Tookish Britches by Lisa Chemery

Tookish Britches

May 2020
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
200 - 650 yards (183 - 594 m)
3mo (6mo, 12mo, 18mo // 2yo, 4yo, 6yo, 8yo, 10yo)
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This design is part of The Cottage Garden Vol. 2 collection, which is inspired by the Hobbits imagined by J.R.R. Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings --  their dwellings, their values and way of life.
It is available both as an individual pattern and as part of this eBook.


“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.”

At first glance, these are the perfect lounging pants to stay cozy at home… but their Tookish nature means that a little Hobbit might find themselves heading outside, looking for adventures!

With their properly shaped seat, these versatile, deliciously hobbity pants fit correctly and can accommodate even cloth diapers. The folded-over waist casing is designed for a cord but and elastic waistband can also easily be substituted. Two leg lengths are included: below the knee to protect those little knees (and look adorable), and a full-length option as well. The suspenders complete the outfit, but can also be left out for an everyday look.


These pants are knit seamlessly in the round from the waist to the ribbed leg cuffs and feature optional straps. A folded-over waist casing with an I-cord tie ensures a secure fit around the waist. Short rows and a looser fit in the seat area help accommodate even bulky diapers. The crotch is closed by grafting (just a few stitches) or a three-needle bind off. Stitches are picked up from the top of the waistband to work the straps. The leg length is designed to be below the knee but instructions for full-length are also included.


Provisional casting on (optional), knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, knitting in the round, German short rows (link to video tutorial provided), grafting (link to kitchener stitch tutorial provided), three-needle bind off, binding off.


3mo (6mo, 12mo, 18mo // 2yo, 4yo, 6yo, 8yo, 10yo)

To fit waist: 18 (19, 20, 20.5 // 21, 21.5, 22.5, 23.5, 24.5) inches or 45.5 (48.5, 51, 52 // 53.5, 54.5, 57, 59.5, 62) cm

Garment waist circumference: 17.75 (19.5, 20.50, 21.25 // 21.25, 22.25, 23, 24, 25) inches or 45 (49.5, 52, 54 // 54, 56.5, 58.5, 61, 63.5) cm

In general it’s best to go by the recipient’s actual waist measurement when selecting the appropriate size instead of the age label. You can also choose a size according to how much ease you’d like the garment to have


Approximately 200 (250, 300, 350 // 400, 450, 500, 550, 650) yds or 183 (229, 274, 320 // 366, 411, 457, 503, 594) meters of worsted weight yarn for below-the-knee version.
(Note: for full-length pants, ADD approximately 50 (60, 70, 80 // 100, 120, 140, 150, 160) yards or 46 (55, 64, 73 // 91, 110, 128, 137, 146) meters.)


  • US 8 or 5 mm diameter circular needle (or size needed to match stockinette stitch gauge) 16-inch or 40 cm in length. -matching dpns for legs
  • US 7 or 4.5 mm diameter circular needle (or one size smaller than above) for waistband 16-inch or 40 cm in length. -matching dpns for leg ribbing


  • 3 stitch markers
  • tapestry needle
  • 1 safety pin
  • 2 stitch holders or scrap yarn
  • 2 buttons 5/8 inch or 16 mm in diameter if making straps


18 sts x 28 rounds = 4 inches or 10 cm in stockinette stitch, using larger needles, after blocking
Please adjust needle size if needed to achieve the recommended gauge.