Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Leg Warmers for Warmth and Fashion

Brrrrr. The weather has been brutal in most of the country, and everyone is looking for ways to keep warm. Here’s an idea for those who knit or crochet.

My granddaughter got me started on this project when she approached me with her request for leg warmers. “I need some leg warmers to wear with my new boots. Will you…”

I didn’t catch that last part, because like most indulgent grandmothers, I was going for the car keys.

She stopped me. “We’ve already looked in the stores. They don’t have them.” Apparently leg warmers are in the same category as snow shovels and sleds. Not much demand in Georgia.

“I brought you a pattern,” she said.

Bless her heart. She thinks I can make anything. The pattern she showed me was for knitted leg warmers. “How soon do you want these?” I can knit, but I’m slow. Incidentally, here are some free patterns for leg warmers.

As usual I disregarded all of them and decided to crochet my own design. “What color do you want?” I named all the colors of yarn I had on hand.

“I want all the colors in stripes.”

Apparently this was one of those flash fads making the school girl scene. I understand perfectly. I lived through the hippie era.


And Disco.

So my granddaughter got striped leg warmers. But if I were making my own, this is how I’d make them. I’d use a mohair blend yarn for softness and warmth. I’d crochet them all the way up over the thighs and make chain ties to weave in the top as garters to keep the leg warmers in place. No slouching for me. They’d be hidden under pants or skirts and tall boots. Fashion wouldn’t matter.

That’s what I’d do if I lived in ice and snow country.

The pattern for my granddaughter's crocheted leg warmers is very simple. Skill level is easy to moderate. You don't have to change colors at the end of each row, but you can.

Work a chain that fits around the leg, minus one and one-half inches. Chain 3 and turn. Double crochet in the 4th chain from the hook and in each chain across. Chain 3 and turn.

Increase by one double crochet in each of the next 4 rows. Continue in double crochet until piece reaches knee length.

Single crochet across the top and evenly spaced along side. Ch 1 and turn. Single crochet along side. Evenly space shells across top, single crochet down opposite side. Ch 1 and turn. Single crochet back to top. Break off. Sew sides together. Decorate with buttons.

Repeat for other leg warmer and work two chains about 25 inches long. Weave the chain ties at base of shell top. Adjust to fit and tie the ends of chain into a bow. The bow can be worn inside or out.

I’m sure others have good ideas for dealing with the brutally cold weather. How are you keeping warm this winter?

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  1. It is sweltering here. Just the thought of leg warmers is enough to make me break out in a sweat. My daughter would love these for when winter hits.

    1. I know about sweltering, Mary. If I made leg warmers for myself I'd only get to use them a half dozen times a year.

  2. These are darling! Too bad I have no granddaughters. Not thinking MY grandsons would wear them. Lol. Gorgeous, though!

    1. Thanks, Caroline. I made caps and scarfs for the grandsons.

  3. I like your leg warmers and I'd probably make one for myself just like yours. lol

    1. It's always a pleasure to have you stop by, Patricia.

  4. I love these. especially the idea of the ties to keep them up. Regular patterns don't work for me as I have larger calves. Your measuring idea works perfectly.