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Old 05-16-2018, 08:48 PM   #1
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DIY wool questions

So I decided to crochet a wool diaper cover. But I havenít started using wool yet, so I have questions. How many times would I need to lanolize before use (or how much lanolin)? Would you felt a crocheted cover, or would it be fine without? My LO is not a heavy wetter. Approximately how much can wool shrink when felted, so I can plan the size accordingly?

Thanks! Iím excited to try this. Iím getting bored with my pul covers and using all natural fibers sounds cool. 😉

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I would not felt a crocheted cover. I felted a cover that I knitted once, and it ended up too small for a doll. If you lanolize it well once or twice I would think that would be fine.
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I wouldnít felt it either. I accidentally felted one of my kidsí hats and I couldnít believe how tiny it came out!


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I didn't felt the covers/pieces I have made. What kind of covers were you thinking? I've used this pattern to make longies/shorties. I've also done a wrap style which is interesting

Good Luck! Remeber to plan your size ahead for what your LO will be when you finish. eg if you don't have alot of time to crochet and know it might take 6m, think ahead
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I didn't felt the covers/pieces I have made. What kind of covers were you thinking? I've used this pattern to make longies/shorties. I've also done a wrap style which is interesting

Good Luck! Remeber to plan your size ahead for what your LO will be when you finish. eg if you don't have alot of time to crochet and know it might take 6m, think ahead
This! 😁 I started knitting pants for DS last summer expecting him to wear them over the winter, but they still aren't done. Luckily another boy is on the way! Maybe I can finish them this year.
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I would not felt a crocheted cover. I felted a cover that I knitted once, and it ended up too small for a doll. If you lanolize it well once or twice I would think that would be fine.
Thanks! That’s good info to know. I won’t felt it then.
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I didn't felt the covers/pieces I have made. What kind of covers were you thinking? I've used this pattern to make longies/shorties. I've also done a wrap style which is interesting

Good Luck! Remeber to plan your size ahead for what your LO will be when you finish. eg if you don't have alot of time to crochet and know it might take 6m, think ahead
Iíve started crocheting a wrap style, and have a couple shorties and soaker patterns Iíd like to try too. If I like these, itís going to be way cheaper than pul covers, because JoAnns always has 40% off coupons I can buy yarn with! Iím guessing it will come out to $3-5 per cover.
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Also, how much lanolin do you use per cover for first lanolizing and for subsequent lanolizing? Tutorials seem to vary greatly, from a pea sized amount to a teaspoon or more. I have the nipple cream kind.
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Also, how much lanolin do you use per cover for first lanolizing and for subsequent lanolizing? Tutorials seem to vary greatly, from a pea sized amount to a teaspoon or more. I have the nipple cream kind.
I don't really think it matters that much, which is why it varies so much in tutorials. Basically the lanolin melts/emulsifies into the bath and then coats the surface of the wool. It doesn't take very much, and lanolin is a little bit expensive, but it's probably easier to work with a bit extra. I'm fairly new to wool too and I think I use too much. My wool feels very tacky when dry,but then feels soft and normal again after about 2 wearings. My dad wears it only at night and at naps, and I literally haven't washed or treated any of my wool since February. It is SO low maintenance once you get going. One of my 3 covers is ready to be washed again - it's starting to smell a teeny bit like urine when dry.
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Iíve started crocheting a wrap style, and have a couple shorties and soaker patterns Iíd like to try too. If I like these, itís going to be way cheaper than pul covers, because JoAnns always has 40% off coupons I can buy yarn with! Iím guessing it will come out to $3-5 per cover.
Yes, it makes such a cheap cover! I get Patons always $5-6/skein which makes 2-4 soakers depending on size. Can't beat that with PUL.

With the tube of Lansinoh I aim for "toothpaste" sized amount for a little tub with one or two covers in it. Putting the cover in inside out is very helpful. But really as long as you have enough diaper on the child you don't even have to lanolize. I never did for the last year my youngest was in diapers.

I just got a little tub of lanolin, NOW brand I think and it is way way cheaper.
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