Because knitted baby pants are so much more awesome than you ever thought possible.
Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label Fingering Weight in Sand and a OOAK (you can see the OOAK when I knit it into a cowl here)
Mods: I wasn’t getting gauge- my fabric was coming out a bit big. But going down needle sizes made the fabric too dense, so I knit the newborn size, which worked out perfectly for the 6 month size I was aiming for. Ravelry Project page can be found here.
Notes: Who knew that knitted baby pants would be so freaking amazing?!
I’m crazy about these rocky joggers. I started knitting these last September when I was pregnant with James, and I deliberately didn’t finish them before he was born. I know that seems like an odd choice, but I was worried about the fit (these worries were completely unfounded, they are so forgiving), and it worked out really well for me. James has really long arms and legs (85th percentile for length!), something I hadn’t expected. Long sleeves and long pants are always short on him unless wearing a much bigger size. But since I hadn’t finished knitted the pants, I added a lot more length to them to accommodate his long legs and I’m so glad I did! We still have about 1.5 inches room to grow, and of course the knitted fabric is nice and stretchy.
The waist band has lots of room, and I knitted the i cord waist tie at a larger gauge so that it would be soft and not hard and lumpy when he was lying down.
The pattern is fantastic. I loved that they also included notes about adding extra short rows for the little baby bum section to accommodate cloth diapers! I cloth diapered both my babies, and while I love the diaper choice I made it does indeed add a lot more diaper bulk than disposables. I’ve never had a problem with pants fitting, but I love that this pattern gives the option to add more room.
I’m really happy with the contrasting waistband and cuffs, it was a great way to use up some leftover yarn that I adored, and looks so good with the light grey/beige of the Sand colourway. James loves wearing them, especially because the drawstring provides something fun to tug on and play with!
In these photos you can see James playing with his favourite knitted toys, which is the little Fudge puppy that I knit him, and a knitted hedgehog that was a gift from Erica. She tells me that it’s one of her favourite toy patterns to knit, and she frequently gifts them to the new babies in her life. At this stage, those two are his favourites for being fun and squishy!
If you end up making these, here are a few tips that will help you get a good fit and make for some awesome knitted baby pants:
- Err on the side of too long. You can always turn the cuffs up or roll them if they need to be shorter, but if they are already too short, the shelf life for these pants is going to be really ‘short’. Ah, puns.
- If knitting an i cord drawstring, knit a a much larger gauge than you think you need, to make it a soft, squishy tube rather than a thick rope. This will ensure comfort when babies are lying down, on their back s or their tummies.
- Attaching a safety pin to one end of the i cord and feeding it through the waistband made getting the i cord in there a breeze.
- These could easily be a great stash busting knit- I opted for contrasting waistband and cuffs, but you could also knit stripes! These would be so amazing in stripes.
- Choose an easy care yarn that is really soft against baby’s sensitive skin. Superwash merino, light cotton, or even acrylic blends would be ideal. Anything that lets the parents toss them into the washing machine.