Who could resist a beautiful pair of knit leg warmers from someone who cares so much? It is a perfect gift to make for yourself and for your loved ones. The elegant braids created from the cable knitting patterns are the absolute eye-catcher. Wait no more; let’s pick up your needle and yarns and start knitting with the free leg warmers knitting pattern.
I hope everyone who is affected by the winter storm is fine. The “bomb cyclone” that caused an extreme and rapid temperature drop last week was so terrible and life-threatening. No, I wasn’t affected (thank god) but if I had, this pair of cable knit leg warmers would be in very good use to at least keep my legs warm even if I am indoors. We have a matching cable zipper cowl or neck warmer knitting pattern that you can knit as a set.
I knitted this pair of leg warmers a while ago, and I wore them during my winter vacation in Japan. I received lots of compliments from passersby asking where I bought these stylish ombre effect cable knit leg warmers. I chuckled and felt proud of myself for having designed and knitted them.
Similar to socks that keep our lower legs warm, legwarmers are thicker in material and with footless construction. Traditionally, leg warmers are knitted from pure wool, modern variants are more typically made of cotton, synthetic fibers, or both. Due to differences in material, stretchiness, and designs, leg warmers come in various lengths and widths.
Originally, legwarmers were worn by dancers to keep their muscles from cramping after stretching. But today’s legwarmers have become a piece of clothing in a way that amplifies your fashion sense and personal style. Here are the 10 outfit ideas with legwarmers that you might be interested in.
Cable Knit Leg Warmers Knitting Pattern
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Materials & Supplies
It doesn’t take very long to complete this pair of leg warmers; at least they are so much faster than a pullover knit project. A ball of Lion Brand Scarfie is all the yarn you need, you will need to match the ombre tone for both pieces of the leg warmers, but the effort is rewarding after they are done.
We also added some elastic thread to the band area. However, the elastic thread is totally optional. The elastic thread will give the leg warmers a better grip on the shin, so they won’t glide down to become an ankle warmer due to gravity when you walk.
The leg warmers are knitted in the round with a 16″ US 9 (5.5 mm) circular needle. You’re always knitting on the front of the work by knitting in a continuous round. That also means that you will never need to turn the work to knit on the wrong side. Also, Knitting in the round produces a seamless tube-like fabric that is exactly the shape of the leg warmer. Moreover, you save some time from sewing the seam, and thus, you work faster than knitting flat. Finally, seamless leg warmers are always more comfortable to wear.
Besides yarn and knitting needles, you need a cable needle to knit the cable pattern. I always use a size smaller cable needle for this function. A stitch marker is a must to make the beginning stitch of each round. Lastly, a tapestry needle is needed to bind off the knitting.
Are you ready to whip up this beautiful pair of leg warmers and get ready for the cold days? After trying out the first pair, I am sure you will want to make more in other colors to match your outfit of the day. Also, your friend who doesn’t know how to knit will want one from you too. Let’s see the pictures of these leg warmers from other knitters in Ravelry.
If you are looking for more knitted wearables with cable knitting patterns, besides the matching zipper cowl I mentioned earlier, you might be interested in this charming Shawl Collar Pullover too. Feel free to browse through other free knitting patterns and pick what you like.
- Yarn: Lion Brand Scarfie Yarn, 78% Acrylic, 22% Wool (approx. 312 yards/285m per 150g ball) - Yarn Color: Denim/Navy, Balls needed: 1 ball
- Elastic cord, 3 yards
- Needles: 16″ (or shorter) Circular needles U.S. 9 (5.5mm)
- Cable needle (size should be smaller than the circular needle)
- Stitch Markers
- Tapestry needle
· Stockinette Stitch: 14 sts and 20 rows = 4″ (10cm) using U.S. 9 (5.5mm) needles
· 2 x 2 Ribbing Stitch: 21 sts and 24 row = 4″ (10cm) using U.S. 9 (5.5mm) needles
- Take time to make a gauge swatch to check your tension.
- Wash and block your swatch before measuring.
- Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
· C4F = Cable 4 Front. Slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and leave at front of work. K2, then k2 from cable needle
· cont = Continue
· k = Knit
· P = Purl
· RS = Right Side
· st(s) = Stitch(es)
· T3B = Twist 3 Back. Slip next st onto cable needle and leave at back of work. K2, then p1 from cable needle
· T3F = Twist 3 Front. Slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and leave at front of work. P1, then k2 from cable needle
Leg Warmers Knitting Pattern
Using 16″(or shorter) Circular needles U.S. 9 (5.5mm) and Scarfie yarn, 2×2 tabular cast on 56 sts (Watch the video on how to do 2×2 tabular cast-on in a round). End the 2 x 2 with 1 purl stitch. Insert a stitch marker at the beg of round.
Round 1 – 3 (RS) : p1, (k2,p2) to end, end with p1
Round 4 : [p1, T3F, T3B, p1] 7 times
Round 5 : [p2, k4, p2] 7 times
Round 6: [p2, C4F, p2] 7 times
Round 7 – 9: [p2, k4, p2] 7 times
Round 10: [p2, C4F, p2] 7 times
Round 11: [p2, k4, p2] 7 times
Round 12: [p1, T3B, T3F, p1] 7 times
Round 13-24 (12 rounds altogether): p1, (k2,p2) to end, end with p1
Round 25: [T3B, p2, T3F] 7 times
Round 26*: [k2, p4, k2] 6 times, k2, p4, cont with cable stitch of round 27 on the last 2 stitches
Round 27: [C4F, p4] 7 times
Round 28-30: [k4, p4] 7 times
Round 31: [C4F, p4] 7 times
Round 32**: [k4, p4] 7 times, k2,
Round 33: [T3F, p2,T3B] 7 times
Round 34-45 (12 rounds altogether): p1, (k2,p2) to end, end with p1
Round 46: [p1, T3F, T3B, p1] 7 times
Round 47: [p2, k4, p2] 7 times
Round 48: [p2, C4F, p2] 7 times
Round 49 – 51: [p2, k4, p2] 7 times
Round 52: [p2, C4F, p2] 7 times
Round 53: [p2, k4, p2] 7 times
Round 54: [p1, T3B, T3F, p1] 7 times
Round 55-57 (3 rounds altogether): p1, (k2,p2) to end, end with p1
Round 58: [T3B, p2, T3F] 7 times
Round 59*: [k2, p4, k2] 6 times, k2, p4, continue with cable stitch of round 27 on the last 2 stitches
Round 60: [C4F, p4] 7 times
Round 61 – 63: [k4, p4] 7 times
Round 64: [C4F, p4] 7 times
Round 65**: [k4, p4] 7 times, k2,
Round 66: [T3F, p2,T3B] 7 times
Round 67-69 (3 rounds altogether): p1, (k2,p2) to end, end with p1
Round 70: [p1, T3F, T3B, p1] 7 times
Round 71: [p2, k4, p2] 7 times
Round 72: [p2, C4F, p2] 7 times
Round 73 – 75: [p2, k4, p2] 7 times
Round 76: [p2, C4F, p2] 7 times
Round 77: [p2, k4, p2] 7 times
Round 78: [p1, T3B, T3F, p1] 7 times
Round 79 – 81 (3 rounds altogether): p1, (k2,p2) to end, end with p1
Round 82: [T3B, p2, T3F] 7 times
Round 83*: [k2, p4, k2] 6 times, k2, p4, continue with cable stitch of round 27 on the last 2 stitches
Round 84: [C4F, p4] 7 times
Round 85 – 87: [k4, p4] 7 times
Round 88: [C4F, p4] 7 times
Round 89**: [k4, p4] 7 times, k2,
Round 90: [T3F, p2,T3B] 7 times
Round 91 – 92 (2 rounds altogether): p1, (k2,p2) to end, end with p1
Tubular bind off the 2×2 rib.
*The first stitch of the round has shifted 2 stitches to the left to accommodate the cable stitch of the next round
** The first stitch of the round is shifted back to its original place as it was in round 1
Block the cable knit leg warmers to obtain the correct size.
TO FINISH OFF
Choose which side of the leg warmers you want to be the top, sew a few rows of elastic cords to the wrong side of the leg warmers. The elastic cord helps to hold the leg warmers firmly on your leg. It is optional, you can leave out the elastic cord if you prefer.
Pattern Diagram & Panel Chart
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Instructions with pictures to assist in the Knit Leg Warmers with Cable Knitting Pattern
- This is what the WIP leg warmer looks like after a tubular cast-on and a few rounds of knitting were done to make the first cable block.
- Follow the knitting pattern to produce the twisted cable designs.
- Once you have completed the last round of the knitting pattern, 2 x 2 Tubular bind off with tapestry needle.
- a. Match the ombre tone of the second piece to as close to the first piece.
You might need to cut away some yarn to get the correct color to begin knitting the second piece.
b. Block and shape the leg warmers before wearing.
c. Add elastic code to the top side of the leg warmers if you wish to.
Stylish and easy matching knit leg warmers for every cold-day wear.
Perfect to go with boots, sexy to go with heels, casual to go with flats and sneakers.
Keep Warm, Stay Healthy, and Be Happy!
Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximated. If you are using Scarfie yarn, match the ombre tone to the second piece of the leg warmers. You might need to cut away some yarn length before beginning to knit the second piece in order for them to match approximately.
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