When my girls were younger, we used to use cloth nappies with them. I used to love making little wool shorties and skirties to go over them, to make sure they stayed dry. After having my son, we decided to go vegan, for various reasons, so little wool shorties were out of the question. I still loved to make little crochet pants and shorties for him, just out of acrylic yarn instead! Today, I want to share my pattern for crochet shorties. They are sized slightly differently for cloth nappies and disposable nappies, with cloth nappies requiring a higher rise (the measurement around the crotch from the front to the back waistband).
This pattern is to fit a newborn, with a waist of up to 15″ and a rise of up to 15″. To make the shorties more snug over a disposable nappy, you could shorten the length of the body by two rows.
To make your own baby shorties, you will need a 5mm crochet hook, a 7mm crochet hook, some double knit yarn, a tape measure, some scissors and a yarn needle.
With a 7mm crochet hook and two strands of DK yarn held together –
1. ch4, sc in 2nd chain from hook and each chain across (3)
2-40. ch1, working in back loops only, sc in each st across (3)
41. taking care not to twist your work, join with a slip stitch under two loops of the first row, this will leave a v shaped opening, which will need stitching up at the end
42. ch1, sc in stitch at base of chain and next 2sts (I counted each row as a stitch), *2scs in next st, sc in next 3sts*, repeat from *-* around to last st, work 2scs in last st, join with slst in 1st sc (50)
43. ch1, turn, sc in each stitch around, join with slst in 1st sc (50)
1. change to contrasting yarn if using, ch3, turn, dc in stitch at base of chain and next 7sts, hdc in 5sts, sc in 24sts, hdc in 5sts, dc in 7sts, 2dcs in last stitch, join with slst in top of ch3 (52)
2. ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc around till last 2sts, sc2tog, join with slst in first sc (50)
3. ch3, turn, dc in stitch at base of chain and next 7sts, hdc in 5sts, sc in 24sts, hdc in 5sts, dc in 7sts, 2dcs in last stitch, join with slst in top of ch3 (52)
4-11. repeat rows 2-3
12. ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc around till last 2sts, sc2tog, join with slst in first sc, bind off (50)
1. with back of st facing, count 3sts to the right of the bind off stitch, ignoring the stitch at the base of the ch, join yarn, ch2, sc in same st and in next 5sts – you want the previous rows bind off to be right in the centre of the gusset (6)
2-8. ch2, turn, sc across
9. bind off, leaving a long tail, stitch the gusset to the middle 6sts on the opposite side of pants, check to make sure both legs have 19 stitches each
1. with back of st facing, join yarn in middle of gusset, ch1, work sc in the side of each row along the gusset and all around, join with slst in 1st sc (29)
2. ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc in each st around, join with slst in 1st sc (28)
3. ch2, turn, hdc in st at base of ch and each st around, join with slst in 1st hdc (28)
4. ch1, turn, fpdc around first st of previous row, *bpdc around next st of previous row, fpdc around next st of previous row*, repeat from *-* around to end, join with slst in top of 1st fpdc, bind off and weave in all ends
With a 5mm crochet hook and one strand of DK yarn –
1. ch145, slst in 2nd chain from hook and each chain across, bind off and weave in ends, thread through the holes in the waistband and stitch at the back to secure in place
I hope you love this free pattern and make lots of baby shorties. Please let me know if you make something using one of my patterns, I always love to see your work. You can tag me on social media (@adeleuyancrochet) so I can see it, or why not join my Facebook group to share your work with us. Happy crocheting!