I've seen a lot of cute petite shorts for babies around the internet but never found just the right pattern, something with a lower rise over the legs, drawstring around the waist, and of course, bum/nappy space. I was able to quickly draft a pattern that will fit a newborn by cinching the drawstring, and with lots of room to kick those legs, but then transitions into some more fitted short shorts for a toddler. I was able to get these onto my giant but nappy free almost 2 year old, so I would run this size from NB - 24 months.
Although it's recommended to hand wash this yarn, I spaced out TWICE and it survived. Firstly, I spilt super hot coffee on it, then washed it under water AND kept knitting with it - no felting. Then while steam blocking I just blanked and directly ironed it with a hot iron and steam.... Still ok. If I owned this item, I'd machine wash it on wool/gentle cycle without too much concern, I'm not going to recommend you do that just in case but I would.
ONION No. 4 Organic Wool + Nettles
4mm 40cm or 20cm Circular Needles (DPNS or magic loop is required for the legs)
2.75 Circular Needle or 2 DPNS
Waste Yarn or spare circulars
24 stitches = 10cm in stockinette
0 - 24 months (APPROX)
Length - 17cm
Width - 24cm
If you want to make these in cotton or linen then I would c/o less sts as they'll be more stretchy, the fold over cuffs are approx 90% of the garment size.
If worried about strangulation, make a shorter i-cord and secure at the back so it can't be pulled out. Additionally, one could use elastic rather than a cord.
This pattern has not been tested, I've just knitted it, please let me know if there are any issues.
C/o 100 sts, place BOR marker and join in round.
Work stockinette stitch for 2.5cm, then purl 1 row (this is where the edge will fold).
Knit row, increases 8 sts evenly (fairly evenly anyhow)
Knit straight 1cm.
On next around, knit till 3 sts before BOR marker, YO, KTOG, knit till 2 sts after BOR marker, YO, KTOG (these are for the cords, if you wish to use elastic rather than cords skip this step).
Knit straight till 4cm from Purl edge.
Place second marker for the back (54 sts from BOR)
Row 1) Knit till 2sts before back marker, m1, knit till 2 sts after back marker, m1
Row 2) Knit all rows
Repeat these two rows 9 times, if your kid is in a cloth nappy or has a round backside you may wish to make more increase.
Knit straight till 15cm from purl edge.
This is where the pattern might get dicey as my notes are now scribbled randomly...
Knit to 1 sts before back marker, bind off 1, remove marker, bind off 1
Knit to 1 sts before BOR marker, bind off 1, remove marker, bind off 1
Place Left (?) leg onto waste or spare circulars
Knit and join Right (?) leg in round, place BOR, and immediately KTOG.
Knit 3 further rounds, decreasing by 1 sts after BOR each round. (So 4 decreases in total)
Knit 1 row
Purl 2 row
Knit 1 row decreasing 5 sts evenly (or fairly evenly)
Knit straight for total of 1cm from purl edge, bind off loosely (I prefer sewn bind off)
Repeat pattern for other leg.
Seam the gap where the sts were bound off in the middle with mattress sts, you may also need to seam a little down each leg.
Fold over facings and seam with whip sts, I found that if you pick up a purl in the main colour it is invisible to the correct side, ensure it's not seamed too tightly to not restrict stretching.
Using DPN or circular needle (I used a 2.75), cast on 3 sts.
Knit into these 3 sts as normal.
Now, slide these 3 sts to the other side of the needle, your working yarn is now hanging from the left.
Knit into the 1st sts, pull the yarn tight to keep tension even, knit other 2 sts.
Slide sts to other end of needle, and repeat.
Continue knitting like this until i-cord is long enough, mine is around 3 times the width of the shorts.
Insert i-cord with pin or bobby pin, and make knots at each end.
If concerned about strangulation hazzard please sew i-cord at back of shorts to secure.