An easy but effective knitting pattern.
Long legwarmers are pretty “in” this season; they’ve been included in the runway collections of Jean Paul Gaultier and Alexander Wang, and with another cold winter setting in, it’s easy to see why they’re proving popular. This pattern is for some impossibly easy-to-knit legwarmers. Knit in a gorgeously warm self-striping yarn and on comfortably sized needles; I finished mine in just a few evenings. It’s a perfect pattern for beginners or for experienced knitters who want a bit of a rest. The pattern is designed for fairly curvy legs and widens towards the thighs to accommodate.
Best of all, they’re really versatile. Slip them on under a long skirt for secret warmth, pair them with leggings for a retro look, or show them off with a short skirt or shorts and take inspiration from the runways! Clip them onto a suspender belt (or “garter belt” if you’re American) or keep them in place with some frilly garters and you’ll have toasty warm legs!
Better quality pictures coming soon!
You will need:
1-2 balls of Tivoli Oceana yarn (or yarn that knits to gauge)
1 pair 5mm straight needles
1 darning needle
1 spool elastic (optional)
18 stitches x 25 rows = 10×10cm
Legwarmer (make 2)
- Cast on 36 stitches loosely.
- Work in 2×2 rib evenly for 10 inches.
- Increase by 2 stitches at the start of the row.
- Continue to work evenly for 2 inches.
- Increase by 2 stitches at the end of the row.
- Continue to work evenly for 2 more inches.
- Repeat steps 4 – 6 until piece measures approximately 32 inches (or 4 inches longer than you want the finished legwarmer to be. When you stretch the piece around your leg, it will appear shorter).
- Optional: Work one more inch holding the elastic with the yarn.
- Bind off very loosely in rib, leaving a long tail. The piece should now resemble a scarf with a flared end.
- Thread the tail through the darning needle and sew up the two long edges of the piece to create a long tube.
And you’re done!
Better quality pictures will be posted soon!
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