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Ribbed Legwarmers


Ribbed Legwarmers on Legs

Size medium Ribbed Legwarmers on a leg that measures about 8 inches at the ankle.

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Easy Warmth:

Legwarmers aren't just for ballerinas anymore -- you see them everywhere, and even if you're not the sort of person who wants to show off that you're wearing legwarmers, they're still a great accessory to wear under jeans or inside your boots on a really cold day.

This Ribbed Legwarmer pattern knits up really quickly and getting the shaping for the leg couldn't be easier: you just go up a needle size twice as you work up the leg. Three sizes are offered, for kids, small adults and larger adults. Instructions are given for the smallest size with the larger sizes in parentheses.


  • About 145 (200, 270) yards of light weight wool yarn or fiber of your choice (I used Classic Elite classic one fifty in color 7230)
  • one set each of four size 6, 7 and 8 US (4, 4.5 and 5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles
  • measuring tape, scissors and yarn needle


5 stitches and 8 rows per inch in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing on smallest needles. Gauge is not that critical as project will stretch tremendously.


Finished small is 10 inches long; medium and large are 12 inches long. Circumference varies around the project, but the small starts 8 inches around, medium almost 11 inches and large almost 13 inches. They stretch a lot. Size medium is pictured. To fit a child (small adult, medium adult).


  1. Cast on 40 (52, 64) stitches using the smallest needles. Join in round, being careful not to twist.
  2. Work in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing for 2 inches.
  3. On the next round for size medium, decrease 2 stitches as you work. For large, decrease 4 stitches. Change to knit 6, purl 4 ribbing.
  4. Continue in knit 6, purl 4 ribbing for 3 inches.
  5. Change to the next largest needle and continue in knit 6, purl 4 ribbing for 2 (3, 3) more inches.
  6. Change to the largest needle and work in knit 6, purl 4 ribbing for 1 (2, 2) inches.
  7. On the next round for medium size, increase 2 stitches as you work. For large, increase 4 stitches. Work in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing for 2 inches.
  8. Bind off in pattern.

Make a second legwarmer the same as the first.

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