Free Machine Knitting Pattern – Cotton Baby Pants on a Bulky Machine

I’ve been in lockdown for a few days now because of the COVID-19 outbreak and I also lost my teaching job as well. 🙁  So, what to do with all that spare time?  Well, I finally got a chance to dig out my knitting machines.  I set up my Empisal Knitmaster 150 bulky/chunky gauge knitting machine.  I have a ribber too, but the cast-on-combs are in storage somewhere else so I had to make do with the main bed.

I have had a Knit Radar K-7 attachment for this machine for years but have never used it, so I put my big girl pants on and set it up.  I had to watch a couple of videos on Youtube to get my head around it because the booklet that comes with it is not great.  I chose some Peaches ‘n Creme cotton yarn on a cone that I’ve had for years and knitted a test swatch.

My swatch came out to 17 sts across and 25 rows down.

So I cast on using the e-wrap method and followed the paper pattern in the knit radar, increasing and decreasing as required.  I also wrote down the pattern, reversing the instructions for the opposite leg.  I have been looking for baby pants patterns for AGES, using a bulky knitter.  I found one here but they turned out really thin – more like leggings.

The ones I knitted do have a narrow hem at the ankle but in the pattern I have put variation instructions for knitting straight, removing the last 5 decreases to get a wider leg.

I’m going to knit a sample in bulky wool so you can see how they turn out – stay tuned!

Anyway, here are the final pants:

The waist isn’t sewn up in this picture but you can see the increasing around the hips/buttocks to accommodate a nappy/diaper.

Here’s a picture with the waist sewn up:

I just folded it over and sewed it with my regular sewing machine.  I left a gap to insert elastic.

If you have a knitting machine with a ribber, you could cast on a nice,  deep ribbed waist, but it won’t be as secure as an elasticated waist, but then again, won’t be as bulky either.

If you’re a crocheter, you could crochet around the bottom of the legs to finish it off more neatly.

The final dimensions are:

58 cms from top of back to ankle

60 cm circumference of the waist (stretched – before elastic inserted)

25cm from front of waist to crotch

I think the pants would fit from 18 months to two years – at a guess.

Anyway, I hope you like the pattern.

Click on the link below to download a Word Document.

Chunky Cotton Baby Pants – Machine Knit

The Secret to ANZAC Biscuits with a crusty top and soft, chewy centre – Recipe!

It’s ANZAC Day here in Australia.  Anzac stands for – Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.  For my O/S readers, this is a national Australian and New Zealand holiday to remember the disastrous 1915 World War I landing of Allied troops on the beaches of Gallipoli, in Turkey.  Thousands of brave soldiers lost their lives in this brutal campaign and every year on the 25th April, we remember the fallen with a dawn service.

Ode to the Fallen

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

….taken from the Australian Army website

It is tradition on Anzac Day to bake a batch of Anzac biscuits.

I often make these at other times of the year because they are really yum and I have used the same recipe for years.  But the last few batches didn’t turn out so great and one day, I felt like some Anzac biscuits but didn’t have any baking soda (bi-carb) – the raising agent used in these biscuits.  So I used baking powder, which is bi-carb with cornflour mixed in.

The resultant batch of bikkies came out with a lovely, crunchy crust and a soft, chew centre.  Our family prefers these to the all-over crunchy texture that you get using baking soda.

The recipe I use is from a Women’s Weekly cookbook and you end up with about 27-30 biscuits.

Here’s the recipe:

1 cup plain flour

1 cup oats – rolled, NOT quick-cook!

1 cup dessicated or shredded coconut – personal preference – the result is a slightly chewier, denser texture using the shredded

1 cup sugar – I use caster sugar, but traditionalists use raw sugar. Use whatever one you prefer or happen to have around the house.

125 grams of butter – I use Western Star

2 tablespoons of Golden Syrup – I use Lyle’s golden syrup from the UK – absolutely the best ever – better than CSR by far!  More expensive, but worth it.  🙂

1 teaspoon of baking powder

2 tablespoons of boiling water


Mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl, EXCEPT for the baking powder!

Put butter and golden syrup into the microwave in a glass jug or small bowl, for one minute.  Take out and stir until butter is melted and has emulsified into the syrup.

In a teacup, put the baking powder in, and pour over two tablespoons of boiling water from your kettle.  It will foam up!

Quickly pour this foaming mix into the melted butter and golden syrup mixture.

Make a well in the centre of dry ingredients and pour in butter/syrup/baking powder mixture.  Mix well

Form into small biscuits using about a heaped teaspoon of biscuit mix per biscuit.

Put onto a baking paper-lined tray and bake in the oven at 150 degrees (130 fan-forced) until nicely browned.

I find it helps if you rotate trays from top to bottom of oven and turn trays around from front to back.

That way you get a nice, even colour!

Keep an eye on them.  takes about 20 minutes but if you are rotating trays and watching them closely, they won’t burn and will colour evenly.



Rag Rug

I’ve been collecting these fabric scraps for over 7 years, carrying them round from house to house and country to country, even!  I had planned to make them into a hexi-quilt but know that with my work schedule, I will NEVER get round to it.  Far easier to just make these scraps into colour-coded balls of fun for a rainbow crocheted rag rug, something like this one:

Now the person who made this used t-shirt yarn and in solid colours.  Mine is a collection of cotton quilting and dress fabrics, roughly organised into colour sequences but with patterns, so it will look different to this one, but the idea is the same – get rid of my fabric scraps bag and make something beautiful and long-lasting!

I’ll keep you posted.  🙂



Needles that Knit – an excerpt – by Rev. A Russell Tomlin

The following is an excerpt from the booklet – “Needles that Knit” – by the Rev. A Russell Tomlin. This charming booklet I found in a second-hand book shop. The date is unknown.

The Message of the Needles

“We are to listen to the message of the needles – the message of the needles that knit.

What a fascinating diversion knitting is. How lost the ladies, in particular, would often be but for the happy occupation. how it supplies them with many hours of interesting, captivating thought and labour. How it redeems, with pleasant exercise, moments that otherwise would be heavy, tedious and long. “What do you do to pass away the time, ” someone enquired of an old Scotch couple who lived in a quiet little cottage in some far-away corner of Scotland. “Well, ” came the reply, “sometimes we just sits and thinks, and sometimes we just sits.” But on the whole, ladies do not like that quiet type of life. They like to be busy, and to be busy even in those moments, when they need not be busy. So they take up the needle, the knitting needle, and by its swift and clever use, turn the empty hour into redemptive, if diverting activity.

“Silent is the house. I sit
In the firelight and knit.
At my ball of soft, grey wool,
Two grey kittens gently pull-
Pulling back my thoughts as well
From that distant, red-rimmed hell
And hot tears the stitches blur
As I knit a comforter.

‘Comforter’ they call it-yes,
Such it is for my distress.
For it gives my restless hands
Blessed work. God understands
How we women yearn to be
Doing something ceaselessly.
Anything but just to wait
Idly for a clicking gate!”

But what is the message of the needles? It is a message that tells us we are all ‘knitters’ – weavers. That consciously or un-consciously, we are bringing together a pattern, a fabric called life, character, soul. That, like a garment in process, our lives move on to some completed plan, some definite design and end. We are weavers, knitters, and someday life will reveal the whole.”

Ambrosia Cowl by Katya Frankel

Here’s a pic of my gorgeous daughter modelling my finished WIP – the Ambrosia Cowl by Katya Frankel.

I used one ball of Naturally Yarns – Karamea – a blend of 75% merino, 15% alpaca and 10% possum.  It is an 8 ply yarn with 104m/114 yards per ball.

The yarn that Frankel uses is a 10-12 ply so hers was a lot bigger/taller than mine.  8 ply makes a good kid’s size or for a lady with a slim neck.  🙂

Okay – so one WIP finished – about a dozen to go!