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.
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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
Approx 3-5 hours depending on your knitting speed
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.)
Row 9 K to end of row with main color
(Notes: Tie a small knot to secure two tails.)
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.
ADDITIONAL PROJECT HINTS
- Use any size of yarn needle youd 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.