Ottobre Soaker

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Ottobre Soaker

Post by ariayla » Wed Aug 23, 2006 4:00 pm

Just wanted to let everyone know who wants to knit this soaker that unless you are knitting it for a newborn its not really worth it.

I knitting for DS, 10 months old (tall, skinny and chicken legged) and it is way to small and I knitted it for 10-24 months sizing. I could not get it much past his knees let alone over a nappy.

The leg holes are tiny, and I knit super loose!!

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Post by Judy » Wed Aug 23, 2006 8:15 pm

Totally agree; and I did a gauge swatch beforehand so had the gauge recommended in the pattern and still had the same result.
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Post by Nee » Mon Nov 06, 2006 9:59 am

I think the pattern is for 14ply wool
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Post by Jack05 » Sat Jun 23, 2007 11:41 pm

Nee wrote:I think the pattern is for 14ply wool

We used 8 ply, it is hard to know as it uses 'roving' and we have no idea what that is!
My mum just whipped one of these up last night, in the 10-24 month size but there's no way it wold fit a baby that old.
However it was very wuick and easy and makes a lovely looking soaker :D

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Post by mama anne » Sat Jun 23, 2007 11:48 pm

Roving, sometimes called top or sliver (the I is long in that one), is wool that has been washed, combed, and carded, as well as sometimes dyed, into a thick rope to be spun. You can split it down lengthwise--do this in two foot sections, just pull a length of it off the rope, trust me--to thin it down for spinning and then just tug it with your hands abour 3 to 4 inches apart to open up the fiber and get it to slide a bit for drafting. Most of the time roving has become somewhat compacted and needs this pre-drafting or attenuation.
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Post by Kimber » Sat Jun 23, 2007 11:50 pm

My first attempt at this was minute as well, but I adjusted for the next one and it was heaps better. And the adjusted one was my second attempt at knitting a garment, so not so hard :)

0ebuny made one recently by holding two strands of 8ply? together and it looked really good when I saw it the other day. You'd have to ask her for accurate details tho.
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Post by Mel » Sat Jun 23, 2007 11:56 pm

Kimber wrote:0ebuny made one recently by holding two strands of 8ply? together and it looked really good when I saw it the other day. You'd have to ask her for accurate details tho.


it was still small tho wouldnt fit over Jakes bum :lol: cute looking pattern tho and knitting two strands you add the plys together i think so two 8plys makes 16ply? something like that

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Post by Kimber » Sun Jun 24, 2007 12:00 am

Actually my mum made one with sliver, thinking it was the closest thing to roving, but she didn't split or pull? it or anything. Lol, the soaker is HUGE but if I ever have a night wetting 4-5 year old it will be awesome :D
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Post by Mel » Sun Jun 24, 2007 12:05 am

:smt044 MATTE IT!!! :smt047

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Post by Kimber » Sun Jun 24, 2007 10:42 pm

It's too thick and chunky, I don't think it would felt well at all, and if it did, it probably woulnd't shrink much :?
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I love the Ottobre soaker!

Post by Annalea » Sat Mar 22, 2008 7:23 am

Here is the second one I made:

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I used a commercial single-ply wool made for felting projects (Bernat Natural Felting Wool), with 8mm needles. I might try tightening up the fibers a little with some hot water to keep it from pilling, but we'll see. I knit the smaller size, but added extra rows to make the rise longer. (My row gauge was off for some reason.) This looks plenty big for a baby up to 8-10 months, and stretches really well. I used 2x2 rib intsead of the 1x1 the pattern calls for because my 2x2 stretches better than the 1x1.

My best advice on sizing is to knit a gauge swatch and then do a little math to see how big your soaker will be, given the number of stitches specified to cast on for a given size. This is an easy soaker to fiddle on the size, and if you bind off and increase loosely at the sides, the leg holes should stretch pretty well.

The first one of these I knit was with regular worsted-weight yarn (8 ply?) on 5.5mm needles, and it fits my daughter right now--she's 2 1/2 years old and over 24lbs. Here's a photo:

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