Friday, November 2, 2012

Knit a Pair of Sparkly Legwarmers

Our guest post today comes from Laura Bednash of Charm Stitch. Laura submitted this project as part of Martha Stewart Crafts Month. To see more of our favorite submissions, visit our Pinterest board.

Girly legwarmers are perfect for dance class warmups, lounging around on cooler days, and layering for special events. I knit this simple, festive pair using Martha Stewarts glitter eyelash yarn and an easy-to-memorize pattern. The elastic rib gives the top and bottom of the legwarmers form and stretch while the main panel is a slouchy, sparkly riot of tinsel-striped goodness.


  • 1 skein Martha Stewart Crafts Extrasoft Wool Blend Yarn (Color 1)
  • 1 skein Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter Eyelash Yarn (Color 2)
  • Size 7 double-pointed needles
  • Needle (for weaving in loose yarn)
  • Optional: point protectors, stitch marker
  • Printable PDF Pattern
  • Michaels 15% off coupon, courtesy of Martha Stewart

Size XS: ages 2-3 (CO 24) 12 x 6
Size S: ages 3-4 (CO 28) 13 x 7
Size M: ages 5-6 (CO 32) 14 x 8
Size L: ages 7-8 (CO 36) 15 x 9

4 stitches per inch

The Pattern

Loosely cast on 24 (28, 32, 36) stitches.

Lower 2 x 2 Ribbing (Color 1)

Rounds 1-10: Join for in the round knitting, distributing the stitches evenly on the needles. For example: XS = 8, 8, 8; S = 10, 8, 10; M = 10, 12, 10; L = 12, 12, 12.

Begin 22 ribbing: Knit 2, purl 2; repeat to end of row. (You could use a stitch marker to keep track of the beginning or visually refer to the cast-on tail as I do.) Continue this pattern for 10 rounds total, always knitting above the knit stitches and purling above the purl stitches.

Middle Series (Colors 1 and 2)

Rows 11-16: Knit 6 rows with Color 1 above the rib stitches (this is the knit stitch, knit every row).

Row 17: Introduce Color 2 at the beginning of the row, after the first stitch. I knit in the end of my new yarn to avoid sewing it in later by holding the lead yarn and yarn tail together.

Row 18: Pick up Color 1 and move Color 2 (tinsel) behind your stitches, keeping the tinsel yarn in the leg warmer and away from your new stitches. Knit with Color 1 for a total of 6 rows.

Continue knitting in this sequence until you have 4 (5, 6, 7) rows of sparkle within your legwarmer followed by 6 rows of Color 1 before beginning the upper ribbing section.

Upper 2 x 2 Ribbing (Color 2)

Make sure you havent slipped any stitches. You should have 24 (28, 32, 36) active stitches on your needles.

Knit 2, purl 2 to end of row. Repeat for a total of 20 rows. Loosely cast off in the same pattern (knit 2, purl 2).

Repeat for second legwarmer.

For more photos of the girls modeling their sparkly legs, see our Flickr.

Please visit my Ravelry page and feel free to share any feedback you have on the pattern. Its my first knitting pattern, and Id love to hear what you think.

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