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When shopping for baby boy clothes, I found two choices -- baby blue traditional sleepers or miniature man clothes. I wanted the softness
of baby clothes with at least a bit of style for modern little guys.  

These tiny pants have all the tailored details of grownup cargo pants in a soft, flexible knitted fabric. The cotton yarn is comfy for baby skin and an elastic waistband makes for easy changes.

Since the babies I know have little use for pockets,
the cargo flaps are sewn down for ease in wearing and washing.

model: John Sutton photos: Christian Sutton

S [M, L, XL] (shown in size L)

Waist: 17 [18, 19, 20] inches
Length: 14.25 [15.5, 16.75, 18.5] inches



Rowan All Seasons Cotton [60% cotton/40% acrylic; 98yd/90m per 50g skein]; color: #169 Cookie; 3 [3, 4, 4] skeins

1 set US #7/4.5 mm double-point needles
1 16-inch US #7/4.5 mm circular needle
Stitch marker or safety pin
Waste yarn
Tapestry needle
3 five-eighths inch buttons
1 yd waistband elastic, 1 inch wide
Sewing thread
Sewing needle


18 sts/26 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch


[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations can be found here]


Legs [Make 2]
Using double-point needles, CO 36[40, 45, 50] sts. Divide evenly between needles, place marker or safety pin and join to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist.
K 3 rounds.
P 1 round.
K 4 rounds.
Next Round: Fold knitting along p ridge to inside of work, and secure hem as follows: [insert needle into next st on needle, then into corresponding loop of CO edge, k these sts tog] until all sts and loops have been worked.
Cont in stockinette st until work measures 8[8.5, 9, 10] inches from turning point of hem. Place all sts of first leg on waste yarn, leave sts of second leg on needle.

Using circular needle, CO 5 sts. K these sts, k held sts of one leg, CO 5 sts using backward loop method, k held sts of second leg. 82[90, 100, 110] sts.
Place marker and join to begin working in the round.
Work in stockinette st for 6.25[7, 7.75, 8.5] inches.
P 1 round.
K 7 rounds.
BO all sts loosely, leaving a tail approx. 24-30 inches long for sewing elastic casing.

Pocket (Make 2)
CO 15[16, 17, 18] sts.
Work in stockinette st until work measures 2.25[2.5, 2.75, 3] inches. BO all sts.

Pocket Flap (Make 2)
CO 15[16, 17, 18] sts.
Work in stockinette st until work measures 1[1, 1.25, 1.5] inches.
BO all sts.


Note: Schematic shows pants before turning down waistband and inserting elastic.

Sew crotch seam, reinforcing the seam well at the edges of the legs.
Overlap pocket flap over pocket one-half inch and, using project yarn and tapestry needle, sew pocket to flap along lower edge of flap.
Using sewing needle and thread, sew one button to each pocket flap as shown in photos. Sew one button to front of waistband just under turning row, leaving the facing turned up.
Using tapestry needle and project yarn, sew pocket assembly to sides of legs, using photo as a guide.
Using tail from BO and tapestry needle, sew facing down to form elastic casing, sewing between purl bumps on WS of fabric and BO edge.
When 2 inches remain to be sewn, cut a piece of elastic 18[19, 20, 21] inches long. Insert elastic into casing, being careful not to twist elastic. Overlap ends one inch and sew together firmly using sewing needle and thread.
Sew remaining portion of casing closed. Weave in all ends.


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