View Full Version : I caved... first knitted soaker...

11-07-2006, 03:50 AM

I started knitting this last night... Rohan desperately needs a few woolen soakers for during the day whilst at home, as his PUL ones are just tooooo hot for his little bum...

Great pattern, and a really fast knit with Aran weight.. :D

11-07-2006, 06:17 AM
Okaaay... you've got to tell me, what's a Soaker???! A woolly undergarment for wee tots? Your choice of yarn looks awfully white!

11-07-2006, 06:33 AM
A soaker goes over a cloth nappy to help keep bubs dry..

It's 'natural/cream' actually... and it really doesn't matter what colour it is as it goes under stuff.. :D

11-07-2006, 09:55 AM
wow.. that looks like one well-written pattern! very detailed and helpful!

I have a friend who's been wanting me to make her some soakers... maybe i'll try this one after Christmas (she's due with number 2 in January!).

Thanks! Oh and congrats on the little one!


11-07-2006, 10:34 AM
A soaker goes over a cloth nappy to help keep bubs dry..

hahaha, okay, so now can you tell us what *that* means? :teehee: In particular, what's a "bub"?

11-07-2006, 12:31 PM
A soaker goes over a cloth nappy to help keep bubs dry..

In American English:

A soaker (diaper cover) goes over a cloth diaper to help keep little baby bottoms dry.

I love how the OP calls baby bottoms, "bubs."

11-07-2006, 01:16 PM
Oh.. bubs is another way of saying baby in Australia....


11-07-2006, 01:29 PM
Aww. I'm glad your able to knit again! :hug: :heart:

11-07-2006, 04:38 PM
For all us old f**** we used to have "rubber" pants that did the same thing! Nowadays, moms that use cloth diapers have these cool soakers the diapers fit right into and use velcro! No more diaper pins! My grandson wore them when he was a baby. How the world has changed!


Jan in CA
11-07-2006, 04:50 PM
What is PUL? That's a great pattern!

I'd never heard of soakers till I joined KH. In "my day" as in Faye's we used rubber pants if we weren't using disposables. I used cloth and wish now that I had know about soakers. :teehee:

11-07-2006, 06:06 PM
Lookin good Tia!

I've got one that needs to be seamed!

11-07-2006, 07:38 PM
PULs are rubber pants, basically.
We cloth diaper, but DD has outgrown her old-skool flats (she's in pocket-diapers now.) We used to use PULs and wool covers on her when she was itty bitty, but I never got around to knitting her one. I wasn't that good yet. boo.

Your soaker is coming along fabulously - I'm bookmarking this pattern!

11-07-2006, 08:27 PM
I use cloth diapers on my baby and we have gortex type 'rubber pants' that are waterproof yet breathable so her bum doesn't get all sore. :)
Though now that I have seen this pattern, I may just give it a try!

11-08-2006, 03:06 AM
Updated photos :D

I've put a K2P2 rib around the legs for a snugger fit... :D

11-08-2006, 09:02 AM
Hang on baby, your soakers are cominnnnnggggggggg!

11-10-2006, 02:20 AM
All finished :D

Will post a pic on his bum at his next change too :D

Jan in CA
11-10-2006, 02:51 AM
How cute! It looks so tiny! :teehee:

11-10-2006, 03:29 AM
Innit cute?????

11-10-2006, 09:00 AM
very cute! great job on the CP soaker!
i recently made some longies with the curly putly waistband!
cant wait to try em out on the little babe (once he gets here, that is!)
NB stuff is so easy and fast to make!

11-10-2006, 12:16 PM
How adorable! :heart:

Jan in CA
11-10-2006, 01:17 PM

I just can't imagine how those things work! If I ever have grandkids I'll definitely make a few to test! :teehee:

11-10-2006, 01:47 PM
How cute. That looks like a very very tiny baby. I don't think my mommy used any such thing for me or my brother. Certainly not my brother, i was old enough to have remembered. So they're like extra protection for when the diaper leaks, right? Must be; "soaker" is such a vivid description.

Anyway, good job on cute little baby knits. :cheering:

11-10-2006, 03:11 PM
LOL.. tiny he aint...

I had to skip the NB size and make him the small.... as you can see, he won't be in that size long..... lol

11-17-2006, 12:49 AM
We cloth diaper, too, and I have been knitting some longies for my son (these are soakers with legs, and look just like knit pants). He wears these as pants, rather than underneath clothing. They go right over his cloth diaper, and with a good lanolizing they feel dry to the touch even if he is wet.

If you use 100% wool, there is antibacterial protection for the little one, and moisture is wicked away from his wet bottom. I have also heard that you can use 100% acrylic instead of natural fibers, but I am nervous to try. I do know that any plant fibers wick right out to the clothing and do not make good soakers.

Here is a pair of longies in-progress.

11-17-2006, 05:27 AM
They look GREAT!

No doubt next winter Rohan will be in Longies constantly :D