Valentine’s Day is coming up and I wanted something for my little guy to wear. Last week I shared the Valentine Baby Dress that my son’s precious friend modeled and this week I wanted to share the matching pants (or leggings if you decide to make both!). I designed both of these patterns using Lion Brand Yarn’s Vanna’s Choice. I am so happy with how they both turned out! I don’t do a lot of holiday designs, but sometimes I can’t help myself when it comes to baby things. Even though we have completed our family and won’t have any more small babies around until we have grandkids (which will be a LOOOONG time from now given that our oldest is only 9!) I still love to make baby things and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. I’ll just have to find plenty of babies to gift them to. 🙂
My son would absolutely not cooperate with me when I tried getting pictures of him in these pants. Here is the best I could do:
Not quite the pictures I had hoped for, but sometimes with babies/toddlers you get what you get if you know what I mean! At least he wore them and they fit!! He is in an 18 month top but still hanging on to the 12 month pants. These were my first pair of pants I had ever designed and I’m really happy with how they turned out. Hope you like them as much as I do!
Gotta share one more – I shared this one on the baby dress page but it is too funny. He loves his buddy but he hated sitting in that chair!!
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Striped Baby Pants
What You’ll Need
Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice: #177 Sage (MC, 1 skein), #099 Linen (CC, 1 skein)
Needles: US size 7 (4.5mm) straight needles; US size 9 (5.5mm) straight needles
Notions: Tapestry needle, 1 sheet red felt, sewing needle, matching thread
Skill Level: Easy
Size: Finished Waist Size 17 (18, 20)” for baby size 6 (12, 18) months
Shown in size 12 months
Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking
Rows 1-8: With CC.
Rows 9-16: With MC.
Rep Rows 1-16 for patt.
When changing from bottom rib to St st, begin with a knit row on the Right Leg and a purl row on the Left Leg, then work in St st.
Check out the Valentine Baby Dress here!
Leg (make 2)
With MC and smaller needles, CO 28 (32, 36) sts.
Work in K1, P1 Rib for 10 rows.
Increase 2 sts evenly across. (30 (34, 38) sts)
Change to larger needles.
Proceed in Stripe Pattern and St st, increase 1 st each end every 5th row 10 times. (50 (54, 58) sts)
Cont in Stripe Pattern and St st until piece meas 9.5 (10.5, 12)” from beginning.
BO 3 (3, 4) sts at beg of next 2 rows. (44 (48, 50) sts)
Decrease 1 st each end of next row and every other row twice more. (38 (42, 44) sts)
Cont in Stripe Pattern and St st until piece meas 6 (6.5, 7)” from BO edge.
Change to smaller needles and MC, work in K1 P1 Rib for 12 (14, 16) rows.
Short Row Shaping
Rows 1-2: Work 31 sts, sl next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, return slipped st to left needle, bring yarn to back, turn and work rib to end.
Row 2: Work 21 sts, sl next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, return slipped st to left needle, bring yarn to back, turn and work rib to end.
Row 3: Work 11 sts, sl next st purlwise, bring yarn to front, return slipped st to left needle, bring yarn to back, turn and work rib to end.
Row 4: Work even across all sts in rib.
BO all sts in rib.
Sew inseam and crotch seams.
Weave in ends.
Cut hearts from felt sheet to fit knee area and attach using sewing needle and matching thread.
That’s it! I hope you have enjoyed this free knitting pattern. Please visit my library of free knitting patterns for more!
Love the patterns!!❤💚💜💙💛
Thank you so much! 🙂
Great pattern. I just don’t understand when the two legs are joined. Or is the whole thing knitted in two halfs and just sewn together at the end?
This is knitted in two halfs and sewn together at the end. 🙂
I have a question about the short rows: are these supposed to be wrap and turns? Pattern doesn’t mention anything about turns so just a little lost on why these rows are there! Thanks.
Oh wow!! YES! You are supposed to turn after you slip the stitch back and then turn and work back to the other end. I’ll fix this in the instructions 🙂 It’s to shape the back waist so it’s higher than the front.
Ah wonderful, thank you so much!
I’m not sure I understand. Both legs are knitted identical, not mirror image or reversed.
Yes, there is not a set front and back with this pattern until you add the waistband.
I’m just wondering if you could help me with the pattern notes instructions. What’s the difference in starting one leg on the purl side? Does this make the colour joining stand out more if the second colour is added from the wrong side? Thank you x
Hi! This is so you end up with a right and left leg as they are slightly different.