I’ve finished a first knitted something for our wintertime babe on the way! Here it is:
Oh.My.Goodness! I had forgotten just how wee new babies really are (even 9.6 lb ones)! I had also forgotten just how quickly one can knit for someone so small. These woollies took me all of three days to knit and are the start of our second baby’s cloth diaper stash.
O was cloth-diapered from birth but had a stash of mostly pocket diapers with just a half dozen prefolds or so. As we got more and more used to using prefolds, B and I discovered that in many situations, they really are our preference. Part of why we enjoy diapering this way is because a cotton prefold with a wool cover is a simple diapering system made of only natural materials. Many other cloth diapering options, including the ever popular pocket diapers, are often made of synthetic materials. I know of many families who have struggled with cloth-diapering with synthetic cloth diapers only to have gone on to have great success with prefolds and wool. If you ask me, it’s worth a try! Besides, prefolds are such a wonderful investment for a cloth-diapering family! Ours have out-lasted any of our other cloth diapers, are the simplest to clean, and are comparatively very inexpensive. We’ve never had an issue with prefolds getting funky, repelling, or wearing out.
Not to mention, when you use prefolds, you get to cover them in super cute hand-knitted woollies! Hooray! The woollies you see above are the Sheepy Pants pattern knitted in Malabrigo Worsted Merino. I did not do my usual modifications for a wider leg as I thought the more narrow leg would offer a better fit for a new baby. I knitted this particular pair in the newborn size, just in case babe is smaller than I’m expecting. From here, I plan to knit a few in the small size along with some soakers. Speaking of which, any knitters out there care to share your favorite soaker pattern?
- We purchase most of our prefolds (organic unbleached indian cotton) from Jillian’s Drawers. We have also gotten some from Green Mountain Diapers to round our newborn stash for the babe on the way. (Also organic unbleached indian cotton.)
- As far as prefold sizes, we’ve found we only really need the infant size and then the standard/large to get us from birth through potty learning.
- For knitting woollies, I really like to use Malabrigo for newborns because it’s so soft. For older babies, Peace Fleece Worsted makes “bullet proof” soakers. However, not all little ones are tolerant of Peace Fleece. (I personally LOVE it and find it to soften very nicely.) Many knitters are, of course, fans of knitting soakers and longies with Mosaic Moon dyed yarns. Count me among them! So very beautiful!
- As far as patterns, my favorite longies pattern is Sheepy Pants (paid). For a soaker pattern, I adore the final product using the Vanilla Soaker pattern but I do find the PCO a bit tedious. For free patterns, I hear good things about Itchy Fingers Longies and plan to try the Curly Purly Soaker soon. I’d love to hear your preferences and/or recommendations!
- I’ve made a few updates to the Oh Baby O “Cloth” page and the “Resources” page will be soon to follow. Hopefully this post along with those pages are helpful to anyone with questions. (I get a whole lot of questions about cloth-diapering!) :)