I'm a new wool convert. I have a WoollyBumBums http://www.woolybumbums.com/ crochet soaker and a few I've knit myself. Honestly.. I love them all and haven't been able to tell a difference in effectiveness. Sorry that's kinda non-committal.. LOL
I like the look of knit, the way the colorways play out, better....but crochet is really dependable and sturdy.
They both have their place
and I love them both for different purposes. If it's a thick enough ply wool, I like knit for both function and beauty, but if it's a lighter wool I'd prefer it to be crochet for more wetness protection, and all those holes mean it's super breathable and a damp diaper starts drying out right away! (as it does with any wool, but still I notice some major evaporation going on with crochet--you can even see through those soakers!)
Yes yes yes for night crochet is great, and as a pair of shorts in lieu of other clothes. I can't imagine pulling on a pair of pants on top of a crochet soaker, I like snug&trim fitting knitted soakers for that (like a BBB
).... the problem is I have to have a really absorbant diaper underneath (meaning I add a doubler folded in half and placed strategically to prevent the diaper from getting too wet on the outside) or the wool used to knit the soaker needs to be a bulky yarn so that there's enough wool between my son's wet zone of his diaper and the outer pants. Or you can use a wool liner between the fitted and the soaker to make the wet zone much more waterproof via more wool there, but it's kind of hard to pull on a wool soaker onto a squirmy toddler while holding a wool liner against the crotch so it doesn't shift out of position before the soaker is pulled all the way up to hold it into place.
Anyway, I like knitted soakers best for day, but I just have to be wary of expecting them to be uber waterproof under cotton pants for extended periods unless I've taken a few precautions (bulkier wool, major doubler, or wool liner).
Crochet is way more durable. But, I do like the look of knit. And some of the wool soakers I have made out of recycled sweaters that are knit have been some of my favorites. Actually I like that way crochet looks also. I guess I like them both. the only way crochet could win is for durability.
I LOVE my knitted wool for it's stretchy-ness and trimness, but I use a crocheted soaker at night on my toddler. He rarely pees at night, but I know that if he does there is NOTHING getting through that crochet! It's like steel! :LOL
I like them both. Knitted soakers have a smoother look, while crocheted soakers look chunkier/earthier, but I appreciate both looks. I've used both kinds at night too, and didn't notice a major difference in performance.
I like both. There are differences though. Knit looks nice and orderly, and colorways knit up better than they crochet, ime. But I'm not a master crocheter. But for me to trust wool overnight, it needs to be either crocheted or a thick yarn knit up, otherwise it won't work. I like crocheting because I can actually do it and fit it to ds as I go along. And since it's easier for me to convince dh to buy wool rather than already knit items, most of our wool stash will soon be crochet.