I am starting to knit longies for our upcoming arrival and my 4 year old REALLY wants me to knit him a pair. I thought the pattern should be fairly straight forward based on the patterns I’ve seen; however, I am a little concerned because his legs are so chunky compared to his waist. Here are his measurements:
23" long (waist to ankle)
Based on a 5 stitch per inch calc, I was going to use 130 as my overall stitch circumference; however, once I subtract 10 for the crotch and divide by two, I end up with 60 or 12" for my thighs. I am worried that the knit just won’t stretch or look right at that point. How would you handle that? I suppose that I could increase over the lower buttocks section up to the required stitches for the thighs - 70 each, which means I would need to go from 130 to 150 by the time I split for the legs. So how do you add 20 stitches in a 3 inch section and have it look right? Or, what do you think I could get away with on the thighs, stretch wise - a 13" circumf at 64 stitches - then I would only have to add 8 stitches by the time I get down there.
Have I confused the issue thoroughly yet ?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.