Simple toddler leg warmers pattern

7 Nov

Brrrrrrrrrr, it’s been getting a bit chilly round here of late!
I knitted Jet these new leg warmers to go with her new winter cardi (which I didn’t even nearly knit and bought from John Lewis instead).  They knitted up during three evening’s of loafing on the sofa watching Mad Men – what could be better?

I think knitting small people leg warmers might become addictive – it requires a good level of brainlessness for me and is quick enough for you to see the rewards before you get bored (my kind of knitting!).
Simple pattern below…

(Highly Basic) Pattern:

You will need:
4mm DPNS/circular needle or 4mm straight needles
Aran(ish) weight yarn in dark grey (MC), light grey (CC1) and pink  (CC2)
Needle to weave in the ends.

Pattern fits someone small – maybe 18months-3years or something.

DPN/circular needle method:
CO 42 sts in MC and join to the round
Work in 1×1 rib for 10 rows
K 5 rows
Change to CC1 and K 2 rows
Change to MC and K 1 row
[K1 MC, K1 CC2] for 1 row
Change to MC and K 1 row
Change to CC1 and K 1 row
Change to MC and K 1 row
[K1 MC, K1 CC2] for 1 row
Change to MC and K 1 row
Change to CC1 and K 2 rows
Change to MC and work for a further 12cm
Work in 1×1 rib for 10 rows
BO
Make another, weave in ends and you’re done!

Straight needle method:
CO 42 sts in MC
Work in 1×1 rib for 10 rows
work in stocking stitch for 5 rows (and continue in St st until told otherwise!)
Change to CC1 and work 2 rows
Change to MC and work 1 row
[K1 MC, K1 CC2] for 1 row
Change to MC and P 1 row
Change to CC1 and K 1 row
Change to MC and P 1 row
[K1 MC, K1 CC2] for 1 row
Change to MC and P 1 row
Change to CC1 and work 2 rows
Change to MC and work for a further 12cm
Work in 1×1 rib for 10 rows
BO
Make another, sew up seams to make a tube, weave in ends and you’re done!

– Marvellous!

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4 Responses to “Simple toddler leg warmers pattern”

  1. Susan Werle December 4, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

    These look adorable. How much yarn is required for the pair? Also, what length circular needle is best?
    Thanks!

    • birdface December 5, 2012 at 10:55 am #

      Hey Susan,

      The simple answers here are ‘I don’t know’ (sorry!), but you will find that they don’t use up much yarn at all as they are only for little legs! They are great for using up any old half balls you may have left over and as for the needles – just something short should do it. I tend to use double pointed needles for this sort of thing!

      Good luck – would love to see a pic if you do gat any knitted up!

  2. kay January 3, 2016 at 4:12 pm #

    What age would they suit up to please ie ok for a 3 year old

    • birdface January 6, 2016 at 12:35 am #

      I’d say up to a 4 year old 🙂

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