View Full Version : Please help with "Baby's Denim Drawstring Pants"

06-30-2008, 02:35 PM
Has anybody made Joelle Hoverson's "Baby's Denim Drawstring Pants (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/babys-denim-drawstring-pants)" from her book "Last Minute Knitted Gifts"? I have two questions:

The directions tell you to use a cable cast-on for the crotch area. While I know Amy has directions for cable cast-on, I'm not sure I want to try this; Amy's comment by the video says it can be hard to work. Do you think the e-wrap cast-on would work okay?

Also, I'm wondering if the drawstring would be an inconvenience for dressing baby (this is for a layette I hope). Has anybody made these with elastic in the waistband instead of a drawstring? I looked on Ravelry and didn't see any modifications like this (but it's possible I missed it too).

These are going to be a lot longer than the 4-6 hour range given for the pattern...leg number one took me 2 hours for the 3-6 month size!:verysad: I saw on Ravelry that a few people had the same experience of it taking longer, but I didn't know if anyone else could comment on how long theirs took them.

06-30-2008, 07:23 PM
I don't know why your modifications wouldn't work. Good luck with the pants. I can't wait to see them.:wink:

06-30-2008, 09:35 PM
If I actually do them, that is. I'm feeling lazy and unmotivated, but the pants are so cute, I couldn't resist!

07-01-2008, 08:05 AM
My Mom made these for my DD-and they came out adorable! I didn't find the drawstring to be a bother, but my DD was already walking. For a small baby, it's possible it might get in the way, so some soft elastic would be a good idea.

07-01-2008, 10:01 AM
Thanks for your input Hilary! I'm knitting the "diaper area" now; I finished both legs. These pants are just too cute!!! The fabric drapes so nicely and the seed stitch on the bottom looks really nice...I wish I would've known about them when I was pregnant with my toddler so I could've knit her a pair. I did the e-wrap cast-on and it looks really great, but we'll see how it turns out when I'm ready to seam.:pray:

Regarding the drawstring, I thought it might be too much on mom and dad to fiddle with the drawstring with a squirming baby--I think for an older baby, it would be fine, though (if I made these again in an bigger size, I would probably keep the drawstring). Also, sometimes with drawstrings, you have to pull them pretty tight to have them stay put, and I figured elastic would alleviate that.

07-01-2008, 11:40 AM
So far so good!

07-01-2008, 01:35 PM
Ooooh, they look so *good*!! I love Gracie's-I wish I had some for me :teehee: In fact, even though they were long pants to begin with, she still wears them sometimes, only now as capris :mrgreen: . They are holding up very well and soften even more in the wash.

I hope we get to see them when you're done-maybe even modeled :heart: