Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Gabey Baby Diaper Cover

Gabey Baby Diaper Cover

*This is my first attempt at writing a knitting pattern. Please direct any questions or suggestions my way so I can improve. Also, I have not physically created the large size, so the number of stitches cast on is a guess.*

22 stitches in 10cm

3.25mm 40cm circular needles
4.5mm 40cm circular needles
4.5mm double pointed needles
Tapestry needle
Measuring tape to make rise and leg length the correct size

Abbreviations Used:
CO- cast on
cm - centimeters
YO - yarn over
2tog - 2 together
ss - stockinet stitch
M1L - make one left
M1R - make one right
DPN- double point needles
K - knit
P - purl

Size Small (Medium, Large) using Worsted 3 Ply 100% Merino Wool

CO 100 (112, 120) Stitches using size 3.25mm 40cm circular needles
Row 1-4 (1-5, 1-6) : Knit 2 Purl 2 ribbing (join to knit in the round before row 1)
Row 5 (6, 7): Eyelet row, Knit 2, YO, purl 2tog
Row 6-9 (7-11, 8-13): Knit 2 Purl 2 ribbing
Row 10-12 (12-14, 14-16): Switch to 4.5mm 40cm circular needles, work in ss.
Row 13 (15,17): Knit 42 (45, 49), place marker, knit 16 (22, 22) place marker, finish row.
Row 14 (16, 18) (1st short row): Knit, placing first short row between markers with wrapped short row method. May remove markers once complete.
Row 15 (17, 19): Knit 25 (28, 30), place marker, knit 50 (56, 60), place marker, finish row.
Row 16 (18, 20) to desired rise: SS placing 5 (7, 7) more short rows between markers at these locations: row 20, 26, 32, 38 and 44 (M - 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 71 L - 26, 34, 42, 50, 58, 66, 73). You may wish to move the markers in toward one another after each short row by one or two stitches. Once short rows are complete, remove markers.
-Once desired rise has been reached, *knit 49 (55, 59) stitches, place marker, knit 1, place marker*. Repeat ** once.
-Then *Knit to marker, slip marker, M1R, knit to marker, M1L, slip marker, knit to next marker. Slip marker, M1R, knit to marker, MIL, slip marker. Knit one row plain.* Repeat ** until 7 (13, 15) stitches are between the two sets of markers.-Knit to first marker, then knit next 7 (13, 15) stitches onto size 4.5mm DPN.
-Continue knitting to next marker, placing stitches onto additional set of 4.5mm DPNs or smaller length circular.
-Place next 7 (13, 15) stitches onto size 4.5mm DPN, break yarn leaving a 15 inch tail.
- Using the two DPNs, each with 7 (13, 15) stitches, graft the two of them together, right side out, using kitchener stitch, weave in end once complete.
- You’ve now created the gusset and on either side you have the beginnings of the cuffs or legs.
- Divide the stitches from one leg evenly onto 3, 4.5mm DPNs. Pick up approximately 4 stitches from the side of the gusset, and restart your yarn at the inside of the leg.
- You may work the cuff or leg in whatever method you like, listed below are a leg for longies and a ruffled cuff for a skirtie soaker. Any holes remaining beside gusset can be sewed together using tail from beginning of leg.

Work each leg separately in SS until the desired length is achieved. Finish with a seed stitch cuff of at least 2.5cm. Seed stitch is achieved by K1P1 and on the next row you do the opposite so that the knits and purls are staggered. Bind off and weave in all ends.
Ruffled Cuff:
Knit 2 rows. *Knit in front and back of every stitch for one row. Knit one row plain*. Repeat ** once.
Bind off and weave in all ends.
Make an I-cord drawstring with 2 double point needles. CO 3 or 4 stitches, *knit all stitches, slide to opposite end of needle*. Repeat ** until cord is desired length. To end, break yard and thread through stitches with needle, pulling tight and weaving in both ends. Weave I-cord into eyelet row of waitband, and voila! You have an adorable diaper cover.
About this Pattern:
Please make these for personal use, donation or gifts (and send me pictures to r-ripley@hotmail.com!). You can even sell them if you want, just link back to here whenever possible. :)


  1. Ooooh, very nice! I think this might just be my next knitting project :) I'm a cloth diaper nut myself . . . about how big do you think I'd have to make one for a 22lb 9 month old (I know, he likes his food!)

  2. Depending on your wool, I would do the medium. The rise and leg length is adjustable to your baby. If you use the same wool (a worsted 3 ply merino) the waist stretches to around 22 inches. I make the medium for my 15 pound 4 month old but he has lots of room to grow into them.

  3. when my Gabriel was a baby, we called him Gabey Baby too <3

  4. I'm having a Gabey Baby too in June!!! Just found out the sex and Gabriel is the best name. So glad to find your pattern. We did cloth diapers for 6 months with our 1st and want to do it again for the 2nd but are a little intimidated since we did not "get the hang of it" with #1.

  5. Have you knit the large yet? Know of anyone else that has? Im searching ravelry for a soaker for 32lb 3T or 4T kiddo. thank you for sharing!

  6. how much yarn does this pattern call for?

  7. Well, it totally depends on what you make and your tension. I can make a pair of shorties or a small pair of longies with 4 oz and less than 2 oz of trim (with a fairly tight tension). A medium or larger pair of longies takes around 6 oz with around 2 oz of trim. Hope this helps! :)

  8. I need one for a 18-24 month size. Would that be medium or large? Thanks!