I know not everyone likes knitting in the round, but it's hard to resist a cozy pair of leg warmers when the temperature drops below freezing. I came up with this bulky pattern that can be made on straight needles in just one afternoon. It's just simple stockinette with cabled edges and an optional button. Try it for yourself!
Gauge: Not essential because you can wrap around your leg as you go to test width. I ended up with about 7 stitches per 3” and 7 rows per 2”.
Needles: Size 13.
Recommended Yarn: Loops & Threads Cozy Wool in Golden Rod, or another bulky weight yarn.
You work on straight needles and stitch together up the leg. There is a stepped bind off so the ankle is a little tapered. The right side is purled, with only the cabled part knit. If you need a refresher in cabling, check out Wool and the Gang's tutorial.
Row 1: (WS) K across
Row 2: (RS) P3, C6B, P to end.
Row 3: (WS) K 24, P 6, K3.
Row 4: (RS) P3, K6, P24
Rows 5-8: Repeat 3 & 4 two times.
Continue repeating from Row 2 to 8 about 5 times or until your work measures about 11”. On a WS, bind off the first 8 stitches, then continue in pattern. On the next WS, bind off another 8 stitches. Again, continue pattern. Bind off another 8 stitches on the next WS. When you have 9 stitches remaining, you can choose to continue the pattern a little longer to make a “tab”. Bind off these last 9.
Seam all the way up the leg, or leave 3-4 inches open to make a button closure. I used the holes between the cabling instead of adding additional spaces.
The yarn I used is a wool blend, so these were extra warm in the bulky weight. They’re great for winter, over leggings and skinny jeans but wouldn’t fit under boots. If you make these, I’d love to see your pictures and hear feedback! I’ve already gotten requests for a couple more, so I’ll post variations soon.
If you’d rather work in the round, see my post on crochet legwarmers here.