I used the Skip Stitch blade I blogged about back in January. And yes, first time I used it (no, I haven't made those baby blankets yet and Mike is worried the kids will be in college before I get to them), but anyway-I measured approx 3/4" above the bottom, placed the ruler on the jeans and just ran the blade across. The slits were so tiny, you couldn't see them, but yet it was easy to crochet through them (there was a problem at the side seams and I had to use a big "weaving in" needle to make a hole for those areas.
One leg down
I used Mimi's Cannon Cotton #8 thread and an F hook. The thread was doubled up. Used a scant amount. I did a sl st in the first cut, ch 2, sc around and then sl st for the first round and then ch 1, *2 sc in ch 2 spaces, sc in next st around. I didn't sew a hem on them first, while crocheting around the edges it kind of folded a hem on it's own-next pair I will try to do a hem. Elena saw them and proclaimed "They're too short as jeans"-I explained about Bermuda shorts and Elena announced "I told you, no shorts that come to my knee, I don't like those"-so we will see if she wears them, but it was still a project to try out.