Sunday, January 27, 2008

Free Crochet Longies Pattern

Pattern for Crochet Longies

Wool pants for use over cloth diapers
This is a pseudo-pattern for a pair of crochet longies. I have made these in roughly a size 12 months for my daughter. They are very thick and have a lot of stretch to them. They would probably be very good to go over a cloth diaper at night. I don't have a lot of experience crocheting and I just made the pattern up as I went along so it isn't perfect. You can do whatever you want with the pattern, but if you want to give me some credit I would appreciate a link to this page. If you have any suggestions, comments, questions, corrections, or if you make a pair and want to show me the pictures please leave some comments on my blog. Good luck.

I used 2 ½ skiens of cascade 220 wool yarn. This was about 550yards or 250 grams. This is a worsted weight yarn. (For thinner pants a thinner yarn might be good). I also used a size G hook.

I'll tell you what I did and try to give you the stitch count in parenthesis for the size 12 month longies I made. I hope the counts are accurate…

Double Crochet
Front Post Double Crochet
Triple Crochet
Front Post Triple Crochet
Videos explaining crochet stitches

Row 1: Chain the length you want your pants (60) chain 2 turn
Row 2: double crochet till 6 from the end (54) and triple crochet the last 6 ch 3 turn
Row 3: front post triple crochet next 5, front post double crochet till 6 from the end (49), front post half double crochet last 6, ch 2 turn
Row 4: front post double crochet next 5, front post double crochet till 6 from the end (49), front post triple crochet last 6, chain 3 turn.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 till you get the width of a pant leg. I used a pair of stretch pants to compare. (19 total rows)

You should end at the top of the pants (the half double crochets) and do 4 short rows ending where you want the crotch to end (33). Once again I used a pair of knit pants to measure. Still do the front post half double crochets at the top, but don't do the triple crotchets at the bottom. You should end at the top and now you are going to start the second pant leg.

Row1: Front post half double crochet the first 5 stitches, continue with front post double crochet's (28) till the end of the crotch, then chain till the end of the leg (27). Chain 3 turn.
Row2: triple crochet the next 5 stitches and continue with double crochet's until you get to the body (22), then do front post double crochets till you get to 6 till the end (27) and do front post half double crochets for the next 6. Chain 2 turn.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 from the front pant leg until you get the same 2 times the same # of rows as the first pant leg.

From the top of the pants (the half double crochets) do 6 short rows, but this time make them about an inch and a half longer than the crotch short rows (40).

BACK OF 1st Pant Leg
Do the same thing you did for the second pant leg but only do the # of rows you did for the front pant leg (19)

I did a slip stich down the side of the leg only picking up the front loops, to give it a sort of ribbed effect. It works ok unstretched but stretched it is kind of noticable. If someone has a better idea I'd love to know it. Tie the end and weave the extra yarn in the pants.

This part is kind of difficult because you have more rows in the back than the front. On the pant legs I used a slip stich picking up only the front loops to give it a ribbed effect. I just tried to gather the crotch parts together evenly. It might help to start at the top and work down one leg and then start at the top and work down the second leg. I'm not sure. I just kind of sewed it together. Sorry I'm not more help.

Make a chain long enough to go around your baby and tie a bow. Then using a yarn needle weave the chain around the waist 5 stiches from the top. I put the bow in back so she would play with it, but in front would work too.

Ta da!!!!

Sorry the pattern isn't more exact, but I'm not a very detailed oriented person…

If you don't want the flared legs just ignore the triple crochet stitches and do double instead.

Like I said the resulting longies are very thick. The ribbing is what makes them so thick, so if you only did the front post stitches every other row I think it might work out well. I'm not sure if you should only do them going up, or going down. Doing this you would have to think about where the ribs are in relation to the seams etc. If I make another pair I'm going to try it.


Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for posting this pattern! I am trying it out right now using Fishermen's Wool (Lion Brand Yarn) and you are right-- the fabric I've created is SUPER thick.

This is by far the best free crochet longies pattern I have found! Great directions, diagrams and photo, and stylish end product! Thumbs up!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi -- i've made straight-legged longies like this using Peace Fleece. They worked great, but eventually dd wore holes in the wool in the knees, so i tore them out and decided no more vertical dc longies :) . But i wanted to suggest a way to close the side seam that is unnoticeable -- i was able to dc a seam by picking up loops through both of the sides to be sewn together. It's invisible, because it's just another dc row. Thank you for sharing this free crochet longies pattern -- they can be hard to come by!

Anonymous said...

thanks for the great free pattern! i did a pair in sc w/ a bl sl st waistband. the waistband is a little tight, but not bad since i mostly eyeballed it. here's some pics
thanks again! i'm VERY happy w/ this versatile pattern!

*just* said...

Thanks so much for the pattern! It was easy to follow even as a complete novice. All of my "oops" factors are all on me- but if you'd like to see how they turned out I blogged about it:

I think I may try the conditioner trick to get some wiggle room back into the pants. If not they'll be night time longies only...

Molly said...

I'm in Western Washington, too. I was looking for serger repair information as I have a sewing machine repair business and the sergers are something I'm focusing on lately. I realized we had a lot in common, but I'm older with grandkids. Anyway, nice site, I'm just now building mine which will be a little similar, in theme, to yours.
Thanks for your info on sergers! Hope this reaches you.