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Need longies pattern with easy size/gauge instructions

post #1 of 12
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I am looking for a knit longies pattern that has super easy instructions for figuring out the size for yarn with different gauges.

I currently own the fern and faerie longies pattern and have made many successful pairs for my son. I usually made them from yarns with similar gauge so once I figured it out I knew how many stitches to cast on.

Now I would like to make a yarn from bulky yarn on 10.5 needles (I usually use 8) and I feel like the instructions that are included in my pattern just aren't accurate enough to properly figure out the right size for my gauge. They are also so long and tedious I would like to find an easier formula for figuring it out.
I am fully willing to buy another pattern or if any of you seasoned knitting mamas have a formula you want to pass on that would be great

I appreciate any input or recommendations any of you would like to send my way.

Thanks~ n
post #2 of 12
I'm doing Itchy Fingers right now, it has a lot of math at the beginning, but it's worked really well for me and I think would accommodate bulky yarn and large needles.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libr...ongies-pattern
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks. I've requested an invite to ravelry so I can check it out. It says it will take approx 4 days.

Does anyone else have a pattern you love that works well with bulky yarn? I would love one that didn't have so many calculations.
post #4 of 12
I'm pretty sure Pamela's wonder pants at Wooly Wonders is a your-gauge-your-yarn type pattern, where you can plug your gauge in with the yarn you wnat to use and then she walks you through the math
post #5 of 12
The Picky Pants pattern is really great. It has several options. I'm a beginning/intermediate knitter and it was easy to follow for me. It comes in different sizes, so probably you could just make the NB or small size if you need the larger size as your finished product, KWIM?
post #6 of 12
I have the sheepy pants pattern and it has standard sizing with a set gauge and also an easy formula to figure out sizing if you are using a different gauge. You basically just plug in your gauge and it goes from there. I really like how easy the pattern is to follow although I haven't tried any other longies patterns yet.
post #7 of 12
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Thanks everyone for your help!

I've eyed the picky pants and the sheepy pants in the past and I could never make up my mind which one to get. Does anyone have both? I would like to know the general differences and which one has a better fit/look.
post #8 of 12
I have the sheepy pants pattern and LOVE it! I always do the custom sizing though She has a LOT of pictures and is a wonderful mum to work with when you have questions!
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post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Knittin' in the Shade View Post
I'm pretty sure Pamela's wonder pants at Wooly Wonders is a your-gauge-your-yarn type pattern, where you can plug your gauge in with the yarn you wnat to use and then she walks you through the math
Actually it's my perfection pants pattern that is knit to your gauge! But thanks T.

: that's a really cute smiley.


post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by tankgirlhi View Post
Thanks everyone for your help!

I've eyed the picky pants and the sheepy pants in the past and I could never make up my mind which one to get. Does anyone have both? I would like to know the general differences and which one has a better fit/look.
I have both patterns. Overall, I prefer the Sheepy Pants pattern. The main differences are the technique used for short rows and how they are spaced out on the bum. I'm not sure how much detail I can go into without violating the copyright, but the Sheepy Pants have the short rows spread out where the Picky Pants are more condensed. I like the fit of the bum in the Sheepy pants better. The gussets are different, too, but they both fit well.

The Sheepy Pants pattern is easily figured out for different gauges. She walks you through the calculations right at the beginning and it's very easy. The Picky Pants pattern is written for a specific gauge so you would have to figure out all the calculations on your own.

HTH!
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone!!

I ended up getting the Sheepy Pants pattern. I was able to figure out the gauge perfectly.: I'm not sure if I followed the pattern exactly since I'm so used to my old pattern. I think I went on autopilot after a while. I didn't notice that the short rows or gussets were different from my F&F pattern. I'll have to look them over again and see if they are different. I usually like to space my short rows out along the rear. I usually do a no wrap method http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hTXDl5LVrM (you have to watch the end of the video to see it) I would like some new ways of doing the gusset though. I'm never quite satisfied with mine.

I'll try to get a pic posted after I put the waist elastic in.
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