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post #21 of 134
My mom and I just bought this pattern (LTK). She is the knitter, I only crochet.. but it is never to late to learn

We still haven't received the link or password to download it.. so we were wondering how much yarn does it take?? We are looking at making some for my 22 month old and some for my soon to be newborn.

I LOVE all the advice I have read so far

Nina
Mom to Lianne 22 months and soon to be mom to Conor
post #22 of 134

How much yarn?

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Originally posted by aslmere

We still haven't received the link or password to download it.. so we were wondering how much yarn does it take?? We are looking at making some for my 22 month old and some for my soon to be newborn.
Nina
Nina, did you buy her yarn as well? I bought two skeins of her hand dyed yarn, weighing in at about 4 oz a piece. I used less than 1/2 a skein (about 2oz) for a newborn cover and she guessed it would take about 3/4 (or 3oz) for a toddler size cover. I don't know the yardage on those, so I can't help you too much more than that. If I had to guess, I'd say that somewhere between 65-85 yards would be plenty for a newborn and maybe upto 125 for a toddler?

If you are really really new to knitting, I posted a bit more information on getting started on the DH and Knitting thread.

Amy
www.cyborgoddess.prettyposies.com
post #23 of 134
I also taught myself to knit recently. Not only for soakers but I have also done 5 dishcloths. They were easy but really increased my confidence. I didn't want to pay for the LTK pattern so I decided I would just give it a try on my own. I bought fisherman's wool at Hobby lobby, dyed it with lemonade, lime, and strawberry kool aid with extra water to make them pastels,and started knitting. I did ribbing at the top increased for the body and decreased at the legs. I have no idea if this is how Teresa's pattern works but I am very happy with it. I did a rolled cuff at the leg with a purl stitch in the round. The only thing I wish is that it was stretchier around the legs. I don't want to do ribbing. Any other suggestions?

Overall I am happy with it. I have done two now. The first one wasn't quite wide enough through the bottom but the second one is. I am having a lot of fun.
post #24 of 134
I also started a soaker from the LTK pattern (not too) recently. I feel like it's taking me forever, and I'm having trouble with the wrapping to insert the short rows. I keep ending up with little holes. I hope I figure it out on this soaker because I bought some wool from LTK too, and it's so pretty I want to make sure that the soaker I make from that one is usable.

I joined the Yahoo! group. Hopefully that will help!
post #25 of 134
I'll join the club, although I'm hoping to have to stop to have a baby.

I've never been too hot at yarncraft, but have always wanted to do something that I can carry with me. Now that I have a use for something knitted, I've asked Jason's grandmother (Nana) to teach me a little bit while she's here awaiting baby's arrival. I'm not too great at learning things like this from a book, so I'm hoping she can teach me some of the basics and then I can go from there.

No one in this town sells wool yarn, so if I make it to Tuesday and have to go to my MW appt. 1.5 hours away, I can stop at the yarn store the next town over and get some wool to play with. Until then, a friend who crochets is going to lend me some of her vast stash of acrylic to work with.

I'd REALLY love to be able to knit soakers b/c I have a wooly wonder that I love, but DH just about SHOT me when I spent that much money on a diapering article. I don't even spend that much money on clothes for me or him and we're adults who can wear things for years at a time!!

Anyway, nana gets here tomorrow, so I guess I'll be able to officially join the "learning to knit" ranks then .
post #26 of 134
well, our practice fits perfectly and is waterproof or something. my dd had on a cpf that was soaked but the knit cover was totally dry. i used acrylic yarn to make it. and i threw it in the washer and dryer with the rest of our dipes today. so, i am making one for the baby now !!!!!!! yeah !!!!!!!!!!
post #27 of 134
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Originally posted by abigailvr
I also started a soaker from the LTK pattern (not too) recently. ... I'm having trouble with the wrapping to insert the short rows. I keep ending up with little holes.
Try reading this (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer03/FEATbonnetric.html) article and see if it helps, if not, come leave a comment on my blog and I'll try to get DH to take photos of me doing my short rows for the shorts I am making my daughter Cate (modified from the LTK pattern).

Amy
www.cyborgoddess.prettyposies.com
post #28 of 134

please, I'm begging you

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Originally posted by danaalex
i used acrylic yarn to make it. and i threw it in the washer and dryer with the rest of our dipes today. so, i am making one for the baby now !!!!!!! yeah !!!!!!!!!!


will you post the yarn size and needle size? I tried it on 6's with sport, and my swatch leaked a little. I just need a ballpark, so maybe I can avoid trying every needle I own
post #29 of 134
cassdarrow, i would love to tell you those things however, i have no idea!!!!!! i bought a how to knit kit from walmart and it came with 2 sets of needles. all i know is that they are blue. also, i just grabbed cheap white yarn. sorry!!!! i really do wish i could help you

okay, i just checked the needles, i had a hunch the number would be there, and it was. size 6 needles and the yarn is 100% acrylic worsted weight 4ply or something like that, the cheap stuff at walmart.
hth !!!!!!!!!!
post #30 of 134

hey

I have those!
post #31 of 134

sorry Charmie!

Charlotte, sorry to hear that you got in trouble with your DH! Let me know if you need any knitting advice, free!



xoxo pam
post #32 of 134
Oh no cassdarrow, do you mean that once I find the joys of diapers (I am waiting on my first order of material and diapers) tha tI will give up knitting? OMG< what am I going to do with the 50 gallon storage of yarn that I have???

I know how to knit, I will trade knowledge with anyone who can make diapers. I want to make my own (w/o a serger) but there sdeems to be so much knowledge to learn about materials. What goes with what, etc. I guess it will becoem more apparent as I acquire some of the materials and diapers, but right now all I can do is read and get more confused......



in the middle of 3 or more knitting projects and waiting for material.........
post #33 of 134

No, I mean that

I used to spend all the money on yarn until I started spending it on cute dipes, LOL!!
post #34 of 134
You ladies are killing me here. I swore to myself I would not even entertain learning how to knit until the Fall when I finish up all the other stuff I have going on and now I wanna learn too
post #35 of 134
I am coming along nicely in my knitting ability, I think. : I will be ordering the LTK pattern soon. For those of you that have it already, can you tell me the size range for the preemie soaker?

Thanks a bunch!

Oh, starbright-please join us!
post #36 of 134

Can I play too?

I just ordered the LTK soaker pattern, but she hasn't sent me the link yet. I have knitted before, but eons ago so this should be fun! This is my way of getting all new covers for cheap seeing as DH has cut off my diaper spending It really was for my own good:

Anyways, my question is, what kind of yarn can you use for these, and what is the best yarn for nighttime? I have a whole box of acrylic sitting in a box, but should I be getting actual wool? If yes, how much of it? I want to do day and night covers so that DS has something comfy to wear, his airflows and bummis are leaving him with red marks, and they're on the loosest setting.

I'm getting so excited, can't wait until she sends me the link!
post #37 of 134

I'm reviving this thread because

I just cast on for my first soaker. Of course, I cast on 4 times, because I couldn't decide which one to make, :LOL But I did finally make up my mind.

Has anyone else besides danaalex finished one?
Danaalex, how is yours holding up?
post #38 of 134
I'm ready to join the club. I'm ordering the LTK pattern and my grandmother has volunteered (ok, I had to ask) to walk me through it. She taught me how to knit when I was a kid, but I've never knitted anything to completion. I've knitted the same navy blue skeen of yarn for probably 20 years now, unravelling it and reknitting when the whim hits me. I have made as big as a 12" by 20" rectangle (one winter I intended to knit my brother a scarf.) I have even color changed, but that's as far as I've gone. Now I really, really want some of those adorable wool soakers for baby #2 and I'm not willing to shell out $20+ a piece for them. I guess I better get to knitting. Wish me luck. I'm mostly worried about decreasing and finishing the legholes.
post #39 of 134
I actually just started last week and am crocheting soakers. I have made 2 1/2 so far and they are coming out GREAT! I am even trading another mama some new dipes she doesnt want for a custom made soaker for her dd.

I am thinking about putting some on ebay because they just look so great (and are functional of course)!

I am using 100% virgin wool but havent tried dying yet -- that is my next project.

Oh and I didnt use a patern -- I just made up my own.
post #40 of 134
how is everyone doing so far? i have done a couple acrylic for my girls and now i am venturing into the world of wool. i am almost done with the first wool one. i can't wait to see how it works out. i am also practicing my embellishing abilities. i did a couple of fish on one and on the wool i am doing a heart. i bought a bunch of fisherman's wool to dye with koolaid, i am going to do that tomorrow. i am really enjoying knitting, but i have horrible calouses (?) on my fingers .......

check in with your progress!!!!!!
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