Sunday, December 5, 2010

Organic Kanoko Pants

My dear sweet Jenny (her blog has been on hiatus for a while) had her baby girl last month, and once she got within two weeks of her due date I started knitting in earnest.  I guess I am still superstitious about waiting to knit for specific babies until they are almost here.  Plus, since Jenny and Mr. C decided to not find out the sex of their little baby, I decided to knit something gender neutral, then add a little embellishment.  My pattern of choice: the Kanoko Pants.

Back story: Some time ago, while still living in Albuquerque (both of us, actually), Jenny and I decided to place a big order with Elann for some Pakucho worsted weight organic cotton.  I can't remember what Jenny was going to make with her yarn (was it a Green Gables?) but I made mine into a Cable Eight tank, that was a disaster. Worsted weight yarn held doubled then cabled? And for a busty girl? Eeek.  I had some yarn leftover, then somehow I also ended up with a sizable amount of Jenny's yarn.

So, with that kind of history I thought it would be fun to pass it to the next generation.

I swatched, took measurements, washed and dried the swatch, retook measurements, and calculated I would need an extra 10% for shrinkage since I wanted the care instructions to be kind to a new mother.

And soon, I had a pair of pants perfect for an Austin, Texas winter.

Kanoko Pants
Pattern: Kanoko Pants by Yumiko Sakurai
Yarn: Pakucho organic cotton, worsted weight, approximately 3 skeins
Needles: Size 6
Size: smallest, but adapted, see below.
Mods: I added 10% in length to both the upper area, and the legs to allow for shrinkage since I wanted these pants to go through the washer and dryer.  I added a little bit of running stitch and a daisy stitch to the top of the pants as well.

The pants have arrived in Austin, and look like a perfect fit.  These are the first pair of baby pants I have made, but I don't think they will be the last. So cute!

Now to go find that doomed tank.  I think I need to harvest the yarn.