Leg warmers were originally used by dancers to keep their muscles warm. Today, it is fashionable for anyone to wear them. Knitting your own leg warmers has some advantages. It can save money, and they can be made in any color or pattern that you like. Knitting leg warmers need not be a frustrating experience. Using two common stitches -- knit and purl -- and medium-sized straight knitting needles, even children and beginning knitters can make their own leg warmers.
Things You'll Need
- Worsted-weight yarn, any color
- Set of U.S. size 8 straight knitting needles
- Set of U.S. size 9 straight knitting needles
- Embroidery needle
Cast 30 stitches onto the size-8 knitting needles.
Knit one stitch, purl one stitch until you have worked your piece for 3 inches from the knitting needle.
Switch to size-9 knitting needles and knit in stockinette stitch -- knit one whole row, purl one whole row repeatedly -- until your leg warmer is the desired length, minus 3 inches. The side that shows the knit stitch will be the outside of the leg warmer, or right side.
The last 3 inches, switch back to the size 8 knitting needles, return to the knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch and repeat the pattern.
Bind off loosely after completing 3 inches of this pattern.
Fold the leg warmer lengthwise with the knitted side on the inside. Sew together using the same color yarn and embroidery needle. Turn the leg warmer right side out.
Repeat Steps 1 through 6 for the second leg warmer.