Knitting Leg warmers

Knitting Leg warmers




Stacey  Budge

Skill level



S/M (M/L)

Finished measurements

28″/71cm long


11″ /28cm circumference at ankle, 12″ (14.5)/30cm (37) at top


Moda Dea’s Sassy Stripes, 100% acrylic, 1.760z/ 50g = approx 152yd/140m, 4 balls

Knitting needles in size 5US/3.75mm or size to obtain gauge and short cir­cular needle

Stitch markers

Row counter

Tapestry needle


20 sts = 4″/10 cm

Remember, your gauge must match for your size to match.


leg warmers (make 2) Using dpn, cast on 54 sts. K27, place marker, k27, place mark­er. Work in st st for 1 “/2.5cm. Work in 3×3 rib for 3″/75 cm.

Changing to st st. knit for 15″/38cm, increase 1 st before each marker every 30 (10) rows, 3 (9) times, switching to circular needle when you can.

Work in 3×3 rib for 3″/7.5cm. Work in st st for 1 “/2.5cm. Bind off loosely. Repeat for second leg warmer.

finishing Sew in ends.

yarn alternative

Many projects made with light­weight yarns, such as Sassy Stripes, can also be made in a heavier weight yarn as long as you take the time to get the right gauge. Lion Brand’s Wool­Ease worsted weight yarn (80% acrylic/20% wool, 30z/85g = approx 197yd/180m) was used in the swatch below.

Since Wool-Ease is a larger yarn, start by working with a size 4 needle to make a gauge swatch. Increase the needle sizes if needed until you match the gauge. You will need 3 balls of a main color and a ball each for stripes; if you don’t want stripes, you’ll need 4 balls.


Cut the yarn for each stripe before you begin to knit to keep your yarns from tangling. Using cut lengths also makes the tran­sition between colors more even by controlling the tension on that slipped stitch as you tie the two ends together.

If you make horizontal stripes while knitting in the round, you get a jog where the colors change. The easiest way to han­dle this problem is to slip the first stitch of the new color on the 2nd round of the new color