Best Pants Pattern, Ever by Lindsay Baker

Best Pants Pattern, Ever

July 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
5 stitches and 6 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
150 - 350 yards (137 - 320 m)
Newborn - 3 years
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This pattern is the result of years of knitting pants for customers, friends, and family. When I began cloth diapering my daughter Kylie in 2004 it was my love of knitted pants that motivated me to learn to knit. After knitting hundreds of pairs of pants I made plenty of adjustments to create what I feel is the best pair of knitted pants, ever. Even though all my kids have been out of diapers for years, knitted pants remain among my favorite things to knit. I hope you will enjoy knitting this pattern as much as I do.

Skills Needed

  • Long Tail Cast On
  • Knit and Purl stitches
  • Knitting in the round
  • Short Rows (Pattern includes detailed instructions)
  • Increase
  • Kitchener Stitch
  • Magic Loop (Pattern includes detailed instructions)

Materials Needed

  • Worsted Weight 100% Wool yarn (if to be used with cloth diapers). If not being used over cloth diapers, any fiber content will work. Yardage needed is 150 - 400. 50 - 75 yards can optionally be a contrasting color for the waistband and leg cuffs.

  • Size US7 circular knitting needles in both 16” and 40” (or size needed for you to obtain gauge). US 3-5 16” circular for knitting the waistband. For the newborn size, you may need DPN’s or a 40” circular for working the waistband.

  • 4 stitch markers (best to have 2 different colors)

  • Darning needle

  • 2 small pieces of scrap yarn