I often have people ask me how I knit my soaker sacks– like a wool soaker, but like a gown so you can just pull it up and change the diaper then pull back down. If you use wool soakers but have never used a soaker sack, you should give it a go. They are fabulous for nighttime changes, especially with very young babies. It would even be a fabulous way to keep the bed dry if baby frequently soaks through a disposable diaper! We all hate changing the bed in the middle of the night, right? This pattern is how I make my soaker sacks so that they will have the same trim fit above the hips as my other DaisyHead Creations soakers patterns.
So here it is:
- 100% wool yarn, worsted weight~ 200 yards should be more than enough
- 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
- *Optional*US 3 (3.25mm) 16” circular needle or 4 sizes smaller than gauge needle
- Tapestry or yarn needle
5 stitches per inch. Row gauge is not important for this project.
Newborn~ hips =16”
Small~ hips =18”
Soaker sack measures approx. 14” long
Instructions given for Newborn size; instructions for size Small are given in parenthesis.
If you prefer, you can skip the US 3 needle. It does make the top of the bag more trim above the hips, but it is not absolutely necessary. You can work the waist ribbing with the US 5 with good results.
The size of your Baby Bag can easily be adjusted. In order to make it bigger or smaller, simply add or subtract a multiple of 3 to the number you cast on. In order to make the soaker sack longer or shorter, simply knit until the work measures 2 inches less than the desired length, then begin the final ribbing.
Using US 3 needle, cast on 81 (90) sts.
Join, being careful not to twist and begin working in the round. Work k2, p1 ribbing for 2 inches.
Switch to US 5 needle,knit 6 rounds (about 1”).
Switch to US 7 needle, knit until work measures about 12” from cast-on edge.
Switch to US 5 needle, work k2, p1 ribbing for 2 inches.
Bind off in pattern (knit the knits, purl the purls).
Make a drawstring (You can use i-cord, braid, etc.) approx. 26” long. Using a tapestry needle, simply weave the drawstring between stitches of the waistband- no holes needed. Lanolize and enjoy!
This is a 2 page pdf containing instructions to create your own Baby Bag sleepsack.
You do not have to be a Ravelry member to download.
Be brave, be creative~
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