Friday, February 22, 2008

Little Fire Crochet Soaker & Skirty Pattern


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Originally uploaded by tangledskeins
((***Pattern updated 01/09/09***))
Named for my DS, this is the

(I have had a few people mention that they were having trouble getting the waistbands of the Little Fire wooly patterns loose enough to have enough stretch, even when using a larger hook for the foundation. I have found the answer...the no-chain foundation!! If you go here No Chain and scroll down to the bottom of the page, you will find pictorial instructions for doing the No Chain Double Crochet. Work this technique to length (one less dc than the number of dc's called for in the pattern) in place of the foundation chain and first row of dc in both Little Fire Patterns.
I tried it out myself on the Pirate shorties I made for my son (incorporating a little stranding for a bit of fun) and it worked out fabulously. There is a small V at the join when following this technique, but it is easily stitched closed with the tail. The resulting stretchy waistband top is wonderful!)

Little Fire Crochet Soaker and Skirty

Initial instructions are for size small, parenthesis are for medium, large, and extra-large
This pattern is worked with worsted weight wool yarn
Hook size G, Gauge 4 stitches per inch, 4 rows per inch in sc or whatever hook you need to maintain gauge.
All Sizing is Approximate:
SMALL= WEIGHT 11-17 lbs WAIST 12-20 in. RISE 16 in. THIGHS 7-12 in.
MEDIUM= WEIGHT 15-22 lbs WAIST 12.5-20 in. RISE 17in. THIGHS 8-13 in.
LARGE= WEIGHT 20-26 lbs WAIST 13-22 in. RISE 18 in. THIGHS 9-14 in.
X-LARGE= WEIGHT 24-30 lbs WAIST 14-24 in. RISE 19 in. THIGHS 9-15 in.

Chain 56 loosely (64, 72, 80) Join in a loop with a slip stitch, being sure not to twist the chain

Row 1 CH 2 (count as first DC) DC in each SC around , join with a SLST in the top of the CH 2

Row 2-3 SLST around CH 2 of row 1, CH 2, *BPDC around next st, FPDC around next st* repeat around and join with a SLST in the top of the Ch 2. (Bind off if you plan on using a different color for the body of the soaker, otherwise continue on to Row 4.)

Row 4 (If starting a new color, join with a SLST in the first DC) CH 1, SC in same st, and in next 2 sts, 2 SC in next st, *SC in next 3 sts , 2 SC in next st*, repeat *-* around for a total of 70 SCs (80, 90, 100)

Row 5 Ch1, turn, SC in each stitch around, join with slip stitch in first SC. 70 SCs (80, 90, 100)

Row 6-8 Repeat previous row (for medium repeat row 5 times, for large repeat row 7 times, repeat 9 times for xl )

If making a Skirty, work row 9 in the back loops of row 8 for this round only)
Row 9 CH1, turn, SC in first 2(3, 4, 5) st, HDC in next 4(5, 6, 7) sts , DC in in next 23(24, 25, 26)sts, HDC in next 4(5, 6, 7) sts, SC in remaining 37 (43, 49, 55) sts, join with SLST to first SC.


Row 10-13 Repeat Rows 6-9 once

Row 14 Repeat row 6 once more

Row 15-17 CH1, turn, work 39 SCs (43, 47, 51)

Row 18 CH1, turn, SC in first 2(3, 4, 5) st, HDC in next 4(5, 6 7) sts, dc DEC next 2 sts together, *(DC in next 3 sts, dc DEC next 2 sts together) across to last 6(8, 10, 12) HDC in next 4(5, 6 7) sts, SC in last 2(3, 4, 5) st 33(37, 41, 45)sts

Row 19-21 CH1, turn work 33 SCs (37, 41, 45)

Row 22 CH1, turn, SC in first 2(3, 4, 5) st, HDC in next 3(4, 5, 6) sts, dc DEC next 2 sts together, (DC in next 5 sts, dc DEC next 2 sts together) across to last 5(7, 9, 11) sts, HDC in next 3(4, 5, 6) sts, SC in last 2(3, 4, 5) st. 29(33, 37, 41)sts

Row 23-25 CH1, turn work 29 SCs (33, 37, 41)

Row 26 CH1, turn, SC in first 2(3, 4, 5) st, HDC in next 2(3, 4, 5) sts, dc DEC next 2 sts together, DC in next 2 sts, dc DEC next 2 sts together, DC in next 2 sts, dc DEC next 2 sts together, DC in next st, dc DEC next 2 sts together, DC in next 2 sts, dc DEC next 2 sts together, DC in next 2 sts, dc DEC next 2 sts together, HDC in next 2(3, 4, 5) sts, sc in next 2(3, 4, 5) st. 23(27, 31, 35)sts

Row 27-29 CH1, turn work 23 SCs (27, 31, 35)

Row 30 CH1, turn, SC in first 2(3, 4, 5) st, HDC in next 1(2, 3, 4) sts, dc DEC next 2 sts together, (DC in next 3 sts, dc DEC next 2 sts together) across to last3(5, 7, 9)sts, HDC in next 1(2, 3, 4) sts, SC in last 2(3, 4, 5) st 19(23, 27, 31)sts

Row 31-41 CH1 turn, SC in each st across 19(23, 27, 31)sts(for mediums add 4 more rows here, for larges add 8 more, for xl add 12)

Row 42-52 CH 1 turn, SC in next st, 2 SC in next st, SC across to last 2 sts, 2 SC in next st, SC in last st
(final row should have 39 (43, 47, 51)SCs
Whip stitch evenly to front side of soaker (bottom of row 14)


Cuffs
Join yarn with SLST

Row 1 join with sl st at top of leg opening,CH1, SC in same st, work an even # of sc’s around the opening, join with SLST to first SC

Row 2 CH2 (count as first DC) DC in each st around and join with a SLST to top CH of CH2

Row 3 SLST around CH 2 of row 1, CH 2, *BPDC around next st, FPDC around next st* repeat around and join with a SLST in the top of the Ch 2.

Bind off

Repeat for other side, weave in ends, trim, Voila! Add a cord at the waist if you desire.


Skirty patterns for the Little Fire soaker

Version 1:
R1 After finishing the main body of the soaker, join yarn for skirty with a slip stitch at the back, working in the free loops of row 8. Sc in first st. ch4, (skip st and sc in next st, ch 4) around. Join with a sl st in the first sc.

R2 Work 2 sl sts around the ch4 space, work 1 sc around ch4, ch5, (sc in top of next ch4 sp. Ch5) around, join with a sl st in 1st sc.

R3+ Work round 2 until skirty is the desired length, bind off, weave in, voila!

TRIM ch1, sc in same st, work 6 sc in ch5 sp, ( sc in sc, work 6 sc in ch5 sp ) repeat around, join with a sl st in the first sc, bind off, weave in, voila!

Version 2:

R1 Working in the free loops of round 8, Join yarn with a slip stitch at the back of the soaker, ch1 and sc in the same st., and in each st around. join with a sl st in the first sc.

R2 ch2 (count as first dc) dc ch1 dc in next st, (dc in next st cd ch1 dc in next st), around, join with a sl st at the top of ch2.

R3 ch2 (count as first dc now and throughout) sk 1 dc, dc ch1 dc in ch1 sp, sk 1 dc, dc in next dc, sk 1 dc, dc ch1 dc in next ch1 sp, sk 1 dc, cd in next dc *( dc in next dc. sk 1 dc, dc ch1 dc in next ch1 sp, sk 1 dc, dc in next dc, sk 1 dc dc ch1 dc in next ch1 sp, sk 1 dc, dc in next dc) around, and join with a sl st at the top of the ch2.

Repeat R3 for length.

TRIM work 6 st dc shell in ea ch1 sp around for trim.


Version 3

R1 Working in the free loops of round 8, join yarn with a sl st at the back of the soaker, ch 1 and sc in same st, sc in next st and in each st around, join with sl st in first sc.

R2 ch2 2 dc in next st, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) around and join with a sl st in the top of ch2

R3 ch2(count as dc when repeating for pattern), dc in same st, dc in next dc, ch1, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, ch1, dc in next dc, 2dc in next dc, repeat around for pattern and join with a sl st at the top of ch2.

R4 ch3, (count as dc and ch1 when repeating for pattern) dc in next dc, dc in next dc, dc in ch1 sp, dc in next dc, dc in next dc, ch1, dc in next dc, dc in next dc, dc in ch1 sp, dc in next dc, dc in next dc, ch1, dc in next dc, Repeat around for pattern and join with a sl st in second ch.

R5 ch2(count as dc dc when repeating for pattern), dc in ch1 sp, dc in next dc, dc in next dc, ch1, sk 1 dc, dc in next dc, dc in the next dc, dc in ch1 sp, dc in next dc, dc in next dc, ch1, sk 1 dc, dc in next dc, dc in next dc, dc in ch1 sp, dc in next dc, repeat around for pattern and join with a slst at the top of ch2.

R6 Ch3 (count as dc and ch1 when repeating for pattern) dc in next dc, dc in next dc, dc in ch1 sp, dc in next dc, dc in next dc, ch1, sk 1 dc, dc in next dc, dc in next dc, dc in ch1 sp, dc in next dc, dc in next dc, ch1, sk1 dc, dc in next dc, Repeat around for pattern and join with a sl st in the top of ch2

Alternate rounds 5 and 6 for length.

For trim, ch2, dc in same dc, work 2 dc in each dc and ch1 sp around, and join with a sl st in the top of ch2


© 2008-by Amy O’Holleran: This is my original work, and may not be reproduced for sale without my express permission.

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71 comments:

Kristie said...

Hi there,
Wow, what a well made soaker pattern!
I am loving the easy style of this one....well done!
I am a wahm who makes and sells crocheted baby and children's items and was also wondering if I could gain your permission to sell some products made from this pattern? I don't want to infringe on your copyright in any way and they wouldn't be mass produced or anything.
thankyou
warmly Kristie

vilatesniftynook said...

So, I too think that it is cute, and looks like a good pattern, easier to use it than make up my own. I also make and sell soakers, was wondering about getting permission to sell them also. Let me know, Thanks - Vilate

Heidi said...

I like this pattern very much! It makes a super cute soaker.. I'd love to make the skirty.. but I was wondering if you had any photos of a finished one. I would love the visual inspiration!

Anyone??

Yolie said...

I started the soaker, but i dont understand row 18, across to last 6 what does that mean? please and thanks!! =)

vilatesniftynook said...

I am not who you wanted an answer from, but maybe I can help.

She means that you continue doing the
(DC in next 3 sts, dc DEC next 2 sts together) across until you get to the 6th stitch FROM THE END - (or (8, 10, 12) ) depending on the size-
then you do the HDC in next 4(5, 6 7) sts, SC in last 2(3, 4, 5) st
then you should have 33(37, 41, 45)sts

Did that help?

Yolie said...

vilatesniftynook, Thank you for your help now it makes total sense to me hehe thank you once again!!

The Noble Fat N Happy One said...

i LOVE this pattern. i just finished with the soaker body, about to start on the cuffs, then onto the skirty! i will post pics on my blog soon :) thank you for such a wonderful pattern.

womantalk said...

THANK YOU for sharing this pattern with the world.
I help organize an attachment parenting meetup group in southern Cali and I've really enjoyed making and showing other moms how to crochet this cute and useful soaker.
You can see a pic at my post about it here:http://womantalk.wordpress.com/2009/04/16/crochet-your-own-woolen-soaker/

momsandbums said...

I am just starting this pattern and making the XL size. I am at row 10-13. When I previously did row 6-8 I repeated 9 times instead of 3 for the XL size. Do I do that again for rows 10-13 or just repeat 3 times?
Thanks!
Tanya

vilatesniftynook said...

So I don't think you should repeat it nine more times cause it says repeat 6-9 ONCE! I think you just do it once. Just the three rows. But you know if you get to the crotch and is looks to short go back and add in.
*so really I think when I made it up I only did it once! :)
Good luck.

sew4sweetness said...

I just made my first soaker with this pattern and I LOVE IT! It is Orange and yellow verigate hand dyed Merino Wool and it is sooo beautiful and sooo soft!!! I made the body exactly to the pattern and the leg cuffs are 2 rows of SC (36 of them around to be exact) and I did a ruffle consisting one row sc and ch2 into each sc of the previous row and the 2nd row did sc and ch 3 into each ch 2... It ruffled perfect and looks soooo girly... I think I am going to add a little orange gold fish to the bum section and make an orange and yellow tank top to match in a cotton yarn with some little gold fish on it!!! I'll post pics of the full outfit on my blog... My little girl is going to look so adorable in the outfit!!!

dove2137 said...

I am almost finished, just the cuffs to go, but so far so good. Very cute! I wish Ethan were here to wear it, he's still "baking". Only trouble I had was trying to remember was dc DEC was, but have a google and a few head scratches I figured it out! Can't wait to try the longies.

Catherine/Yarncat said...

Wonderful pattern!Thanks!!

Sparkling Flame said...

How much wool will it take to make a small in this? Thanks so much!

Amy said...

I usually do 2 coordinating colors, and for small, I a estimating it uses about 3/4 of a skien of patons...I haven't made the small in a while, though, LOL...will be soon as we have a new lo on the way!

sew4sweetness said...

Hi Amy, can I ask a question in regards to the Little Fire pattern you reference here?

for Row 14 Repeat row 6 once more....

does it mean to repeat the previous row 5 or do I repeat another 3/5/7 or 9 times (depending on the size of the soaker)?

Thanks for any help...
Patty

Stacy Whalen said...

Hi! Can this pattern be modified to make longies? Should I just increase the number of rows on the cuffs?

Carley said...

Hey there Amy! I love your patterns! I was wondering if I might get permission to make and sell the fire crochet soaker and pants? I have a small Etsy store that I add things to when I have the time to make them...I would love to add your soakers as I have a cloth baby myself and can testify to its greatness as a seller =]

Carley

Amy said...

Stacy...I have a companion pattern for longies :) Look under the heading "Tangles" on the left side of the page for the title 'Little Fire Crochet pants' :D

Lu-Lu said...

I was wondering if there is a way to make this smaller for a newborn? I think the skirty pattern is too cute and would love to make some for my soon to be here little one. Oh and can you make the longies with a skirt as well?

Amy said...

Hi Lu-lu...I haven't made them in newborn myself...I can see about working up the figures, though...it might take a few days to a week...busy time here as my SIL is going in for surgery tomorrow. I'll post again when done :)

Amy said...

and yes, the longies pattern can be done with the skirties, too, just work round 9 of the longies pattern as indicated in the soaker pattern. :)

Amanda said...

do you have pictures of the various skirties?

Amy said...

Just of version one...I forgot to get pics of the others ;)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3208/2997096037_bdd1b77b49.jpg

Amanda said...

which version is that> it is pretty

Amy said...

That is version 1. I have a few orders to work on right now, but when I get a chance I will work up new ones of the other 2 ;)

Amanda said...

sweet. I am going to work up some and wasnt sure which version I wanted to use

VF said...

Love, love, love this pattern. I made one last summer when my LO was still really little. Of course, it doesn't fit her now! I am going to start making the next size up for the upcoming summer and I have a question. How can I make the skirt part longer without it getting fuller? Does that make sense? lol. I want length before I make it full....Just so it'll cover up the soaker a little more. Bump for pics of the other versions. The example you posted is adorable!!! Thanks so much!

Amy said...

The fullness really only comes into play when you do the final round of trim on the skirty, for v1 and 2...the length is in the repeats of rnd 2 for version 1, and rnd 3 for version 2...version 3, you really can't alter the pattern of the first 4 rnds without distorting it. hth!

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Elizabeth said...

Hi Amy! I love your patterns! I was wondering if I could get your permission to make and sell some items made from the fire soaker and pants pattern? I am first time mom who started using CDs and wool covers on my LO and I love it! I have had a few requests to make these for others but I don’t want to infringe on your copyright in any way. 
Thank you

Beth

Lu-Lu said...

Hey sorry to be a pest..... but I was wondering if you ever got around to working up the numbers for a newborn pattern for the Little Fire Skirty pattern? My friend and I are both expecting little girls this summer and think this pattern is too cute! I can't wait to get started on them!

Amy said...

Elizabeth..please email me at little_girl_4_20 @ yahoo.com

Lu-lu...I haven't had a chance to as yet. I have been dealing with some pregnancy issues and am most likely going in in the morning for an induction...I am sticking a post-it on my calendar to get on that for you once we are all settled, and I will post then and let you know :) Thx for your patience!

Kelly said...

Love this pattern I lost track slightly near the end, but it turned out perfect! I made a Little pocket where the draw cord goes and used elastic to make it a pull up. Thanks for sharing!

annabanana said...

Quicky about row 15.
what do you do after you SC 37?
i'm SOOOOOO confused.

Amy said...

on row 15 to 17 you just sc across...39 stitches for smalls, for other sizes the stitch count is in parenthesis...hth!

Lu-Lu said...

Could you please explain the 6 st dc shell called for in the trim of skirty version 2? Thanks!

Karina said...

Can you help me with row 15? Im doing a size large soaker. What do i do after the 47 scs - i still have 43 remaining on the round.

Lu-Lu said...

So Karina I'm not who you were asking, but after your 47 sc you start the next row leaving the rest empty. Then after row 52 you whipstich the end back to those empty spots. Hope that makes sense and helps.

Karina said...

Thanks Lulu :) just one more question.. same question as sew4sweetness.

for Row 14 Repeat row 6 once more....

does it mean to repeat the previous row 5 or do I repeat another 3/5/7 or 9 times (depending on the size of the soaker)?


- I only made it as one more row 5.. if this is wrong, i'll get it right for my next pair :)

Jennifer said...

I am really bad at visualizing patterns. Does anyone have pictures of each of the skirties done up?

Amy said...

For those interested in licensing, I have added a picture link above to the Crafters section of my Etsy, where I am now offering licensing on the Little Fire series and the Li'l Arie series!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/tangledskeins?section_id=7200060

Kelly @ A Full Table said...

I am almost finished with the small soaker. I am a rather novice crocheter, however, and I am wondering what exactly it means to "Whip stitch." I saw some tutorials online but they weren't very descriptive or helpful. Can I use my crochet hook to whip stitch the soaker together or do I have to use a yarn needle? Thanks for any help!

Amy said...

I have used a crochet hook to loop the yarn through the stitches when i couldn't find a tapestry needle...here is a tut with step by step for whip stitch... http://www.crochetcabana.com/tutorials/joining_squares.htm#Whipstitch

Kelly @ A Full Table said...

Thank you, Amy!

lori said...

Hi Amy. I have a little one on the way. It's my first and I'm really excited about cloth diapering. I just finished the size small soaker and it turned out great. I noticed another commenter asking for a newborn size. Were you able to work that out? If so, would I be able to get a copy?

~Maja~ said...

Thank you for sharing this pattern. I struggled a bit, having to translate to Norwegian, but I think I got it right in the end :)

hatsetc said...

LoL it looks like everyone else has gotten it but me!!! AND I consider myself pretty good with patterns. I have only 1 leg. What in the name of Heavens to Betsy am I doing wrong?????? lol I looked for something that would take me all around, but I'm just not seeing it. It's happening right around that "turn, sc 39 sts".....

DevotedMamaChicky said...

Hi Amy, I'm making the small size and was about to whip stitch but I realized the end is too large to fit in the space so I've gone back and counted everything and realized that is how the pattern is so I'm wondering if you're just supposed to overlap a bit in the legs or if it's a mistake?? Thanks!

Steffany J. said...

Hi!! Ok, I just started crocheting this pattern in L, and I'm super excited. Maybe a little too much lol! When I start rows 6-8, I repeat row 5 7x for large, so does this mean: row 6=7 rows, row 7=7rows, same for 8? For a total of 21 sc rows? Or does the (repeat 7x for large) cover all rows 6-8. Confuseled. Thanks for the help!

Whimsies Shop said...

Hi everyone, I'm going to be making all three versions and taking pics. So far I have version 1 on my blog here http://whimsiesshop.blogspot.com/2011/05/down-low-on-wool-diapers.html

Mindblaze said...

i have the same problem as DevotedChickyMama. i've gone back and recounted and checked row 14 (and rows prior) to see if i missed something somewhere, but i don't think i have. it just too big for the space left in row 14. do we stitch some into the leg holes?

Donna B. said...

@DevotedChickyMama and Mindblaze, this is just how the pattern is. I find the center of each side and pin the center stitches with a diaper pin, then whip stitch the sides together. It all works out, and you can't even tell once you get the cuffs on.

Ann said...

This is my first attempt and use of a wool soaker.... I have to do a lanolin bath on it first right???

Amy said...

Yes, you will need to lanolize before the first use :)

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Anastacia01 said...

For those confused on the repeat row 6-8 X times or at row 10 where it says repeat rows 6-9 once. I think your problem is that you will actually have more rows. For you I think where it says row 6-8 that's just for the small (which is a repeat of 3 times) for the medium it says repeat 5 times so instead of saying that it could say row 6-10 for M 6-12 for L and 6-14 for XL repeat previous row in that case row 9 would be row(11,13,15). So if you renumber the rows according to your size it might help. Row 10-13 would be row 10-(15,17,19) and it would say repeat row 6-9(-11,-13,-15) once.
Hope that helps As that is what I believe the pattern means it just easier to say what it does instead of renumbering the rows for each size.

Becca said...

What am i doing wrong??? each SC row i seem to be adding a stitch????? so when i get to row 10 i have 74 stictches??? (size small)

Lisa LeQuire said...

You are probably making a sc in the first stitch of the row. This is actually already accounted for with the CH1 on the turn. So make your 1st sc in the next stitch.

Julie said...

I wish there were pictures to go with this. I don't know if I'm getting it right along the way..

Anastacia01 said...

having a stitch count problem for example when it says CH 1, turn SC in the first 2 is the CH1 counted as one of those 2 or is it in addition to them

theHomespun said...

Does anyone know how much yarn would be needed for this? I'd like to make a skirty. How much yardage/weight?

Sacha Hammerer said...

I'm lost at what to do at row 15-17. Do I join back at the beginning and skip the other stitches or finish off or go turn. Won't this only create one leg?! Help!!

Amy said...

at row 15, you are going to work back and forth (flat)following the pattern for your size. At this point you have finished the waist band and the upper portion of the cover (in the 'round'), now you are working the back side, will continue on to the crotch and front portions. hth!

Sacha Hammerer said...

Oh I see! Cool, thanks :)

Aimee Rose said...

What a gorgeous, easy pattern. :) I am wondering if you could please give me permission to sell these soakers? They would not be mass produced - I'd make them myself, and may only sell 1 or 2. TIA. x

Amy said...

Thank you so much!

I have licensing packages and individual licenses available on my etsy. The link to the combo package is https://www.etsy.com/listing/65400128/unlimited-license-agreement-little-fire hth!! :)

LMTmommy said...

I am having trouble understanding the directions now that I am at row 22. I have only made scarves and two hats in the past and thought I could do this. I would love some help and can be emailed at khdprsvp@gmail.com
THANK YOU!

Elizabeth Woodruff said...

These are so cute! I love this style and pattern! Would it be possible for me to sell items from this pattern? I also don't want to infringe on your copyright in any way and I would only be making them as ordered... not mass produced.
Thank you
Elizabeth W.

Amy said...

Licenses to sell items from this pattern as well as the rest of the line are available very inexpensively in my etsy shop. I offer both individual and full line options. :) http://tangledskeins.etsy.com

I look forward to working with you!

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