Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Designer in Me - Leg Warmers

I had decided that though I have slouchy leg warmers I wanted some fitted ones. My reasons for this are comfort, warmth, and simply less adjusting. I really like slouchy ones because they are super warm llama and alpaca, but variety is the spice of life, right?

So I surfed around the internet and didn't find much in the way of unique leg warmers. A lot of patterns were simple ribbing, and most were slouchy.

Granted, most leg warmers go under pants so having them be cute is just a personal preference. I ran across a couple cabled patterns and stuck with this idea for warmth. From that point I decided, well heck, I guess I'll just design some of my own.

This decision may sound like an easy one, but there is something you must know - I HATE gauging/swatching (FYI for non-knitters - this means knitting a small piece and measuring to how many stitches you have per inch and how many rows per inch). Not only do I not enjoy swatching, but I always do it wrong anyhow.

Though this hate lays in my heart, I took up my needles and swatched anyhow. Not surprisingly part way up the leg of my first warmer it was clear that my row gauge was off by about two rows so I adjusted my plans and worked on.

I'm excited to say I really like the one completed leg warmer and it actually fits well, and I don't think it will slouch. The top, by my knee, is a little looser than I planned, but I think that is best for free movement without feeling constricted.

I am currently knitting the second leg warmer to double check my pattern that I wrote and then I will post a photo of modeled leg warmers, and maybe the pattern if folks are interested.

Don't forget the poll on the right is still open, thanks for reading!


  1. Looks like you're gonna be both cozy and stylin' at the same time! Good for you! :)

  2. Oh I love the cable pattern and the color yarn! Can't wait to see the end product!

    <3 Mannie

  3. great warmers... i like slouchy too... it's the 80s in me!


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