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
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.