Straight leg knit pants pattern with video tutorial

knit pants pattern

I'm delighted to announce the release of my latest sewing pattern – the Classic Straight Leg Knit Pants pattern.

An easy to sew and versatile pattern.  Great for beginners.  Sew a comfy and relaxed pair of pants  – dress them up or down depending on your fabric choices.  Fitted and shaped around the body, hips, and thighs with a straight leg falling from the hips, but taper them in from the knee if you prefer.  Great for work or make them in some funky fabric for relaxing.  Lightly gathered to a comfortable elastic waist for those days you need a little extra give.  Plenty of length in the leg and height in the rise for taller women, but easily adapted to shorter lengths too – the video will show you how to get a great fit.

knit pants pattern

Great pattern for some simple easy to wear pants to match everything in your wardrobe. Make them in black, brown, navy, grey – and never be without the right pants whatever the occasion. (Modeled here with the Gathered Front Top – free pattern.)

Available in 5 sizes from a 34 to a 44 inch hip.  Full video tutorial included as well as the step by step instructions.

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The video shows you:

  • how to sew them
  • what stitches to use for knit fabrics
  • how to adjust the rise depth to make it just right for you
  • adding an elastic in a casing
  • how to create a neat flat front for a smoother look.

For stretch knit fabrics only.

It's tried and tested!  Knit Pants Pattern Reviews

My lovely pattern testing group helped me ‘iron out a few wrinkles' and made the instructions easy to understand – thank you ladies.

Irene from Serger Pepper got a new camera with remote for Christmas and really went to town ‘super-modelling' her new pants with the gathered front top too.

knit pants pattern

And I can't resist sharing these photos Emma snatched over the Christmas break, complete with her new cat socks!  Don't you just love those.

knit pants pattern

Mariana from Handmade by Maryall prefered a tapered leg and found it easy to create the sort of silhouette she was looking for.  She commented that she liked the combination of the written and the video tutorial both being available.

knit pants pattern

These pants got great feedback:

“The numbered pages made it easy to put the pattern together.”

“They look and are very comfortable. They are definitely something that I would wear out with a hip length blouse or shirt.”

“I love the straight leg because here it's winter and it's nice to be able to put the pants over my winter boot and it looks more dressy this way.”

“The PDF was very easy to print and tape together. Much easier than many I have printed. The directions for the pants for very easy.”

“Thanks to the video, I learned a new way of figuring out where to put the elastic so it follows my natural waist. I tried it and I loved the way it came out. It's the first time my elastic fits so well around my waist. The elastic seem to contour my waist instead of sitting on it and it stays in place.”

“I have sewn similar pants before from commercial pattern and I believe yours fits much better around the curves. Those pants are so comfortable. I forget that I have them on! Well kind of ! Even after sitting and moving I find that I don't have to repositioned my pants. They are so great for walking. I will make them again for sure!”

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Sew the Classic Straight Leg Knit Pants.  Just two pattern pieces, easy to sew and flattering too. Full video tutorial on how to get a great fit, as well as step by step instructions.

Flattering, comfortable, easy to sew - perfect!

knit pants pattern

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70 Responses to Straight leg knit pants pattern with video tutorial

  1. Majda says:

    Are there larger sizes, please?

  2. Seren says:

    I cant find the pattern?

  3. Cari N says:

    How do I determine how much fabric to buy and how to lay it out? Also, do I need A4 paper or can I use letter 8.5 x 11? Thank you!

  4. Donna Belcher says:

    Do I have to have a serger to sew them?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      No, not really. Use a stretch stitch and a zigzag to finish the seam if the fabric ravels. Some knits do not so there is no need.

  5. Barbra Conley says:

    Hi. I am having the “dickens” of a time trying to figure out how to assemble this pattern (straight leg knit pattern pants). There are 3 sets of page numbers and I don’t which numbers to match up. I need help please.

    Thank you.

  6. Karen Shoutz says:

    Is there a place where you show a printout of how the pattern pieces go?
    Thank you,

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Karen, this is an old pattern and it is indeed lacking a layout printout so your confusion is understandable. The layout consists of 5 rows. First row (1 to 5), second row (6 to 10), third row (11 to 15), fourth row (16 to20), fifth row (21 to 25). Hope that helps, it really is a nice pair of pants.

  7. Suzanne Arthur says:

    It’s Sue again. I laid the pattern out on the floor and finally figured out how to put it together.

    Now, I can’t wait to start sewing!

  8. Suzanne Arthur says:

    Hi Deby, I loved the video on making these pants and purchased the pattern. I can’t figure out how to put all the pages together. Is there any information somewhere where I can learn how to put the pattern together?

  9. Annette Parker aka SweetAnnie says:

    I was wondering if the sizes are marked on the pattern, so it could be graded up a size or 2. I’m 50″ hips…boy do I need this pattern. Just over chemo and I have gained so much weight from not being active, especially in the mid section and hips. I love your patterns and tutorials. I’m a subscriber on you tube. Tks

  10. katactivity says:

    i’m 20ish, sometimes 22 and I would happily test.

  11. Karen Little says:

    I am another larger size woman — 46 in. waist, 51 in. hips. I would be happy to be a tester as I need pants. I am only 5 ft. 1 in. tall — nothing rtw fits! If I buy pants, it is mostly for the fabric as I have to buy them larger and alter them to fit. They never fit quite right …… So I need a good straight leg pant pattern — with side pockets! I can’t imagine a pair of pants without pockets, where would I put my phone and keys and the kleenex for the kiddo’s noses and so on 🙂

  12. Lorraine says:

    Another plead for larger sizes please.

  13. Yvonne says:

    I didn’t see the amount of fabric i would need for the size. Where is that located?

  14. Martha Eakin says:

    I vote for a larger size . . . .and what kind of thread and needle did you use? they look so comfy.

  15. Christine Heskin says:

    Help! How do I buy and download the PDF pattern for the straight leg pants?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Scroll down passed the pattern testers and you will see the box that sais “Buy the pattern here”

    • Christine Wood says:

      Does this pattern come with a pocket option? I love the straight legged, high-rise idea, but I couldn’t tell by the pattern description if it came with pockets?
      If not, can you suggest a similar pattern that does? Many thanks!


      • Mayra Cecilia says:

        HI Christine, no pocket I am afraid, you might want to try the wide leg pattern and this one comes with a slanted pocket.

  16. Lori says:

    Any plans to add these in plus sizes? Thanks.

  17. fiona j says:

    Just downloaded the pattern, looking forward to making them.

  18. Denise Vallis says:

    How easy would it be to increase the size as I love this style of trousers and since losing 11stone in weight I am in need for new clothes and I am not quite within your size range for this pattern
    Many thanks Denise

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Denise, first of all let me congratulate you for your will power and loosing all that weight. Good on you! If you know grading this is not hard at all. i would have to make a whole knew tutorial to show you how to grade the pattern. Let me think about it, if there is enough interest I will do it for you.

  19. Nancy says:

    Awesome pants and video!

  20. Laura Altes says:

    Looks great. I am looking for a pattern to replicate a pair I have that has front pockets (not in the side seam) and a 2-1/2 ” or 3″ wide waistband encased in the knit fabric. The pants don’t look like elastic waist. Any ideas?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      I have leggings I made ages ago, it sounds like what you are looking for, can you email ( me 3 photos to see if what I got is what you are looking for. Happy to share!

  21. Julie K. says:

    I purchased this pants pattern about a week ago and since then I have made 2 pairs! I really like how they fit! FYI..I am a size 16/16W, so slightly bigger than the 44″ hip. These fit snug through the hip/thigh area, but are still very comfortable! The 2 pairs I made were made from 2 different types of knit…one doesn’t has as much stretch as the other and fits more snug. I did add about an inch to the top at the waist so the waist elastic would sit a little higher. Overall, I am very happy to find a comfortable knit pants pattern! Thank you! 🙂

    I would love to find a pattern for a swing-type top with short or 3/4 sleeves. If you make one like that, I would be very interested!

  22. Marianne says:

    Oh I sooo needed something like this!! Will they stll look ok on a 140cm tall, chubby person do you think? I usually wear my pants slightly tapered and have not tackled altering patterns myself before. TIA

    • These have a straight leg but its easy to taper them just a little. Bring in the bottom corners however much you would like (check against some pants your already own) and then draw a straight line up from that point to about mid-thigh and just blend it in to the existing pattern line. Should be that easy. Do check the length of the leg is right for you first, and shorten it on the pattern before making the tapering alteration. Hope that helps.

  23. Penny says:

    how do you know what size they fit?

  24. Susana says:

    Hi Deby: I was looking for a confy an wearable pair of trousers like these but I would like to use normal cotton fabric, is that ok or I’ll ruine the pattern doing so? Best regards-Susana

    • These won’t work without the stretch because you won’t be able to get them on and off. Sorry. I don’t have a woven fabric pants pattern, simply because people usually find them so hard to fit. Good luck in your search.

      • Susana says:

        Thank Deby! You are right, I’m going to do it with knit fabric and…God help me! because I never sewed anything like it; in fact I never sewed any kind of clothing! 😀 I’ll keep you posted.

  25. Marlene says:

    The pants look good -was wondering what fabric you used or recommend?

    • Deby Coles says:

      I can’t tell you exactly what I used, it was an unmarked remnant. But you should go for a fairly stable knit, like a ponte or similar. Certainly not a t-shirt type of jersey or a very thin and stretchy ITY knit for example. If you had something medium weight, that had some nice drape and movement to it, I think this would look lovely in a wide leg pant, or something a little crisper if you wanted to make them straight leg.
      Sorry I can’t advise further, I don’t get a lot of knit fabric here I can compare, and what does come in is always unmarked.

  26. Priscilla C says:

    Does this pattern have side pockets?
    I’ve read all the information on these pants and might of missed the part regarding pockets. Thank you.

    • Deby Coles says:

      No, there isn’t any pockets. I prefer not to have them to make my hips look slimmer! But if you know how to draft a basic in seam pocket you could certainly add some.

  27. Debbie says:

    Looks like a great pattern!!! Wish I had more time to sew though!
    I am co hosting Fluster’s Creative Muster Link Party!! Thanks so much for linking up!


  28. Looks like a versatile pair of pants, Deby.

  29. Natalie says:

    They look so comfy!!

  30. Kimberlee says:

    Great pants! I love things that are easy to sew and comfortable to wear.

  31. ChiChi says:

    These look so comfy! I really like how they compliment all the ladies’ body types

  32. carold23 says:

    I’m happy to see that this pants pattern is do-able for a beginner sewer such as myself. I think the video help is wonderful. I plan to purchase & sew this pattern with high hopes that I can do it. Thank you so much.

    • Deby Coles says:

      That’s great! I’m really pleased to hear it. Good to hear that you find the video useful too. I’d love to see what you eventually make from the pattern. Perhaps you would be able to share it on Craftsy and link to the pattern. I get so many downloads and rarely get to see the end results! Good luck!

  33. ROBIN says:

    This pattern looks great!

  34. dara says:

    Debby, your pants are beautiful! they are just what i’ve been looking for . However will they become availiable in paper patterns, my computer does not do well with pdf patterns. thanks for your response. Dara

    • Deby Coles says:

      I’m sorry Dara, I can’t afford to get them printed as a paper pattern. It’s so expensive and for the few that I sell, and the cost of the postage from the Cayman Islands, its just impossible. But if you can explain more about your PDF pattern problem, I would do my very best to help you out and get it printed. This one really isn’t difficult. If you can open a PDF and you have a printer, it should be very straightforward.

      • Chelle Chapman says:

        IF between you & Dara, this issue cannot get resolved, I would be glad to print & mail the pattern to her. Just let me know.

  35. Diya says:

    Love the gathered front top you have worn in the pics 🙂

  36. Jane S. says:

    This looks like a great pattern! I come from a family of long-waisted women (although I am not one myself), and they always have difficulty finding pants that fit them properly. This one looks simple enough for me to tackle, and your excellent instructions will really help with that. Thank you!

  37. MammaNene (@mamma_nene) says:

    Hi Deby and congrats for your new pattern release! You already know how much I love this pattern, so I’m not going to tell you this! I think it’s one of those basic patterns you simply have to have!
    Hugs from Italy
    MammaNene @

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