When my youngest daughter was born, I fell in love with wool soakers. What a great diaper cover! I had used cloth with all of my other children, but had not known that you could hand knit or crochet wool covers. I gave it a try and loved using wool.
I wanted to make some cute little ruffled bloomers to put under her little dresses. However, I couldn't find a pattern anywhere. Other ruffly items could be found but no bloomers. So I set out on a quest to write a pattern myself. The pattern that resulted is DaisyHead Bloomers.
Bloomers was my second soaker patternand was pretty bare bones. I decided that she needed a makeover. Over a year later (yes, a year!), it is here! DaisyHead Bloomers is now the complete package! She now has several waistband options and a whooping 18 leg finishes! It also has a giant appendix that includes tutorials for all pattern techniques with pictures large enough to really see what's happening on the needles. An advanced beginner or brave beginner could tackle this pattern. Keeping reading to see what else you get with this pattern!
DaisyHead Bloomers is knit in the round from the top down. It offers a trim fit through the waist and above hips. It employs short rows throughout the back to give plenty of room for the cloth diaper. All waist and hip shaping is done with changes in needle size~ so no increases or mistakes in stitch count! Bloomers are great for cloth diapers or over disposables.
DaisyHead Bloomers has a garter stitch gusset for extra room and protection in the wet zone. It has 6 different leg ruffles and 4 different ruffles for the bum.
The pattern has instructions for 4 waistbands. The Customizable Option walks you step by step through knitting to your baby’s measurements or to your own gauge. The pattern also includes a 32 page Appendix full of tutorials for all pattern techniques. You only need to know basic knitting skills! It also teaches you 4 types of drawstrings!
|Short & Simple Ruffle|
|Long & Simple Ruffle|
|Full, Lacy Ruffle|
Written in sizes Newborn, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, and Toddler. Also includes step by step instructions for customizing fit for your baby and for your gauge.
59 page pattern includes these features:
Ribbed, ribbed with eyelets, encased elastic, and encased
Shaping above waist achieved with changes in needle size
Trim fit in the waist and above hips
Employs short rows throughout entire back of pants
Gusset to give more room in crotch for diaper
Gusset worked in garter stitch for more protection against wetness
No grafting necessary~ option to graft or not to graft
6 leg ruffles4 ruffles for bum
Instructions for 4 types of drawstrings
Pattern employs charts for sizing~no more confusion over which number for which size
Option to customize~ especially helpful for toddlers/XXL
Appendix with pictorial instructions of pattern techniques
5 stitches per inch, and approximately 6 rows per inch (Row gauge is not as important. You
can always just measure as you go.)
100% wool yarn, worsted weight
US 7(4.5mm) 16” circular knitting needle or size that obtains gauge
US 5(3.75mm) 16” circular needle or 2 sizes smaller than gauge needle
US 3(3.25mm) 16” circular needle or 4 sizes smaller than gauge needle
US 7(4.5mm) Double point needles (DPNs) or size that obtains gauge
US 3(3.25mm) Double point needles (DPNs) or 4 sizes smaller than gauge needle
4 stitch markers, each different from the others is helpful but need at least one distinctive for the round
marker (optional, 2 more for bum ruffles)
stitch holder, if you wish (though not necessary)
.75” elastic, for encased elastic waistband only
Size H (5mm) crochet hook, optional (for provisional cast-on and three-needle bind-off)
For size chart and approximate yardage needed, see DHC Knits.
This pattern is only for personal use. If you are giving the pattern as a gift, please contact me before purchasing so that I can send the pattern directly to the receiver.