EASY BABY BLOOMERS knitting pattern / KNIT DIAPER COVER pattern

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This pattern is an oldie but goodie 😊 I originally published it in 2016!

  • To add this pattern to your Ravelry library click HERE. You’ll find many beautiful pictures of finished bloomers there! I specially love the pompom ended cords around the waist in some of them 😍

Since I’m up to date with other works, I decided to do something many of you asked me before: a PDF downloadable version for my EASY BABY BLOOMERS KNITTING PATTERN.

As usual, I added the PDF version to my stores to help me finance this site.

Remember that, if you support me in Patreon, you already have a PDF copy of this pattern ready to download in your inbox and in my Patreon page 😃

The entire pattern for all sizes is below.

You can purchase the pattern in a high quality PDF file HERE or in my Etsy Shop HERE

I know I’m telling this a lot lately, but PLEASE, if you need the pattern in PDF and can’t afford it, contact me and I will send it directly to you. You can reach me at ohlalana.designs@gmail.com

I paste below the original post with some corrections and extra details.


Hello! After a very busy week, I finished testing all sizes for these easy baby bloomers /diaper covers / soakers. Yay!! They’re knitted flat in 1 piece, and the sides are seamed at the end. You can make the eyelets and pass a ribbon (as I did) OR skip that and just go for a simple waist rib.

It’s a very easy and fast knitting project. If you’re a beginner you may find the picking up of stitches for the leg openings a bit challenging, BUT… They also look great without ribbed leg openings! Therefore, it’s up to you 😃

I hope you like them!!

If you have any doubt or need help, leave me a message in the comments box.

Thanks for stopping by, and HAPPY KNITTING!!


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(color codes are the same in the instructions section)

– Premie / Newborn. Width: 6.5” (17 cm). Length: 6.25” (16 cm)

– 1 to 6 months. Width: 7” (18 cm). Length: 7” (18 cm)

– 6 to 12 months. Width: 7.5” (19 cm). Length: 8” (20 cm)

– 12 to 18 months. Width: 8” (20 cm). Length: 8.5” (22 cm)

PLEASE NOTE that I measured the bloomers unstretched.


– 1 pair of straight needles US 7 (4.5 mm)

– 1 pair of straight needles US 4 (3.5 mm)

– DK / Light / Worsted  yarn.

– Tapestry needle to loose yarn ends and scissors.


19 sts x 25 rows in stocking st with US 7 (4.5 mm) needles = 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm)


CO: cast on

St: stitch

p: purl

k: knit

k2tog: knit 2 sts together

p2tog: purl 2 sts together

yo: Yarn over


– CO 34 (36, 38, 40) sts with US 7 (4.5 mm) needles.

I always cast on and bind off stitches with larger needles than I use for the main work. This prevent my cast on and bind off rows from being too tight.

– With US 4 (3.5 mm) needles knit 6 rows in k2/p2 rib.

Slip first stitch on every row as if you were to knit it, but without knitting it (except on the first row). It will form a nicer border.

– If you want to add a ribbon or yarn cord around the waist (increasing the cuteness factor!), you’ll need to work the following eyelet row. If not, just work a regular rib row instead, as before.

Next row (eyelet row): k2, *p2tog, yo, k2** Repeat from * to ** until the end of row, ending with k2 or p2.

(NOTE: if you started your rib with p2, then work *k2tog, yo, p2** instead.)

– Keep working in 2×2 rib until total length of 2” (5 cm).

– Change to US 7 (4.5 mm needles) and work in stocking stitch with 1 garter stitch at each border until you reach a total length of 3.75” (9.5 cm) / 4.25” (11 cm) / 5” (13 cm) / 6” (15 cm)

– Keep knitting as before while making decreases at each side as follows.

  • Bind off 2 sts at the beginning of every row 10 (10, 11, 12) times.
  • Bind off 1 st at the beginning of next row 2 (2, 2, 0) times.

12 (14, 14, 14) sts remain in needle.

– Knit 1.5” (4cm) in stocking st with 1 garter st at each border. In next RS row, begin increases:

  • Cast on 1 st at the end of each row 2 (2, 2, 0) times.
  • Cast on 2 sts at the end of every row 10 (10, 11, 12) times.

– Now you have again 34 (36, 38, 40) sts in needle.

– Work the same amount of rows in stocking st with 1 garter st at each side that you knitted before decreasing.

– Change to US 4 (3.5 mm) needles and make rib 2×2 as you did before.

– Bind off sts with US 7 (4.5 mm) needles.

– Cut yarn and loose ends with tapestry needle.

So far, your baby bloomer will look like this:


A) If you like it as it is, you can sew the sides using the knots left by the garter stitches:

how to sew knitted pieces

– Loose yarn ends and ENJOY!

B) If you want to knit the leg opening rib:

– With US 4 (3.5 mm) needles, pick up 38 (40, 42, 42) stitches from RS along the future leg opening, as indicated in the next photo:

– Knit 0.75” (2 cm) of 2 x 2 rib. Bind off with US 7 (4.5 mm) needles.

– Repeat in the other side.

– Sew sides as indicated above, loose yarn ends and ENJOY!

Easy Baby Bloomers 3@0,25x

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26 thoughts on “EASY BABY BLOOMERS knitting pattern / KNIT DIAPER COVER pattern

  1. Very cute pattern, thank you. Cecilia, you are a lovely giving and creative person. My pleasure to have found you.

  2. Thank you for the pattern. I think I am probably the only one finding it difficult though lol. The decrease and increase sides looks uneven, and the edges for the dec. and inc. sides also looks different.

    If I could ask a few questions please? 1) Does one continue with the garter stitch border when doing the increases and decreases? 2) What is the best increase to do on the purl side? 3) After the 2 x 2 rib is 5cm, should one start on the RS or RS with the st st? 4) As well as when you start the decreases, should I start on the RS or WS?

    Sorry for all the questions but I think I’m stuffing up the pattern because I am not starting on the proper sides… Thank you 🙂

    1. Hi Jill!
      1) Yes.
      2) Just cast on sts at the end of the row with whichever method you like the most. In the next row you’ll work those sts the same as the rest (1 garter sts, and then knit or purl depending on the row).
      3) RS.
      4) RS, but I don’t think it will make any difference to start with a WS row.

      I love receiving questions because it makes me realize how to improve my patters so: ask away!!


      1. Oh wow thank you SOOO much for the speedy reply. I have just pulled out the whole thing and I’ll just start again with the new info. I love the look of it and would be so pleased if it came out like your pictures. I am a sort of beginner and I find I need spoon feeding still when it comes to reading patterns 😀

        1. No problem! One question: do you intend to pick up sts around the leg opening to knit the rib? O would you like to skip that? If you choose to omit the rib you could make the increases and decreases in a different way to make it look nicer…
          See? You got me thinking! haha

      2. Another question please…. “Bind off 1 st at the beginning of next row 2 (2, 2, 0) times.” Does this mean I have to bind off 2 stitches on that one row?

        1. No, just 1 st on that row. And 1 st in the next. That way, you bind off the same amount of sts at each side.

  3. Only seeing your question now… I plan to do the rib on the leg too. What do you suggest for the non rib? I might make both and see which I prefer 🙂

    1. In case of choosing NOT to make the rib, I was thinking about increasing sts by yo, 1 st inside each border (and knitting those yo twisted in the next row). All decreases can be made 1 st inside the border too, by skp / k2tog.
      I will make one bloomer to test it during the week.
      Thank you for this conversation! 😀

    2. Thank you, I understood it differently. I did 2 bind off stitches on that row, that’s probably why my sides were uneven. I am exactly at that point now! So great timing lol

  4. Hi there, this is such a cute pattern!! when you work the stocking stitch before decreasing to the crotch, do you measure from the start of stocking stitch or from the beginning of the piece? ie: for the 1- 6month size, do i measure 11.5cm just in stocking stitch before i start the decreases? thank you!!

    1. Hi Angela! I measure from the beginning of the piece. I’m happy you like the pattern! xo, Ceci

  5. I am super close to binding off after the second round of rib stitch. However, my edges look nothing like yours. I didn’t understand how the math would work out by slipping the first stitch of every row to make the neater edge so I skipped that suggestion 😕. I certainly don’t want to unravel the entire piece but I can’t see how to pick up the stitches because they just don’t seem to look right at all. Any suggestions would be very helpful. Thank you so much for creating this adorable pattern and making it available for free.

  6. I am by no means an experienced knitter, so feel free to tell me if I’m making a silly mistake haha. Is there a typo in the section for gauge? In order to get the correct gauge for my DK yarn I’m having to use size 4 needles. Should I size down to size 1 or 2 needles for the ribbing and work the main part in size 4? Or should I stick with size 4 for ribbing and 7 for the main?

  7. Would I be able to use worsted merino Aran weight yarn with this pattern and would I need to use different size needles? Thank you for the pattern 🙂

    1. I think you could. Check your tension and compare it to the recomended for the pattern (19 sts x 25 rows in stocking st with US 7 (4.5 mm) needles = 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm)). If it’s too different (many less sts) let me know the values and I’ll help you adapt the pattern.

  8. Is the number of stitch’s left on the needle incorrect on this pattern? After decreasing each row by 2 x 12 and then decreasing by 1 x 2 for the green, age 6-12months? As surely there should be 12 stitch’s left on the needle and not 14?

  9. I’m knitting the diaper cover but had a question…when i work in stocking stitch with 1 garter stitch at each border, is the 5″ of length measured from the cast on or from when I started stocking stitch?? Thank you so much!!

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