Thursday, March 10, 2011

Tunisian Crochet Wool or Cotton Breast Pads/Nursing Pads Pattern

Free Pattern for Tunisian Crochet Breast Pads
Inspired by this pattern



Tired of buying disposable nursing pads? These are the nursing momma's new best friend. Simple to crochet nursing pads are easily customized to smaller or larger sizes. Simply increase number of chains at the beginning, for larger nursing pads, and decrease the chains at the beginning, for smaller nursing pads. The original pattern makes an average size nursing pad.

H hook (Tunisian hook not necessary)
Worsted Weight Soft Merino Wool or Cotton Yarn

Need to know:

These tunisian breast pads are crocheted in sections, sort of like sections of an orange. There are five sections per breast pad.

YO: Yarn Over
RR: Each row will include a return row (RR). To work 'RR', do the following: (YO, pull it through one loop, *YO, pull it through 2*, until you reach the end of that row.

Instructions

Make 2 (Or as many as you like :-D)

Section One:
Leaving a long tail, Chain 10
Row 1: Insert hook in 2nd chain from hook, YO, pull a loop through, work RR.
Row 2: Insert hook in first tunisian stitch from Row 1, YO, pull a loop through, insert hook through next chain stitch, pull a loop through, Work RR.
Row 3: Work Tunisian Stitch in first 2 Tunisian stitches from Row 2, YO, pull a loop through, insert hook through next chain stitch, pull a loop through, Work RR.
Row 4: Work Tunisian Stitch in first 3 Tunisian stitches from Row 3, YO, pull a loop through, insert hook through next chain stitch, pull a loop through, Work RR.
Row 5: Work Tunisian Stitch in first 4 Tunisian stitches from Row 4, YO, pull a loop through, insert hook through next chain stitch, pull a loop through, Work RR.
Row 6: Work Tunisian Stitch in first 5 Tunisian stitches from Row 5, YO, pull a loop through, insert hook through next chain stitch, pull a loop through, Work RR.
Row 7: Work Tunisian Stitch in first 6 Tunisian stitches from Row 6, YO, pull a loop through, insert hook through next chain stitch, pull a loop through, Work RR.
Row 8: Work Tunisian Stitch in first 7 Tunisian stitches from Row 7, YO, pull a loop through, insert hook through next chain stitch, pull a loop through, Work RR.
Row 9: Work Tunisian Stitch in first 8 Tunisian stitches from Row 8, YO, pull a loop through, insert hook through next chain stitch, pull a loop through, Work RR.

Section 2:

Row 10: Work Tunisian Stitch in first Tunisian stitch from Row 9, YO, pull a loop through, Work RR.
Row 11: Work Tunisian Stitch in first Tunisian Stitch from Row 10, YO, pull a loop through, insert hook through bar of next Tunisian stitch, pull a loop through, Work RR.
Row 12: Work Tunisian Stitch in first 2 Tunisian stitches from Row 11, YO, pull a loop through, insert hook through bar of next Tunisian stitch, pull a loop through, Work RR.
Row 13: Work Tunisian Stitch in first 3 Tunisian stitches from Row 12, YO, pull a loop through, insert hook through bar of next Tunisian stitch, pull a loop through, Work RR.
Row 14: Work Tunisian Stitch in first 4 Tunisian stitches from Row 13, YO, pull a loop through, insert hook through bar of next Tunisian stitch, pull a loop through, Work RR.
Row 15: Work Tunisian Stitch in first 5 Tunisian stitches from Row 14, YO, pull a loop through, insert hook through bar of next Tunisian stitch, pull a loop through, Work RR.
Row 16: Work Tunisian Stitch in first 6 Tunisian stitches from Row 15, YO, pull a loop through, insert hook through bar of next Tunisian stitch, pull a loop through, Work RR.
Row 17: Work Tunisian Stitch in first 7 Tunisian stitches from Row 16, YO, pull a loop through, insert hook through bar of next Tunisian stitch, pull a loop through, Work RR.
Row 18: Work Tunisian Stitch in first 8 Tunisian stitches from Row 17, YO, pull a loop through, insert hook through bar of next Tunisian stitch, pull a loop through, Work RR.

Section 3-5: Repeat Rows 10-18.

After you complete row 18 of the 5th section, Slip Stitch through bar of each Tunisian Stitch (9 Slip Stitches). Join Slip Stitch Row with Beginning chain and Whip Stitch Together. With Long beginning tail, sew up center hole. Weave in loose ends.

Finishing:
Attach yarn to outer edge. Slip Stitch in each stitch around. Slip Stitch to beginning Slip Stitch. Cut, weave in ends. 

If you are using cotton yarn, then it is a good idea to wash your nursing pads a couple of times before you use them. I've found that cotton yarns tend to be less absorbent before they have been washed a few times. 

For those using Merino Wool, you will probably want to lanolize your nursing/breast pads, before you use them. You can use any type of lanolin for this. Lanosil is a good brand. Simply add a pea-sized amount to a cup of warm water. Add a drop (yes, just a drop) of dish soap (like Joy). Stir mixture together, gently. You will probably notice the water turn into a milky color. This will be how you know that your lanolin mixture is ready. Place your breast pads into the lanolin mixture, and let them soak for about an hour. Place breast pads on a towel, and roll the towel up to gently squeeze out excess moisture. Remove breast pads from towel, and place somewhere to dry. Once dry, you'll have some wonderful soft and absorbent reusable breast pads! Enjoy!






















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Tunisian Crochet Wool or Cotton Breast Pads/Nursing Pads Pattern by Julie West/Fugzilla/Crochet Diva is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

2 comments:

  1. Hi there! I really want to make these,but im having trouble with the directions from row three on... Im a kind of a beginner crocheter, and this is my first attempt at a Tunisian project. Do you think there is there any way you can help me out?

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  2. Wow love this pattern. Going to make lots of these to save on buying the disposable ones. Thank you.

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