“Maxi” Pants Pattern For Babies and Toddlers (Sport Weight)

Previously, I wrote about a pants pattern I created to match Elena Nodel’s free Maxi Top/Dress for Babies pattern on Ravelry. Elena Nodel’s pattern calls for DK (8 ply) yarn, but I used sport weight (5 ply) yarn. I originally uploaded the DK instructions and promised to upload the sport weight instructions… so here they are!

It’s a casual shape, knitted top-down with minimal seaming (a tiny bit of the waistband and the crotch). I want to specifically mention that the pants are designed with the same fit and positive easing as the top/dress pattern. In other words, excepting differences in body shapes, if you knit the 24 month top, you should knit the 24 month pants to match.

Please note only the 24 month size has been tested.

So without further ado, here is the pants pattern, provided in sport weight yarn to match the original top/dress pattern and with the same gauge as the original pattern.

 

Maxi Pants pattern “MAXI” PANTS PATTERN

(I apologize for the formatting here. A pdf download of this pattern is available on Ravelry.)

  • Yarn Weight: Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi)
  • Needle Size: US 5 (3.75 mm)
  • Gauge: 6 sts and 7 rows per in or 24 sts and 28 rows per 4 in / 10 cm
  • Sizes Available: NB to 24 months
  • Errata: elastic band 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm width

 

MEASUREMENTS

(To match the original pattern, the hip has 1 inch / 2.5 cm positive ease, but for a very relaxed/casual fit on the legs, the thighs have 2 inches / 5 cm positive ease.)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

For NB (3 mo, 6 mo, 9 mo, 12 mo, 18 mo, 24 mo)

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WAISTBAND

  • Holding two strands, CO 114 (114, 120, 122, 124, 130, 130) sts, turn
  • begin double knitting:
  • Row 1: (bring both strands to back, k1 MC, bring both strands to front, p1 CC), rep to end*
  • Row 2: (bring both strands to back, k1 CC, bring both strands to front, p1 MC), rep to end*

*Note: In double-knitting, if you desire a single fabric, you work in this manner, but use both strands to k2tog at the first two and last two sts; this connects the edges. However, if making a tube that is open on both ends, you simply work in the above described manner straight across. The holes on each end are important in this case because that’s where you’ll weave in the elastic for the waistband.

  • Continue until fabric measures 0.5 inches / 1.25 cm (approx. 4 rows)
  • ssk across
  • Cut elastic band to 17.5 (17.5, 18.5, 18.875, 19.25, 20, 20) inches or 44.5 (44.5, 47, 48, 48.9, 50.8, 50.8) cm. Weave through the waistband*. Overlap the ends of the elastic band by 0.5 inches or 1.25 cm and sew together.

*NOTE: You REALLY want to weave it through now rather than later so you can see whether you’ve accidentally crossed the yarns during your double-knitting, which would make it impossible to weave the elastic band through. If you don’t do it now and you find out after you’ve knitted quite a bit more of the garment, you’re not going to want to frog the whole thing to fix it. If you do it now, you won’t have to frog very much to fix the problem.

 

HIPS

  • join to knit in the round, pm (beginning of round or “BOR” marker)
  • k1 rnd while increasing 6 (6, 6, 8, 6, 2, 8) sts evenly and pm (hind marker or “HM”) after stitch number 90 (90, 95, 98, 98, 99, 104). Total: 120 (120, 126, 130, 130, 132, 138) sts.

 

Short Row Shaping

  • Row 1: k 11 (11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 13) sts, w&t, p to HM, p 11 (11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 13) sts, w&t, k to HM
  • Row 2: k 22 (22, 23, 24, 24, 24, 25) sts, w&t, p to HM, p 22 (22, 23, 24, 24, 24, 25) sts, w&t, k to HM
  • Row 3: k 33 (33, 34, 35, 35, 36, 38) sts, w&t, p to HM, p 33 (33, 34, 35, 35, 36, 38) sts, w&t, k to HM
  • Row 4: k 44 (44, 46, 47, 47, 48, 50) sts, w&t, p to HM, p 44 (44, 46, 47, 47, 48, 50) sts, w&t, k to HM

 

Hips

  • K 30 (30, 31, 32, 32, 33, 34) sts, pm (front marker or “FM”), k to end of rnd
  • Paper Diapers: Work St st until combined lengths of front and back* measures 12.75 (13.5, 14.75, 15.5, 15.5, 16.75, 16.75) inches or 32.5 (34.25, 37.5, 39.5, 39.5, 42.5, 42.5) cm.
  • Cloth Diapers: Work St st until combined lengths of front and back* measures 12.75 (14.5, 16, 17.5, 18.5, 20.25, 22) inches or 32.5 (37, 40.5, 44.5, 47, 51.5, 56) cm.

*Note that the back will be longer than the front due to the short row shaping, so you have to measure both to get the current total length of the rise.

 

Crotch Shaping

  • Rnd 1: k to FM, increase 1 st on each side of FM, k to HM, increase 1 st on each side of HM, k to end of rnd
  • Rnd 2: k around
  • Rep Rows 1-2 two more times.
  • Size 24 month Only: Rep Row 1.
  • Total: 132 (132, 138, 142, 142, 144, 154) sts.

 

Dividing the Legs

  • k to 2 sts before FM, BO 4 sts (removing marker as you come to it), k to 2 sts before HM (and place these sts on scrap yarn or stitch holders), BO 4 sts (removing marker as you come to it), k to end of rnd. Total: 62 (62, 65, 67, 67, 68, 73) sts for each leg. Remove BOR marker.
  • Note: the first leg you will work is the right leg. The left leg will remain on scrap yarn or stitch holders until you’re finished with the right leg.

 

LEGS

Joining & Decreasing

NOTE: You will work the decreases listed below, followed by St st, until 1.25 inches or 3.25 cm less than the preferred length as measured from the crotch. (See beginning of pattern for recommended lengths.) Especially for shorts for the smaller sizes like NB, you may find that in order to fit all the decreases, you have to knit a greater length than desired. In such a case, just work the decreases until you’ve reached the desired length and be sure to end with an even number of stitches. The circumference of the legs really isn’t that critical, so don’t worry about it!

Sizes NB to 9 mo only:

  • Rnd 1: k to 3 sts before inseam/crotch, sl1, k2tog, psso, pm (this is the new BOR marker), join to knit in the round. Total: 60 (60, 63, 65) sts.
  • Rnd 2: k3tog, k to end of rnd. Total: 58 (58, 61, 63) sts.
  • Rep Rnds 1 and 2: 2 (1, 1, 1) more time(s). Total: 50 (54, 57, 59) sts.

All Sizes:

  • Rnd 3: k to 2 sts before marker, k2tog. Total: 49 (53, 56, 58, 66, 67, 72) sts.
  • Rnd 4: ssk, k to end of rnd. Total: 48 (52, 55, 57, 65, 66, 71) sts.
  • Rep Rnds 3 and 4: 1 (2, 1, 1, 2, 0, 2) more time(s). Total: 46 (48, 53, 55, 61, 66, 67) sts.
  • Rep Rnd 3: 0 (0, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1) more time(s). Total: 46 (48, 52, 54, 60, 66, 66) sts.
  • Work St st until 1.25 inches or 3.25 cm less than preferred length as measured from crotch. (See beginning of pattern for recommendations.)

Work hemline as indicated in original pattern, modified for a shorter hemline:

 

Hemline Option 1 (8 rnds, 1.1 in, 2.9 cm)
Change to CC:
(k1 rnd, p1 rnd) x 4
BO knitwise

 

Hemline Option 2 (9 rnds, 1.25 in, 3.25 cm)
Change to CC:
Rnd 1: k 1 rnd
Rnd 2: work 1×1 rib
Rnd 3: *k1, pbaf* to end of rnd
Rnd 4-5: work 1×2 rib
Rnd 6: *k1, pbaf, p1* to end of rnd
Rnd 7-9: Work 1×3 rib
BO in pattern

 

JOIN YARN AND REPEAT above instructions for second leg.

 

FINISHING

Use yarn tail from CO to seam closed the hole at the waistband and weave in the end.

Use yarn tail from joining yarn for the second leg to seam together the hole in the crotch and weave in the end.

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