I swear I’ll get to the giveaway info…but uh oh, here comes a knitting story. I learned to knit from my Mama when I was about 10. Give or take. I learned to crochet when I was 8 this I remember vividly. Knitting just never struck my fancy much as a child. I felt like crocheting was easier, and I liked how many stitches there were. Lots and lots of stitches. Not sure why I thought that knitting only had knits and purls, but whatever.
I did have one other foray into knitting where I took a class one afternoon on learning to make baby socks when I was 14. Yeah, that was frustrating…..but I digress
However, when I had a baby almost eight years ago, I decided to cloth diaper her. We were having just a terrible time with leaky diapers at night. I mean, imagine having to change the sheets EVERY, SINGLE, DAY. Yeah, it was bad. Very bad. So I googled my problem and found out that lots of people used wool diaper covers, and supposedly they were the best things ever for preventing leaks. I was all set to order my first cover when I saw the price and I about passed out. I couldn’t believe that you could pay 50 dollars for a soaker cover. There was no way on earth that I was going to plunk down that kind of money on something that I could knit myself…in theory.
And so began my research into soakers. I was diligent…and thrifty. Mama gave me the yarn I needed for my birthday, and I bought a pattern online. I was hooked. Knitting soakers is what truly got me started on knitting. All of a sudden I was fantasizing about all the things I would knit. This is how I started my stash…and learned that knitting is not generally viewed as a way to save money.
It’s been 7 years and I’m in a bit of a knitting dry spell, but my babies still wear soakers to bed each night (in case you’re a brand new visitor, we have twin sons who are 17 months old).
I couldn’t be more pleased to finally announce the release of the XOXO Soaker Pattern by my dear friend Jennie Santopietro. I wrote the care instructions for how to use your soaker as a cloth diaper cover. The XOXO Soaker pattern is perfect. Complete with instructions for 5 different sizes. It has a variation for babies with extra chub (my babies would have needed that version for certain stages). The rise on the soaker is perfect. All of that is great and makes it a wonderful functional soaker, but the thing that made me gasp when I saw it for the first time was the little XOXO motif on the body of the soaker. It’s a fabulous way to keep your knitting going as the weather gets warm. If you aren’t a cloth diaper enthusiast, your baby will look sweet and cute with the soaker as a gorgeous cover up to a sposie (that’s what we cloth diapering people call disposable diapers
Here is the lovely pattern information that Jennie wrote up:
Sizes: NB (0-6, 6-12, 12-18, 18-24 months)
Finished Measurements (after blocking): Hips (unstretched)—13.5” (15, 17, 19, 20.5)”, Fits thighs up to—8” (9, 10, 11, 12)” around (altdirections given for babies with larger thighs), Rise (top of front waist band to top of back waist band between legs)—13” (14, 16, 17, 18)”
Yarn Suggestions: Cascade 220 Worsted OR Ella Rae Classic Solids, Heathers & Marls OR any other worsted weight 100% wool with ~220 yards per 100 g skein; 1 skein all sizes. Uses approx. 120 (140, 165, 190, 215) yds.
Needles: 3.5mm/US size 4 & 4mm/US size 6 needles* for working a small circumference in the round: DPNs, 1 long circ magic loop, or 2 short circs Gauge: 22 sts x 28 rows = 4” in XOXO Pattern. *Always check gauge. Adjust needle size to obtain proper gauge.
On to the Giveaway!
To celebrate this momentous occasion we are giving away two prize packs. One here on my site, and one on Jennie’s. Make sure that you enter both giveaways for more chances at winning.
The prize package includes:
- one reversible Japanese Knot-style knitting project bag in a lovely coral print fabric designed by anieke on Spoonflower with an XOXO design as a nod to our pattern and beautiful Sunnyside by Kate Spain for Moda floral fabric on the reverse. (psst, these are handmade by Jennie).
- one skein each of Cornelia Hamilton Heaven’s Hand Wool Classic in Burnt Orange and Teal (each skein will make at least one soaker!)
- a printed copy of our XOXO Soaker pattern (if you’ve already purchased a copy we will refund your original purchase!)
- a sample size bottle of wool wash
- a small bottle of lanolin to prepare your finished soaker for use
At this time, the giveaway is only open to US residents, due to shipping costs. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below. Get your entries in before 11 pm central time Tuesday, May 26th when the giveaway closes. Winners will be announced here and on Jennie’s blog A Lovely Homemade Life on Wednesday! Be sure to stop over there for more chances to win!
And without further ado, our giveaway:
Best of luck friends!! You can of course always purchase the pattern now that it is live. I have a buy now button available for you in the right sidebar. Thank you, thank you, sweet community for your support.
**Edited to say**
Congratulations Mandy Watson!!! I just emailed you to send out your prize!!!! Thank you everyone for participating!!