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Fulled Diaper Wrap
Fulled Wool WrapBy Teresa King
This pattern requires a combination of knitting and sewing skills, as well as either access to a snap press or the ability to form button holes with a sewing machine. Because the final dimensions are dependent on the felting process, I highly recommend that you knit a swatch using the yarn you will be using for the wrap. Make your swatch 24 stitches across and 36 rows high. Use your preferred felting method (machine, by hand, etc.) and keep track of the time and agitation required to shrink that piece to 4”x4”, which is the appropriate gauge for this pattern. That way once you have knit your piece you can accurately predict what you need to do in order to felt it to the right dimensions for the size you are attempting to achieve.
Changes in pattern due to size will be written as: NB[S, M, L, XL]
Worsted weight 100% wool – approx. 2 oz.[3 oz., 5 oz., 7oz., 8 oz.]
Size 7 straight needles, or size needed to achieve post-felting gauge
2-3 yd. 1” Fold-over elastic
Sewing machine with zigzag stitch (preferably a 3-step zigzag)
Snap press and snaps or buttons and sewing machine buttonhole stitch
Gauge after felting: 4” = 24 stitches and 36 rows
Cast on 70[88, 100, 112, 118] stitches
Working in stockinette, increase 1 stitch each end of every other row 4 times. (78[96, 108, 120, 126] stitches)
Work even 5 rows
Decrease 1 stitch each end of every other row 4 times. (70[88, 100, 112, 118] stitches)
Bind off 5 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows. (60[78, 90, 102, 108] stitches)
*Decrease 1 stitch each end of the next row
Work 3 rows even*
Repeat between * 13[21, 25, 30, 33] times (34[36, 40, 42, 42] stitches)
Work 18 rows even
Increase 1 stitch each end of every other row 4[6, 7, 9, 12] times. (42[48, 54, 60, 66]
Work 27 rows even. Bind off.
Using preferred felting/fulling method, shrink the finished piece to the appropriate dimensions for the size you are attempting to achieve. When that size has been reached, rinse in cold water to stop the felting process. Gently squeeze out excess water and either lie flat or hang to dry.
When piece is fully dried, double check all dimension measurements. Now is the time to trim off any bits that are thicker (such as where piece was bound off), or any excess if your piece did not shrink in all directions as expected (different wools sometimes felt differently). Don’t worry, the piece won’t unravel or fall apart once it’s been felted! After you’ve trimmed anything that needed trimming, apply the fold-over elastic. Stretch the elastic tightly while binding the leg openings, middle front and middle back. The fulled wool is thick and will not pucker like it should if you don’t pull the elastic good and tight where you need to.
After applying the fold-over elastic, you can apply either snaps or buttons to hold the wrap closed. Where to place the snaps and buttons is left to your discretion. I personally evenly space my sockets across the front, an inch apart from each other and an inch from the top edge of the wrap. I place studs at the tip of each wing, and a second stud 2 inches from the first. I sometimes place an extra socket facing up on one wing so that the wings can cross over each other and give a wider range of sizes. It would work much the same way with buttons – you would place buttons an inch apart from each other across the front of the diaper, and place buttonholes on the wings. I highly recommend reinforcing buttonholes with the buttonhole stitch on a sewing machine. Finished wraps can be washed and treated with lanolin just as you would a regular wool soaker.
Now, for the legalese:
This pattern may be freely used this for personal use or for gifts with no limitations. The pattern itself may not be sold or reproduced in any way without express permission from the author. Violation of this policy will result in legal action on behalf of the pattern author. If one wishes to sell items made from this pattern for personal profit, they may do so as long as items are being
handmade, rather than mass produced/manufactured. All that I ask in return for use of this pattern for WAHM profit is credit in your sale listing for the use of my pattern. A link to Julibeans.com would also be very much appreciated! All content included in this pattern is ©Teresa King, 2007-2014
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