21 Pants Knitting Patterns

Knitted pants are a win-win: they are comfortable and breathable, but they also look stylish! Whether your look is neutral and beach or retro and funky, the right pair of knitted pants can fit perfectly into your wardrobe. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite pants knitting patterns, and no matter what your personal style is, there is something to love.

Pants Knitting Patterns

With the right pattern and yarn, knitting your first pair of totally flattering made-for-you pants is easy. Once you’ve knit your first pair, you’ll think of a million reasons to make more—capris, shorts, slacks, and all perfectly fitted to your body.

21 Knitted Pants Patterns


1. Birchbark Longies Knitted Pants Pattern by Resilient Knitter

These unique, seamless wide-leg pants are knit using a small gauge, making them look and feel more like fabric. They are also so comfortable and durable for cloth diapers and all kiddo play.

Birchbark Longies Knitted Pants Pattern by Resilient Knitter

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2. Ombre All Day Pants Knitting Pattern by Girly Knits

Indulge in the ultimate knitting comfort that is knitted pants! These pants are so comfy, cozy, and cute that you won’t want to take them off. Knitted in this super fun color changing yarn, they will add a splash of color to you legs and give life to your loungewear collection, and you!

These pants have a slender but relaxed fit, and if you desire for them to fit more like leggings, you can just choose a size down!

Ombre All Day Pants Knitting Pattern by Girly Knits

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3. Knitted Sweatpants Pattern by Knitatude

These comfy pants are designed with a loose fit in the tush (8.5-10.5” of positive ease), have short rows for an ample rump, and are tailored down to the ankle to give a cute “run-out-to-the-grocery store” type vibe.

Knitted Sweatpants Pattern by Knitatude

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4. Fancy Pants Knitting Pattern by Stephen West

Select three colors of fingering weight yarn and cast on for these lovely longies. The knitted pants adventure begins at the top waist band with a generous portion of ribbing followed by some short row butt shaping and increases.

Then, the two legs are separated and worked down to the ankles until you reach your desired length. A nice and neat hem adds a polished detail to the ankles. Fold the waistband down or hike it up and let the snug ribbing hug your belly. You will feel supremely stylish and cozy in your new knitted pants!

Fancy Pants Knitting Pattern by Stephen West

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5. Harum Scarum Pants Knitting Pattern by Yarnspirations

Knit these awesome pants that leave lots of room for the diaper, to keep baby comfy. Finish it in the neutral look shown, or choose shades that you like better for a girl or boy. This intermediate pattern fits little bottoms sized from 6 months to 4 years. 

Harum Scarum Pants Knitting Pattern by Yarnspirations

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6. Ribbed Pants Knitting Pattern by Oxana Sorokin Patterns

This pattern is a good combination of challenge and easy relaxed knitting. The first part of the pants will require focus to set up the ribbing, complete short rows and increases for the gusset, and divide for legs. After that, it’s a good Netflix and chill project because you are just working in the round same number of stitches to finish each leg.

Ribbed Pants Knitting Pattern by Oxana Sorokin Patterns

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7. Comfy Caramel Trousers Knitting Pattern by Drops Design

Keep it simple with sleek lines and solid stitchwort in this stunning pants design. These are comfortable enough to wear as pajama pants and cute enough for brunch with the girls!

Comfy Caramel Trousers Knitting Pattern by Drops Design

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8. Frida Pants Knitting Pattern by Freja’s Knit

I just love the simplicity of this Frida Pants and the bold colored stripes. This would be a great project for using up partial skeins of yarn leftover from other projects. Make the pants using bright colors to stand out, or muted colors for a more refined look.

Frida Pants Knitting Pattern by Freja's Knit

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9. Fair Isle Pants Knitting Pattern by Emily R

These pants are written for calf-length lounge pants, but if the mood strikes you, make shorts, Bermuda shorts, or full-length pants. Use all of the colors or pare down the chart to just two colors. Skip the color work entirely and just make plain pants! So many possibilities!

Fair Isle Pants Knitting Pattern by Emily R

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10. Culottes Knit Pants Pattern by Anna & Heidi Pickles

Don’t you love these culottes? This pattern is ideal for anyone wearing jeans all the time and wants to update their style. With their cropped length, they’re perfect for spring and autumn days when the weather isn’t too cold.

Worked up in stockinette stitch using circular and double pointed needles, this baggy, wide leg pants knitting pattern will keep you looking stylish whatever the weather!

Culottes Knit Pants Pattern by Anna & Heidi Pickles

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11. Sion Lounge Bottoms Knitting Pattern by Christina Danaee

These Sion Lounge Bottoms are here to keep your bottoms warm. Whether you only need a little extra heat or the full experience, these are a simple knit, with seemingly infinite benefits! This pattern is available in two lengths: Bloomers or Long Johns.

Knit in the round to the legs, then split into two sections knit separately in the round. The waistband is folded over and an I-cord waist tie is added last. Make both lengths! Make a matching pair for a friend or lover. The possibilities are endless.

Sion Lounge Bottoms Knitting Pattern by Christina Danaee

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12. Joost Pants Knitting Pattern by Lion Brand

This Joost Pants Knitting Pattern looks like a great, straightforward pattern. Rated easy+, the pattern is mostly Stockinette Stitch worked in the round from the top down, with a casing folded over and sewn down to hold a drawstring.

Worked in Jeans yarn, they look super comfy and like they wouldn’t take too long to knit even though pants are definitely a big project.

Joost Pants Knitting Pattern by Lion Brand

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13. Feelgood Trousers Knitting Pattern by Sari Nordlund

The very thought of woollen pants can make you itch. Not so with these Feelgood pants! They’re are a pair of loose-fitting jogging pants that uses 1610 – 2300 m of light fingering weight yarn. The legs have some extra length for a stylish fold.

Feelgood Trousers Knitting Pattern by Sari Nordlund

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14. Gavrosh Pants Knitting Pattern by Elena Nodel

These Gavrosh Pants are knit entirely in the round. Each leg begins separately with a provisional cast on, which is used to allow for knitted on hems. Then crotch stitches are set aside, then legs are joined to form the body, which is then knitted up to the waist.

There are two versions of the pants here: one is unisex and the other one is a bit more girlish, and each version can be knitted to any length you desire (shorts, long Bermuda style shorts, full length pants).

Gavrosh Pants Knitting Pattern by Elena Nodel

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15. Sassy Pants Knitting Pattern by Maria S

Get your sass on with these Sassy Pants! Whimsical sassy rose pattern is knit in duplicate stitch to provide movement, stretch, and an ability to use up those scraps! Add some uniqueness to your wardrobe and spunk to your step with these beauties.

Sassy Pants Knitting Pattern by Maria S

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16. Kalaloch Leggings Knitting Pants Pattern by Andrea Rangel

Are you quite an experienced knitter who would like to rise to the challenge of knitting an entire pair of pants and maybe even add some stunning details? Then, I have a feeling you’d be the perfect kind of person to give these fantastic cabled and cropped leggings a try!

Kalaloch Leggings Knitting Pattern by Andrea Rangel

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17. Rib Trousers Knitting Pattern by Deima Knitwear

These trousers have a high waist, with increases at the front and back in a decorative pattern. they are knitted in a double rib stitch, with german short rows in the back to achieve the optimal fit. they are straight in the legs, but have a bit of a flare when worn. All in all, super flattering and super cute!

Rib Trousers Knitting Pattern by Deima Knitwear

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18. Knitted Sweatpants Pattern by Anna & Heidi Pickles

We won’t be jogging one step in these sweatpants. They are super stylish and super comfortable so we wear them for work and home in the sofa. Everybody deserves a garment like these!

Knitted Sweatpants Pattern by Anna & Heidi Pickles

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19. Parisian Delight Pants Knitting Pattern by Andrea Rangel

In the corseted days of yesteryear, bloomers and bicycles meant freedom for the sensible woman-about-town. Parisian Delight is a tribute to those first women to shed their skirts and hop on two wheels. It’s a playful feminine garment, perfect for indulging in your own shocking spectacle of independence, or just lounging about at home.

They’re worked seamlessly from the bottom up in a silky, luxurious yarn; the seat is shaped with short rows for a flattering, comfortable fit, and flirty lace edges the cuffs.

Parisian Delight Pants Knitting Pattern by Andrea Rangel

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20. Trousers Shaan Knitting Pattern by Pascuali Designs

These three-quarter length knitted trousers are designed to fit loosely with an elastic waistband, a wide leg, and a casual cut similar to culottes. The pattern is knitted seamlessly from the top down using increases for the hips, ribbing for the hem, and lace detailing for decoration down the side of the legs.

Trousers Shaan Knitting Pattern by Pascuali Designs

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21. Aran Knit Pants Pattern by Pierrot

If you fancy cables. try these Aran Knit Pants! This pattern includes only two sizes: one for children and one for women.

Aran Knit Pants Pattern by Pierrot

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Pants Knitting Patterns Frequently Asked Questions

How do you knit a pair of pants?

Pants knitting patterns typically begin with two tubes knit in the round for the legs. The crotch panel is knit separately and then joined with the legs to form a single tube that extends to the waist. While this is the most common method, you can also knit the entire garment in flat panels and then seam both sides together.

Will these knitted pants actually fit you?

Making sure your knitted pants are fashionable is easy, but, what about fit? Knitted pants beg customization more than any other knitted garment. A well-written pants knitting pattern will provide customization and try-on-as-you-go options throughout. The key places you’ll probably need to customize include inseam length, hip circumference, and waist height and circumference.

What’s the best yarn for knitted pants?

Wool and cotton stand up to wear, but both make the best pants when tempered with synthetics, especially in the form of elastic. Almost any merino blend (preferably washable) would work well, too. A bulky yarn may whip up more quickly, but heavier yarn will not give the drape and hand that a skinnier yarn will for these types of garments.

What other materials do I need to knit a pair of pants?

You’ll need one or two pairs of circular needles, some elastic for the waistband, and approximately 600g of yarn.

WHETHER YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A COZY PAIR OF PANTS TO WEAR AROUND THE HOUSE, OR A STYLISH ADDITION TO YOUR WARDROBE, THESE PANTS KNITTING PATTERNS ARE SURE TO FIT THE BILL.

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