One of our tenants, Jemima Morton, has created a knitted leg warmer pattern which could come in handy during the cold winter months. We’ve shared Jemima’s pattern on this page, but if you would prefer to download and print a copy please click the button below.
Pattern designed by Jemima Morton
What you’ll need
- The wool I used for these leg warmers was: Malabrigo Worsted Aran weight Fluo Green (010) other colours available. From Wool Warehouse online. Price £9.99 for 100g.
- And multi colour yarn is: Hand dyed wool UK Aran weight, Bluefaced Leicester wool, colour name Prism – now sold out. Other colours available. From Etsy shop Speckle and Stripe. Price £18.00 for £100g. There are many other Aran weight yarns available at very reasonable prices online or in shops.
- 5mm knitting needles
- 4mm knitting needles
How to knit the leg warmers
The pattern is very easy. Made for an average calf width around 14 inches.
- Using 5mm knitting needles cast on 54 stitches in fluo green
- Continue in rib stitches – K1 stitch, P1 stitch, on all rows for 3¼ inches
- Join in the multi-colour yarn still using the 5mm needles
- K 1 row
- P next row and increase to 60 stitches on this row, evenly across the row.
- K 12 rows stocking stitch (knit 1 row and purl one row)
- Row 13 (a knit row) – increase 2 stitches on this row. How to do that; K4, increase 1, knit to last 5 stitches increase 1, K4. = 62 stitches
- Row 14 – purl
- K6 rows stocking stitch (knit 1 row and purl one row)
- Next row increase by 2 stitches same as row 13.
- K 6 rows (stocking stitch)
- Continue stocking stitch until required measurements.
- I continued for 25 rows. On the 24th row (a knit row) decrease 4 stitches evenly across.
- Next – change back to fluo green and 4mm needles and rib 7 rows (that is K1, P1 across the row)
- Change back to 5mm needles
- Continue rib for 24 rows and on row 24 decrease 4 stitches evenly across.
- Rib 8 more rows if needed. You can adjust the length of the rib section here for your size. Do a few more rows if needed or do less.
- P 1 row.
- Cast off. Make 2.
To sew seams
- When you changed colours you will have a couple of strands of wool and you can sew them in when sewing the seams. Pick them up when sewing along just for a few stitches then cut off the ends.
- Use a darning needle with an eye big enough for your yarn. Take a length of yarn starting with the green for the cuffs and the multi-colour for the main part. With the right sides together sew the seams.
- Turn the right way round and you can turn over the top ribbing or you can leave it all the way up.
- As this is 100% wool I recommend hand wash only. Warm water and mild detergent. These two wools I used do not shrink if washed this way. If using other yarns follow the washing instructions on the labels.
- For casting on and casting off; and rib and stocking stitch there are tutorials on youtube if you want to learn.
Send us your pictures!
If you give Jemima’s knitted leg warmers a go, please share your photos with us! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your photos. Many thanks to Jemima for sharing this pattern with us.