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Knitted Shorts With Cable Design - Free Pattern


Couple of weeks ago, my daughter asked me to knit her a pair of shorts. I took her to a computer and we looked at many images.  I wanted to get some kind of idea, what approximate style she would like. And what color would satisfy her eye. I ordered fairly nice wool - merino - via on-line store and while I was waiting for our yarn to arrive I was designing these shorts in my head. I was practically knitting shorts even in my dreams.

When I started to knit the first (right) half of the shorts, I was writing the pattern down. Then I adjusted the pattern for the second (left) half as "a mirror image".


Should you use the pattern to knit these shorts, I would like to hear from you via comments - I hope you will not find any errors in the written pattern.

Please, this pattern is for your personal use only.

And YES, it is OK to share the link with the world. Happy knitting :-)


Material:
  • Sock Yarn of super fine thickness #1 - three colors of your choice (dark gray-Pattons "Kroy - Gentry Gray", medium colored gray- Knit Picks "Thunderhead", light gray - KnitPicks "Dove Heather") 
  • long needles size #3 and #4
  • place markers
  • cable needle
  • couple different sizes of hooks - (I used #D for BO, and #I for waist tie)
  • yarn needle for sewing
  • scissors


Finished pair of knitted shorts from merino wool 

Abbreviations:
CO - cast on
st(s) - stitch(es)
K - knit
P - purl
pm - place marker
slm - slip marker from the left needle onto the right needle
BO - bind off


Cable#1 - *(slip 2 sts on cable needle and place in the back of the knit, K2 next sts, K2 from cable needle, slip 2 sts on cable needle and place in the front of the knit, K2 next sts, K2 from cable needle)* - repeat from * to * one more time
Cable#2 - *(slip 2 sts on cable needle and place in the front of the knit, K2 next sts, K2 from cable needle; slip 2 sts on cable needle and place in the back of the knit, K2 next sts, K2 from cable needle)* - repeat from * to * one more time


Gauge:
2" x 2" = 14 sts x 18 rows

Size:
28"waist (unstretched) - 36" (stretched)
length 10"

Step-by-Step Directions:
This pattern consists of two parts - a right side and a left side. The left side is a mirror to the right side.


Right side of the leg is above, left one is below the right - obviously :-)


RIGHT SIDE 

dark gray yarn
Row 1        CO 110 sts
Row 2-11   *[K1, P1]* - repeat from * to * entire row

light gray yarn
Row 12        K20, pm, K3, pm, K16, pm, K3, pm, K68
Row 13        P68, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P20

Row 14        K20, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#1, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K68
Row 15        P68, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P20
Row 16        K20, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K68
Row 17        P68, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P20

Row 18        BO 3 sts, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#2, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K68
Row 19        BO3, P64, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P17

medium colored gray yarn
Row 20        BO2, K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K65
Row 21        BO2, P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P15

Row 22        BO1, K13, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#1, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K63
Row 23        BO1, P61, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14
Row 24        K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 25        P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14

Row 26        K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#2, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 27        P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14
Row 28        K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 29        P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14

Row 30       K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#1, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 31       P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14
Row 32       K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 33       P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14

Row 34        K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#2, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 35        P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14
Row 36        K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 37        P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14

Row 38       K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#1, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 39       P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14
Row 40       K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 41       P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14

Row 42      K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#2, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 43      P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14
Row 44      K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 45      P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14

Row 46       K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#1, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 47       P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14
Row 48       K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 49       P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14

Row 50      K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#2, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 51      P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14
Row 52      K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 53      P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14

Row 54       K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#1, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 55       P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14
Row 56       K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 57       P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14

Row 58      K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#2, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 59      P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14
Row 60      K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 61      P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14

Row 62       K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#1, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 63       P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14
Row 64       K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 65       P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14

Row 66      K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#2, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 67      P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14
Row 68      K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 69      P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14

Row 70       K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#1, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 71       P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14
Row 72       K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 73       P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14

Row 74      K14, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#2, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K62
Row 75      P62, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P14

dark gray yarn
Row 76      K98
Row 77-87 *[K1, P1]* - repeat from * to * entire row
Row 88      BO


LEFT SIDE
 

dark gray yarn
Row 1        CO 110 sts
Row 2-11   *[K1, P1]* - repeat from * to * entire row

light gray yarn
Row 12        K68, pm, K3, pm, K16, pm, K3, pm, K20
Row 13        P20, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P68

Row 14        K68, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#1, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K20
Row 15        P20, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P68
Row 16        K68, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K20
Row 17        P20, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P68

Row 18        BO 3 sts, K64, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#2, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K20
Row 19        BO3, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P65

medium colored gray yarn
Row 20        BO2, K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K17
Row 21        BO2, P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P63

Row 22        BO1, K61, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#1, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K15
Row 23        BO1, P13, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62
Row 24        K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 25        P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62

Row 26        K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#2, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 27        P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62
Row 28        K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 29        P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62

Row 30       K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#1, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 31       P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62
Row 32       K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 33       P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62

Row 34        K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#2, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 35        P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62
Row 36        K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 37        P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62

Row 38       K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#1, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 39       P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62
Row 40       K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 41       P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62

Row 42      K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#2, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 43      P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62
Row 44      K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 45      P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62

Row 46       K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#1, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 47       P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62
Row 48       K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 49       P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62

Row 50      K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#2, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 51      P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62
Row 52      K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 53      P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62

Row 54       K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#1, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 55       P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62
Row 56       K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 57       P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62

Row 58      K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#2, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 59      P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62
Row 60      K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 61      P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62

Row 62       K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#1, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 63       P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62
Row 64       K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 65       P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62

Row 66      K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#2, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 67      P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62
Row 68      K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 69      P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62

Row 70       K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#1, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 71       P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62
Row 72       K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K16, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 73       P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62

Row 74      K62, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, Cable#2, slm, P1, K1, P1, slm, K14
Row 75      P14, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P16, slm, K1, P1, K1, slm, P62

dark gray yarn
Row 76      K98
Row 77-87 *[K1, P1]* - repeat from * to * entire row
Row 88      BO


Legs halves are folded with the right side up, here

Finishing:
Fold each part in half with wrong side up and sew the bottom of the leg. When done sew both peaces together. Then triple the dark gray yarn and crochet a long chain (this will be your tie string) that you will weave through the middle of the waist band of the shorts. Weave in all your lose ends.