Things I make for Maddy: Maddy-pants!
(Maddy-pants is one of the nicknames I use with my dear girl. I have no idea why I think appending “pants” to a name is funny, but I do.)
I knit a diaper cover for my little Madrigal!
Unfortunately, this kid is growing like a weed (already over 15 pounds at 3 months old!), and I chose a too-small size. C’est la vie. I can always knit bigger ones.
Ravelry Project Page
Pattern: Vanilla (but with some modifications)
Yarn: Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool
Needles: Size 5 and Size 3 Knitpicks Harmony dpns
Time to knit: Exactly a week (wow, that’s surprisingly fast given current circumstances!)
I’ve been wanting to make Maddy some knit “shorts” to wear over her big cloth diaper butt once it gets a little warmer and she’s no longer wearing sleepers all day long, and the Vanilla pattern seemed like a great place to start. It’s a really well-put-together pattern, with multiple size options in multiple gauges, but of course, me being me, I had to go and change things up. I just can’t follow a pattern to the letter, I don’t have it in me.
The primary change that I made was switching the ribbing at the legs and waist to 1×1 rib, rather than 2×2 rib. I did this just so that I could use a tubular bind off, because I’m just never happy with the stretchiness or appearance of bind-offs done in 2×2 rib.
The other change I made was pretty minor: I simply substituted a s1, p1 edge when knitting the flat part of the diaper (if you have the pattern, you’ll know what I’m talking about), so that I’d have a nice edge to pick up stitches from when I did the leg ribbing (I just have this thing about the sl1, p1 edge, you see).
I switched to smaller needles when I picked up for the ribbing, and this created a nice, neat looking ribbed cuff. I also used smaller needles for the ribbing at the waist.
I love the yarn I used, by the way. It’s nice and wooly but not scratchy, and I know it’ll take a lanolin treatment like a pro (which will give it some added water-resistance). I’ve got a few skeins of it in this shade, plus a few in a dark brown shade, that I picked up several years ago when it was my habit to use the 50% off coupons for this particular yarn at JoAnn. I think the next pair I make for her will be dark brown. Because yes, there WILL be a next pair. And probably more after that.
My dear girl is 3 months old today! These 3 months have felt both like forever and like no time at all. So strange, what babies do to time.