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

Patons Lace Crochet Ruffle Scarf

If you run a small business, you will know how hard it is to get things done!
I have been working on this crochet ruffle scarf for 4 years now and finally it is finished! You know how it is, life gets in the way, other projects and new yarns take precedence and older projects get shoved aside, right? This year I made a promise to myself to finish all of my WIPs. This one is the first cab off the rank – lol! And 2014 is almost over. 🙂

Anyway, the pattern is a free crochet one from Patons USA/Spinrite Yarns. The yarn is Patons Lace – and I used a plain cream one called Vintage along one side and the variegated/self-striping colour is Sachet – purples and greens with some white. It is surprisingly warm and very lightweight as the yarn is a blend of acrylic, wool and mohair. It also works up very quickly as you crochet in double-trebles for most of it.

Patons Lace also comes in a Sequin version if you prefer some bling and this would be great in this scarf too.


Patons USA – Sequin Lace Shawl

One of our regulars Jeannine brought in her second Boneyard Shawl for show and tell today.

She knitted it in the silver colourway of the lovely and affordable Patons Lace Sequin yarn – it is a blend of wool, mohair and acrylic and has the sequins spun right into it.

She used 3 x 100g balls