Fisherman’s Pose Legwarmers

Legwarmers in Cascade Superwash Paints

Adult size legwarmers in Cascade Superwash Paints

I love to wear capri leggings to spinning and yoga, but I also live in Canada, so slim fitting tall legwarmers were definitely needed to get to the studio and back. Legwarmers should fit snugly around ankles and knees, but also stretch easily over the rest of the leg.  I chose textures that would hug close to the ankle, but also stretch to accomodate cycler’s calves.  The combined 2 by 2 ribbing and traditional pleated fisherman’s sweater pattern resulted in really stretchy, very easy legwarmers. As a result, size and gauge should not be major concerns.

Needles: Size 5 and 6 DPNs (double pointed needles)

Notions: tapestry needle, stitch marker

Yarn: Adult/Large Child: 400-450 yards of worsted weight yarn, Small Child: 350-400 yards (in these adult legwarmers, I used 2 skeins of 220 Cascade Superwash paints)

Size: Adult, Large Child/Preteen, Small Child/Toddler. The texture provides a lot of stretch, so one size should really fit all.

Gauge: 6 stitches/inch (stretches to less than 4 stitches/inch)

Sizes: Adult (Large Child, Small Child)

On size 5 needles, cast on 72 (64, 56) stitches. Join in the round and mark the end of the round.

Ribbing:

*Knit 2, purl 2* Repeat to the end of the round.

Continue in k2, p2 ribbing for 3 (3, 2) inches.

_AWN1789Leg: Switch to size 6 needles.

Row 1: *k7, p1* repeat to the end of the round

Row 2: *k6, p2* repeat to the end of the round

Row 3: *k5, p3* repeat to the end of the round

Row 4: *k4, p4* repeat to the end of the round

Row 5: *k3, p5* repeat to the end of the round

Row 6: *k2, p6* repeat to the end of the round

Row 7: *k1, p7* repeat to the end of the round

Row 8: *k2, p6* repeat to the end of the round

Row 9: *k3, p5* repeat to the end of the round

Row 10: *k4, p4* repeat to the end of the round

Row 11: *k5, p3* repeat to the end of the round

Row 12: *k6, p2* repeat to the end of the round

Repeat rows 1 to 12 until legwarmer measures 12 (10, 6) inches from the cast on edge.

Ribbing:

Switch back to size 5 needles. *Knit 2, purl 2* Repeat to the end of the round.

Continue in k2, p2 ribbing for 3 (3, 2) inches.

Bind off, using a stretchy bind off.  My favourite is: k2, slip stitches back to left needle, k2tog, *k1, slip stitches back to left needle, k2tog* repeat until the end of the round.  You may choose to bind off in the ribbing pattern (knit the knits, purl the purls).

Sew in loose ends. Complete a second legwarmer and enjoy.

For personal or charitable use only. LGN, 2013.

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