Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Updated sizing for Girly Girl Skirty Soaker

Here is the pattern updated to include the larger size:

Girly-girl Skirty Soaker
By Amy Kenagy

This pattern was one of those fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants patterns. The yarn I used was considered DK weight, though I found it to be slightly thicker than that. On the soaker part of the pattern and for the first couple of rows of the skirty I double stranded, which made my gauge differ on the skirt versus the soaker body. The choice to double strand for the first couple rows of the skirty was to add a little detail and fullness, so you can single strand there, too, if you want to. This is more a recipe than a pattern. I have had people just attach the skirty to their favorite longies or shorties by purling a row one to two inches below the waist band and then picking up those stitches like the pattern does to begin the skirty. There are two sizes of the pattern listed. If one of those won't work for you, just remember that your cast on number needs to be a multiple of 4 and then changing the pattern where needed to make the skirty pleats and the weird ribbed pattern at the top work out. I did not add short rows but feel free to add them to the back of the soaker if you need extra room.

Note: Yarn amounts for the small size assumes a double stranded soake rand single stranded skirty with DK weight or light worsted weigh yarn. The Large size assumes single stranded with a heavier worsted weight yarn.

Yarn: Small size: 280 yards (125 grams) of DK or light worsted weight wool
Large size: 350 yards (166 grams) of worsted weight wool

Needles: size 4 circular needles (16 inch) AND size 7 circular needles (24 inch)

Gauge: 5 stitches single strand (4.5 sitches per inch double strand) and 6 rows on size 7 = 1 inch

Abbreviations: k = knit p = purl
kfb= knit front and back of stitch
k2tog = knit next two stitches together
pfb= purl front and back of stitch
p2tog=purl two together


I am sorry to have to do this, but unfortunately, people are dishonest and while I can't prevent people from stealing it from Ravelry and doing the same thing, there is at least a way to track who is using and downloading the file. Just because this pattern is available for FREE does not give someone the right to republish it elsewhere.Thanks for understanding and please come to Ravelry (it's FREE!) and check it out! Thanks so much!

This pattern was designed by Amy Kenagy (username: AmyKenagy on Ravelry). Please direct questions regarding the selling of skirty/soakers made from this pattern to the designer. If you love this pattern, please consider making a donation to the March of Dimes in honor of Samuel Hunter Kenagy.


Alice said...

So completely cute. I cannot wait to try it out.

Dr.L said...

I just finished making this for my daughter, and it turned out absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for the great pattern!

Unknown said...

love this pattern. What are the approximate waste measurements? Knitting for 3 month old.

Unknown said...

Hey Sherry -

The smallest size is approx 14 inches around the hips when you use the drawstring to cinch it down, up to 17.5 inches at the hips when fully stretched. Since it was made to fit over a cloth diaper, this might seem big, but it allows for extra padding in there. I have made this for several friends and this size fits from 3 months to 9 months pretty comfortably, obviously depending on the size of the baby. The stretchy ribbing helps. :) This can also be added to any of your favorite pant or soaker patterns so if you need any help let me know :)

Thiessen-Roy's said...

I can't knit but I want to pass this pattern on to my grandma to make for our new babe.. So this may be a dumb question.. Is there a way to make it a little smaller? To fit a newborn cloth diapered baby?

Unknown said...

Hi there! There is certainly a way to make it smaller. You need to find a soaker pattern that you like. . .there are many out there on Ravelry for free but the Curly Purly is a good one. Then knit the ribbing. After that, purl one row, and continue on the soaker pattern. After the pattern is complete, pick up the stitches in the purl row to make the ruffle. I've included instructions on how to modify it and if she runs into trouble you or she can certainly contact me. I hope it works out for you!!

Mikaela said...

Thank you for the pattern. I'm planning to make one for my very first granddaughter.