Introduction: Knitted Edible Underwear

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Make this Valentines Day unforgettable.  Combine your love of sweets with lingerie by knitting a pair of edible underwear to wear for that special someone.

Don't know how to knit?  I have posted a series of basic knitting tutorials.

Step 1: Materials

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All you need is Licorice Laces.  You can find them in most specialty candy shops.  I bought 1/2 lb. worth of candy laces, between eating the candy as I worked and messing up a couple times this was more than enough.

I could only find laces that were 36" long so in order to knit them I had to fuse them together (next step.)

Step 2: Making Your 'Yarn'

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Put a pan on the stove and heat it on low heat.

To start wrap one lace around each hand leaving a short tail.

Heat each tail on the pan for 3-4 seconds to get them warm.  Lift them off the pan and pinch the ends together.

Now that the ends are slightly attached, put them back on the pan for a second making sure the ends are touching.

Repeat last step 4-5 times, only leaving the ends on the pan for a second.  While they are on the pan press the ends together (be careful - I used my fingers to press them together, but if you want to be safe you can use a spoon).  When you lift the ends off the pan pinch them together with your fingers.

When done, let the ends cool for a minute.

Attach all the ends together to make your yarn.

Step 3: Knitting Pattern

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This is for the crotch part.  Knitting the laces works the same as knitting yarn.

I used size 17 needles and my gauge was approx. 2-3 stitches per 1"

Cast on 8 stitches
r1-r5: k8
r6: k2tog, k4, k2tog
r7: k6
r8: k2tog, k2, k2tog
r9-r10: k4
r11: k2tog, k2tog
r12: k2

Break the yarn off leaving about 4 inches.  Weave the end in.

[I apologize for not taking pictures while I knit - I got distracted with making my pattern]

Step 4: Braiding Belt

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For the belt you will be making a braid, so we need to attach 3 pieces of candy laces to the top corner of the crotch.

Use a measuring tape to measure your waist.  We will call this measurement x.  

Take a piece of candy lace that's 2x + 10" and another that is x + 10".

Take the piece that is 2x and loop it through one of the corner stitches at the top of the crotch piece.  You want the center of the 2x piece to be touching the corner - thus, the 2x piece is folded in half.

Take the second piece that's size x, and tie a knot with it around the corner stitch that the 2x piece was looped through.

You should now have three pieces.  Braid them together until your braid is the same length as your waist measurement.  Wait to attach this end of the braid to the other end of the crotch until you put them on. 

Step 5: Crotch

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Loop another piece of candy lace through the bottom stitch of the crotch.  This will be the thong part.


Advar (author)2013-11-18

Can't knit worth spit. I'm knitless, a knitwit. Would weaving work, and if so, how? What would change with the male version?
(This is just the slightly off center stuff we enjoy.)
Nice 'ible! :)

maltesergr8 (author)2012-08-15

Like how to lengthen the "laces" in warm pan, great idea! Fun 'ible ;)

Wanted to mention, if you can't knit, this could probably be crocheted.

Advar (author)2012-01-23

Cool, kinky fun...
Gotta try this (for both of us)!

usherkid (author)2011-05-25

it looks delicious

Vinsu (author)2011-03-23


inventor72 (author)2011-03-19

goood (antonym)

mistercow.pnoy (author)2011-02-08

Doesn't leave much to the imagination, huh?

static (author)mistercow.pnoy2011-02-15

Personally, I think leaving it to the imagination is over rated. :)

chello2k9 (author)static2011-02-26


Sunbanks (author)2011-02-18

You could probably make a top in the same way... That would be pretty cool too!

AngryRedhead (author)2011-02-08

Sugar-free candy laces might be preferable considering various horrible things that might happen otherwise...

Kinnishian (author)AngryRedhead2011-02-10

Generally i agree you should make it sugar free candy laces. In reality, this probably isn't something that you'd wear all day before whatever it's intent is. But generally, sugar+humidity fuels bacterial growth. Not "horrible" things but unpleasant infection, yes.

AngryRedhead (author)Kinnishian2011-02-11

Yeast infections aren't generally the end of the world, but they can certainly ruin a weekend of fun and be quite horrible depending on the ferocity.  If the infection spreads to a partner, then it's just that little bit worse.  I hope no one would wear this all day cos that would be kinda ick and odd.  And you neglected the issue that saliva starts breaking down sugars right away which is why saving a ring pop is nasty - it turns all gummy and horrible.  And then there are all the other activities that might be happening in addition to the consumption which complicate matters further and make a yeast infection almost inevitable.

t.rohner (author)AngryRedhead2011-02-13

Sugar, fat, (light) products?

Eat less of it and you'll be fine. (It's not very much in this case...)
In this very nice instructable, it's about teasing, not eating. (Those calories will be "worked" away later...)
From my perspective, yeast "infection" is the goal. Or how would you produce a decent beer / champagne / bread otherwise ? ;-)

t.rohner (author)AngryRedhead2011-02-13

Yes, i know the difference. That's why the ;-) is there and i brew beer and bake bread.

AngryRedhead (author)t.rohner2011-02-13

Ya....  that kinda makes it gross though...  My husband also brews beer, and he worries about "wild yeast" getting into his "batch".  Ew.

Kinnishian (author)AngryRedhead2011-02-13

Yeah, I don't know what thats about. Over and out on this comment chain. In our bodies that kind of wild yeast is not the same as the wild yeast that you can gather from certain grains in the actual wild.

Kinnishian (author)Kinnishian2011-02-13

But I suppose each to their own??

Pentacle (author)Kinnishian2011-02-13

I suppose this is done already, but.... A yeast infection is a fungus. Not a bacteria. O_o

Kinnishian (author)Pentacle2011-02-14

I think AngryRedhead's link was addressing that, but to be honest, I didn't notice. thanks

t.rohner (author)AngryRedhead2011-02-13

Yes, in both cases, the candida-type of yeast is unwanted.

Lithium Rain (author)Kinnishian2011-02-12

:\ Have you ever *had* a yeast infection?

Kinnishian (author)Lithium Rain2011-02-12

Ok, very valid point I humbly admit.. but I would argue the list of "horrible things" ranges from 'dismembered by axe murderer' to yeast infection. In that sense, some clarification is of value.

Lithium Rain (author)Kinnishian2011-02-12

Heh. Well, sure, the scale you're using does matter...but unless we're including genocides or war crimes or something, (especially if we're going by personal, subjective pain! D: ) I'd place a yeast infection somewhere in the middle, definitely not the low end. :-P

Kinnishian (author)Lithium Rain2011-02-12

:-P, honestly I think you're probably right.

NOTICE: **Yeast Infection are bad :-(. Use sugar-less licorice laces.**

aeray (author)2011-02-08

It's pretty cold where I live. How about a felted cotton-candy union suit as a follow-up?

chabias (author)aeray2011-02-13

Yes!!! Fantastic idea!

Warlrosity (author)2011-02-12

Oh, good. I've been looking for these.

Desttroy4 (author)2011-02-12

lol nice :D

pdub77 (author)2011-02-10

Very well done and very classy. I see nothing pornographic about this. Suggestive? Yes. But most television programs will garner more innuendos than this ever would. Most of the comments aren't even from PRO members. . .

pyro515 (author)pdub772011-02-11

Whats wrong about not being a "pro" member?

Lithium Rain (author)pyro5152011-02-12

Absolutely nothing. PRO does not denote better quality of comments, better quality of instructables, professional aptitude, special privileges, higher status on this website, or anything else other than disposable income.

pdub77 (author)Lithium Rain2011-02-12

I agree and misspoke. I apologize.

Sl0whand (author)2011-02-12

Thank you for sharing!

Kiteman (author)2011-02-08

Attempts to think of non-tacky, family-friendly comment of praise.


ynze (author)Kiteman2011-02-08

LOL. You get a patch for the Best Comment Ever!

Kiteman (author)ynze2011-02-08

Haha, thank you!

ilpug (author)Kiteman2011-02-08

your failure is a win. i too went through the same mental struggle.

lcsavi (author)ilpug2011-02-10

I join the crowd. Kudos to Kiteman for the most appropriate comment ever!

ilpug (author)lcsavi2011-02-11

kudos to Kiteman for pretty much everything.

Labot2001 (author)Kiteman2011-02-10

Seconded. You win this time, Kiteman.

Sequimania (author)2011-02-11

Please, oh please post this on - the largest knitting site in the world.

This Instructable started me thinking of the possible uses for fruit leather, fruit leather combined with licorice laces, cotton candy, wow! The possibilities!

rush2ady (author)2011-02-10

Ooooh!!! I should ask my mother-in-law make one for me!! She looooooves to knit.... this would be way cooler than the grandma sweaters she makes....

mgroodt (author)rush2ady2011-02-11

Have to wonder what she will be thinking about the garment her son will be using .. lol

pellepeloton (author)2011-02-10

Hot here in New Zealand so those might melt in the heat? That would make a mess, eh?

upcycler74 (author)2011-02-10

This project is hilarious!


"It's pretty cold where I live. How about a felted cotton-candy union suit as a follow-up?"
Do you live in Minnesota also? Hahaha!

aeray (author)upcycler742011-02-10

Montana, currently.

azglenad (author)2011-02-10

It's an eye patch!

killer1390 (author)2011-02-10

I wonder what this is implying :).

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