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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.

New Year’s Resolutions and New Year’s Knitting

My husband  in my final holiday gift, Mona socks by Cookie A in madelinetosh merino

My husband in my final holiday gift, Mona socks by Cookie A in madelinetosh merino

Now that I am finally done my holiday gifts, my mind has turned to the new year and new projects. As I set my intentions for 2013, one word came to mind: flexibility.   Physical flexibility to help my tattered knees through a new year of travel and adventure, but much more importantly mental and emotional flexibility to help me become a better parent, spouse, friend and family member.  This year, we hope to take our son on his first major trip (possibly to Iceland?) and I have a feeling that crossing the Atlantic (or part of it) with a toddler will tax my exisiting flexibility.

One of the traits I most admire in my husband, is his ability to abandon the long list of to dos and be in the moment with our son.  Maintaining a household with two working parents and one tiny person requires a lot of scheduling and managing, but in 2013, I resolve not to let the schedules and tasks prevent me from being present.  I resolve to let the little things slide, so that I have the energy and strength to do what’s most important.  Basically, I resolve to be more flexible.

Work begins on my legwarmers, yarn,  Cables, Diamonds, Herringbone and a tricksy knitter pattern making book that my sister gave me for Christmas

Work begins on my legwarmers: yarn, Cables, Diamonds, Herringbone and a tricksy knitter pattern making book that my sister gave me for Christmas

I’ve taken this resolution to the yoga mat with me a lot this week, and that’s inspired my first project of 2013: leg warmers to make the trudge through the snow to the studio a little easier.  Legwarmers require minimal shaping, so they’re a great place to play with texture.  My parents bought me Cables, Diamonds and Herringbone for Christmas, and I’m experimenting with the lovely fisherman’s sweater textures to make my legwarmers in Cascade Superwash paints.  I can’t wait to get these finished and on my legs.  When I do, I’ll share pictures, and the pattern.