I had two balls of Scarfie yarn leftover after a cardigan project. I knew I wanted to find a pattern that takes advantage of it's fun ombre effect and warm wool blend for a fall accessory. The cable knit leg warmers by Joanne Loh fit the criteria and look great to boot! Just one ball of Scarfie is enough for both generously long leg warmers.
The pattern itself was easy to follow. It was my first time trying a stretchy rib cast on, and that took a couple tries with youtube tutorials (the one linked in the pattern is excellent). Besides that start, the rest of the work is simple ribbing and cabling. I could get engrossed in The Handmaid's Tale episodes without consulting the pattern for long stretches.
There does appear to be an error in the pattern, because I noticed the leg warmers were far longer than the pattern's 18". My gauge was on target, so I think the second long stretch of ribbing was added by accident. The author's photo only shows one long stretch of ribbing followed by the diamond cable design. If you follow the pattern exactly, you're likely to end up with over-the-knee leg warmers. I simply stopped when I thought these were long enough, and used a stretchy bindoff so they had a little bit of a bell bottom.
The result is loose leg warmers that should fit easily over jeans or boots. They will likely stay up because of their bulk rather than gripping around the calf, so Loh suggests adding elastic if you like a tighter hold. I like this looser, more casual look, and I think this will suit the recipient. These are a gift for a coworker who is moving to Colorado, and has a fun, eclectic style.