May 3, 2016

Comfy Cotton Shorts -free crochet pattern-


This pattern was a spontaneous idea that came to mind after buying this yarn.  The yarn was meant for a different project, but I had decided not to do it, sooo.... I can't stand having a large ball of yarn in my stash with no plans for it.  I have some ideas for crochet cotton shorts, which I was going to use a lighter weight cotton, but thought, "hey, I'm going to try these in the worsted weight."  Normally I would have used a different color, I'm not real fan of this color blend, but I AM pretty happy with the design itself. It's very easy and it works up quick.  

There's also so many ways to customize these shorts!  You can easily make them shorter or longer, use multiple colors, stripes, add pockets or leave them without, or add even more pockets... it's up to you!  I can't wait to see your projects.

And here's a friendly warning! This particular yarn DOES shrink!  So don't put them in the dryer, be safe and hang them to dry! (Unfortunately, I shrank a dress very recently)

Designed By: Farrah Hodgson (Firene)

Skill Level: Easy

Materials: 
  • 1 big ball, Lily Sugar 'n Cream, 100% Cotton; 400g, 650 meters / 710 yards; color Sonoma Print.
  • Size 6.0mm (J) Crochet Hook
  • Size 5.0mm (H) Crochet Hook
  • Yarn Needle
  • Optional: 2 buttons

Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL (Size adjustments in parenthesis)

Finished Sizes: 
  • Waist: (28", 30", 32", 34", 36")
  • Hips: (32", 34", 36", 38", 40")
  • Length: (12", 12", 12", 13", 13")

Gauge: 12 hdc = 4 inches

Stitches Used: 

  • Ch=Chain
  • Sc=Single Crochet
  • Hdc=Half Double Crochet
  • Sl St=Slip Stitch
Special Stitch Used:
  • Fsc=Foundation Single Crochet: (Taken from Lion Brand) (Note: This method creates a base ch and a row of sc at the same time: easy, sturdy and elastic, especially useful for necklines and waistlines.) Start with a slip knot, ch 2, insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, draw up a loop, yo, draw through 1 loop, yo, and draw through 2 loops - 1 single crochet with its own chain at bottom. Work next stitch under loops of that chain. Insert hook under 2 loops at bottom of the previous stitch, draw up a loop, yo and draw through 1 loop, yo and draw through 2 loops. Repeat for length of foundation.


THE PATTERN

Beginning from each side of the waist and working downward...

With Hook Size 6.0mm (J)

Fsc (36, 42, 48, 54, 60)

Row 1: Ch2, hdc in 3rd st from hook, hdc in each next (35, 41, 47, 53, 59) sts.

Rows 2 - (4, 4, 5, 6, 7): Ch 2, turn; hdc in next (36, 42, 48, 54, 60) sts.

Row (5, 5, 6, 7, 8): Ch 2, turn; 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next (34, 40, 46, 52, 58) sts, 2hdc in last st.

Row (6, 6, 7, 8, 9): Ch 2, turn; 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next (36, 42, 48, 54, 60) sts, 2hdc in last st.

Row (7, 7, 8, 9, 10): Ch 2, turn; 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next (38, 44, 50, 56, 62) sts, 2hdc in last st.

Row (8, 8, 9, 10, 11): Ch 2, turn; 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next (40, 46, 52, 58, 64) sts, 2hdc in last st.

Row (9, 9, 10, 11, 12): Ch 2, turn; 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next (42, 48, 54, 60, 66) sts, 2hdc in last st.

Row (10, 10, 11, 12, 13): Ch 2, turn; 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next (44, 50, 56, 62, 68) sts, 2hdc in last st.

Row (11, 11, 12, 13, 14): Ch 2, turn; 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next (46, 52, 58, 64, 70) sts, 2hdc in last st.

Row (12, 12, 13, 14, 15): Ch 2, turn; 2hdc in 1st st, hdc in next (48, 54, 60, 66, 72) sts, 2hdc in last st, fold over and sl st in 1st hdc to JOIN.  (= 52, 58, 64, 70, 76 hdc) Do NOT fasten off.


LEG
-worked in rounds

Rnds 1 - 5: Ch 2, turn; hdc in next (52, 58, 64, 70, 76) sts, sl st in 1st hdc to join.

Do NOT fasten off.


LEG CUFF -USING HOOK 5.0mm (H)
- working along the stitches of Leg Rnd 5 (Base Stitches), you will work short vertical rows.

Ch 9
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 7 chs; skip next base st, sl st n next base st.

-working in BACK LOOPS from this point forward-

Row 2: Turn; skip over sl st; sc in next 8 sts.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn; sc in next 8 sts, skip next base st, sl st in next base st.

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 around the entire leg.  When you run out of base sts, fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.  Sew last Row to Row 1.

MAKE ANOTHER ONE!!!


ASSEMBLE

Now you are going to sew the two legs together, from the center top of rear (doesn't matter which side you choose at this point), downward and up to center top front.



WAIST
- working along top of fsc sts and shaping the waist

Right Side facing; attach yarn to top of back seam (doesn't matter which side you choose) with a sl st.

Rnd 1: Ch 2, hdc in next (20, 23, 26, 29, 32) sts, sc in next (32, 38, 44, 50, 56) sts, hdc in next (20, 23, 26, 29, 32) sts, sl st in 1st hdc to join.

Rnds 2 and 3: Ch 2, turn; hdc in next (20, 23, 26, 29, 32) sts, sc in next (32, 38, 44, 50, 56) sts, hdc in next (20, 23, 26, 29, 32) sts, sl st in 1st hdc to join.

For Sizes Large and XL, repeat Rnds 2 and 3

Do NOT fasten off.


WAIST BAND - USING HOOK 5.0mm (H)
-working in short vertical rows along last Waist Rnd (Base Stitches)

Ch 11

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 9 chs, skip next base st, sl st in next base st.

Row 2: Turn; skip over sl st, sc in next 10 sts.

Row 3: Ch 1, turn; sc in next 10 sts, skip next base st, sl st in next TWO base sts.

Row 4: Turn, skip over 2 sl sts, sc in next 10 sts.

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sc in next 10 sts, skip next base st, sl st i next base st.

Repeat Rnds 2-5 around the base sts of the waist until you run out of base sts.  Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing. Sew last Row to Row 1.


POCKETS (optional) - Using Hook Size 6.0mm (J)

Ch 18

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 15 sts.
Rows 2-10: Ch 2, turn, hdc in next 16 sts.
Row 11: Ch 1, turn; sc in next 16 sts.

Border - evenly work sc sts down side of pocket, along bottom, and up opposite side. Fasten off, leaving a long tail fore sewing.

Pin pocket onto shorts, and sew into place.  Make another.

Optional: Sew buttons into place.





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  2. This is super awesome! I will definitely give it a try. Thank you so much for posting this pattern :)

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  3. If you want to increase or decrease the size past XL or Sm, you can add or take away the difference between the sizes. For example M size: 16 minus Sm size: 10ch equals 6 chains. That is how much you add to the XL for and XXL or how much you take off of the XS for an XXS

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