When my daughter Harper was a baby, I loved making legwarmers for her. The weather in northern California was often kind of chilly, so it was nice to have something to dress her in that could stay on while I was changing a diaper. Plus, I got so many compliments on her cute, fuzzy legs!
The yarn I originally used was called Jiffy – it was thin but with enough fuzziness to bump it up to more of a bulky size. Sadly, this yarn has been discontinued, but you can substitute another fuzzy yarn or a bulky-weight yarn. Joann Fabrics sells a yarn called Big Twist Rainbow Classic that is quite similar. I’m keeping the pattern up because I think you could use the color block sequence as long as you have 4 colors.
Stripey baby legwarmers
• (Formerly) Lion Brand Jiffy yarn in colors: grape (A), country green (B), silver heather (C), and dark grey heather (D), (or any combination of 4 colors you like)
*Try Joann Fabrics Big Twist Classic or another similar yarn
• Size 10.5 straight knitting needles
*If you don’t want a seam, you can always knit with DPNs or a magic loop instead.
• Yarn needle to sew up seams
Cast on 18 stitches, leaving a 14-inch tail so you can sew up the seam at the end. Using a stockinette pattern (knit one row, purl one row), follow this stripe sequence:
5 rows A
4 rows B
2 rows C
3 rows D
2 rows A
3 rows C
1 row B
4 rows D
3 rows A
2 rows C
Bind off on your last row of C. Using your yarn needle, weave in any loose strings to the back side of the piece and snip off the ends. You can actually use these ends to carefully sew up the seam, matching the colors on each side. But if you don’t have the patience for that (half the time I don’t!), you can just use the long tail from the beginning of your work to sew up the seam.
To make solid color leg warmers, follow these instructions. You will only need one skein per pair.
Cast on 18 stitches. Knit in stockinette pattern until piece measures 7 inches. Bind off.
Cast on 20 stitches. Knit in stockinette pattern until piece measures 8 inches. Bind off.
Cast on 22 stitches. Knit in stockinette pattern until piece measures 9 inches. Bind off.
With right sides facing, use the long tail of yarn you left at the beginning of the piece to sew a seam all the way up to the top. You can use mattress stitch, or your favorite seaming stitch. Then snip off any extra yarn and turn the leg warmer right-side-out. Repeat with the second one.