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EXPLORING THE UNCHARTED TERRITORY OF KNITTED PANTS

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

As I navigated through the myriad of patterns on Ravelry, I stumbled upon a category that made me stop in my tracks: knitted pants. My immediate reaction was a resounding No. After all, we're so accustomed to knitting scarves, hats, socks, and sweaters that the thought of knitted pants seems almost revolutionary. However, I quickly remembered that it's a staple in baby patterns and decided to give this category a fair chance.


Galleria Shorts by Monique Chan
© Monique Chan of Purl.a.Sweater Designs

First on my exploration list was the Galleria shorts by Monique Chan. These high-waisted shorts are knitted with DK-weight cotton and feature an elastic band for a snug fit. They appear quite comfortable and could potentially serve as the perfect beach or lounge shorts.




Kokomo Pants by Katja Dyrberg
© Katja Dyrberg // Popknit

Next, I came across the Kokomo Pants by Popknit. Knitted with a thread of lace and fingering held together, these pants are a statement piece that would pair excellently with a simple cotton spaghetti strap t-shirt for a chic party look. Moreover, the same designer offers a full sweat suit knitted with yarn. While it might not be the best option for a workout, it's a knockout outfit that will leave everyone breathless!




Laplace Pants by Linda Marveng
© Wenche Hoel-Knai

Last but not least, I discovered the Laplace Pants. These Palazzo-style pants are a grand affair. Knitted with the right material and color, they could be the perfect addition to your wedding reception attire.




An opportunity to show off but maybe not long-lasting


So, what are the pros and cons of knitted pants? On the positive side, they provide a unique and creative way to showcase your knitting skills. They can be customized to fit perfectly, and the possibilities of color and pattern combinations are endless. On the downside, knitted pants might not be as durable or easy to care for as traditional pants, and they might not be as suitable for warmer climates due to their insulation properties.


After this deep dive into the realm of knitted pants, I find myself pleasantly surprised and intrigued. However, the question remains: are knitted pants the next big thing in our knitting community, or are they a novelty that will pass?


What do you think, dear readers? Would you wear knitted pants, or is this a knitting adventure you'd rather skip?

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