I wrote this pattern last year for a friends baby. It is meant to be used as a sleep sack of sorts, but also to be beautiful and useful (as a soaker) at the same time. I have decided to let my Etsy shop go, so I now offer you this pattern for free. Enjoy!
Lacy Skirt Diaper Cover
Yarn – 2 skeins worsted weight wool (I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes), 1 skein fingering weight wool, for the i-cord (I used Knit Picks Stroll)
Needles – size 8 16″ circular needles (or DPN), 2 size 5 DPN
gauge – 19st = 4” over St st
Written for a newborn size, but can easily be made larger.
Using long tail cast on, CO 64 (if making a larger size, CO a multiple of 4). Join in rounds, being careful not to twist. Place a marker (marker a) at beginning of round.
Ribbed waistband rounds 1-10: *K2, P2* rep to end
Rounds 11-17: K every row
Round 18: K32 (or half of CO number), place marker b, K to end
inc round: m1, K to marker b, slip marker, m1, k to end
*Knit St st for 8 rows; rep inc row* 2 more times
Knit St st till skirt is 2/3 desired length (about 12” from CO edge).
Work inc round
Knit St st for 3 rows
Rep last 4 rows till you have 78 st on needle. (or a number divisable by 13)
Begin lace pattern A:
round 1: *k2tog, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4, ssk* rep to end of round
round 2: knit
Repeat lace pattern for approx 5”
Begin lace pattern B:
Round 1: *k2tog, k2, yo, k2, yo, k2, yo, k2, ssk* rep to end
Round 2: knit
Round 3: *k2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, yo, k1, yo, k1, ssk
Round 4: knit
Bind off loosely
Using fingering weight yarn and size 5 DPNs, co 4, leaving a tail 18”
Work i-cord for about 18”
I-cord Flourish BO 1 st, *CO 3 st, BO 4 st* till all st are bound off.
Thread the long tail at cast on end onto a large tapestry needle. Look at the ribbing at the top of your skirt. Picture the knitted stitches as belt loops. Find the center front and thread the i-cord through the 5th row, over 2 purl st, under 2 k st like a belt through the belt loops.
When i-cord is pulled through, unpick CO end of i-cord and pick up 4 st. Work i-cord for 2” then work flourish on this end as well.
Weave in ends and block, shaping the lacy edge at the bottom and the i-cord flourishes. Stretch i-cord so the stitches even out and it lenthens just a bit. Lanolize if using as a diaper cover.