When planning for the Perfect Stripes Cardigan I decided to buy extra yarn in the same shades to make a matching pair of bottoms, without the stripes but detailed in the same colours. As I had picked up a copy of Debbie Bliss’s Ultimate Book Of Baby Knits I had decided to use the ‘pants to match’ pattern from the same publication.
However, when it came to actually casting on the required stitches, and when I sat down to read the pattern there were a few things that decided against in the pattern instructions. As with the Striped Cardigan, there appeared to be an unnecessary amount of seaming included (in this case, the left and right sides of the trousers are worked separately, and flat, and seamed up each leg and from the back to front along the gusset, from bottom to tummy). This seemed to provide areas of seaming that would be bulky on the inner seam of a little one’s legs and a reduced amount of stretch and comfort where baby would probably wish for it most. Additionally, there appeared to be little to no shaping to discern the front from the back of the trousers, making them both rather straight through the hip and un-yielding to the extra bulk of a well padded baby bottom, swathed in nappy.So I have decided to work without the pattern, working top down from the waist (where I will add some soft elastic for comfort and dressing) and two areas of short rows at different heights on the bottom area to both encompass the added height needed in the back for good nappy coverage but also to allow the waist band to sit a bit higher where needed. The legs are also being shaped and knitted in the round to allow these to be completely seam free and hopefully as comfortable as possible.
As I am knitting these for a 6-9 month size, the added rump area should help for if baby has started to try to crawl, and the added space and shaping given by the short rows should help to retain coverage even in the crawling posture. To that same end I am also considering adding little contrast colour oval patches to help with wear at the knees, and also because I think they’d look really, really cute – don’t you agree?!