Because all little girls love horses (well, except me) I have made these baby jodhpur style pants for my new niece, Hannah.Well, I started them before she was born, when I didn’t know if she was going to be a Hannah or a Harry, as I figured they were fairly unisex (so clearly am fibbing above). I just thought they were cute. So Hannah arrived last Monday and it was time to finish these, so I worked on them all week.
And hated most of it.
I’ve decided that knitting to a deadline really kills the pleasure for me. So I either need to start things well early, or just gift them late – why do something which I don’t enjoy. Like the Yarn Harlot suggests in Casts Off, just as it is possible to knit love into a gift, I think it is possible to knit loathing as well – and that’s not a good thing, is it!
Pattern: Jodphur style pants, from Panda book #205, Adorable Baby Knits – this is a very reasonably priced baby pattern book with lots of easy baby knits.
Yarn: Rowan 4ply cotton, about 1.5 x 50g balls, in oatmeal colour. The pattern uses wool, but as Hannah’s older brother has very sensitive skin and can only wear cotton, I thought she might be the same, so used this cotton instead. It knits up well, and is quite soft to touch, for a cotton yarn. Bonus points for using yarn from the stash!
Sticks: 3.5mm Addi Turbo circular
Time: 19 August 2007 – 8 September 2007
Modifications: As the cotton ribbed waistband is not quite as stretchy or tight as it would be in wool, I made it a bit shorter than the pattern, and folded it over and sewed it down on the inside, so elastic could be threaded around the waist. If I was making this pattern again, I would convert it to knit in the round, from the waistband down.