Baby Legwarmers – Pattern and Tutorial

Let’s get knitting. First we’ll start out with the easiest project – the legwarmers. Basically, we’re knitting a rectangle and then sewing up the back to make a tube. Easy peasy. I will add a printable PDF of the pattern within the next few days. If you’d like to see the pictures a little larger, please visit my flickr account.

SIZE
Instructions are written for 6 months (fit from below ankle to above knee) – 2 years (fit from below ankle to below knee).

KNITTED MEASUREMENTS
9” from top to bottom.

MATERIALS
1 50g ball (approx 135 yards – you will use less than ½ of this ball) cotton or wool yarn that knits to standard DK tension.
One pair size US 5 needles
One pair size US 4 needles
Yarn needle

PROJECT LENGTH
Approx 3-5 hours depending on your knitting speed

KNITTING INSTRUCTIONS
Using size 4 needles, cast on 34 stitches with contrasting color (CC)

Rows 1 – 8 K1, p1*; rep from * to end
(Notes: You do not need to use double point needles -dpns- on this project. I prefer them because it is a small project and I like the feel of the shorter needles in my hands. If using them, take care not to let the stitches fall off the end.)


Switch to size 5 needles and change to main color (MC)

Row 9 K to end of row with main color
(Notes: Tie a small knot to secure two tails.)

Row 10 P to end of row
Rows 11 – 52 Continue in Stockinette (Knit Odd # rows, Purl Even # rows)


Switch back to size 4 needles and CC
Rows 53 – 60 K1, pt*; rep from * to end
Bind off all stitches


Before cutting yarn, leave enough of a tail to stitch the seam up the back of leg warmers. Slip tail through last knitted loop. Using a whip stitch, sew seams together (using the yarn needle). Tie knot in end and weave in loose ends.

(Note: When using two colors of yarn, I like to tie a temporary knot where the two lines/stripes should meet up. It holds the two sides together while stitching.)

(Notes: I suggest using the same color of yarn to stitch up projects. I just used a contrasting color here to show you how to do a whip stitch.)

Admire your work and get started on the other one.

ADDITIONAL PROJECT HINTS

  • Use any size of yarn needle you’d like. Just make sure the eye of the needle is large enough to thread your yarn through.
  • When sewing the seams, be sure not to pull to tight to avoid bunching or puckering.
  • When using multiple colors for striping, tie a temporary knot to evenly match up the colors while sewing the seam.
  • This pattern can be knitted with dpns in the round (forming a tube) to avoid having to make a seam.
  • If you
    would like to make these larger, add an even number of stitches when casting on that will fit the desired size. You can make the ribbing and length as short or long as you’d like.


HAPPY KNITTING!
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Lori

2 Comments

  1. Bec :

    Oh cool! I’m fairly sure that even *I* could knit these lol

  2. Naugat :

    Oh, thank you for sharing this. This seems so easy for this baby brain mum. I'm going to make one of my 6weeks old, will tell you how they are when I finished :)