Sizes: Any human size!
Yarn: Any weight of yarn. See “Automatic or Manual Formulae” file for estimated yardage.
I recommend superwash wool (with or without a small percentage nylon) for this design.
Needles: Two sizes of circular needles with a long (40” – 50”/100 – 130 cm) cable, referred to as “bigger” and “smaller”. Use whatever needles needed to get appropriate fabric; see “Getting Started” on page 2 for more details.
Sample uses size US 3/3.25 mm and US 2/2.75 mm with sock weight yarn (though I knit quite tight).
Gauge: Whatever gauge is needed to get appropriate fabric; see “Getting Started” for more details.
Sample gauge was 28 stitches and 32 rows = 4”/10 cm in Stockinette stitch (on larger needles) using a superwash sock/fingering weight wool.
Techniques: Provisional cast on (crochet cast on is recommended), knitting in the round, basic sewing, 3-needle bind off, short rows (I recommend German short rows), and stretchy bind off.
- 3 closed-ring stitch markers; 1 of a different color, or distinguishable in some other way
- 1” – 2”/2.5 – 5 cm wide no-roll elastic the length of your waist measurement; recommended black for dark colors and white for light colors
- 1 locking stitch marker
- A crochet hook; optional, for provisional cast on
- 2 sewing pins
- 1 sewing needle and thread
- Spare circular needles of the same or smaller size; can use the second size called for in “Needles”
- Waste yarn
- Tapestry needle
- Blocking mat, if desired
- Blocking wires, if desired
Are knitted pants necessary? NO. Do we care? Also NO! Everyone deserves a cozy pair of leggings to lounge around in when it’s cold out. This pattern is designed for any size and shape of human. They are fully customized to your exact body.
This design is worked from the top down so you can try them on as you go. Start with a provisional cast on and work straight to create an elastic casing. When the work measures twice the elastic width, the waistband is encased in the knit fabric by working the provisional stitches together with the working stitches, as for a 3-needle bind off. This method makes seaming unnecessary! Some short rows are then worked to give shaping to the backside. Simple increases form a faux seam along the center of the backside and will guaranteed give you Dat Ass™ (seriously, the shaping on this one is very flattering, especially with stripes). Once the desired length is reached, one leg is put on hold and a few crotch stitches are cast on for the first leg. With simple decreases, the leg is easy to try on as you work down it. If desired, stripes or other yarn designs can be used. A simple twisted ribbing at the bottom keeps the leggings snug. The second leg is picked up at the crotch and worked identical to the first leg.
The sample fit of these leggings is a high-rise style with a full length fitted leg, however you can make them fit your preferred style. See the “Formulae” file for more details on altering fit and sizing.