Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Res Completa: Baby Yoga Pants

I went to a fabulous baby shower this weekend in Santa Barbara for one of my best friends, who is due to give birth to her first baby in late November. I had knit a few items for her this summer, but couldn't show them on the blog for fear of ruining the surprise. Now that she has them, I can release them into the ether!

Pattern: Baby's Denim Drawstrings Pants, from Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson
Yarn: Nashua Creative Focus Cotton, 3 skeins of black (031)
Needles: US5 16" Clover bamboo circular needle, US5 Crystal Palace bamboo dpns
Start to Finish: July 11-27, 2007

Modifications: First of all, I didn't use the shrinking Rowan Denim for this project, so I worked to the post-washing dimensions stated in the pattern. Secondly, I changed the little legs. Instead of the seed stitch cuff, I did the following for a flared leg:
- CO 48 stitches (instead of 41)
- Join for knitting in the round
- Knit 4 rounds
- Purl 1 round for turning
- Knit 9 rounds even
- On next round, k1, k2tog, k to last 2 sts, ssk
- Knit 3 rounds even
- Repeat the last 4 rows 3 times more (8 sts decreased)
- Continue in pattern
Also, instead of making just one hole in the waist band for the drawstring cord, I made two of them, each one of them three stitches on either side of the exact center. Also, my drawstring holes were simple yo/k2tog's -- I tried the method called for in the pattern and didn't like how mine looked.

Notes: I'm very happy with how these turned out. So cute! It wasn't completely without drama, however. After finishing one leg, and thus starting a new skein of yarn, I realized that the skein I had used was completely different than the other two I had bought. It was bizarre (see here for blog entry). So I ripped out that leg and used the weird yarn for the diaper section, which you can't really see in the finished product -- yay! I also actually finished the pants at one point, but the next day when I saw my mom and showed her, she pointed out that I had made the diaper area so small that a be-diapered baby butt would never fit into it. Thus, I ripped out again and added an inch (looking back, I had not followed the pattern directions). Two ripping sessions, but nothing major.

These pants are for a baby whose gender will be unknown until it is born in November. I figured I couldn't go wrong with black pants, and thought the idea of yoga pants for a baby was something that my ultra-hip friend would get a kick out of. I do think she liked them...now I hope they actually fit the baby!


keri said...

Awe they're so cute! Great job!

Queen of the froggers said...

Very nice pants, they will be cute on. thank you for commenting x

Teresa said...

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