Sunday, June 13, 2010

CROCHET PATTERN - Baby Legwarmers

These legwarmers are cute & work up quickly.  You can make them in any size imaginable, and they're easy to customize for babies/children that have "odd" size legs.  For example, my daughter has FAT thighs and skinny ankles, so traditional baby legs don't always fit her well.  You could even make these legwarmers for children, teens, or adults.... or as arm warmers. It's a versatile pattern!

Materials:  I/9 hook (or size needed for your type of yarn), WW or sport yarn, scissors, yarn needle

My pink legwarmers were made using Red Heart Super Saver.

Abbreviations:  CH - chain, SC - single crochet, HDC - half double crochet, DC - double crochet, BLO - back loop only, ST - stitch

BEFORE YOU START:  You will need THREE measurements from the person you're making the legwarmers for.  (#1) The circumference of the calf/thigh.  (#2) The length of the leg.  (#3) The circumference of the ankle.  If you don't want to make them to cover an entire leg, take your top, bottom & length measurements accordingly.

Ready? OK, here we go... Make 2...

Top Cuff
CH 9
Row 1:  turn, skip 1st CH, SC in remaining 8 STS.
Row 2: CH 1, turn, SC in BLO across. (8 SC)
REPEAT Row 2 until the STRETCHED cuff equals your #1 measurement (thigh circ.)
Ch 1, turn, SL ST both ends of the cuff together to form a circle.
If you're going to change colors, fasten off... if not, just hold your cuff with right side facing & continue on...

Round 1:  SC in the end of each row of the cuff, join.
Rounds 2 - 5: CH 1, HDC in each ST around, join.
REPEAT Round 2, decreasing (how to hdc2tog) by 1 ST approximately every 2-3 rows until legwarmer is 1-2" shy of your #2 measurement (leg length). Keep measuring to make sure you haven't decreased too much or too little.  You'll need more frequent decreases for smaller legs, fewer decreases for larger legs.
If you're going to change colors again, fasten off... if not, just continue on.

Bottom Cuff
Round 1: CH 1, SC in each ST around, join.  Make sure that this bottom edge is the same as your #3 measurement (ankle circ.)  If it's too big, rip out a few rows & do more decreases.  If it's too small, rip out a few rows & do fewer decreases.
REPEAT Round 1 for 1-2", no decreases.  Fasten off.

Now put them on that cute little baby & say, "Awww!"

 © 2010 Danyel Pink.  You may sell what you make, but please credit Danyel Pink Designs for the pattern. You may NOT resell the pattern, distribute it in any form, post it elsewhere online, or alter it to claim it as your own. Please provide a link back to my blog instead.  Contact me with any questions or for pattern support.