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Old 07-01-2008, 08:38 PM   #1
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"Cast-Off to Cast-Off method?
Okay, all I have left to do on my "Baby's Denim Drawstring Pants" is to insert the elastic and sew up the gap between the legs , but I don't understand what the pattern is saying:

"Sew extension between legs closed using cast-off to cast-off method".

What's "cast-off to cast-off method"? These are not live stitches, so how they can be "cast-off"? To clarify what location they are talking about, I included a picture below; the area in question is where my fingers are poking out, both above my fingers (as pictured) and below my fingers (basically, my fingers are "sandwiched" between the two layers of fabric that need to be seamed).
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:42 PM   #2
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CO to CO (or BO to BO)...as is done on some shoulder seams...is here.

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This is absolutely great--thank you so much!!!
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The blue is very pretty!
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Are they the denim pants from "Last-Minute Knitted Gifts"? I'm wondering because I have that pattern and some Rowan Denim to use for it, and am interested in how you found it?
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Yes, they are the "Baby's Denim Drawstring Pants" from Joelle Hoverson's "Last Minute Knitted Gifts", with the recommended yarn in the pattern as the Rowan Denim. I don't have a LYS nearby, and not wanting to take a chance to order yarn without seeing it in person, I used some Caron Simply Soft I had in my stash (color is "dark country blue"). After looking at the other FO's on Ravelry using the Rowan Denim, if I did another pair of these pants, I would try the Rowan...it looks really nice! I'm very happy with the way the Caron Simply Soft turned out, though...the pants have a very nice drape and are very soft. I just knitted to the schematics in the pattern for the "shrunk size". All in all, it was a VERY easy pattern, and the pants are SO adorable! I wound up doing the drawstring instead of the elastic because once I did the elastic, I didn't like how it looked (the casing was too deep I think); if I wanted to use elastic on a future pair, I would probably make the casing more narrow. I posted some pix on Ravelry of the elastic version and the final finished version with the drawstring.

I know I'm not a very fast knitter, but I didn't think I knitted at a snail's pace; the pants took me about 12 hours from start to finish to do everything for the 3-6 month size--seam, weave in ends, make the i-cord, so that made me feel a bit inadequate since the pattern was in the category of 4-6 hours and it took me double the time for the maximum allowance. It's not a big deal because the shower is a way off yet, but still, I felt kind of crusty that they took me so long. I purposely timed myself though to see how long it would take in case I ever found myself in a last-minute gift scenario so I would have a good idea of how much time I'd need. I'd definitely recommend this pattern, though--a very cute pattern indeed, and not something you typically see or expect when a mom-to-be opens up a gift box of something handmade, you know?
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Those are really cute!!
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Thank you, cookworm. Your information was really helpful. I took a look at your Ravelry pics and the pants look gorgeous. I'm definitely going to make these as soon as my present projects are done - they'll be for my grandchild due in December.

I'm in Australia and wasn't able to see the Rowan denim "in person" so I took a chance and bought some from eBay. I bought some of the medium colour and some of the dark. I'm looking forward to seeing how it knits up.

I'd wondered about an elastic waist version, but reading what you said I might just stick with the drawstring, at least for the first pair. Thanks again!
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