I think it is true that denim (or demin as I prefer to call it) suits pretty much everyone, all ages, all genders and most sizes (everyone except my mum, that is – I’ve never seen her in jeans and I can’t imagine her wearing them!)
I’ve always thought these were exceedingly cute, and so the impending arrival of George’s bump
provided the perfect opportunity!
Pattern: Denim Drawstring Pants (demin pantses!) from Last Minute Knitted Gifts (3-6 month size). This pattern is written to knit in the round (hurrah!) with minimal seaming. It’s in the 4-6 hour section of the book. Either that’s an optimistic prediction or I’m a very slow knitter – I suspect quite possibly both!
I like the moss stitch cuff, which can be turned up or down – cute feature which adds length too – very helpful if the baby has giraffe like legs!
Yarn: Rowan Denim, 2.5 x 50g balls in shade 229 (Memphis). I really like this yarn. It is stiffer to knit with, like all cottons, but it is still quite soft and it just gets better the more you wash it. I know lots of people experience it bleeding on the hands or needles, but I’ve never had any of that – partly because I’ve never used bamboo needles for it, and also possibly because I’ve knit with it in winter, rather than summer.
It definitely does fade when you wash it, which I hope you can see in this photo.
Sticks: KnitPicks Options, 4.5mm, long cable to allow me to magic loop the entire project.
Time: 3 June 2008 – 15 June 2008.
What I learnt: For this project, I made both legs at the same time by magic loop (using this book as a guide – thanks MadMad!). It took a while to get used to it, particularly having two balls of yarn and two tails of yarn, but I got into the swing of it which made it a lot easier. And it guaranteed both legs were the same length, which I think, you know, is fairly important in a pair of pantses.
It’s also the first time I have sewn down the cast off edge – ie rather than casting it off, you sew it down to make the turnover bit at the top of the pantses, where you put in the drawstring. The pattern suggests to run a line through the top where you will be seaming, to make sure you seam in a straight line, but I didn’t bother with that, I just made sure I picked up the stitch right next to the last one, and that worked fine. I like the i-cord drawstring but I’m never sure what you do with the tail when you make i-cord – it doesn’t seem to be able to be darned in – what do you do? (I knotted it, and then knotted the end of the i-cord itself, which I thought might make it a bit less inclined to come out of the pantses as well).
I think these are fab (if I do say so myself)! One of my work colleagues wants me to make her an adult sized pair, although somehow I’m not sure they’ll be quite as cute!