Good morning all and hello to June!
Today's pattern, the Airlie Diaper, aims to start bridging gaps in pattern sizes.
I feel that we need to make sure even the smallest of the small are represented and respected, and making sure size appropriate items are available, regardless of if they would be worn or kept as a keepsake, is a huge part of that. Sometimes people get confused at these tiny items, but from an angel mums perspective, trust me when I say they mean the world 💗
This diaper, is tiny. So very tiny. It is designed to fit a baby of 18 weeks gestation. For some, it will be wearable, and for others, it may just be a keepsake. So much depends on the baby so having the option there for parents should they need it, is what we're aiming for.
The pattern itself is a very fast one, and uses a tiny amount of yarn. I imagine if you were to use a full ball, you would get quite a lot of them from it! I've chosen to close with a small pin, but if you are looking for other options, velcro may be a good one. Normally I wouldn't suggest velcro for a preemie item, but there are not a lot of ways to hold something so small together, and still be practical. If you do decide to use velcro, make sure you cut it small. It won't need much to hold together. It might also be easier to glue the velcro on, instead of stitching the tiny pieces.
Very small hook and eye closure fixings might also work. Unfortunately I don't have any to test that right now.
Airlie Keepsake Diaper
Sized To Fit:
18 Weeks Gestation
You Will Need:
4ply baby yarn (fingering weight for non Aussies)
Pin or Velcro or Hook and Eye to close
1: Ch30, sc into the second chain from hook and each across. - 29
2: Ch2, turn, hdc in each stitch across. - 29
3: Ch1, turn, slst in the first 6 stitches, ch2, hdc in the next 17 stitches, leave the last 6 unworked. - 17
4: Ch2, turn, hdc2tg, hdc in the next 13 stitches, hdc2tg. - 15
5: Ch2, turn, hdc2tg, hdc in the next 11 stitches, hdc2tg. - 13
6-7: Ch2, turn, hdc in each stitch across. - 13
8: Ch2, turn, hdc2tg, hdc2tg, hdc in the next 5 stitches, hdc2tg, hdc2tg. - 9
9: Ch2, turn, hdc in each stitch across. - 9
10: Ch2, turn, hdc2tg, hdc in the next 5 stitches, hdc2tg. - 7
11-15: Ch2, turn, hdc in each stitch across. - 7
16: Ch2, turn, 2hdc in each stitch across. - 14
17: Ch2, turn, hdc in each stitch across. - 14
18: Ch2, turn, 2hdc in the first stitch, hdc in the next 12 stitches, 2hdc in the last stitch. - 16
19: Ch1, turn, sc in each stitch across, do not end, instead sc evenly around the entire diaper (being sure to add 2sc in corners to help with turns) and join to the ch1 from the start of this row. End off and weave in all tails.