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Thursday, November 18, 2010

elleKat Legwarmers - Free Knitting Pattern

     This is my first legwarmer knitting experience and I'm kind of shocked that I haven't been doing this for years! They are easy to make and a super fun alternative to some of the typically gifted knitted projects (hats, scarves, etc). I decided to include sizes up to 20" circumference because I have some hefty calves and it is not often that I see things sized for people like me. ;) 
     My beautiful daughter Elle was the model (and inspiration) for these legwarmers so I thought it was only fitting to name this pattern for her. I plan to make these again for myself some time soon -- mother daughter legwarmers? I say "Win!" Between you and me, I have a secret desire to make a hat with this same stitch pattern just so I can name it the 'elleKat Hat'. hehe 

Hope you all enjoy this pattern. Over 1/2 way done with the 14 weeks of free patterns now. Whoa! 

This is pattern #8 of the 14 free weekly patterns I'm posting through December.
Read more about it here.

elleKat Legwarmers

Gauge: 5sts/inch in moss stitch
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Rustic
Needles: Size 7 double-pointed needles , or size needed to obtain gauge

Circumferences: 6” (8”, 10”, 12”, 14”, 16”, 18”, 20”)
             When choosing a size measure (or guesstimate) the calf size of the recipient and pick the circumference closest to that number.  The ribbing is done 1-2 inches smaller than the main circumference to make sure they stay up.

Cast On: 28 (36, 44, 52, 64, 72, 84, 92)

                Work 6 rows in 2x2 rib (k2, p2 repeating)
                Inc row – In 2x2 rib, increase with kfb 2 (4, 6, 8, 6, 8, 6, 8) times, evenly spaced.
             Moss Stitch Spiral:

 Row 1:  *p3, [k1, p1] 3 times, k1* to end
     Row 2:  Repeat Row 1
     Row 3:  *k1, p3, [k1, p1] 3 times* to end
     Row 4:  Repeat Row 3
     Row 5:  *p1, k1, p3, [k1, p1] twice, k1* to end
     Row 6:  Repeat Row 5
     Row 7: *k1, p1, k1, p3, [k1, p1] twice* to end
     Row 8:  Repeat row 7
     Row 9: *[p1, k1] twice, p3, k1, p1, k1* to end
     Row 10: Repeat Row 9
     Row 11: *k1, [p1, k1] twice, p3, k1, p1* to end
     Row 12: Repeat Row 11
     Row 13: *[p1, k1] 3 times, p3, k1* to end
     Row 14: Repeat Row 13
     Row 15: *k1, [p1, k1] 3 times, p3* to end
     Row 16: Repeat Row 15
     Row 17:  *p1, k1, [p1, k1] 3 times, p2* to end
     Row 18: Repeat Row 17
     Row 19: *p2, k1, [p1, k1] 3 times, p1* to end
     Row 20: Repeat Row 19

Repeat Rows 1-20 until legwarmers are desired length

Dec – In 2x2 rib, decrease with k2tog  2 (4, 6, 8, 6, 8, 6, 8) times, evenly spaced
     Work 4 rows 2x2 rib

Bind off in rib pattern. I used the basic bind off that can be seen here, because it is a little tighter than the cast on edge and brings in the legwarmers around the ankle. J

1 comment:

  1. Oh my-those are so cute Gretchen emailed me about your patterns and I'm so glad she did! I would love to link to your posts if you didn't mind. They're fabulous!