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How to knit leg warmers with circular needles

Updated April 17, 2017

Leg warmers keep your legs toasty warm and are fashionable as well. You can see them on the legs of dancers, yogis and fashionistas. If you know a bit about knitting, you should be able to knit your own leg warmers. Choose a wool in a texture and colour that appeals to you, or make two mismatched leg warmers.

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  1. Cast on 42 stitches using the circular knitting needles.

  2. Knit in ribbing stitch (knit one and then purl one) for 6.2 cm (2 1/2 inches).

  3. Knit in stockinet stitch for 47.5 cm (19 inches). Use a tape measure to ensure that you have reached the desired length.

  4. Repeat step number 2, knitting in ribbing stitch again for 6.2 cm (2 1/2 inches).

  5. Bind off the project.

  6. Weave the ends of the wool into the project using the knitting sewing needle.

  7. Repeat all above steps to make the second leg warmer.

  8. Tip

    This is a basic knitting pattern and can be completed by even a novice knitter. If you are unsure about your knitting skills before starting, go back and brush through knitting basics, such as knit stitch, purl stitch and stockinet stitch. Also, be sure you are confident casting on and binding off you project.

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 skeins of worsted knitting wool in the colour of your choice
  • Circular knitting needles size 6 (UK)
  • Knitting sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure

About the Author

Nicole Carlin is a yoga and dance teacher and founder of POP Fizz Academy in Philadelphia. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Temple University and a Master of Arts in gender and sexuality, politics from Birkbeck University, London. Carlin has written about dance, crafts, travel and alternative health for eHow, Trails.com and Demand Studios.

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