Size
XS(S)M/L(XL)
Dimensions when completed
waist circumference 68(76)84(92) cm / 26¾(30)33(36¼) in
inner leg length 75(76)77(78) cm / 29½(30)30¼(30¾) in
Demand
Novita Baby Merino
(326) Silver Willow 350(400)450(500) g
Other supplies
Circular needles
(40 cm / 16 in; 60 cm / 24 in) Novita 3 mm (UK 11 / US 2½)
and 3½ mm (US 4) or sizes needed to obtain gauge
Density
Stitch patterns
- Stockinette stitch in the round: knit all rows.
- Stockinette stitch: knit the right side rows and purl the wrong side rows.

Gauge
28 sts and 36 rows in stockinette st with larger needles = 10 cm / 4 in

Designer name
Sari Nordlund
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Right leg

Using the smaller 40 cm needles cast on 74(80)84(90) sts, place marker for beginning of round and work ribbing in the round for 8 cm. Purl 1 round (fold round), switch to the larger needles and work stockinette st in the round.

When the piece measures 8 cm from the fold round, begin increases: k1, increase 1 st (knit the strand of yarn between the sts through the back loop), work stockinette st to last st, increase 1 st, k1. Repeat the increases every 2 cm 27(25)22(21) more times and then 10(15)22(25) times every 1 cm = 150(162)174(184) sts.

When the piece measures 75(76)77(78) cm from the fold round, work to last 7(7)9(11) sts of the next round, bind off 7(7)9(11) sts for back crotch, bind off the first 4(4)5(6) sts of the next round for front crotch, work to end of round. Turn work, bind off the first 4(4)4(4) sts for back crotch, purl to end of round. Turn work, bind off the first 2(2)2(2) sts for front crotch, knit to end of round. Place the remaining 133(145)154(161) sts on hold.

 

Left leg

Work like right leg until the piece measures 75(76)77(78) cm from the fold round.

Bind off as follows: work stockinette st to last 4(4)5(6) sts of the next round, bind off 4(4)5(6) sts for front crotch, bind off the first 7(7)9(11) sts of the next round for back crotch, work to end of round. Turn work, bind off the first 2(2)2(2) sts for front crotch, purl to end of round. Turn work, bind off the first 4(4)4(4) sts for back crotch, knit to end of round. Move the remaining 133(145)154(161) sts onto the longer circular needle.

 

Top

Place marker (front midpoint), work the 133(145)154(161) right leg sts onto the same needle, place marker (back midpoint). 266(290)308(322) sts on the needles. The beginning of round is at the back midpoint.

Begin decreases at the middle back and front: *k1, k2tog, work to last 3 sts before marker, skp (= slip 1 knitwise, k1, pass slipped st over), k1, slip marker*, repeat *–* once more. 4 sts decreased, 262(286)304(318) sts on the needles.

Repeat the decreases every 3rd round 20(24)20(18) more times. 182(190)224(246) sts now on the needles.

When the top measures 22(23)23(24) cm from the crotch, shape the back with short rows:

Row 1: (RS) knit the first 51(55)68(77) sts, turn work and yo.

Row 2: (WS) slip 1 and tighten the yarn in the back of the work so the loops of the slipped st and yo come over the needle (= double stitch), purl to marker, slip marker, p51(55)68(77). Turn work, yarn over.

Row 3: (RS) double stitch, knit to marker, slip marker, knit to last 6(7)9(11) sts before double stitch, turn work, yarn over.

Row 4: (WS) double stitch, purl to marker, slip marker, purl to last 6(7)9(11) sts before double stitch, turn work, yarn over.

Repeat rows 3–4 5 more times. On the next round knit all sts and work the double stitches as if to k2tog.

Switch to the smaller needles and work stockinette st in the round for 2 cm. Make holes for the drawstrings: work stockinette st until 7 sts remain before middle front marker, yo twice, skp, work to marker, slip marker, k5, k2tog, yo twice, work to end.

Work stockinette st for 2 cm. On the first round drop one yo of each pair off the needle.

Purl 1 round with all sts, then work stockinette st for 4 cm. Bind off.

 

Finishing

Pin to measurements wrong side up, mist and allow to dry, or steam and shape.

Fold the waist once and sew the bind-off edge to the inside of the piece. Work the leg openings in the same manner.

Sew the crotch seam.

Drawstring: Using the smaller needles cast on 4 sts and knit them. *Do not turn work. Slide the sts back to the right end of the needle. Hold yarn in back and k4.* Repeat *–* until the string measures approx. 120(130(140)150 cm. Break the yarn and pull it through the sts. Weave in the end. Pass the string through the holes.