|Courtesy of Mother, Erin|
As I’ve written it down and worked it out. Obviously I don’t have a baby or child of my own to measure these on (only those I babysit, as modeling below) nor to test their wear-and-tear*. So by all means, measure as you go: try them on your little one once you’ve finished the top & bum before you stitch up the crotch, and again before you cast off the legs for your inseam.
With Circular needles (size 2) CO 78 or 82 for a 9-12mo. *I tried to make the crotch a little longer so these could last a bit longer, maybe even making them a 12-18mo range as the waist band could be rolled down for a 12-month-old and tied a little snugger with the drawstring.
K2 P2 for desired waistband length (I did 16 or 17 rows for this one, but now I realize this may have been too many. Next time I think I’d go with only 12 rows). Swap to main color (with US size 3 needles) and continue to knit around, adding a short row every 5th round, being sure not to end (or start crotch) on one of these rows. *Short Row: Knit half way around, turn, slip first stitch then purl back to start of row. Turn, slip first stitch and continue in K pattern.*
Crotch: Once desired length is reached to crotch (I think 6 sets of short rows would be a nice normal rise; or 48 total rows before crotch), knit around the first half of the row (half the number of total stiches). Kitchener-stitch closed 3-6 stitches, being sure that there are equal number of stitches on either side (to make up the legs). Leave the circular needles on one leg and pick up the other leg’s stitches with double point needles (dpn).
Leg: After stitching the crotch, pick up 8 stitches along the crotch area and increase twice (=4 stitches in 2) half way around the leg. Continue knitting around the leg until you reach your desired length.
|Admiring the stitched crotch as it starts to take shape.|
|Measuring leg width|
|Ribbing makes the cuff shrink a little for better fit.|
Now you have something to try over the weekend 🙂 Does anyone have Monday off from work?