Bombshell Shorts Knitting Pattern by Katie Canavan

Irish Cable Bomb Knitting Pattern Katie Canavan Holla Knits Knit Picks Gloss DK

I love knitting cables, but there are only so many thick, cabley sweaters one can wear. Bombshell Shorts takes those same addictive, challenging cables and puts them in a new place – on your booty! A covered elastic waistband means they’re comfy, but belt loops keep you classy. These shorts will look hot with boots and tights or knee socks, topped with a vest or blazer. Bombshell Shorts takes your booty from Summer to Fall in style.

Knit Picks Gloss DK – Size M, no mods

These shorts are knit from the bottom- up, making them the perfect try-as-you- go knit. It’s an easy pattern to customize – add more length if you want to cover more leg, or make them high or low waisted. I’ve even included instructions for adding shaping to the booty if you’ve got a bit more junk in the trunk! Because of the cabling, these shorts are very stretchy, which is why each size fits a wide variety of measurements. If you’re on the larger end of one size and want the shorts to fit loosely, knit one size up.

Knits in Class – Size L, shorter length

Note About Yardage Please consider how you want your shorts to fit before purchasing yarn. If you want your short length longer than pictured, or if you want the elastic to hit higher, you’ll need more yarn. If you want short shorts and low rise shorts, you’ll need less yarn. Use the recommended yardage requirements as a starting off point.

Irish Cabled Goodness!

Finished Size S (32-35”) (M (36-39”), L (40-44”), XL (45-48”)) at widest point of hips. Shorts shown in Knit Picks Gloss DK in M and in Knits in Class DK in L.

They Make Your Butt Look CUTE!


Yarn Knit Picks Gloss DK, 70% Merino wool, 30% Silk; 123 yds/50 g: Clover, 5 (6, 6, 7) skeins.

Dress Them Up With a Belt!

Yarn Knits in Class BFL DK Extra Credit size skein, 100% BFL wool; 500 yds/8 oz: Cherry Bomb 1 (1, 1 1⁄2, 2) skeins.

Or Keep Them Casual!

Needles Size 5 (3.75 mm): 16” and 24” circular needles (circ), 2 double pointed needles (DPNs). Adjust needle size to obtain correct gauge.

Notions Markers, stitch holders, tapestry needle, scrap yarn, sewing thread, sewing needle and 2 yards 1.5” ribbed non-roll elastic.

Gauge 23 sts x 29 rows = 4” square, in St st. Be sure to block your swatch!

Katie Canavan has been knitting for 10 years and sewing for twice as long. Two years ago she started her blog Under the Red Umbrella, which quickly expanded to include an Etsy shop and craft fairs. She can be found in Los Angles, doing some “acting” in her spare time. All things Katie can be found at For questions about this pattern please contact her at

Price: $6
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