Acrylic Diaper Cover, no seaming, no grafting
gauge: 5st per inch
this cover was designed for use with worsted weight acrylic yarn, but also works very well for wool.
you will need approx 130 yards for the smallest size, and size 6 DPNs or circular needles,
or size needed to get gauge.
if you want, you can measure your baby for the rise you want. Beginning where you want the TOP of the waistband to be in the front, go down through the legs, and back up to the top of the waistband in back. This measurement is called the TOTAL RISE.
Things you will need to know: Provisional cast on, cast on at end of row, picking up stitches, knitting in the round.
twisted rib: *k1tbl, p1* around
for sizes Newborn (small, medium, large, xl)
Using a provisional cast on, such as a crochet chain or provisional cast on (PCO) over a scrap yarn,
CO 30 (36, 40, 44, 48) stitches
knit 1 row
purl 1 row.
K1, SSK, knit to last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1.
Repeat last two rows until 18 (26, 30, 34, 38) stitches remain.
knit in 2x2 rib until piece measures 8 ( 9.5 11 12.5 14)inches
knit 2 rows stockinette.
At end of RS row, using backward loop method, CO 6(5, 5, 5, 5) St.
Pick up stitches from provisional CO, knitting across them.
CO 6 (5, 5, 5, 5)stitches after provisional stitches have been worked and join to continue knitting in the round. 60 (72, 80, 88, 96) total st.
Knit in stockinette stitch in the round until RISE measures
10.5 (12.5, 14.5, 16.5, 18.5)
knit in twisted rib for 1.5-2 inches, or until total rise is to your desired measurements. If desired, switch to a smaller size needle for tighter waistband. Bind off with your favorite stretchy bind-off. i use k1, *place k stitch back on needle, k2tog,* on a needle one size larger.
Leg options: for rolled leg, pick up stitches around legs, and knit stickinette for 6-8 rows. BO very loosely.
For crocheted legs, SC around, one SC for each stitch around. do three rows sc. Fasten off. To add ribbed legs, pick up stitches around leg holes in a multiple of 4, and knit for 10 rows in 2x2 rib. BO very loosely with stretchy bindoff.
With i-cord, twisted cord, or crochet chain, make a drawstring roughly twice the circumference of the cover. Using large eye needle or crochet hook, pull drawstring in and out through stitches halfway up the ribbing. (I have not found a need to make eyelet holes for a drawstring. putting the cord through stitch openings works just fine. )
for an acrylic soaker, wash in hot water, and dry with fabric softener to assist in waterproofing ability.
for a wool soaker, handwash gently, and lanolize well before using.