Soaker begins between the legs with a provisional cast-on. The back is worked while shaping the legholes then the back stitches are placed onto a stitch holder or waste yarn. Front stitches are picked up from the provisional cast-on and the legholes are shaped to the same length as the back. The back and front stitches are joined, casting on a few stitches at the top of each leghole. The body is then worked in the round maintaining the garter ridge pattern over the back and working stockinette stitch on the front. The top band is worked in ribbing or with a drawstring to suit your yarn choice.
When choosing a wool yarn for your soaker take into consideration how well that yarn holds the elasticity in ribbing. I suggest knitting a small swatch (at least 2" (5 cm) square) in 1 x 1 Ribbing and washing your swatch in cool water, stretching and pinning it to dry. If the ribbing bounces back together when dry then it's a good choice to use ribbing on your top band. If the ribbing stays stretched out, I suggest knitting the top band with the drawstring.
Retailers—this pattern is available wholesale. Carry it in your store.
Sizes: Newborn (0–3 mos, 3–6 mos, 6–9 mos 9–12 mos, 1–2 yrs)
14¼ (16, 18¼, 20, 22¼)" around diaper
100% wool, Aran weight (CYCA #5 Medium) approx 90 (110, 140, 160, 190) yards.
• Size US 5 (3.75 mm): dpns and/or 16" (40 cm) circular
• Size US 6 (4 mm): straight and dpns and/or 16" (40 cm) circular. Or size to obtain gauge.
• Size US G/6 (4 mm) crochet hook and waste yarn for provisional cast-on; stitch holder or waste yarn; 2 markers; tapestry needle
18 sts and 24 rows/rnds = 4" in Sockinette st with larger needle. Take time to save time, check your gauge.