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Wet Hot Summer Shorts

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    • Sizes XS (S/M, L/XL, 2X/3X, 4X/5X) = 27.5 (34.75, 42.75, 49.75, 57)" hip circumference
    • Step by step written instructions
    • Chart and written instructions for the cable pattern
    • Additionnal instructions on how to graft in pattern
    • Tips to add more shape to the back


    After seeing Wet Hot American Summer, I wanted to bring sexy to my summer wardrobe! So I designed those mid-waist shorts to wear in the city or at the beach all summer with big sandals and a cute crop top. What I enjoyed most when knitting those shorts were all the different techniques I got to use. I’ve been obsessed with grafting in pattern lately and I love the looks of those horizontal cabled legs! The cable pattern is worked flat and then the last stitches are grafted with the provisional cast on. Stitches are then picked up on the side of the cable panel and the rest of the shorts is worked in stockinette stitch in the round, with short rows to shape the back. The waistband has an elastic band inserted for a perfect fit. This pattern is highly customizable, you can make longer legs, add more room in the back and make a lower or higher waist as you wish!

    Keep up with Wet Hot Summer Shorts on social media with #wethotsummershorts

    Finished Size XS (S/M, L/XL, 2X/3X, 4X/5X) = 27.5 (34.75, 42.75, 49.75, 57)” hip circumference. Shorts shown in S/M. These shorts are very stretchy and will fit a wide range of size. Measure your hips at widest point and chose the closest size.

    Gauge 18 sts and 25 rows = 4” (10 cm) in St st on size 6 needles.

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    Materials you need at home:

    • Knit Picks, CotLin, 70% Tanguis Cotton, 30% Linen; 123yds/50g: Surf, 3 (4, 6, 8, 10) skeins.
    • Needles Size 6 (4 mm): 16” and 24” circular. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
    • 3 markers (m)
    • waste yarn
    • stitch holder
    • tapestry needle
    • elastic 1” width / 23 (30, 38, 45, 52)” lenght
    • sewing needle
    • sewing thread