I’ve been learning to crochet for a bit over a year now, on and off. My latest project is a wool nappy (diaper) soaker for little bean! It’s a bit rough around the edges but I’m really enjoying creating something I can see us getting a lot of use out of.
I’m using this free pattern from Ravelry for my first soaker! I think it looks super cute, plus it comes in 5 different sizes with guidance for further size adjustment depending on the baby! Perfect!
I’m using the Drops Alaska range of 100% untreated wool in aran size, with 5mm and 4mm hooks. It’s a really great value for money wool to have a try at a soaker before investing in really pretty yarn if you’re quite new to crochet and wool soakers, like I am! I got mine from Wool Warehouse online, who stock all sorts of lovely yarn for different projects and ship really fast!
The unique properties of wool and lanolin mean that wool soakers are essentially waterproof, if all goes well! It’s really important to make sure it’s a wool and not acrylic yarn, which just won’t have the waterproofing properties.
I’m going to make a larger size to try on Aeryn to test the theory before our tiny one gets here. Aeryn is already in cloth nappies, mostly pocket or wraps and prefolds, but this will be a new adventure for us!
If it works, I’ll be making several more pairs, hopefully in some awesome colours! There are loads of work at home parents on Facebook groups and Etsy hand dying some beautiful yarn.