Free Pattern: Ballet legwarmers

Knitted Ballet Leg Warmers
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Kids 8-12yrs

My nieces were visiting this weekend and I put together this pattern as they wanted something to keep their legs warm during the winter.

I used Supersock DK, and size 3 US needles. I did not measure my gauge. I just guessed and then after the cuff decided if the piece was coming out the right size. I had two colors of yarn and changed colors when I felt like it. I was trying to use up the 2 colors I had evenly.

CO 57 sts. Work in k1, p1 rib for 6″ for the top cuff.
Change to lace pattern. I had two different patterns, both had a multiple of 11 sts:

Row 1 (RS): Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: k1 (edge), *k2tog twice, (yo, k1) 3x, yo, k2tog twice; rep from * to last st, k1 (edge).
Row 4: Knit
Rep rows 1-4 for patt

Row 1 and all RS rows: K1 (edge), *k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk; rep from * to last st, k1 (edge).
Rows 2 and 4: Purl.
Row 6: Knit.
Rep rows 1-6 for patt.

Chevron Lace Chart

Work until desired length to bottom cuff.

Go back to k1, p1 rib either for 3″ or for 1″ then k1f&b to double number of sts, work a few rows even, and work another inc row, work to desired length for ruffle and BO.

Sew the back seam. (You can knit these in the round if you want, just eliminate the 2 edge stitches and inc to an even number of sts for the ribbing, but I didn’t feel like it so I make them flat and sewed them up afterward.)

I hope that’s enough info for those of you who wanted to make these!

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  1. Donna, these are so cute. Are they for children or women? What diameter are they?

  2. They are for kids, say 8-12 years old. I just guessed on the size as I said here. They are knit flat, so you can add one or two more repeats for a larger size. Just multiply your gauge per inch by the width you want and round up or down to the number of stitches you need for the pattern repeat.

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