June 11, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    I would love to receive your Excel spreadsheet. Also if I wanted to use this pattern but add wings to make it a wrap, any suggestions on how I could do that?

  • 79. Crochet Diva  |  June 13, 2010 at 2:49 am

    Debbie, I just sent you the Excel file. 🙂

    As for making wings, I am not sure, because I haven’t tried it. If you do it, I’d love to see what you come up with, though. 😀

  • 80. Leslie Carroll  |  June 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Could you send me the excel file? Thanks so much!

  • 81. alisa banks  |  June 22, 2010 at 7:41 am

    could you send me the spreadsheat please. i am going to start using wool and like the looks of this pattern. is this pattern only for personal use or would i be able to make and sell soakers made from this pattern. i am looking to make some extra income, my husband hasnt had steady work for almost 2 years. thanks in advance.

    • 82. Crochet Diva  |  June 22, 2010 at 2:54 pm

      Alisa, I do not mind you making these to sell, at all. I only ask that you give me credit for the pattern, and that you do not sell the actual pattern, itself. Good luck!

  • 83. Kim  |  June 22, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    This looks like a great pattern. Could you send me the excel file? Thanks so much. I really like the idea of using it for many different sizes.

  • 84. Mia  |  June 23, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Thank you so much for this pattern.
    What dimensions should the finished soaker be (in the size you originally wrote the pattern for)?

    To a previous question posted above: if you are allergic to wool/lanolin, would alpaca yarn cause you allergies? If not, I am told it is an excellent option for soakers.
    The one I am making at the moment is made using alpaca yarn (it’s my first try with alpaca though).

  • 85. Anne Belk  |  June 27, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Could you please send me your Excel file for sizing? Thank you for the great pattern!

  • 86. Naomi  |  June 28, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Hi! Looks so adorable! Can you send me the excel file so I can give it a go? Thanks so much!!

  • 87. Joy  |  June 30, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    This looks like a great pattern. I’m so excited to try it! Could you send me the excel file, please? Thanks!!!

  • 88. Tobborah  |  July 7, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    This looks like a great nighttime soaker, which is what I am looking for. I am going to give it a try and would love to receive the excel file to make sure it will fit my chunky little girl!

  • 89. Crochet Diva  |  July 21, 2010 at 4:17 am

    I am sorry, but with my daughter being potty trained, now, I am no longer able to keep up with the EXCEL file requests. I have uploaded a copy to this yahoo group:

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wool_soaker_group/files/

    Feel free to download it from there.

    Thanks! Happy Crocheting!

  • 90. Crochet Diva  |  July 21, 2010 at 4:18 am

    I should also mention that the file is in the CROCHET pattern file.

    Thx!

  • 91. Tobborah  |  July 30, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks for the link to the group and while I tried to join, my membership was denied. I was so very sad. I still hope to try your pattern though.

    • 92. Crochet Diva  |  August 17, 2010 at 9:38 pm

      sorry to hear that. I am not sure why. Here is a link to download the file:

  • 93. Schedule  |  October 30, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    You you could change the page title Easiest Crochet Wool Soaker Pattern Crochet Castle to more suited for your blog post you make. I loved the blog post however.

    • 94. Crochet Diva  |  November 8, 2010 at 3:15 am

      I don’t understand what you mean.

  • 95. Breanna  |  October 30, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Hey thank you so much for this pattern I was looking for somehting super easy to try to see if I like these covers better than the plastic ones

    all the best!

  • 97. Cally  |  November 6, 2010 at 5:46 am

    This is the coolest idea ever for such an easy way to make a soaker! Thank you! To answer a previous question… yes you can use acrylic yarn. It works fine for a daytime soaker if you have a good diaper underneath. I wouldn’t use it for overnight or long car trips.

  • 98. kwizsica  |  November 17, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    I love this pattern, I’m going to try it as soon as I finish the outfit I am working on for my son! Do you still need to lanolize this after you make it? I don’t have much experience with wool, but I am told that you have to lanolize cover? Thanks!


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