Not sure if this belongs here in in the yarn crafts section since it is a little of both. I will post it over there as well. So a friend of mine is expecting in July and in an attempt to kill 2 birds with one stone I am trying to use up my excessive yarn stash and make gifts for her and the the little one. When mine where little I did not use cloth so I am not very familiar with what is useful or not. My thought is to use the wool I have on hand and make a few newborn soakers and then make some longies/shorties in larger sizes. Since this is a summer baby it is hard to tell when he/she will be needing shorts or pants. Does anyone have any good patterns out there for longies with removable legs? I decided against roll up legs since if it is mid summer I think it would be too much bulk on the thighs. I want to be practical with this and make items that will get a lot of use and not just something that looks cute but isn't too great functionally. Any suggestions on how much of what sizes I should plan on making her to give her a helpful start? Thank you.
I like this wrap pattern, and for a new to cloth diapering mama, I've found it easier to use than some of the soakers and longies I knit. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/whw-plain-wrap
When knitting it, I add in a ton of short rows in the crotch to create leg gussets, and use aplix as the fastener.. As for sizes, I'd focus on Smalls and Mediums. My LO was in Newborn sizes for less than a month, and we ended up using mostly sposies we'd been gifted for the first few weeks until we'd settled into a routine, so she barely got to wear some of the soakers I made.
I would definitely do wraps for the 0-6 month sizes, even up to 9 months, and/or wool sleep sacks. Pull-up soakers are difficult to get onto newborns, and less convenient when dealing with frequent poos. Pull-ups are wonderful once baby is standing up on her/his own - so start making those in 9-12 month sizes. But since it's hard to predict what size the baby will be in by winter, it would probably be better to wait on knitting longies until fall.
Work at home, homesteading mom sharing child care 50/50 with my wonderful WAH DH. DD1 born Jan. 2010. March '12. DD2 & DD3 (twins) born Feb. 2013