Woolly Pants

This is very much a work in progress, so I would welcome any comments or suggestions.  To date, I have made it in two sizes, small and medium.  The small fit's from newborn to around six months (depending on how big your child is,) while the medium fit my eight month old with a bit of growing room, (for medium size, see the brackets.)

Textured pattern for body of soaker

In order to add the textured pattern to the soaker, (see the blue pair on Ravelry, photos to follow on here) then instead of stocking stitch work as follows:
Row 1 k
Row 2 p1 k2 repeat to end
Row 3 k
Row 4 k1 p1 k2 repeat to end
Row 4 k
Row 6 k2 p1
Use this pattern on all areas worked in stocking stitch, marked with a *, including the short rows.


Using 5mm needles and thumb method, cast on 56 (62) stitches.

(k1 p1) continue to end, this forms the 1x1 rib.
Continue in 1x1 rib for 7 more rows
k1(k2tog yo k1) repeat to last stitch k1
7 more rows 1x1 rib
Change to larger 5.5mm needles.
Row 1 (inc one stitch each end) k all stitches*.
Next row p36 (42) slip stitch, turn*
Slip stitch k24 (22) slip stitch, turn*
Slip stitch p15 (17) slip stitch, turn*
Slip stitch k10 (12) slip stitch, turn*
Slip stitch p to end.*
Continue in stocking stitch for 12cm (15cm) approx 24 (30) rows.*
Row 1 Dec 2 stitches each end, *
Row 2 Dec 3 stitches each end.*
Repeat these two rows four times in total.
For smaller size only dec 1 stitch each end.*
For medium size only dec 2 stitches each end twice.*
Continue in stocking stitch for 10 (12) more rows.*
Increace 1 stitch at each end of each row 3 (5) times.*
Increace 4 stitches at each end.*
Continue in stocking stitch to match back,approx 24(30) rows.*
Change to 5mm needles, and work 7 rows in 1x1 rib.
k1(k2tog yo k1) to last stitch k1
Work 7 more rows in 1x1 rib. 
Cast off.

Pick up 38 (42) stitches around each leg hole,
Work 7 rows of 1x1 rib.
Cast off

Sew soaker together along front seams using matress stitch.
Using double thickness of wool, and a 5mm crochet hook, chain a length long enough to use as a waist tie.  Thread this in the holes at the top of the soaker.