Cables Please Shorts

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  • This is a PDF knitting pattern.

    Knit the textured shorts of your dreams with this fun pattern! Choose DK or worsted weight yarn to knit the front and back sections flat in honeycomb cables. Add color pop stripes and optional pockets as you knit the squishy fabric. Striped panels of garter stitch are knit together with the front and back sections for a seamless modular construction.

    Finish the shorts with elastic enclosed in a hemmed waistband and strut your stuff!

  • Sizes
    S (M, L, XL, XXL)
    Sample shown in L size on a 34” / 86cm waist.

    Finished Measurements
    25 (30, 34, 38, 42)” / 64 (76, 86, 97, 107)cm waist circumference, 21” / 53cm long (customizable), 20 (22, 26, 28, 33)” / 51 (56, 66, 71, 84)cm leg circumference.

    I recommend knitting a size close to your actual waist circumference or choose a size a couple inches smaller than your waist because the fabric will stretch, especially with an elastic waistband.

    Yarn
    DK & Worsted weight
    Sample uses worsted weight as the main gold color for a dense cabled fabric with DK weight color pop stripes. You can use DK weight for the entire project as well.

    Yardage
    Cabled Section
    MC - 500 (550, 650, 750, 850)yds / 457 (503, 594, 686, 777)m (shown in gold)
    CC - approximately 110 (130, 150, 170, 190)yds / 101 (119, 137, 155, 174)m total. CC is shown using several different color pops. Gather a range of colors in DK & worsted weight yarns for these accent stripes.

    If you are knitting the cabled section with only one color then you will need the combined yardage recommendations for MC & CC.

    Striped Side Panels & I-cord Leg Trim
    MC (black) - 140 (150, 160, 170, 180)yds / 128 (137, 146, 155, 165)m
    CC (white) - 140 (150, 160, 170, 180)yds / 128 (137, 146, 155, 165)m

    Waistband (shown in red) - approximately 130 (140, 150, 160, 170)yds / 119 (128, 137, 146, 155)m

    Needles
    47? US 7 / 4.5mm circular for a crisp dense fabric.
    A spare needle 1 size smaller than the main needle for the waistband.

    Notions
    4 stitch markers, tapestry needle, 2” / 5cm wide elastic long enough to go around your waist.

    Gauge
    30 sts & 32 rows = 4? / 10cm in honeycomb cables

  • Cabled Section
    MC - De Rerum Natura Gilliatt, Color - Doré
    CC - a variety of DK & worsted weight yarns including Orkney Angora St. Magnus DK (held double for extra fluffy stripes), Woolfolk Tov, Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK, Qing Fibre Supersoft DK, & Brooklyn Tweed Arbor.

    Striped Sides & Leg Trim
    Malabrigo Rios
    MC - Black
    CC - White

    Waistband
    Malabrigo Rios in Ravelry Red color

    The sample fabric includes some variety in the yarn weight. Use the needle size you like with the thickest yarn and any thinner yarn weights will be less dense. You can also hold fingering weight yarn double to achieve gauge.