How to Knit a Diaper Cover

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How to Knit a Diaper Cover
Knit diaper covers can be functional or just decorative. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Knit diaper covers are a hold over from the days of cloth diapering, designed to keep wet diapers from getting clothing wet. Today, knitted diaper covers remain very popular among cloth diapers because unlike plastic laminate or vinyl diaper covers, they are highly breathable making them cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and they provide a high level of protection against diaper wetness. This pattern will make a medium size diaper cover that will fit a baby with a roughly 17-inch hip circumference (over the diaper).

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Things you need

  • Worsted weight wool yarn
  • Size 6,7 and 8 knitting needles
  • Stitch markers
  • Scissors
  • Scrap yarn

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  1. 1

    Cast on 80 stitches onto your size 6 circular knitting needles.

  2. 2

    Using your favourite joining method, join your knitting to work in the round.

  3. 3

    Begin knitting a ribbed pattern by knitting 2 stitches, then purling 2 stitches. Continue to work in a knit 2, purl 2 pattern around to the end of the round.

  4. 4

    Continue to knit in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing for 5 more rows.

  5. 5

    Make the eyelet round for the drawstring closure as follows: at the beginning of the next row knit 2, yarn over the needles, purl 2 together. Continue to work the eyelet pattern to the end of the round.

  6. 6

    Work the knit 2, purl 2 ribbing pattern until the piece measures 2 inches from the cast on edge.

  7. 7

    Switch to size 7 circular needles on the next round, and begin to knit all stitches around to the end of the round.

  8. 8

    Continue to knit all stitches for 10 more rows.

  9. 9

    Change to size 8 circular needles on the beginning of the next round. Continue to knit all stitches on each round for 3 more inches, or until the length of the piece is roughly 6 1/2 inches from the cast on edge.

  10. 10

    Start working the crotch by slipping 18 stitches from the start of the next round onto your waste yarn. Knit all remaining stitches to the end of the row and do not rejoin to work in the round -- you will be working flat (back and forth) from this point on.

  11. 11

    Purl all stitches on the next row.

  12. 12

    Decrease one stitch at the beginning of the next row by knitting the first two stitches of the row together. Knit to the last two stitches of the round and decrease by one stitch by knitting the last two stitches together.

  13. 13

    Repeat rows 11 and 12 until you have 18 stitches remaining on your needles.

  14. 14

    Use a Kitchener stitch to weave these last 18 stitches on needles to the 18 stitches you placed on scrap yarn in Step 10.

  15. 15

    Make an i-cord drawstring by casting on 4 stitches to your size 8 needles. Continue to knit these 4 stitches back and forth on the same needle until the i-cord string is your desired length. This length will vary by the size of the child and how large of a knot or bow you want to tie.

  16. 16

    Weave the i-cord drawstring through the eyelet holes in the ribbed band of the soaker.

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