This soaker pattern is the simplest of the simples to crochet. It is very economical, as it will fit most babies from start to finish, because it is so S-T-R-E-T-C-H-Y. For newborns, you can fold down the waist. :) Even the most novice of crocheters can work it up in no time.
You will need:
250 yards Worsted Weight Wool Yarn
Understanding of HDC, Understanding of back loops, Understanding of Slip Stitch
Chain 81 (You can chain more or less -- this pattern is totally customizable)
Row 1: HDC in back loops of second ch from hook, and every ch across, ch 1 (80 HDC's)
(Please Note: ch 1 never counts as a stitch throughout this pattern)
Row 2: HDC in back loops each HDC across, ch 1 (80 HDC's)
Row 3-23: Repeat Row 2
To Finish Off, fold your soaker strip in half from left to right (Matching first stitch with last stitch). Slip stitch the sides together through 20 stitches leaving 40 stitches that are your leg holes. Repeat on the other side.
If you want leg bands, you can attach your yarn and crochet leg bands of your choice. Even just simple SC in the round a few rows works great. :)
For Draw String, I usually use a single crochet chain about a yard long. If you want something simpler, you could use a simple chain, or even double up your yarn for a thicker chain to thread through the top of the soaker.
If you have any questions regarding this pattern, feel free to ask. This pattern is my original idea, and belongs to me. Do not copy as your own. Do not sell this pattern. If you would like to make soakers from this pattern to sell, I give you permission, but if you intend to sell your item online, please be sure to include this link, that you used this free pattern in your listing. :)
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