Hurrah I’ve finally finished knitting a wool nappy soaker for Lily! I’m rather impressed, this is only my third knitted project and yet again I’ve learnt about 5 new techniques!
The knitting pattern is Vanilla available through Ravelry for $5, but it includes several different sizes and different wool thickness so you only need the one pattern. I also really like that there is absolutely no stitching together of pieces or seams. It does use a sewn bind off, but this was really neat and easy to do. In fact I wish I had known how to do it when I was knitting the booties as its quite a stretchy bind off and would have been perfect!
I used Zitron Nimbus Organic Merino Wool (off of ebay). The main body is ‘harlequin’ (shade 12) and the cuffs are in ‘olive’. It is an Aran weight wool, although I accidentally bought the 8ply needles, so when I make the newborn soaker from the remnants it may come out looking a little bit different!
My mum currently has a big batch of Treliske 8ply Organic Merino Wool in ‘Merle’, and is making the second “medium” sized soaker for Lily. I’m also planning to get another newborn soaker plus two longies (newborn and medium) out of that batch of wool.
I also bought Imze Vimze wool wash and lanolin wool cure. Once I have the second nappy soaker from my mum I am going to waterproof them and actually get going using them. There isn’t masses of room in this size though, so I may also need to make the next size up! The way I understand it, you just alternate the covers each change, and leave the used cover inside out just to air and get rid of any condensation. As long as they are clean (i.e no poop) then the covers only need washing every couple of weeks and you need to use the lanolin wool cure about once a month to keep up the waterproofing.
There is some info on wool nappy covers here, which talks about the added absorbency of wool, as well as its natural antibacterial properties. I would have gone for the polyester fleece, but you can get compression wicking with that material, which sort of defeats the point! I’m definitely keen to use these from birth with the new baby, as they are particularly suited to overnight use. I like that they are breathable as well, which will be a big plus as the waterproof wraps we currently use can get a little bit wiffy!