Knitting and Sewing Wool Soakers is Addictive!

The thing about wool soakers is that once you start making them, you SIMPLY-CAN’T-STOP!

Perhaps you already read my post from last year that discussed my first attempts (successful but not without minor errors) at sewing wool soakers from old sweaters. I received several nice comments – thank you!

If any of you have made soakers from old sweaters, you know a big part of the fun is hitting the local thrift stores and hunting for suitable sweaters. I tell you, there is nothing more satisfying than finding a 100% cashmere sweater in a great colour/pattern on sale for $1.50. It’s giving me chills just thinking about it.

The problem is, well, the search becomes a bit of an addiction and the next thing you know, you’ve got a huge trunk filled with sweaters. So, after my first attempts, I went on to make a few more soakers and longies. Check these out…

Trust me when I say that the brown pair in the middle is a dream. Double cashmere. So soft you just want to hold them against your face and keep them there. So warm there’s no way a baby could be cold.

So yeah, I kept sewing up the little beauties. But then I got the knitting bug again. So my sewing machine went away (along with a MOUNTAIN of felted sweater scraps) and the needles came out.

I started knitting a couple of years ago. I hadn’t knit since Brownies (in the mid 1970’s – YIKES!) so I thought I’d start with something simple like, say, socks. OK, socks are not simple. But I figured if I could knit a sock, I could knit anything. So I knit socks. Big, small, and Christmas stockings. Then I moved on to mittens. And then… soakers.

INTERLUDE: If you’re new (or old) to knitting and haven’t yet discovered the wonderful world of Ravelry.com, you are in for one sweet treat. Thousands of free patterns. And if you need any help with knitting, here’s a shout out to all the friendly knitters who have so graciously uploaded videos to Youtube. If there’s a technique you need/want to learn, guaranteed someone has posted a very good video.

Where was I? Oh yes, knitting soakers. I managed to get a couple done before Remy was born in July (he’s now 8 months old! I’m REALLY far behind my posts). Soft, soft, soft virgin wool.

These are both the “Frantic Mama Knitted Soaker Pattern” available for free on Ravelry. Super easy and a very fast knit.

And then my mom knit this adorable pair of longies… I’m not typically a “yellow” person but c’mon, these are gorgeous!

How can you not love those?

I hadn’t used wool soakers on our first son until he was almost 2 but Remy was due in the heat of the summer and I wanted something breathable for him. All the ones I made – knitted and sewn from felted sweaters – were great. The sewn ones gave a nice tight and trim fit and the knit ones just looked plain old sweet.

INTERLUDE: When summer was over, I started thinking about winter knits and Halloween and just HAD to make this. Tell me this isn’t the cutest…

The pattern for this little beauty is available on Ravelry.

As the months went by, we discovered Remy was a VERY HEAVY WETTER. So that called for, what I’m referring to as, The Big Ass Night-time Diaper Soaker. I made this thing HUGE, with ribbing so it would stretch over his Big Ass Night-time Diaper. I also used 2 strands of yarn to make it super absorbent. This is NOT the soaker you want to wear around town but it works like a charm, all night long!

This next one is my own secret recipe of three separate patterns. Me being me, I neglected to make notes as I went along so there will be no duplicating this one.

Recently I joined an on-line group for wool soakers. Great bunch of ladies with a LOT of good tips. Someday, when I get the time, I’ll summarize what I’ve learned. But until then, I’ll just keep knitting…