I've never made a tutorial before, so please be gentle with me. I also never had the skills to follow knitting recipes myself, so I'm kind of making it up as I go: using my own terms and kind of winging it; much like how I came up with the idea of making these shorts in the first place. I tend to use humor as a defense mechanism when I’m insecure, which you may notice later on in this post. It's actually very, very easy to make these shorts – I just don’t know how to explain it. Imagine a medium neck cowl, sown together in the middle of one end and there you have it!
I only use approximate measurements, mostly because if it doesn’t fit – I make it fit. I also prefer a bit of room in my clothes for more comfort.
- Approximately 3 balls of yarn. (I personally used PT2. PT2 is a 100% natural Norwegian wool of highest quality, which is available here.)
- 5 mm (US8) circular needles. You could also knit this back and forth on straight needles, but I prefer circular ones.
- First of: buy the yarn. Pretty self explanatory, but I thought I’d mention it just in case.
- Second: buy the needles. You will be needing them of the actual making the shorts.
- Third: if your mom or another friend is doing it for you, ignore the steps above and buy chocolate, flowers, wine, strawberries, scented candles and a pair of great shoes with a card that says “thank you for doing this for me”.
- Then; measure the length between your waist and crotch to get the approximate height of the shorts, which in my case was about 25 cm. Remember these are just ish-measurements, and I’m a size small. I didn’t have to measure the width of my bum-area because the circular needles where a perfect match to my size, but I suggest you do it and add a few cm for good luck.
- This is the tricky part; for me. I chose to knit my shorts in a loose pattern of 5x5 ribs (knit 5, purl 5). Start by casting on that circular needle and measure as you go. When it comes to the width of the shorts I suggest you stretch the yarn and keep going until you reach your own measurements. Very unspecific, I know, but true nonetheless. Then you just keep knitting in circles until you reach you preferred height and remember to cast off every tenth stitch of every third row of the purl to get that defined waist. When you've reached your measurements and finished casting of, lay it flat and measure so that you find the middle (of the wide end). Sew together 2-4 cm using the same type of yarn.
- Cast on (your measurement) and knit approximate 4/5 rows of 5x5 ribs (knit 5, purl 5).
- Cast of every 10th stitch of every 3rd row of the purled stitches, while continuing the 5x5 ribs.
- Cast of loosely when finished*.
- Sew together 2-5 cm in the middle of the bottom part and fix those little beauty flaws.
*Remember to cast off somewhat loose in the end so that you don't have to redo it all when you don't get it over your bum, like I did.
My knit shorts:
- DIY high-waisted knit shorts (First edition // gray)
- DIY high-waisted knit shorts (Mustard w/bow)
- DIY high-waisted knit shorts (Gray v.2)
- DIY high-waisted knit shorts (Over-sized lilac)
- DIY tumbled knit shorts (dark gray)
Let me know if you've tried it, so that I can link back to you!