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« on: September 15, 2007 05:33:16 AM »

I am so proud of these things!  I started them last month, and this week decided I would finish them or bust, which left my hands rather cramped, lol.  They're made from Peace Fleece 100% Wool in Latvian Lavander (which makes them usable as a diaper cover over cloth nappies!).  The pattern is my own made by picking apart elements I liked from other patterns that worked well in some aspects but not others, and totally reworking gauge suggested by those patterns.  The only thing I might do differently in the future is incorporate short rows into the backside so it doesn't pull down as much when she bends or sits.

Anyway, onto the fun part, PICTURES!  This is all pre-blocking, I wanted to try them on too much to wait, hehe.  Oh, and pardon the state of my living room, I was too busy knitting to clean yesterday.  Grin







And no, there is not orange dirt on her butt or any orange in the yarn, her diaper underneath has orange aliens on it and it's visible through the unblocked stitches.  Cheesy

ETA: pattern in the 5th reply in this topic!
« Last Edit: September 16, 2007 07:24:30 AM by faerieflings - Reason: added pattern » THIS ROCKS   Logged

Wait, where did those come from?  I swear I didn't go to the craft store, honest!

Let the baby crafting commence!  Cheesy
iloveoctopus
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2007 06:00:44 AM »

thos are cute little pants! they look comfy ^_^ but...where do you get diapers with aliens on them? i'm getting sick of sesame street. hehe
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2007 06:24:50 AM »

I cloth diaper, and aliens happens to be one I made.  Goes on like a disposable, just wash instead of toss.
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Let the baby crafting commence!  Cheesy
evysmom
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2007 05:50:38 PM »

They're beautiful.  I love knitting wool pants for my daughter, too. Smiley 
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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2007 06:35:27 AM »

What a wonderful idea, and an adorable daughter you have.  Cheesy
I really like the ruffles you added to them.
Is there any chance that you'll eventually post the pattern for them?
I'd love to add this to my toddler pattern list, if you had a pattern for them. They look so comfy too.
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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2007 07:17:58 AM »

Oh yes, I can do a pattern!  Here:

Materials:
Worsted weight yarn, I used Peace Fleece in Latvian Lavander, about 250 yards (or 1 skein plus a little bit off a second)
Size 6 circular needle
Size 6 DPNs (set of 5)
Stitch markers

For a size 2T cast on 96 stitches using the long tail cast on and join for knitting in the round (for smaller sizes reduce cast on by groups of 4 to maintain the ribbing) and place stitch marker before stitch 1 and after stitch 48
knit 4 or 5 rows in k2p2 ribbing.
Eyelet row for drawstring: *k2, YO, p2tog, rep from * around
knit 3 or 4 more rows in k2p2 ribbing

You have a waistband!

For the body knit around every row until you reach desired length, over a cloth diaper I recommend about 10 inches from the top of your waistband to the end of the body section for this size, but you can drop as low as 8 over undies.

Now to split for the legs!

Knit stitches 1-48 onto your DPNs, 12 stitches per needle if you're using a set of 5 DPNs, and join for knitting in the round.  Leave the rest of your live stitches on your circulars for now and tuck them out of your way.  Knit your leg stitches around in stockinette until you're about 1/2 in shy of your desired length if you want ruffles, 2 in if you want cuffs instead.

Ruffles as pictured: k1f&b in every stitch around next row, then knit 3 rows of stockinette.  Bind off.

Cuffs: knit the remaining length either in k2p2 ribbing like your waistband (which would allow you to make them longer so you can roll them up), in seed stitch, or alternate knit and purl rows for garter stitch cuffs.  Bind off.

Go back to your live stitches and knit them onto your DPNs like you did your first leg, and knit it the same as you did the first.

This method of legs leaves a hole in the crotch, which is no good, so while weaving in your ends, take a length of yarn and draw it through the stitches around the hole, pulling tight to close it.

Make yourself a drawstring.  I like a twisted cord, but you could braid some yarn together or make an i cord.  For a twisted cord just take 4 lengths of yarn each long enough to use as a jump rope.  Tie them together at each end, and tape one end to a desk or table.  Walk out until the yarn is suspended between you and the fastened point.  Twist the yarn around until it has an even twist down the length and it twists in tightly on itself if you give it slack.  Fold it in half and guide it to evenly twist over itself.  Tie the ends off again, cut off the extra knots, and thread through your eyelets.

If you used peace fleece I recommend hand washing and blocking it before wear, as it softens with washing and blocking makes everything look better.

And you're done!   Smiley  If you need any clarification let me know, that was my first pattern ever.   Shocked
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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2007 09:10:14 AM »

Awesome! I love the curly bottom trim.
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« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2007 02:45:13 PM »

They are adorable!  What a beautiful model, too.  I see you have 2 in diapers at the same time, I bet you are saving a ton of money on cloth diapers.  Would you mind sharing with me how you made the cloth diapers?  (IM through Craftster).  I'd really appreciate it.  I might try that with my 2nd one.

Thanks!
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queen_gueneviere
« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2007 04:36:02 AM »

Thanks a bunch, for sharing your pattern with me. Unfortunately I don't have a little one around, to get the leg measurement.
So I was wondering if it would be possible, to get a little more help from you? You must be an extremely busy person but, I'd hate to guess at the leg length and mess it all up.

# 1 - Is there any chance that you could give me the leg length that you used, before adding the ruffle?

# 2 - And is there any chance that you could give me a leg length measurement for if I decide to make the pants regular length, before adding a ruffle or cuff?
Or better yet, the total leg length including cuff or ruffle for the long version. Because I might be more inclined to make the long leg version and if it gets hot, the pants can be rolled up.

Or I could add tabs and a button to the long leg length version, and knit them using cotton for summer. That way when it gets hot, just roll them up and button them to the tabs.  Grin

Again, I'd appreciate any help you could give to me again.   Roll Eyes Sorry, I don't mean to be a pest. But I don't have a young one that size, to measure the leg length. So, I'm stuck.
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queen_gueneviere
« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2007 04:42:24 AM »

Oops, I forgot to ask what your gauge was.
Gauge is very important, and I forgot to ask. I had another senior moment I suppose.  Roll Eyes
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