Pattern of the Week: Seafaring Shorts
Crocheted shorts get a bad rap. I mean, sure, there are some truly heinous crocheted shorts out there (these immediately come to mind), but most of them are super cute. (I even love granny-square men’s crocheted shorts, which I acknowledge are an acquired taste.) If you’re curious about the crocheted shorts scene, dip your toes in with the Seafaring Shorts from Interweave Crochet Summer 2018—the cutest dang crocheted bottoms I’ve ever seen!
These adorable nautical-inspired shorts call to mind the French Rivera during the Jazz Age, but they’re perfect for modern beachgoers, too. Throw them on over your swimsuit for a walk along the shore, or pair them with a crisp white button-down shirt for a leisurely seaside lunch. The open lace patterning is beautiful and sophisticated, but the buttons and stripes at the bottom provide a touch of whimsy. The drawstring is both cute AND functional, as it allows you to adjust the waist to create the perfect fit.
These shorts are worked in one piece from the waist down, first in rows and then in turned rounds. I love the length of the inseam (4 inches), but if you prefer longer shorts, simply work more rounds of the large lace pattern before working the first contrasting color round. Scheepjes Catona, a 100% cotton yarn, provides great stitch definition and is soft and breathable, so you’ll stay cool no matter how hot it is at the shore.
If you’re ready to embrace crocheted shorts, give the Seafaring Shorts a try! Start stitching today so you can wear these beauties all summer long.
DESIGNER Jane Howorth
FINISHED SIZE 25½ (28¼, 33½, 36½, 41½)” waist circumference. Sample measures 25½”, modeled with 1″ negative ease.
YARN Scheepjes Catona (100% mercerized cotton; 137 yd [125 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #192 scarlet (MC), 5 (5, 6, 6, 7) balls; #106 snow white (CC), 1 ball.
HOOK Sizes C/2 (3 mm) and B/1 (2.25 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
NOTIONS Removable st markers (m); yarn needle; 5/8″ buttons, 6; matching sewing thread; sewing needle.
GAUGE 4½ V-sts and 8 V-st rows = 3″ in sm lace patt; 4½ patt reps and 10 rows = 4″ in lg lace patt; both worked with larger hook.