Really Long, Really Warm, Really Easy Legwarmers

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)

  1. Cast on 36 stitches loosely.
  2. Work in 2×2 rib evenly for 10 inches.
  3. Increase by 2 stitches at the start of the row.
  4. Continue to work evenly for 2 inches.
  5. Increase by 2 stitches at the end of the row.
  6. Continue to work evenly for 2 more inches.
  7. 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).
  8. Optional: Work one more inch holding the elastic with the yarn.
  9. Bind off very loosely in rib, leaving a long tail. The piece should now resemble a scarf with a flared end.
  10. 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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  1. I must say I like the way those look, I was ready to point to the fact that I already survived the 80’s once but those are very unique and look like they would be extra cozy in the cold weather.

  2. Nice post.

  3. I remember my mom making plenty of these in the 80’s whent hey were the rage of the fashion world.

  4. I made a pair for myself in the 80’s, my daughter has been asking me to make her a pair. This looks like an easy pattern, Thanks!

  5. Legwarmers have never gone out of style. Although I wont be making any too soon. Thanks for the share.

  6. I remember how popular they were and then they were in the Movie Flashdance, after that their popularlity entered into another part of the population that previously thought they were nasty.
    Funny how they are revived and things that were not acceptable then, are fashion now. My step daughter actually PAID for pre torn jeans

  7. I don’t really see legwarmers as an 80s thing myself. They predate the whole Flashdance fad and they’ve outlived it. They’re practical: warm, long-lasting (unlike stockings and socks you don’t have a sole to wear through) and if you wear a skirt they’re pretty much winter essentials.

    Besides that, these days you get a lot of designs that don’t have much in common with the runched 80s style look: a lot of modern legwarmers are straight, ribbed or patterned and are worn pulled up the leg (which is far warmer and far more sensible). I have a pair I’ve made that look like spats. :)

  8. Great post. With the economy what it is, I think more and more people will be giving homemade gifts for Christmas this year. And where the economy may be heading, well, they may become a necessity for keeping yourself warm in the not too distant future.

  9. Looks really warm.

  10. They really look gr8.

  11. My niece bought me a pair of lengwarmers last Christmas and I love them! They keep my legs from aching at night.

    I think I’ll have to knit me a pair of these too!
    Thanks for this & I add you as a friend :)

  12. Are there ways to make sure they just don’t hang there .I’ve try one pattern for legwarmers ( not this one) and I reduced the ammount of stitches 2ice for a more comfy fit.I didn’t get it ( the comfy fit) Are there any instructions to that problem

  13. The optional elastic thread should help keep them up or you can try reducing to a 1×1 ribbing at the top. If you mean you want a tighter fit in the leg, you should ideally measure the width of your leg, determine the gauge (stitches per inch) of your yarn, and cast on a corrected number of stitches according to your requirements.

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