Over the next few months Holla Knits will host Pattern Feature & Sale Weeks! Each week a new Holla Knits design will be 50% off and the designer will do something special to show that design in a new light.
Next up is Emily Ringelman and her Fair Isle PANTS! pattern!
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Emily Ringelman’s Fair Isle Pants!
From designer Emily Ringelman: So you’d like to make some shorts. That’s great! I’m all about knitted bottoms. I have two pairs of knitted shorts now and I seriously love them and wear them all the time. Modifying pants into shorts is super easy! Here’s how I did it.
Fair Isle Shorts!
First, yarn. My main color is Knit Picks Swish in Squirrel Heather, and I used just about 3 skeins. My colors are all Cascade 220 Superwash. The pinks are something I had leftover from a long ago project, and I had the green because I’m completely obsessed with that color of green. Love it when leftover yarn is exactly what you need.
I made the size M, which is the same as my pants. I wanted my shorts to sit a little lower on my hips than my pants do, so I worked one fewer round between each hip increase. Otherwise I knitted them to the pattern up until the leg divide.
Fair Isle Bootie!
Once I got to the leg divide, I measured a pair of lounging shorts that I like to determine how long of an inseam I wanted. It was 1.5″ (which sounds totally scandalous, but is definitely not). That meant that I needed to work just one more motif. After that motif, I worked some short rows across the back of the legs, to be sure that my booty was completely covered. In hindsight, I wish I had worked only two sets of short rows, because the back legs dip a little lower than I intended, but it’s not a big deal. I started the short rows at the middle of the crotch, and worked the first short row all the way to the side of the shorts. I did three sets of short rows, each set with one unworked stitch between wrapped stitches. After the last short row, I knitted 6 rounds in stockinette, making sure to pick up all the wraps, then did 5 rounds in garter. On the first purl round of the garter section, I purled 10 stitches, then purled two stitches together, all the way around the leg. I’ve found that garter stitch flares out on the bottom of shorts, so I figured that fewer stitches = less flare. Then I just bound off fairly loosely and ta da! Shorts. Much more practical for me!
If you, like me, live in the swamp (or somewhere equally as hot), I hope you’ll make your own Fair Isle SHORTS! You still get to wear knitted stuff but you don’t die of heat stroke. Win-win.