Thursday, June 3, 2010

Free Leg Warmers Pattern

This pattern is one I made for my youngest daughter as although it's coming up to summer the weather still isn't great and her little legs get cold when the sun goes in. Alas, the pattern for leg warmers was born.

This particular pattern will fit a child up to the age of 2. BUT it's so simple you could easily add more stitches and rows to suit any age. You may need to measure your little one up to make sure that these will fit perfectly.
Please note that this pattern is NOT knit on the round and therefore pretty simple to follow :)

You will need:
50g double knit (I've chosen cream, but any colour would work).
4mm Needles
5.5mm Needles
A Yarn needle for sewing up

For the embellishments:
Ribbon for the Picot row
Contrasting thread for whatever pattern you'd like to make (optional)


K= Knit
P= Purl
St St= Stocking stitch
Beg= Beginning
Inc= Increase
Tog= Together
YF= Yarn Forward
Rep= Repeat

Measurements: These leg warmers are 8 1/2 inches long, they're 5 inches wide at the ankle and 8 inches wide at the thigh. My little one has quite chunky thighs but you could always fix this by doing the top rib inb 4mm needles instead of 5.5mm as shown in the pattern.

First Row: Cast on 30 Sts
Next Row: Commence K1, P1 rib for 8 rows
Next Row: Change to 5.5mm needles and commence st st beg with a knit row for 13 rows
Next Row: Inc 1 st at each end (32 sts)
Next Row: Pattern 7 rows
Next Row: Inc 1 st at each end (34 sts)
Next Row: Pattern 7 rows
Next Row: Inc 1 st at each end (36 sts)
Next Row: Purl
Picot Row: (*K2, K2tog, YF) Rep from * to last 2 sts, K2.
Next Row: Purl
Next Row: Commence K1,P1 rib for 8 rows (change back to 4mm needles if you want to reduce size at thigh)
Cast off loosely
Sew up seams to the rear and embellish as desired!

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  1. Thanks for joining my perpetual link party! Great tute! I haven't knitted in years -- the instructions just gave me a headache. Kudos to anyone that can do it. And you even finished your project! Well done!

  2. this will be the first patter i try to follow. i hope its as easy as you make it sound! either way, great instructions, and they are adorable!

  3. I just practiced one and it worked out well. I just have to get the right yarn and the right size needles. Very easy and it was quick. THANK YOU

  4. Hello! Im wondering what weight of yarn you used for these? maybe worsted weight or sport?

  5. Double knit, it says at the top :)

  6. On the row that you do the increases, is it a purl row or knit row?

    1. I sort of did my own adjustments and I did the increase on a knit row. i also added 2 rows of sparkly pink eyelash yarn right above the picot row and will add some ribbon thru the picot part to help hold it up on my grand daughters litte legs


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