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boring stuff that just serves to affirm what a geek I am.

The crochet conversions of the Punk Knitters pattern are based on the original knitting gauge of 5 st and 6.5 r per 1 in.

I assumed familiarity with basic crochet technique and common abbreviations when I wrote out the instructions, but please feel free to ask if you don't understand something. There's nothing I hate more than not understanding a pattern and having no one to explain it.

I don't care for crochet ribbing, so this conversion uses a casing and drawstring. If you prefer ribbing, either crochet or knit, just ask, and I can post instructions.

I've included some of this information with each individual pattern, but I'll include it here also. My gauge is 7 sts and 6 r per 2 in, using a size H or I hook, depending on the specific yarn, and a worsted weight yarn. I used a looser gauge for a couple of reasons. Crochet fabric is thicker and more dense than knit fabric of comparable gauge, so using a looser gauge will keep you from gnarling your fingers forming super tight stitches. Also, crochet fabric isn't as stretchy as knit, because of the nature of the stitches, so looser stitches allow for more stretch. Plus, if you're like me, a looser gauge will keep you from giving up due to lack of perceived progress, which is why I don't knit by hand. As for yarn, I prefer to use 100% wool for my soakers (Punk Knitters suggests at least 75% wool), but I've also had success with acrylic, although I find that, if it gets really wet, it needs washing rather than just airing out, or it gets stinky very quickly.

If you have trouble matching the gauge, want to use a substantially different yarn, or have problems getting a good fit, I'd be happy to help you convert the pattern to your particulars. I can't make any guarantees, but I'll do my best.


cyntergomes wrote:
May. 31st, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
Wow! Thank you for all of your hard work converting my patterns into crochet. Great work! I look forward to seeing the gorgeous soakers people will make from your crochet instructions.

Wendy Woo Ruffle wrote:
Jan. 5th, 2016 08:49 pm (UTC)
Where can I find the patterns I can only see these comments?
brillohead_nz wrote:
Jul. 2nd, 2007 02:33 am (UTC)
crochetjenny wrote:
Aug. 11th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
Using your patterns
Hi- I love your crochet conversions of the soakers and the sleep sack. It's really hard to find sleep sacks for sale. Would it be OK if I make a few soakers and sleep sacks for sale from your patterns? I will give you credit as the designer with a link to this site. Thank you for sharing your talents!
chalynm wrote:
Aug. 11th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Using your patterns
Hi...I'm glad you've enjoyed the patterns. I've been meaning to add pictures and specific measurements of the different sizes, but just haven't gotten around to it...laundry to do, kids to entertain, baby on the way, etc. ;)

As for selling things made from the patterns... neither one is completely original to me, so I'd feel better if you asked the original designers for permission. I know that Ms. Crafty, who did the punk knitters pattern has given permission to pretty much anyone who's asked, and I have permission from Jacque for the sleep sacks, but I just wouldn't feel right giving permission just because I have it. So long as they're ok with it, I certainly don't have any problems. More power to you, I say. And good luck!
crochetjenny wrote:
Aug. 11th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Using your patterns
Thanks- I will contact them.
jnecamp wrote:
Sep. 11th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
crochet pattern
Thank you for providing these patterns. I tried the newborn, but the waist was too tight. The cast on wouldn't go over baby's legs. Any ideas what I did wrong?
chalynm wrote:
Sep. 12th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
Re: crochet pattern
You probably didn't do anything wrong. You may just have a bigger baby. ;) My son is that way. I'm always having to size up for him.

If you think the next size up would be too big, you could try using a larger hook for the starting chain. I used to have to do that for almost all my projects because I tend to crochet fairly tightly. One or two sizes larger usually did the trick. I wouldn't go larger than that. If that doesn't work, let me know, and we can look at some other waist options.

I'm glad you like the patterns. Let me know if there's anything else I can do for you.
banana_731 wrote:
Sep. 14th, 2008 04:55 am (UTC)
I'd like to give the ribbing a try, do you have instructions for crocheting it? Tha!
chalynm wrote:
Sep. 14th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
Re: ribbing?
Give me a day or two...Just had baby #3 ;)