Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Baby Leg Warmers

I happen to think that few things are as cute as chubby baby legs, unless of course those chubby baby legs are dressed up with fancy leg warmers! My girls have some BabyLegs leg warmers (which we all love), but, being a knitter, I wanted to be able to make my own.

How was it? Easy and fun! Knitting leg warmers was a quick, fun project, and I found designing them to be quite fun--the possibilities are endless! (I have a little notepad full of drawings of leg warmers now.)

Here is what I did for my two-year-old:
Using 4 double-sided size 3 needles, cast on 36 in a circle. (Alternatively, knit flat and sew in a circle when finished).
Knit 2, purl 2 for a few rows for the ribbing.
For the "body," switch to size 5 needles, knit all (stockingnette stitch) until desired length.
To finish, switch back to size 3 needles and continue the knit 2, purl 2 pattern to finish the ribbing.
Bind off and voila!

For my chubby 9-month-old, I cast on 32 stitches instead of 36 and made them shorter. Worked great. For younger babies I'd go with 28 stitches.

Here's a picture of my oldest sportin' a pair of leg warmers mommy made.

Happy Knitting!

I'm thinking of making a pair for me.... 


  1. Take the foot of the sock and cut the toe off of each. Cut the rounded part of the heel off of the foot portion as well.

  2. What kind of yarn did you use? Worsted? Was it cotton or wool?

    1. I used a light worsted-weight yarn that was a poly mix. I thought the wool would be too itchy on the kiddos and the cotton not stretchy enough.


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