Stay toasty all day with these cozy leg warmers that combine retro fun with a bit of modern style! The ribbed fabric is dense and warm, and the vertical stripes in neutral colors are an attractive accent to a variety of different outfits. They are worked sideways, so only one color is used at a time. As the name suggests, these are also super stretchy and fit a wide range of sizes, which makes them perfect for gifting!
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The sample is shown in Vanna’s Choice yarn, which I originally received for free from Lion Brand for another project. The colors are 118 Midnight Blue (A), 123 Beige (B), and 124 Toffee (C).
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Super Stretchy Leg Warmers
- Worsted weight yarn
- 25-35 yds navy (A)
- 50-70 yds cream (B)
- 35-45 yds brown (C)
- Size K / 6.5 mm hook or size needed to obtain gauge
- Yarn needle
- Stitch marker
Easy – Slip stitches, color changes, slip stitch seam.
Instructions are given for small / medium, with changes for large / extra-large in [ ]. Circumference without stretching – 11 [14.5] inches at top, 10.25 [13.5] inches at bottom. Fits calf circumference of 11 – 15 [14.5-20] inches. Both sizes are 11 inches tall.
Gauge swatch: 18 sl sts in blo x 26 rows = 4 inches square as follows. Row 1: Ch 19, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Rows 2-26: Ch 1, turn, sl st in blo of each st across. Measure without stretching.
Use legwarmer pattern to measure gauge – after first 8 rows, your piece should measure approximately 1.25 inches x 11 inches without stretching.
- ch = chain
- sl st = slip stitch
- blo = back loop only
- st(s) = stitch(es)
- sp(s) = space(s)
- rnd = round
- RS = right side
Note: You may find it helpful to mark the first stitch of each row with a stitch marker or piece of scrap yarn
Row 1 (RS): With A, Ch 50, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (49 sl st)
Row 2: Ch 1, sl st in blo of each st across.
Row 3: Repeat row 2. Change to B.
Note: When changing colors always cut the old color, leaving a tail to weave in. Do not carry yarn from one color section to the next, as this will affect the stretchiness of your finished project.
Rows 4-7: With B, repeat row 2. Change to C at end of row 7.
Rows 8-9: With C, repeat row 2.
Row 10: Ch 1, turn, sl st in blo of first 25 st, leaving remaining sts unworked. (25 sl sts)
Row 11: Ch 1 (mark this ch), turn, sl st in blo of each st across. (25 sl sts)
Row 12: Ch 1, turn, sl st in blo of first 26 sts; sl st through marked turning ch and blo of next st together (see pictures below), remove marker, sl st in each remaining st across. (49 sl sts).
Row 13: Repeat row 2. Change to B
Rows 14-17: With B, repeat row 2, change to A at end of row 17.
Rows 18-21: With A, repeat row 2, change to B at end of row 21.
Repeat rows 4-21 once [twice], then repeat rows 4-17 once more. At end of last row, fasten off B without changing colors.
Joining row (WS): Fold work in half lengthwise. With A, and working through blo of last row and bottom of row 1 together (see picture below), sl st in each st across. Fasten off.
Weave in all ends, being careful to work vertically so that fabric retains its stretchiness.
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