More Adventures in Knitting: Leg Warmers

This past winter, I felt that my little girl needed a little something warm to add to her wardrobe:  leg warmers!  Our Spring mornings here have been very cool, so I still have her wear them with her shorts or a dress.  These warmers easily come off once the sun comes out.

Leg Warmers

She likes them!

I have to toot my own horn here.  At the Gap Kids, I was asked where I bought them… 🙂

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For my future reference, and in case you want to make a pair as well, here how I made the leg warmers with circles and stripes:

Yarn:  Washable Ewe (worsted/sport weight) — Sadly Discontinued

Main Color:  Cottontail

Second Color:  Lilac

Needles:  Size 4, double pointed

Cast on 48 stitches in main color.

Rows 1 – 6:  K2P2 ribbing.

Rows 7 & 8:  Knit stockinette stitch for two rows.

Rows 9:  K2 in main color, K2 in second color . ( K4 in main color, K2 in second color. ) * K2 in main color.

Rows 10 – 12:  K1 in main color, K4 in second color.  ( K2 in main color, K4 in second color. ) * K1 in main color.

Row 13:  Repeat Row 9.

Rows 14 & 15:  Knit stockinette stitch for two rows.

Rows 16 & 17:   Switch to second color, knit stockinette stitch for two rows.

Rows 18 & 19:  Switch to main color, knit stockinette stitch for two rows.

Repeat Rows 16 – 19 twice.

Rows 24 & 25:  Switch to second color, knit stockinette stitch for two rows.

Row 26:  K2 in second color, K2 in main color.  (K4 in second color, K2 in main color.)  * K2 in second color.

Rows 27 -29:  K1 in second color, K4 in main color.  (K2 in second color, K4 in main color.) * K1 in second color.

Row 30:  Repeat Row 26.

Rows 31 & 32:  Knit stockinette stitch for two rows.

Rows 33 – 38:  K2P2 ribbing.

Bind off.

I attempted to chart the colorwork here.  You can click on the image to enlarge it.  The charting begins starts at Row 7, right after the ribbing:

chart for leg warmers

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Knitting Pattern: Pacifier Holder

Since I published the post about my making a pacifier holder, there have been quite a few people finding my blog with the search phrases “knitted pacifier holder” and “diy pacifier holder.”  Since I for one know that I could not find a pattern for a pacifier holder when I wanted to make one, I feel guilty that people have been coming to my blog for a solution and not getting one.

I applaud you, internet friends, for your desire to make something yourself.  Let me at last reward you with a pattern.

For this project you will need:

  • Cotton Yarn — check your scraps!
  • Knitting Needles, Size 7
  • Polyester Cord
  • 1″ Mitten Clip (found in the sewing section of your local craft store)
  • Fabric Glue
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • Upholstery Needle

Stitch gauge: 5 stitches per inch.

Cast on five stitches (leaving a long tail) and knit until your desired length.  (I knit about eight inches.)  Bind off.  Cut yarn leaving another long tail.

Run the knitted lanyard through the mitten clip and then use the long tail sew the sides together as shown below.  (For extra support, I sewed along the top of the lanyard to secure the mitten clip in place.)

For the opposite end, you will want to have about six inches of cut polyester cord.  Fold about an inch of the lanyard on top of itself.  Run the folded cord through the lanyard. Fray the edges of the cord a bit and then glued the lanyard flap shut.  Follow the instructions for the setting of the glue.  (I set mine under some heavy books for 24 hours.)  After the glue is set, use the tail to sew the sides of the lanyard together.

Voilà!  A pacifier clip for your baby.

This is my first attempt at sharing a knitting pattern.  Please leave your feedback below!