My husband thinks that knit pants are just super weird. But, in spite of that, I’ve decided to knit a pair. Not for myself (although I found a cute pattern on Ravelry), but for my soon to be 2 year old cousin. Since my confidence in knitting with circular needles is increasing, so are my ambitions of what I can do with them.
On Sunday I decided on the Juju pattern from Knitty, Spring 2008 issue. After I cast on the first time, I realized that I had twisted stitches. So I rearranged my stitches and went back to it. After 4 rows I discovered that somewhere along the line I had picked up 2 stitches and couldn’t figure out where and had half of my knitting in perfect K2P2 ribbing and the last half in ugly disarray. I put the project down for a few days and decided to cast on again yesterday for the pants. 8 rows into the project, I realized that I wasn’t supposed to have joined my knitting in the round ’til after row 9. Unwilling to rip it out again, I’ve decided to pave my own way. Especially once I read what that unjoined 8 rows was for.
The first 8 rows are unjoined so you can create a band where some elastic will be threaded through. My first thought was that I could just pick up stitches along the top of the pants and knit those 8 rows to flip over. But then as I was looking outside today and seeing how crappy it’s going to get, I realized that the worsted weight yarn I’m using might be kind of chilly. So now, once I’m done knitting the pants, I am going to buy either fleece or flannel (probably flannel) and sew the fabric inside the pants to make them warmer. When I sew the fabric in, I’ll be able to create an inside band for the elastic to be put in. Problem solved!
Right now I have 1 1/2″ before I start the legs and I love the cable pattern on the side of the legs. Tonight I hope to get right to the legs or start a bit into the legs and then I’ll take some progress pictures!