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Finished measurements, working pattern as written -
Hips: ~12"     Rise: ~16"     Leg: w/o cuff - ~5"     w/ cuff - ~6"

Gauge: 7 sts and 6 r per 2 in.
Size I hook, or size needed for gauge.
Worsted weight yarn.
See the general info post for additional information.

Rnd 1: Ch 40, join w/ sl to 1st ch, ch 1 (counts as 1st hdc now and throughout this section), turn, hdc in next ch and each ch around, join rnd w/ sl to 1st st. (40 sts)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc in next st and in each st around, join rnd w/ sl to 1st st. (40 sts)
Rnd 3-19: Rpt rnd 2. Tie off after rnd 19. (40 sts)

Next section worked in rows. Ch 1 no longer counts as 1st hdc.

R 1: Skip 5 sts, join in the next st, hdc in joining and in the next 30 sts. (31 sts, 9 sts unworked.)
R 2: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each st across. (31 sts)
R 3: Ch 1, turn, hdc in 1st st, dec over next 2 sts, hdc across to w/i 3 sts of end, dec over next 2 sts, hdc in last st. (29 sts)
R 4-7: Rpt r 3. (21 sts)
R 8: Rpt r 2. (21 sts)
R 9-14: Rpt r 3. (9 sts)
R 15: Rpt r 2. (9 sts)

Join sts of r 15 to unworked sts of r 1, using whatever method you prefer. I like to hold the work w/ right sides facing and (sl, ch 1) in each st across, omitting last ch to tie off. If working leg cuffs, you can continue on to the 1st cuff, instead of tying off.

For the drawstring, ch 80 (more or less, depending on your preference), tie off, trim ends to match. I like a long tie because I like to tie it in a double bow. If you want a more substantial tie, sl back across each ch before tying off.

For the casing, turn down the first 2 rnds of the 1st section and sew around. You can either work over the drawstring or thread it through after you sew the casing. Hdc provides enough space in between sts w/o working lace holes. Find the center 2 sts, and pull the drawstring through, one end on either side of these 2 sts.

If desired, work leg cuffs in the same manner as the 1st section of the soaker body, working the first rnd through the ends of the rows along the leg opening. If you want a smaller leg opening, work 1 st per row. I prefer to work 3 sts for every 2 r. 8 rnds gives a nice, short leg w/ 3 rnds turned up for a cuff.

Weave in any ends.

To customize the fit:

Add or subtract rows in the 1st section to increase or decrease the rise in general.
Add or subtract rows in the 2nd section to increase or decrease the leg openings.
Leg openings may also be adjusted when working the cuff. (See note above.)

Sample made with Simply Soft and a size I hook.


Frances Glennon wrote:
Mar. 25th, 2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
Another Idea
For the draw string if you do your second row in dc instead of hdc then you would have enough space to weave in a crocheted eye-cord...you could also use cotton material to make a ribbon tie...

Edited at 2013-03-25 10:07 pm (UTC)