Most of my crocheting has been in the round. I've done very little turning and going back and forth, so I was a little apprehensive before starting. I used a 5.0 mm (H) hook and 24 g of worsted weight blue and 5 grams of green (for the sc border.)
Notes from construction
- chained 46 sts.
- chain 4 before doing the tr (trc?) I'm assuming that Treble crochet is the same as triple crochet...
- turn, ch1, for sc's. I guess you ch2 for HDC and ch3 for DC's. This is someting I need to remind myself.
- 11 sts over to attach yarn. Ch3, DC1 in the same st, DC24 more. 10 sts remaining on other side. Follow pattern as directed. I made this slight change to make the two side edges even. Otherwise there was an extra stitch on one side. I'm never quite sure how to do this.
- 15 sts remain after row 14.
- I like symmetry, so on row 22 I increased on the first 2 and the last 2 stitches (17 sts total). On row 23 I didn't increase at all.
My 7 month old is a skinny guy. He still wears size 2 diapers. I like the way that these covers can be completely adjustable.
So I didn't know which side is the right side (RS), so I connected the opposite color where I fastened off, turning the work to continue the SC all around.
Boy oh boy does it look cute!
This diaper cover is a little short for Lucky. In fact, I have to tug it way up to even "cover" the diaper at all. I think that next time I will try making the band twice as high with 2 rounds of TC's and then use 4 buttons to close it. I would also make fewer SC's along the sides to cinch the leg holes closed a bit to make that fit better.
Suspenders would also help a lot, they would keep it from riding down. I'll whip up a pair and then try it on him again. I would also place the buttons closer to the outside of the front flap. And for an occasion I suppose I can fold the tip of the diaper down... I think I will also make the longer flaps
Changes to do from the first time
- make straps the original size
- after first DC increase row, increase each additional inc row.
- Single SC in each DC on the border around the entire thing.
- have buttons a little further apart.
Of course, all of these modifications will change when I see how my little boy grows. It is nice to have one cover as a starting off point so when I'm ready to try this again close to 12 months old I can see how many rows/stitches I think I need to add. This project when quickly enough that the adjustments shouldn't take too long, even if I end up making two different ones!
|One leg cinched for a better fit?|
It turns out cinching the leg isn't really necessary if you make the waist tighter when you put it on the baby. Making that tighter fixed the leg gaps. I still will make the straps longer so that it could go over both buttons well next time. I removed the cinching I did. (This is why slip knots are for winners.)
I ended up folding the straps back over the buttons so it looked a bit neater on Lucky (just over 7 months - not shown) If I made the straps longer to begin with then I would have been able to put both over both buttons.
I have many other crafts planned for Lucky's birthday party and not all of them are knitting related. I will share some of the things that work great (plus some of my flops!) Do you have any suggestions for a first birthday party?