Monday, July 7, 2008

Res Originales: Orange Panties

Yes, you have seen these before, but a lack of photos of my current knits in progress has forced me to scrape the bottom of the barrel and dig up the photos I took of this old knit. And actually, I'm glad to post on this as the completest in me requires that every knitted object be reported on.

Pattern: Panties. Just panties.
Yarn: Neighborhood Fiber Co. Sport, a little less than 1.5 skeins of Lincoln Park (left over from my Germany socks)
Needles: US 3 straights and circs

Notes: To create the pattern for these undies, all I did was take a pair of my existing unmentionables and measure them. They're basically two triangles joined in the middle with a strip. Knit all in one piece, I cast on for the back, decreased down, knit straight for awhile, then increased up to the number I needed for the front. When all was done, I picked up the stitches along what were to become the leg holes, knit in stockinette for two rows, purled a row on the right side for a turning ridge, did two more rows of stockinette, inserted a piece of elastic, and sewed down the live stitches. I had grand plans for a knit waist band as well, but my two attempts were not nearly elastic enough (could barely get them past my knees). (Yes I tried them on.) (YES I was wearing something underneath when I did so!!) I figured the elastic matched the yarn well enough to sew it on directly, so that's what I did.

In case you were wondering, I'm not the weirdo with the grand idea to knit skivvies. The recipient of these woolen bloomers actually asked for them directly. She left me a comment with her request late one night in a half-asleep daze, probably not expecting me to follow through. Oh, but she should have known better.

(Tad is skeptical, but intrigued).

This is certainly my most ridiculous knitted object to date, but also one of the most fun and most amusing. Because I knit the whole thing in stockinette, the sides rolled up while I was working on it, making the whole thing resemble a weirdly shaped thong, which drew some very funny looks on the train...

So Amanda, any more requests??


Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Knitting. It's a life style. Me, I'm thinking about a silk nightie. I see nothing strange about knit undies - well, maybe orange ones - LOL

the Lady said...

Are those WOOLEN?!

Team Knit said...

A whole new spin on the term woolen underwear, isn't it? ; )

They are so cute! And what a great stash buster!

- Julie

Ella said...


Those cracked me up before and they crack me up now. I'm certainly going to have to knit myself a pair!

Kathleen Lawton-Trask said...

Wowsers. Any word on whether she found them comfortable?

Philigry said...

waht a riot! love the color though!