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Today I want to dedicate this entry to a garment, that although it is usually complements any knitted or fabric garment, rarely it is the protagonist itself… the knitted diaper cover.
Personally, I love to combine the knitted diaper cover, culottes, bloomer or panty with all my baby clothes, whether short dresses, shirts, t-shirts or tops. In fact, whenever I make dresses I tend to leave them a little too short to combine them with a knitted diaper cover or matching fabric bloomers. I think the kids are adorable with their little legs in the open and the more you can see the better!
This time the knitted diaper cover that I will be showing you how to make in this tutorial, matches the Alba Knitted Top that I showed you last week, since it combines the stockinette stitch with seed stitch but this a very basic model that you can easily modify to better fit your needs. Try changing the stitch, add a motive, add more colors, etc.
The size shown on this tutorial is 12-24 months, but if you need another size Don’t worry! The Alba Summer Set is also available in the sizes 1-3 months, 3-6 months and 6-12 months. To get the complete pattern that gives you row by row instructions along with the chart, click on the image below or on the following links:
You also have the option to buy all sizes together with a good discount on this other link.
Materials to make the Alba Knitted Diaper Cover
On this occasion, the materials we will need to make a 12-24 months size are:
- 1 ball of 50 grams of cotton yarn for 3 mm needles. The yarn that you see on this tutorial is Katia Concept Cotton-Cashmere color 66- Salmon Range.
- 3 mm needles
- A tapestry needle
- Elastic Band
- A safety pin
Stitches & Techniques:
- Cast on
- Stockinnete stitch
- Seed Stitch
- Knit Front & Back: Knit in the Front and Back of a Stitch
- Pick up stitches
- Bind off
How to make the Alba Diaper Cover
1. Knit the back of the knitted diaper cover
We will start by casting on 60 stitches and knitting the first row of the right side.
Comenzamos montando 60 puntos y tejiendo la primera pasada entera del derecho.
Row 1. Knit all the stitches
Rows 2-7. Knit Stokinette Stitch (Purl rows 2, 4, 6, 8 and knit rows 3, 5, 7)
Row 8. Knit all the stitches
Rows 9-16. Knit Seed Stitch
Rows 17-34. Knit Stokinette Stitch (Purl rows 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34 and knit rows 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33)
2. Knit the crotch area of the diaper cover
To give shape to the knitted diaper cover, we will start making the decreases that will form the crotch. To do this, knit in stockinette stitch binding off 1 stitch at the beginning of each row (both right and wrong sides) until there are 14 stitches left.
Once you have these 14 stitches, knit by increasing 1 stitch on each side at the beginning of each row (right and wrong sides) until you have 40 stitches in your working needle.
3. Knit the front of the diaper cover
Cast on 10 stitches at the end of the row and turn the work. Knit the row normally and at the end of the row cast on another 10 stitches. In this way, you will have 60 stitches, the same number that we casted on initially.
We will knit in the same way as before but in reverse order. First knit 18 rows in stockinette stitch, knit 8 rows in seed stitch, 1 row of the right side and 7 rows in stockinette stitch.
The knit row between the stockinette stitch and seed stitch, will be the point that marks where we will fold the work to make the waistband and be able to pass through the elastic band.
4. Knit the front part of the knitted panty
Pick up stitches around the legs. Do not worry too much about the number of stitches you pick up, just pick up as many stitches as the fabric will allow you to do. The important thing to remember is that you must pick up the same number of stitches for both legs.
Once you have your stitches, knit 4 rows in seed stitch and cast off all the stitches.
5. Final Touches
To finish our basic knitted panty, we will seam the sides and fold in the upper area (between the seed stitch and the stockinette stitch) to make the waistband.
Once the waistband is folded, seam it below leaving a small opening to add the elastic band.
Cut an elastic band more or less the same size as the waistband length, since it will not be necessary to keep the waist curled. It will be enough just to reinforce it.
To finish the knitted diaper cover, you can some finish details. In my case when it comes to panties, I like to finish them with a small bow made with the i-cord technique.
As I mentioned in the beginning, if you want to get the complete set in size 12-24 months, you can find the tutorial and pattern if the Alba Summer Top in this link. If you need other sizes of the set, you can access them in the following links:
As you can see, knitting a baby diaper cover is very simple and it will complement any dress, top, t-shirt or shirt. I am convinced that if you knit one, there will be no one to stop you in making them in all colors and combinations!
And remember, if you like this tutorial and it has been useful to you, comment below and share it, it is a free! And of course, once you have your finished Alba Summer Top, don’t forget to showcase your work on social media using the hashtag #topalba #creativaatelier
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