Froggy Knits

March 31, 2004

No-Sweat Pants


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Boy, did these come in handy. It was unseasonably cold today! And these pants were perfect for bumming around the house. They won't go down in history as my most flattering pants, but they are very comfy.

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Due to the fact that I had a fight with Homespun and we have yet to make up, I used Lion Brand Wool-ease and let me tell you they are somewhat heavy. I am always cold so I feel they suit me just fine. That is one little single crochet chain that could, because I was concerned that it would not hold them up, but it does the job. My basement is very cold in the winter and fairly cool in the summer. But unless your climate would justify a heavy lounge pant , I don't recommend such a heavy substitute. It is truly a sweater for yo legs. But I generally have on flannels and a blanket in tow in the winter, so I think I will get a lot of wear out of these.

Thanks again to Alison for her knit flat directions that I think made a big difference in the fit. I worked the top portions higher to match my yoga pants and decreased 2 stitches on each end every 2" 3X to match the shaping of my jeans. Of course, I didn't consider the give of the knit vs. the denim, duh. So, I could have decreased a bit more. When knitting across two legs for the front and back I knit two together at the center as Alison suggested and I was able to get rid of that super loose stitch that existed before I had to rip back for shaping purposes.

Project Specs:
Pattern: Interweave Knits Spring 2004
Yarn Suggested: Lion Brand Homespun
Yarn Used: 5 1/2 Lion Bran Wool-ease
Needle Size: 9
Gauge: 11st/4in

Now, would I knit these again?
I may give it another go in the distant future in a galaxy far away(just kidding). I am curious to try them out in a lighter weight for some strange reason. 'Cause they are indeed comfy and I would love a little light-weight knit pant with a matching cardie. Not likely, I know. But a girl can dream can't she.

What a fun knit-along!

Posted by froggy at March 31, 2004 09:01 PM
Comments

The pants are so nice! You did well with the shaping, they really look good on you. Sometimes there are even advantadges in living in a cold climate :-)

Posted by: Marta at April 1, 2004 02:40 AM

Don't you look comfy. I could use a sweater for my legs, too.

Posted by: Iris at April 1, 2004 05:59 AM

Look at you! They look so good I found myself wondering if I should make a pair. Oh, heck, I can feel myself weakening as I type. I think I just might...... Fab job!

Posted by: Rachael at April 1, 2004 06:39 AM

They look wonderful! The shaping worked out nicely, & I think your choice of yarn made them a wee bit more solid than Homespun would have.

I've been thinking about them in a lighter yarn too! Yup, because I don't have enough in my knitting queue. Wonder if there's a magic bullet out there to counteract the dreaded cotton knit pant knee-bag?

Posted by: Mindy at April 1, 2004 10:08 AM

Loving those pants! When I read you were knitting them in Wool-Ease, I wondered why I didn't think of that. Wool-Ease is more my style compared to Homespun. I'm sure my Homespun version is just as heavy as your Wool-Ease though.

Posted by: Sharlyn at April 1, 2004 12:06 PM

just lovely! great job!

Posted by: Sandra at April 1, 2004 04:14 PM

They look really good, I love the way the pattern seemed so random when I saw it in the mag but then actually looks quite cool when worn. Nice one!

Posted by: kerrie at April 2, 2004 10:23 AM

You look so cute and comfy in your sweatpants. The sizing looks perfect. Brava, brava!

Posted by: Becky at April 2, 2004 10:39 AM

They look awesome on you! Great job reworking everything to improve the fit. You can tell that it really made a difference. If I ever find the perfect lightweight yarn to make another pair, I'll let you know and we can do a Pantalong II!

Posted by: alison at April 3, 2004 08:46 AM

I am so impressed. There's a lot of knitting in those pants! They look fabulous.

Posted by: Meredith at April 4, 2004 04:09 PM

They look great! Wool-ease does seem like it would be much easier to work with. I know I loved how my wool-ease project was turning out. Too bad these pants are slightly small for me or I'd try them. Great job!

Posted by: Rayne at April 6, 2004 10:01 AM

They look GREAT! They really do look comfy-cozy.

Posted by: Karen at April 6, 2004 10:12 AM