Crochet Simple Biker Shorts
I have always loved crochet shorts and my absolute favorite type is biker shorts! So I of course had to eventually do a tutorial on these. Crochet shorts sometimes seem intimidating, but they really aren’t as difficult as they look. Of course it helps if you have a good pattern to go by. But if you wanted to design your own, it would be helpful to understand gauge or you could just make it up as you go and keep trying them on. Any who, this is my design of a very crochet simple biker short. Sometimes, I like to do a lacy stitch at the bottom but for these, I just made a crochet ribbing at the end of the leg holes.
For this project, I used I Love This Yarn in the color Linen… yes I use this brand a lot! This is a medium weight 4 yarn. It is pretty soft and affordable so this brand is one of my favorite as a “go to” yarn.
This project is definitely good for an experienced beginner. The stitches used are slip stitches, chain stitches, single crochets, and double crochets.
I used three hooks for this pattern. I used an E-Hook / 3.5 mm hook , an F-Hook / 3.75 mm hook and a G-Hook / 4.0 mm hook. The reason why I used multiple hooks is for stretch with the ribbing stitch. The smaller the hook is for the ribbing stitch waistband, the more it stretches. This offers the ability for the waistband to stretch over the hip while still being snug on the waist. So my E-Hook was used for the waistband and then I transitioned to the F-Hook. I just meant to use the F-Hook as a transition to the G-Hook because the G-Hook likely can not fit into stitches made with an E-Hook. Shown in the tutorial is the use of the F-Hook for the ribbing stitches at the bottom of the leg hole. I was out of town and didn’t have my E to finish it. I was bummed but it actually didn’t make a difference so you could use either to do that border. Or you could make an entirely different border if you prefer.
So, the pattern starts with making a ribbing stitch waistband that is long enough that can stretch to go around the hip using the E-Hook. If you use this hook, you should find that the waistband should still fit snugly on the waist. If it does not you can always add a drawstring to help them stay up. We are all shaped differently so for those of us that have larger hips paired with a smaller waist, you might need a drawstring . Form there we briefly crochet one row of stitches with the F-Hook in the round, just so that we can fit the G-Hook into the stitches. The G-Hook will be used for the majority of the shorts.
Once we are transitioned into the G-Hook, we begin increasing in the center front and center back. As we move toward the hip area, we want to increase. In this particular patter, increasing in the center front and center back only. This kind of sets the stage for closing the gap between the crotch area. It will not close the gap fully. But it does help a bit. There are other shorts that increase evenly throughout the rows and that is fine as well. We continue this increase until the shorts come just above the curve of the crotch in the front.
Once your shorts are long enough to almost reach the crotch area, we connect the front and back by crocheting a small chain until they can comfortably fit the body and slip stitch. Then begin crocheting the leg holes. Depending on how tight you would like your shorts, you can start decreasing in the rows of the leg holes immediately or you could wait for a few rows. I prefer to start the slight decreases immediately to keep the shorts tight. They will stretch a little bit, depending on what kind of yarn you use.
The decreasing double crochets continue down the leg hole. I tried to keep most of my decreases near the seam, the middle part of the leg so that they would be less noticeable. Once you reach the end of the thigh, the widest part of the leg, the decreasing double crochets become more frequent. If you want them tight, you will have to decrease more as your leg gets smaller as you go downward.
Once the first leg of the crochet biker shorts are long enough for your liking, you can go ahead and begin crocheting the border of your choice or you can also leave it bare with no border. I just did a ribbing stitch for my border. From there, you’ll need to re-attach your yarn to the same place as the first seam of the other leg and crochet the second leg identical to the first.
These crochet biker shorts do look a little funny laying flat but they definitely fit like a dream! You can see that I kept my decreases near the seam in the middle of my legs as you can see them getting smaller on the inside. Now these do stretch out a little bit after one wear so be sure to wash and dry these crochet shorts with care. I don’t recommend wearing them twice without washing because they will need to be returned to their original shape after being stretched out.
I designed a very cute bralette top that I wore with these shorts and I will be writing about this top next!
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2 thoughts on “Crochet Simple Biker Shorts”
Hi, where can I purchase stitching instructions for these biker shorts. Thanks
Hi Beverly! I do not have a written pattern for these. I made these before I knew how to write patterns so there’s just the tutorial.