Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Baby Knit Pants and Another Farming and Food Book

Joining in with Ginny of Small Things this Wednesday to share more about the knit baby pants and what I am reading.

For the baby pants, I have altered the pattern a bit from the book, Vintage Knits for Modern Babies.

Cast on for front.
Using size 4 needles, and worsted weight yarn, cast on 26 stitches.  Knit 6 rows garter stitch, on the 6th row increase 2 stitches evenly across row.
Continue in stockinette stitch until leg measures 5 1/2 inches long.
Cut yarn.
Cast on 26 stitches on same needle.
Repeat as above.

When other leg measures 5 1/2" long finish on a purl row.
Next row knit all the way across both legs.
Continue knitting in the stockinette stitch until piece measures 9 1/2 inches long.  Now knit in the garter stitch for 3 rows.
Next row you will be adding holes for the drawstring.  Knit 5 stitches, Knit 2 Together, Yarn Over, Knit 5 stitches, Knit 2 together, Yarn Over - repeat across row.
Knit 3 more rows and bind off.
Repeat exactly the same for back.
Using a crochet hook, chain to fit all the way around the waist of the pants.   Using a yarn needle, weave chain in and out of holes around waist.

I am reading a really good nonfiction book - Deeply Rooted, Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness by Lisa M. Hamilton.  Her writing is engaging and holds your interest as she introduces the reader to farmers who are not part of the giant world of agribusiness.  As Wendell Berry writes in a review of the book, "...these people have had the courage to use their own intelligence in their own places."

Looking forward to reading about your book choices and what is on your needles.


  1. How adorable! Love the knit socks to. :)


  2. The baby pants are adorable!
    Thank you for the book recommendation, this is something that I know my husband would greatly enjoy reading.xx

  3. oh how sweet these wee pants are. i love the vintage knits book.

  4. The pants are so cute! I'll bet she's a doll in them. :)

  5. Knit pants are too cute: and it's just becoming the perfect season for them, too... do you have any recommendations for a yarn that would be nice and soft against a baby's skin?

  6. Those little knit pants are adorable Tonya! I can't wait to read Deeply Rooted to. I just picked it up from the library yesterday and can't wait to get started :) Happy knitting!

  7. LOVE the pants - and that book sounds really good! I'll have to look for it...

  8. Love the simplicity of the pants! Perfect color and the garter stitch at the hem is just too cute.

  9. those pants look so cozy, i'm actually wondering how knit pants would work for me?

    i haven't said congratulations yet to you and your family on your beautiful baby girl. Emily is such a pretty name and quite fitting of that angelic face. sending wishes to you and the entire family for continued joy with your new little wonder.

    blessings on your work and play. xx,kristin

  10. Love those pants - and the little socked feet too!!

  11. Those pants are way too cute...and comfy looking. My grandma taught me how to crochet and knit when I was little, but I have only continued with crocheting. I think this is the fall/winter for me to pick the knitting needles back up. Any easy suggestions for a 4 yr old boy or 6 yr old girl??
    I'm thinking maybe slippers.
    Love the color of those pants also!!!

  12. Look at those little legs in those cute little pants-so sweet!

  13. Cute pants! And I'm checking into your book recommendation; it sounds like just the thing for my husband's Christmas gift. :) Blessings to you and that sweet baby, ~Lisa

  14. Tonya, I love these sweet pants- the rustic simplicity of them! What yarn did you use?

  15. Tonya those pants are too sweet! Thanks for the alteration, I think I'd like to make a pair for my little niece. (well I'd like to make some for my own babies, but something tells me I'd never finish a size for them or that they'd wear them). Glad you are finding time to knit and read with your new little one.

  16. I have these on my list for Christmas knitting. They are the cutest!

  17. tonya - i have been away from the computer lately and have missed the birth of sweet emily. congratulations to you and your entire family. what a beauty and a blessing she is.

  18. Just adorable Tonya and they look so soft and comfortable too. My book is The Vision of Emma Blau by Ursula Hegi who also wrote Stones in the River which examined the moral complexities of WWII in Germany. I have a lion on my needles. I have been thinking of you and the photo of your clothesline last winter and wondering how to dry clothes on the line in these wet cold days, I love the smell and the economy is important too. Any tips?

  19. What a wonderful color. The pants look lovely. And congratulations on your newest addition! I went back & read a few weeks.