Lace Leg warmer pattern

Crooked Lane Lace Leg Warmers


A fun, easy to memorize lace pattern knits up into a stylish pair of leg warmers. I knit them in the round on 2 24″ needles. Of course, you can use your favorite method for knitting in the round.

Fiber: 2 skeins of Galway wool from Plymouth. 210 yards per skein.
Size 6 needles of your choice for working in the round.
Gauge: 24 sts and 16 rows equal 4″ in pattern stitch
Size: 16″ in length. 11″ at widest point when not worn. The bottom ribbing is about 6.5″ around. See notes for working different sizes.

Notes: The pattern for these leg warmers are written for one size. The pictures show them on two different sized legs. One small, and mine. (My calves measure 17″ around at the widest part.) Thus, the legwarmers do stretch and have a different appearance when worn on different size legs.


Here are the smaller legs. . .


Here are my larger legs. . .

The Lace Pattern is a repeat of 4 stitches, so you could also make the leg warmers larger or smaller by increasing or decreasing the number of stitches by 4. You could also go down or up a needle size for changing the size.

You could also choose to not increase. The lace pattern is about 8 inches around before increasing.

Abbreviations and techniques used:
K1b-knit stitch through the back loop
Kn-Knit n number of stitches
K2tog-knit two stitches together
Pn-purl n number of stitches
SSK-slip one, slip one, put both stitches back on left hand needle and knit together through the back loops
YO-yarn over

Lace Pattern:
Round 1 *K2 k1b, p1* around
Round 2 *K2tog, yo, k1, p1* around
Round 3 *K3, p1* around
Round 4 *K1, yo, ssk, p1* around

(Make two…one for each leg)
Cast on 48 sts.
Join being careful not to twist stitches. Place marker. Work 2 inches in 2/2 ribbing, (Knit 2, purl 2 around) slipping marker.
Beg pattern. Work in lace pattern until leg warmer measures 4 inches from cast on edge.
Beg increasing: Inc one stitch each side of marker every 4th row 8 times. (64 sts)
Work even until leg warmer is 12 inches from cast on edge or approx 4 inches from desired length.
Decrease one stitch each side of marker every 2nd row 2 times (60 sts)
Work in 1/1 ribbing until leg warmer measures approx 16 inches or desired length from beg.
Cast off loosely in rib.


8 Responses to Lace Leg warmer pattern

  1. Lisa says:

    Thank you so much for this pattern!! I’m so excited to finish this project, I am a bit confused about the increasing, after the increases how do you keep the lace pattern so everything still lines up?

    • Shawn says:

      Hi Lisa,
      When increasing, work the new stitches in stockinette (knit sts when working in the round) and when you have enough new stitches for the lace pattern, incorporate them into the lace pattern. So when there are 4 more new or increased stitches, start the lace pattern on with the same row you are working for the rest of the round. Hope this makes sense. Happy knitting,

  2. kerresa says:

    could you explain the increasing more?

    • Shawn says:

      HI Kerresa,
      I sent you an email today about increasing . . .please look in your “junk” mail if you don’t get it.

  3. Jessica says:

    This is the pattern I’ve been looking for for weeks. I’m looking to make stockings and I believe this will work lovely.

  4. RuthieinMaryland says:

    Hi! I was looking for a beautiful and really special pattern for leg warmers for a gift. Thanks to your generosity in sharing I found it!!!

    Thanks so much!


  5. Deborah says:

    This is a beautiful pattern….thanks for sharing!

  6. Karen says:

    Thanks for a leg warmer pattern that will fit us larger leg girls!!!!

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