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Pattern for Longies & Shorties!

(if you want to make shorties or capris, the pattern is exactly the same, just make shorter legs)

You may use this pattern without permission/license per personal use or to sell. I won’t charge for it. If you’d like to make a donation for using it, the paypal address is maialaia @yahoo .com, but it is not necessary. If something isn’t clear in this pattern, please post or email me and I’ll try to explain further! ENJOY!

Remember to take all measurements with a diaper or undies ON!

For the ease of this pattern, I use any yarn that is 5 stitches per inch on size 8 needles. You can adjust your yarn once you are comfortable with the pattern.

To make this pattern you will need:

16 inch circular needles in size 6 and 8
a set of size 8 double pointed needles
one longish straight needle – size 8
A tapestry (or similar) needle
3 stitch markers
Tape Measure
2 skeins (or about 300 yards, 150-200 grams) of worsted weight yarn
(if you want absorbent longies, use yarn that is at least 70% wool)

To make this pattern you will need to know how to:

Cast On
Bind Off
Knit and Purl in the Round
Pick up stitches
Knit 2 together
Do Kitchener stitch. (Don’t be scared of kitchener! There are many awesome online tutorials for it!)


For every inch of waist on the baby in question, count 5 stitches, then round up to the nearest number divisible by 8. In this example we will be making a size “smallish.”

Baby’s waist = 17 inches. So: 17 x 5 = 85 + 3 = 88


Cast 89 stitches onto the long straight needle. (Yes, I said 89. Trust me.)
Knit 2, Purl 2 onto the size 6 circulars.
When you get to stitch #89, slip it onto the other needle.
Knit 2 together (ie: the “extra stitch” and the first knit stitch in the next round)
Knit 1, Purl 2
Knit 2, Purl 2 all the way around
Place a stitch marker inbetween stitches #88 & #1
Knit 2, Purl 2 for 6-10 more rounds.


Cast 89 stitches onto the long straight needle. (Yes, I said 89. Trust me.)
Knit 1, Purl 1 onto the size 6 circulars.
When you get to stitch #89, slip it onto the other needle.
Knit 2 together (ie: the “extra stitch” and the first knit stitch in the next round)
Knit 1, Purl 1 all the way around
Place a stitch marker inbetween stitches #80 & #1
Knit 1, Purl 1 for 24-36 more rounds.

If you would rather, you can skip the straight needle – however, I would still cast onto the size 8 circulars for the first row and then move to the size 6s. This will keep the stitches from being really tight, which is hard for some folks.

Allright! Now that you’ve finished the waistband, moving on!

Switch to your size 8 circulars
Knit all around for 4 rounds
On your next round, place additional markers at 22 (1/4 of the way around) and 66 (3/4 of the way around) stitches

Now we do a SHORT ROW! (Don’t panic. They are EASY.)
Knit around to the ¾ stitch marker
Move your yarn forward (as if you were going to purl)
Slip one stitch purl-wise
Move your yarn back
Turn your knitting so you are looking at the “wrong” side of your knitting
Slip one stitch purl-wise
Purl back to the ¼ stitch marker
Move your yarn back (as if you were going to knit)
Slip one stitch purl-wise
Move your yarn forward again
Turn your knitting back to the “right” side
Knit around to the #1 stitch marker

Knit 5 rows around

CONGRATULATIONS! You just did your first short row!

Now repeat the Short Row and the 5 rows around until you have reached your desired rise-length (make sure you end with a few knit rows, not a short row)

Now you are ready to DIVIDE FOR THE LEGS!

Get your double-pointed needles (DPNs)
Starting at stitch #1 knit 4 stitches onto a DPN
Knit 40 stitches onto 2 or 3 DPNS
Knit 4 stitches onto a DPN

Pull a yard or two of yarn out of your ball.
Break or cut the yarn.

Kitchener stitch the two sets of 4 stitches together (this is your crotch!)

Leave the 40 stitches on the circulars. Just ignore them for now.


Using the remaining yarn, Knit around the leg that is on the DPNS. (eventually you will get to where you broke your yarn and when you do, simply tie on your ball again and keep going)
You will have a “gappy place” next to the crotchal-area. Pick up 4 stitches to close this. (You can also skip this step and just stitch up the small hole later if you like.) (Furthermore, if you are knitting for a large child, you may want to do 5 or 6 stitches instead of 4.)

Knit all around until you have the desired leg-length, MINUS the length of your cuff.

Here are 3 different kinds of cuffs:

Purl around
Knit around
Repeat to desired length
Bind off!

Knit 2 Purl 2 all around to desired length
Bind off!

Row A: Knit 1 Purl 1 around
Row B: Purl 1 Knit 1 around (ie: knit the purls and purl the knits)
Repeat AB, AB, AB to desired length
Bind off!

Check it out! You finished a leg!


With a DPN, pick up 4 stitches by the crotch (just like on the other leg)
Knit around the leg, transferring stitches onto the DPNs
Knit all around and finish with a cuff, just like on the other leg.

GOOD JOB! Now you just need some finishing touches!

Now with your tapestry needle, weave in any hangy bits of yarn.

If you did the drawstring waist-band you should now make a cord for the waist. You can use a braid (like I do) or icord or a twist! Thread the cord through the waist band where you like it. I usually do it slightly more than halfway down to the actual waist.

Where you turned your short rows, you may have small “holes” in your knitting. With your tapestry needle, tighten the stitch. Now you have a loopy bit hanging out. Work along the row the loop is in, leaving each stitch a teensy bit loose until it’s all evened out.

YOU ARE ALL DONE!!!!!!!!!!!

Now go make a matching hat or booties with the left over yarny bits!


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May. 23rd, 2007 06:13 am (UTC)
Do you have a pic of how these turn out? Is this the pattern you use for the ones you sell?

Anywho thanks! I love longies with a circular pattern, because seaming is just out of the question :)
May. 23rd, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
yup! If you just click on the "show off" tag, you can see many examples!
(no subject) - desiraebearden - May. 23rd, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - deliciouspear - May. 23rd, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - desiraebearden - May. 23rd, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - deliciouspear - May. 23rd, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC) - Expand
picture! - kniftythrifty - Jul. 2nd, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: picture! - melytha - Jul. 9th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC) - Expand
May. 23rd, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
I wonder what standard measurements are for a newborn...
May. 23rd, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
I usually do 14 inch waist 15-16 inch rise and 8 inch inseam. (so 72 stitch waistband)
May. 23rd, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for writing this out! I have saved it in my memories!
I do have one question, What is the difference between the drawstring waistband and a ribby waistaband? (Besides the drawstring of course...or is that the difference?
May. 23rd, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
The drawstring is the difference! A ribby waist band is a couple uinches longer and has no drawstring. It operates under theory that the length and smaller ribbing will hold it on. I make drawstring waistbands about 95% of the time; I only do ribby waists when someone specifically asks for them.
(no subject) - modernelegance - May. 30th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - deliciouspear - May. 30th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 23rd, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
Where is the show off tag at?
May. 23rd, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
Pattern Help - (Anonymous) - Dec. 8th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Pattern Help - deliciouspear - Dec. 8th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 14th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
i just started the crotch section of the pattern and I'm stuck! It says to put 4 stitches on a dpn and then 40 on another dpn and then another 4 on one more dpn and then use kitchener to knit the 2 sets of 4 together. my question is how? i can barely get the dpn's close enough to do kitchener. also, i have never done this pattern before and i am wondering when I use the kitchener stitch do i make a separte strand of yarn to stitch it up or continue to use the strand of yarn that is already connected? i'm so confused! i wish there were pictures with this pattern!
Feb. 14th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
The next time I'm doing a crotch I'll see if I can get my hubby to take pictures.

"It says to put 4 stitches on a dpn and then 40 on another dpn and then another 4 on one more dpn"

Actually it says to put the 40 stitches onto **2 or 3** dpns - this will allow you more flexibility in the fabric and you will be able to get your needles close enough together.

"when I use the kitchener stitch do i make a separte strand of yarn to stitch it up or continue to use the strand of yarn that is already connected?"

Use the strand that is already connected. You will have to break it at some point so you can stitch with it, but break it a good ways down the line and after you kitchener, keep knitting with it. When you get to where you broke it, just re-tie you yarn and keep going.

Does that make sense?
(no subject) - (Anonymous) - Feb. 14th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - deliciouspear - Feb. 14th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 21st, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to say that I'm in the middle of working on some longies for my four year old. Yep, that's right. FOUR year old. Not month. YEAR. I made some for his little brother that are - if I may say so - adorable, and they were my first attempt. I used a different pattern and knitted them flat, and this is my first pair knitted in the round. I love them! I talked him into wearing them as pajama pants, instead of as regular pants to school, so in the fall, we have some cozy, comfy GIANT pants to look forward to wearing. Anyhoo, I wanted to say that in the daunting project of knitting a pair of pants that are taking up the rest of my life, your pattern has made it very simple, thank you! I'm enjoying it very much.
Mar. 22nd, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
That is SO AWESOME to hear!

(And if it helps. a woman in my spinning class is knitting longies for her eight year old and is TOTALLY SICK of them!)
Mar. 25th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
Knit 2 Together Question
Thank you very much for this pattern. I've having trouble with the ribbing and have a question:

When you say "When you get to stitch #89, slip it onto the other needle.
Knit 2 together (ie: the “extra stitch” and the first knit stitch in the next round)", how do I knit the two together if the extra stitch is on the right needle? I know this is probably a stupid question but it's my first time with this. Thanks!

Mar. 25th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Knit 2 Together Question
You should be slipping from right to left so that the extra stitch (#89) is on the left needle next to stitch #1.

Did that make sense?
Re: Knit 2 Together Question - (Anonymous) - Mar. 25th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 15th, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)
Do you have any picture's of this in process, or how it turns out?
And how the different cuff's look?

I'm new to knitting and wanted to knit my son some shorties (first try at shorties) and i was directed to this by quite a few of my friends. Any picture's would really help me.
Jul. 1st, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the clear instructions.

Could I do this on one size 6 circular needle? The gauge for the merino I am using is size 6 circular needle and I was hoping to not have to buy another pair of circs for this.
Jul. 1st, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you can do the whole pattern on just one size needle 6, 7, 8 or 9.

Jul. 16th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
short row
So on the short row when purling, you are purling over the slipped stitch to the 1/4 stitch marker (or am I going in the wrong direction)?
Jul. 18th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
Re: short row
I'm not following your question.

You're purling from the 3/4 marker to the 1/4 marker.
You slip the last stitch next to the 1/4 marker and then turnt eh knitting and knit over it.

Did that answer your question or did I read it wrong?
Re: short row - queenginseng - Jul. 19th, 2008 07:55 am (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 10th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
First of all thanks for making this pattern available and for being so helpful to everyone. :)

Second, I am a beginner knitter and this is my first non-scarf project. I'm having some trouble with the short rows. The left side (if this makes sense, where I started my short row next to the 3/4 marker) looks ok but the right side (next to the 1/4 marker) is making holes. Fairly large ones. I've tried watching the videos on knittinghelp.com but it's not helping. Still getting holes. At this point I'll just try and patch them up when I'm done because I don't want to unravel everything but I'd love to know how to not mess it up in the future. What am I doing wrong?

Also, how do you know how long to make the rise? How do I measure for that?

Thanks so much!
Aug. 10th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
You're not doing anythng wrong!
Those big holes are totally normal.

Once you finish the main knitting, go back and weave in all your loose ends, then you can deal with the holes.

Basically pick a hole. Pull on one "loopy" part of it to tighten it. Now you'll have a sticky-outy loop, with a dpn or tapestry needle start working that loop back along a line of stitches, making each stitch a teeny bit looser, eventually you'll run out of loop and wont have a hole.

Did that make sense?

If not, I can try to take pictures of me doing it later today.
Re: You're not doing anythng wrong! - danuv - Aug. 12th, 2008 11:22 am (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
I still don't understand how long to make the rise? Help?
Sep. 20th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
Re: rise
What do you not understand? How to measure it?
Dec. 5th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
THANKS so much!!!
I chose your longies as one of my first knitting projects ever because you seemed to make everything sound so simple and it really was! Thank you so much, I can't wait to make another :)
Dec. 5th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
Re: THANKS so much!!!
Yay! Post a picture if you want!
Mar. 23rd, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
I'm following the pattern for the "smallish" size in your pattern (89 stitches co). I'm planning ahead, though, and don't have a baby to measure. How many inches should I make the rise part of the longies? Thanks!
Mar. 23rd, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
I would make them 6-7 inches (this includes the cuffs).
cuff? - (Anonymous) - May. 24th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: cuff? - deliciouspear - May. 24th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 26th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
need a precision, please
First thank you for this pants' pattern and all your explanations. For now, I 'm trying to translate the directions into french ( yes,I'm french and it's explaining the poor quality of language..., sorry about that) so I don't knit it.
Here is my question : after the making of the waistband. you wrote Knit for 4 rounds / on your next round, place markers ...
So it'a on my 5th round that I place markers and on my 6 th that I begin short row, right ?

Thanks for your reply,
Chris ( a french knit addict)
Jun. 26th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
Re: need a precision, please

However, if you are knitting for a child with very bulky diapers, you may want to do more frequent short rows.
Re: need a precision, please - (Anonymous) - Sep. 22nd, 2014 09:45 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: need a precision, please - deliciouspear - Sep. 22nd, 2014 10:57 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 28th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
Chris Again !!!
My translation of your pattern is finished yet and I wonder why there such a difference of rounds' number beetween drawstring (6/10 more rounds) and ribby ( 24/36 more rounds)waistband before starting the short rows.

Thank you for your last reply and, I hope, for your next.

Jun. 29th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
Re: Chris Again !!!
Because with a ribby waistband you need the length to help keep the pants on. The ribbing alone doesn't have the holding power that the drawstring does so it takes more length.
Re: Chris Again !!! - (Anonymous) - Jun. 29th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 9th, 2009 07:20 am (UTC)
Great pattern
I feel ready to tackle a pair of shorties in the round and I will even try the as yet avoided short rows (then mmaybe I can finally knit the Just Enough Ruffles pattern I bought then chickened out on).

I just can't see myself doing all that knitting on DPNs. I have precious little experience with them. Is there a way to use circs for the legs? I hear everyone talking about "magic loop" like it is some sort of silver bullet that cures all knitting dilemmas- would it apply here? Would it be easier to just man uup and learn to use DPNs than to learn the magic loop? What do you think here? thank you for your time and the awesome pattern- one way or another my little guy is going to be louning in them!
Boy what an avoider of new thigs I am : )
Jul. 9th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Great pattern
Yes, a lot of people do magic loop, but I don't mind the dpns. I too am an avoider of new things....
Oct. 16th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
i found this through ravelry and am happy to see it's on lj so i can ask you questions.

i went to the tag with the pics and really like the cuffs that have kind of a flare to them, which cuff finish makes them look like that? certainly not any of the ribs, right?
Oct. 16th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
That's a ruffly cuff - and I realize I haven't put instructions for it anywhere.


Knit the legs to the length you want.
Knit 1, Increase 1 for one row
Knit one row
Knit 1, Increase 1 for one row
Knit one row
cast off.

This will give you a flare like this:

For a bigger ruffle, like the ones in this post:
simply repeat the
Knit 1, Increase 1 for one row
Knit one row
an extra time (or two if you want to get crazy.)
(no subject) - thesynergizer - Oct. 16th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 24th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
Thank you for your pattern!!!
I wanted to thank you for your pattern and to ask if I can link it to my local community yahoo group:)
Oct. 24th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
Re: Thank you for your pattern!!!
Sure thing!

That'd be great!

And if anyone knits from any of my patterns - I'd love to see pictures!
Nov. 7th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
No baby yet
I dont have a newborn to measure....but would like to knit some for him...what measurements could I use??
Nov. 7th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
Re: No baby yet
The "generic newborn" size I do is starting with 65 stitches (so when you join into the round you are knitting with 65.) I do a 14-15 inch rise and a 6-7inch inseam.
Re: No baby yet - (Anonymous) - Jun. 1st, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: No baby yet - deliciouspear - Jun. 1st, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 24th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Length of longies
I love this pattern! Thank You:) I am making the pattern started with 89 stitiches, how long should I make the legs for this size? Is there a way to measure the legs that go with the waist measurement?
May. 24th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Length of longies
When I don't have a baby to measure, I usually do around 8-inch legs for this size, including the cuffs.
Re: Length of longies - (Anonymous) - May. 25th, 2010 12:44 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Length of longies - deliciouspear - May. 25th, 2010 12:47 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 21st, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
rise and inseam
What is the rise and what is the inseam?
Jun. 21st, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
Re: rise and inseam
FOr the newborn size you stated: I usually do 14 inch waist 15-16 inch rise and 8 inch inseam. (so 72 stitch waistband)
I am trying to figure out the length of the rise 15-16 seems long are you including the length of the entire project legs and all? I am working the short rows and don't know when to stop! Thanks!! Is it 15-16-8(for the legs ?)
Re: rise and inseam - deliciouspear - Jun. 21st, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: rise and inseam - deliciouspear - Jun. 21st, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: rise and inseam - (Anonymous) - Jun. 22nd, 2010 01:52 am (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 9th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
How much yarn?
In the instructions you say 150-200 grams of yarn, is that for the newborn size? I want to knit a pair of longies for my 2 yr old with an 11 inch inseam, 18 inch rise, and 18 inch waist...how much yarn will I need for this size?
Sep. 9th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
Re: How much yarn?
No - newborn only takes about 60grams.

For your size you will need about 200grams (maybe a little less) or about 400yards of worsted weight yarn.
Nicki Lantz
Dec. 18th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for this pattern! Your instructions were very clear and easy to follow. I finished my first pair yesterday, and they fit my son beautifully.

I have just one question...this may sound strange. Do you ever notice that the legs come out shorter that you measure? I swear I measured the leg about 5 times at 5" before I started the cuff. Then I measured the finished product, and they are 5" including the cuff...

Also, what is your fav method of lanolizing?
Dec. 18th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Awesome!
Okay - when I do legs somehow they always end up LONGER! I have no idea how it happens, because I totally measure and then suddenly the legs I thought were 7" are 8.5"!


Fill a cup with water put about an inch of lanolin plus a squirt of baby soap and microwave it for about a minute so that the lanolin melts.

Mix it all together well and dump it into a basin/bowl/whatever of warm water.

Put the item you want to lanolize in the basin INSIDE OUT and work the water through it a few times.

Let it sit for however long you want. I do longer for longies my daughter will wear over night, shorter amounts of time for things like interlock or day weight wool.

Squeeze out (don't wring or it will felt) and Block your longies so they don't shrink. (Either pin them or weight them down or stuff them with plastic bags or newspapers. I usually stuff longies.)
Jul. 12th, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC)
I am making a pair of longies that I think are about a 12 month size...about how long should I make the legs? (No baby to measure!) Thanks...the pattern is great and I have enjoyed making them!
Jul. 13th, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
Re: Longies
I would do between 8-10 inches depending on whether you think it's a shorter or longer baby!
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