Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Little Fire Crochet Pants

At long last it is done!! I have finally (with a little beta testing help from my friends at the wool soaker group)finished the Little Fire Crochet Pants! This pattern is written in four sizes (and I plan on adding XL to the original Little Fire Crochet Soaker pattern as well) Soooo...without further ado, here it is....

(I have had a few people mention that they were having trouble getting the waistbands of the Little Fire wooly patterns loose enough to have enough stretch, even when using a larger hook for the foundation. I have found the answer...the no-chain foundation!! If you go here No Chain and scroll down to the bottom of the page, you will find pictorial instructions for doing the No Chain Double Crochet. Work this technique to length (one less dc than the number of dc's called for in the pattern) in place of the foundation chain and first row of dc in both Little Fire Patterns.
I tried it out myself on the Pirate shorties I made for my son (incorporating a little stranding for a bit of fun) and it worked out fabulously. There is a small V at the join when following this technique, but it is easily stitched closed with the tail. The resulting stretchy waistband top is wonderful!)




Little Fire Soaker Pants

This pattern is worked with worsted weight wool yarn
Hook size G, Gauge 4 stitches per inch, 4 rows per inch in sc, or whatever hook you need to maintain gauge.
All Sizing is Approximate:
SMALL= WEIGHT 11-17 lbs WAIST 12-20 in. THIGHS 7-12 in. RISE 15-16 in. INSEAM 7 in.
MEDIUM= WEIGHT 15-22 lbs WAIST 12.5-20 in. THIGHS 8-13 in. RISE 17-18in. INSEAM 9 in.
LARGE= WEIGHT 20-26 lbs WAIST 13-22 in. THIGHS 9-14 in. RISE 19-20 in. INSEAM 11 in.
X-LARGE= WEIGHT 24-30 lbs WAIST 14-24 in. THIGHS 9-15 in. RISE 21-22 in. INSEAM 13 in.

Chain 56 loosely (64, 72, 80) Join in a loop with a slip stitch, being sure not to twist the chain

Row 1 CH 2 (count as first DC) DC in each SC around , join with a SLST in the top of the CH 2

Row 2-3 SLST around CH 2 of row 1, CH 2, *BPDC around next st, FPDC around next st* repeat around and join with a SLST in the top of the Ch 2. (Bind off if you plan on using a different color for the body of the soaker, otherwise continue on to Row 4.)

Row 4 (If starting a new color, join with a SLST in the first DC) CH 1, SC in same st, and in next 2 sts, 2 SC in next st, *SC in next 3 sts , 2 SC in next st*, repeat *-*{14(16, 18, 20) increases} around for a total of 70(80, 90, 100)

Row 5 Ch1, turn, SC in each stitch around, join with slip stitch in first SC. 70(80, 90, 100)

Row 6-8 Repeat row 5

Row 9 CH1, turn, SC in first 2(3, 4, 5) st, HDC in next 4(5, 6, 7) sts , DC in in next 23(24, 25, 26) sts, HDC in next 4(5, 6, 7) sts, SC in remaining 37 (43, 49, 55) sts, join with SLST to first SC.

Row 10-25 Repeat Rows 6-9 4 times for small, 5 times for medium, 6 times for large, and 7 times for extra-large. -70(80, 90, 100)scs

(For a longer rise, add additional repeat(s) of rows 6-9 here)

Row 26 repeat row 6 once more, bind off

Gusset
count over 20(24 ,27, 30) stitches from the beginning of round and join a new yarn with a SLST (working on the wrong side of the fabric)...ch1, sc in same and next 5(7, 9, 11) sts
*ch1, turn, sc 6(8, 10, 12) * rep 2 (4, 6, 8) times more, ...whipstitch to backside, making sure leg openings are equal…stitch count of 29(32, 35, 38) free stitches /per leg

Join yarn for leg in any st (I prefer to join at the inseam) sc around in each sc, and into each st at the gusset 35(40, 45, 50)scs NOTE* Be sure you a crocheting in the opposite direction from the previous row.

Row 27-54(62, 70, 78) CH1, turn work 35(40, 45, 50)SCs

###repeat 1/2 as many rounds for shorts###
***repeat 2/3 as many rounds for Capris***
+++option do a sc, 2sc pattern around for flared cuff+++

Bind off. Repeat for other leg, weave in ends, trim, Voila!
You can add your favorite style of drawstring at the waist if you desire.

Pattern updated 12/3/08
© 2008-by Amy O’Holleran: This is my original work, and may not be reproduced for sale without my express permission.

This pair of Little Fire pants was done by yahoo wool soaker group member Becky :) Thanks to her for the use of these pics ;)


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62 comments:

Ally said...

I just finished making the Little Fire Soaker last night, it fits great! These pants look adorable cant wait to try these and the diaper wrap! Thanks so much for sharing these patterns!! :o)

Amy said...

You are more than welcome...gotta share the woolie love! I hope you like the pants pattern. It's been a long time coming, but I couldn't be happier with it.

brandileigh2003 said...

they look great. I am just starting my first pair! thanks for posting!

MamaP said...

Hi! I found your pattern on ravelry. I am wanting to use these for cloth diapers, but I'm new to wool covers. Do you lanolize crocheted wool longies or dry them on high before use like you do with recycled wool longies?

untoldexpressions said...

HI, Is there any way to determine size on this? I need to make some for winter when dgd will be 18 months? Thanks, Doris
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The Noble Fat N Happy One said...

just made these tonight. SO easy to follow this pattern, i LOVE how they turned out.

Amy said...

MamaP - Yes you lanolize, that is how the magic of wool works :) You donot need to flet theses at all...being crochet, they are already pretty much bullet proof! Hope you like them!

MissIndy said...

I'm completely new to cloth diapering but have heard about longies from friends. I am so excited to try this pattern but do you have any care instructions and suggestions for products to use to make them ready for use?

sew4sweetness said...

I have a question... I am making these for my DD and I am wondering... Have you ever made them without the TURN at each row... so they are not ribbed?? or do they need to be ribbed to function properly??? Thanks any help would be appreciated... or maybe I will just try it and see how it works out...

Kathy said...

I want to make these for my 2 baby's (my oldest is 1 and my second will be here in November) I also want to make a pair for my sisters son... I'm wonder how much Yarn it took for 1 pair? I can only get good wool yarn online and I don't want to have to pay shipping to get more because I didn't order enough yarn the first time.

sew4sweetness said...

Kathy, I'm not the writer of this pattern but I can say that I have made the size large pants and it took almost two 3.5 oz skeins of Paton Merino Classic Wool... If made as a diaper cover it takes a little less than a skein of the same wool... They are so fun to make and very functional to use... I love that they come out smelling so clean after a day of airdrying and don't actually require washing unless they get some poo on them!!

grammajean said...

sew4sweetness, I just made a pair "in the round" (my first for the pants, have made Little Fire Soakers before). They do end up with a smoother finish, but the DC rows are more apparent. Still looks good, and washing may help. Also, get a different look by turning them inside out and the DC don't show as much! As long as your whip stitch is neat you can't really tell!

Amy said...

I have made them without the turn when first writing the pattern, but didn't like how the rows 'drifted', so I added the turns, allowing things to line up more consistently.

grammajean said...

OK, that explains the slight "bump" on the left hip! Well, they are still usable,as long as the baby is as small as they say he will be when he's born -- HOPEFULLY SOON! I actually customized the pattern to one size smaller and picked up a size F hook by mistake LOL. By the time I realized it, I decided to just keep going and see what happened, since I was also trying it in the round. THANKS for a great pattern :)

grammajean said...

Well, NO baby would fit that last pair I made with the smaller needle, in the round and "sizing" it down! DGD is using it for one of her dolls! So, just follow the directions as written and everything works out just fine ;)
Incidentally, DGS was 8 lbs and 21 inches long (Oct. 29) so NB works just fine.
Thanks again for your patterns.

KMDuff said...

Made these in a medium and love them! Did it in the round, think they are very cute. :)

Ally said...

Can you work this with HDC instead of SC?

Michelle said...

So I just finished my first "big" crochet project. I am very happy with the results and even though they are a bit lumpy and have mistakes, I think they are great! Thanks for making this an easy to follow free patern! I do have one question....How would I go about making a bigger size than the XL? I am not very experienced so I have no idea what to do. My guy is only 8 months old, but already a hair over 25 lbs and I know that before too long, we are going to have to bump up to somthing bigger. Thanks again!

Melijayne said...

I just finished my first pair of shorties. They look HUGE, but that's because I've been washing and folding and sorting NB clothes so much lately. I had to adjust a couple of things with the gusset because I'm left handed, but it was smooth sailing once I sorted that out. Thanks for the excellent pattern!

Amy said...

Michelle...to increase the size, you will add 8 stitch intervals to the initial chain. You may be surprised, though. My son is 23 mos and 30lbs, and fit is both medium and large...the med are more snug, but still fit well.

Melijayne...I'm glad you like it! I know things work a lot differently for lefties! 3 of my daughers are lefties, and I am having such a time teaching them to crochet!!

Amanda said...

do you have a Newborn pattern? if not how would I go about making them NB size?

Amy said...

I don't have anything written up for newborn with this pattern right now (I do with my Li'l Aires knit pattern, though)...I have accidentally felted some smalls down to newborn size. You can work the small with smaller hooks. That is how I most often size things down a bit when needed.

Ashli said...

I was wondering if you had rough estimates of yardage you would need for the sizes?? I don't know how much I would need. Thanks!!

Stacy said...

hi. i've been contemplating this pattern. I would like to adapt this pattern to match a little shirt i found so that I can make a sleep-n-play. Which size is for 6-9/6-12? i have no idea what is what, since i'm still expecting my first one. thanks.

Tracey said...

Hi Amy!

I love your patterns! I was wondering if I might have permission to make and sell some of these? No selling of the pattern, of course. I would give you credit for pattern creation. Thanks!

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Betsy said...

Thanks for this pattern! I'm only on row 13 but I think I love them. I'm using Crystal Palace Fjord yarn, which is a lovely handspun...but I digress. Can you clarify this part: stitch count of 29(32, 35, 38) free stitches /per leg...what are free stitches??

Betsy said...

Also; all the row 9's are on the backside, correct?

Amy said...

The 'free stitches' will be the ones left unworked once you finish the gusset (between the legs) portion. You will pick up there and along the gusset on each side, to complete the legs.

And yes, the sc/hdc/dc pattern will always be on the back side. HTH!

Betsy said...

Thanks! I'm not sure I understand but I'm hoping it'll make sense once I get to it.

Amy said...

For those interested in licensing, I have added a picture link above to the Crafters section of my Etsy, where I am now offering licensing on the Little Fire series and the Li'l Arie series!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/tangledskeins?section_id=7200060

Heather said...

What is DPDC and FPDC?

Joyful said...

THANK YOU! I just made these in about 3 days and they are so cute! I'm off to lanolize them now.

Ricke said...

How many yards of wool would I need to make the short soaker and the longer soaker in size small?

Ricke said...

Hi,
How many yards of wool would I need to make the short soaker and the long soaker in size small. I want to make sure I get enough wool for these. Thanks!

Jessie said...

Has anyone ever made these or other soakers in acrylic yarn? I can't afford using wool and I've read that acrylic repels moisture so they shouldn't leak, right? And then no lanolizing?

Shannon said...

Jessie...I have made these with acrylic and they work fantastic. No need to lanolize and you can just throw them in the washing machine with all your regular clothes.

Elizabeth said...

So I tried the hidden chain double crochet at the start of the fire pants but, given my inexperience I am stuck. How do you join/close the two ends of this? with slip stitches along the edge? Also, once I get to to rows 2 and 3, I am confused. Do I slip stitch all the way around &, then do the fpdc and bpdc for row 3? Sorry if these questions are beyond basic. I am new to crocheting and am more of a visual learner making it hard to learn from directions even if they are as clear as yours appear to be. Thank so much.

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AVHalls said...

I would love to make this shorts in an adult size. I have been looking for a pattern but most of them are in a different language or not cute. Any suggestions on how to increase for an adult size??? I am a new crocheter so I have no idea how. Thank you!

Amy said...

The pattern is 4 stitches to the inch...the largest size fits up to a 24 inch waist, so if you were to add intervals of 8 stitches for each additional 2 inches needed for size, and adjust the length of the rear shaping portions as needed. As long as you keep the ratios consistent, these can be made in any size. ~Amy

AVHalls said...

Thanks Amy! I am just starting to crochet so I am not good at modifying patterns. I will give it a shot. Thanks again for taking the time to answer.

Angel894 said...

I am also wondering how to join the DC no chain thing. I am having problems getting the "chain" at all, actually. I think I have it but at 7 stitches in it keeps looking round.

xrysalida said...

Thank you for the pattern, i just finished it and i loved it!
@Angel894 you can look up in youtube the no chain start its called foundation single crochet acctually.To join it you sl st at the top of the first foundation single crochet, i hope this makes sence when u get there(mark the first fsc or u will get confused)

Angel894 said...

So I am at the gussets and am confused. What does it mean to whip stitch it to the back side to make sure legs are even? I assume I am doing one gusset 20 from the start of the row each way? And does this mean 29 stitches each side that are not used for the gusset? So 58 total? I am sorry, this is my first pair. And backside on the outside or inside of the longies?

Amy said...

the 'gusset' is the bit that becomes the crotch of the pants. YOu only work the gusset once, then you center the free end to the other side of the pants to for the leg hole openings, which is why you want to make sure it is centered before sewing. There are various ways to do the joining, I just prefer whip stitch. For more info on that see http://www.crochetcabana.com/tutorials/joining_squares.htm

Angel894 said...

Amy - So I just make the one gusset and then join it on the other side with a whip stitch and I should have the same number of stitches on either side?

Amy said...

Exactly :D

Angel894 said...

I am wanting to order some hand dyed wool for a specific look I have in mind, but have no idea how many yards I will need. How many yards do the small longies take?

Angel894 said...

Is there a way to add short rows into this pattern?

Amy said...

"Short rows" are already built into the pattern. If you want an even longer rise, then simply repeat round 9 once for each additional 1/2 inch of rise.~Amy

Angel894 said...

The bum of my pair don't curve at all. It is a straight pair when folded. Did I do something wrong? And when I check my guage, it came out right but my longies measure a bit smaller than the numbers you gave. Will it change once on the baby? I am so sorry to ask all these questions. I have a newbie due next month and this is my first in wool. I am finding all this different stuff confusing but find your pattern so easy for me, I'm very happy to just stick with it.

Amy said...

Did you do the repeats of round 9 for the size you are making, including the HDC (half double crochet)and DC (double crochet) stitches? Those stitches should all line up on the rear of the pants if counted out correctly, giving the rear more space and a bit of a curve.

Amy said...

Yardage estimates for the Little Fire Pants:

newborn 250-300 yards

small 350-400 yards

medium 450-500 yards

large 550-600 yards

extra large 650-700 yards

Heather said...

Hi! Did anyone try this in hdc instead of sc? as I would like it not so stiff? Thanks in advance!

amber said...

What size is your pattern? i need to make pants in a x-large just curious how much bigger i needed to make from your pattern

Amy said...

Instructions are included for XL, measurements are

X-LARGE= WEIGHT 24-30 lbs WAIST 14-24 in. THIGHS 9-15 in. RISE 21-22 in. INSEAM 13 in.

Simply follow the instructions using the 4th set of numbers. :)

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Anastacia01 said...

I'm making this for my sister she uses cloth diapers on my nephew so I cant try them on him. I'm concerned that the rear end section might be to snug on his night time diapers hes got a big bottom. And if the rear end is snug how would I go about adjusting it larger.

Amy said...

I have never had any issues with them not fitting over night diapers (and I use doubled prefolds and hemp doublers at night!) The rear is designed to have ample room and stretch to accommodate ample fluffiness :D However, if you do want more 'room', just add additional repeats of the hdc/dc round. That will, of course, increase the rise a bit depending on how many you add.

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Rhonda ;) said...

Hi. Thank you for the pattern! I don't usually have questions on patterns...I just finished the upper part of the pants and I didn't get the bum bump either. In the repeat rows of 6-9, should I have ch1 and turned at each row or just ch1 and turn at row 9? Whatever the case, this is going to make cute pants for my sons halloween costume!