I love making longies on circular needles, they are easy & relatively quick, have no seams (yay!), and I find are a great fit with just 3 short rows and a gusset. I use 40cm and 30cm addi turbo needles, they are soooo nice, just a joy to knit with!
I don’t really follow any one pattern for the longies I make. I always do an enclosed elastic waistband – mostly because I find ribbing tedious, and making i-cords even more tedious! It also makes nappy changes quicker and easier when you don’t have to mess about with a drawstring. For my first pair I was guided by the measurements in the doodlepants pattern but now I just sort of do my own thing. I add three short rows in the back at 1 inch intervals, pretty much like doodlepants. But unlike the doodlepants pattern I always put in a gusset – I think a gusset is essential for longies to be worn over cloth nappies. I always sew up the gusset with kitchener stitch before doing the legs, this means that I can pick up 4 or 5 stitches along the edge of the gusset for the first round of each leg – this eliminates having to sew up any holes later!
Here’s my first longies-in-the-round effort – E has been wearing them all winter as pajama pants, they are just the best thing for nights! They are in utiku watermelon have moss stitch cuffs.
And here are a pair I made for the TNN mid-winter secret santa. They are in utiku amber and I pimped them a bit with purl stitch cuffs which have a row of faggoting, and adding a few embroidered bats (the one on the front is supposed to be smiling, really!)
I made a wee beanie to go with it too, I love knitting hats cos they are so quick! I start off using my 40cm addis and finish up on dpns.