Sunday, November 18, 2007

Baby Leg Warmer Pattern


Apparently the in thing for babies these days are leg warmers. So, I thought I would try my hand at knitting a pair. So what do you think? If you like them, directions are below. Drop me a line if you have any questions.

I recommend using a yarn with some give like acrylic, not cotton.

Directions for a 24 month child

Size 6 needles

100% Acrylic Worsted Weight 4 ply

Cast on of 32 stitches

For the first 5 rows knit rib stitch (knit 2, purl 2)

stock knit stitch till piece measures 8 1/2 inches (or desired length)

For the last 5 rows knit rib stitch (knit 2, purl 2)

bind of, leave a long tail for weaving

If you want, sew an image to the front of your piece ( I made the Eiffel tower and added a bow)

Fold right sides together and stitch edges to make a tube. turn right side out, done

28 comments:

Jocelan Thiessen said...

these are so cute! now all i need is a baby! hehee

Audra Marie said...

I don't know how to knit, but those are adorable!

Monica said...

Do you have any instructions for making a smaller size? I'd like to use these for my new baby (EDD Dec 5), while I'm ECing.

Sarah said...

Monica,
When I made knit leggings for my little one, I just started with measurements of his legs. I measured how fat his little thigh was, then cast on as many stitches as I needed to achieve that measurement. (I made a swatch first, then did some math.)

Then I figured how how long to make it by continually holding it up to his little legs until I thought it was long enough.

I second the recommendation to use something with some stretch, though. I used sockweight cotton and, in retrospect, not the best choice there,

kawaii crafter said...

Hi Sarah,

thanks for answering Monica's question.

Knittlebittle said...

Congrats on your recent Craft blog mentions. I saw the babylegs sold in a local store and immediately thought, "I could *so* make those." I did mine in a rib for my daughter. The little bit of stretch helps keep them up during gymnastics and general toddler running around.

Whitt said...

Just to let you know: I linked to your pattern via my Ravelry project page. Hope that is okay. I gave you full credit and included a link in my project desription. I made a pair with plush yarn but based off your pattern. THANKS!!!

Melanie said...

So super cute. Can't wait to whip some of these bad boys up for Spring for my 17 mo. old!

piechild said...

These are adorable!!! Were you able to make the pair out of one 50gram ball? I have some adorable wool/mohair/acrylic blend that I think would work for this.

kawaii crafter said...

I believe I used on 56.7g ball. I'm not positive, but I think there was some left over. You should be fine.

olyaaa said...

fantastic design, I was surfing the net for some leg warmers for my baby and this looks the best

Pamela said...

Thanks so much for sharing this pattern-- I love the chic touch of Paris! I made a white pair for my 15 month old based on your pattern... then got to thinking that beginning with sz 6s and then switching to sz 9s and adding an eyelet row for ribbon would be cute, too. So, I did-- all thanks to your creative post! Now I check out your blog weekly, and I really enjoy your posts.

kawaii crafter said...

Hi Pamela,

I'm glad you liked the pattern. Your idea of making them with eyelets and ribbon sounds really cute. I like how you made the pattern your own. I'd love to see a picture of how they came out.

regards,
jessica

Pamela said...

I'll do so as soon as she will stay still long enough for a photo! :)

Diana said...

I've just checked out almost everything you've blogged. You are so talented and I LOVE your resourcefulness!!! I just had to subscribe to your blog. Thanks for sharing!!!

kawaii crafter said...

thanks Diana!

Sister in Christ said...

These are cute! I'm going to make them for my daughters (and maybe for me too!). Thanks for posting!

cindie said...

these are adorable. I was looking for a pattern and found your site. It is delightful!

Anonymous said...

I love those baby leg warmers, I was looking for a pattern for my six-year old grand daughter, I am sure I can addapt.
Thanks

Anjelina said...

Yes! I also know how to knit. Its really fun when you give your child your own hand made cloth.
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Beloved Creations said...

this is so cute!

knit_wit said...

these are absolutely adorable! i am actually in progess of starting them right now. thank you so much for the idea! i know they will be perfect for my two year-old. i posted a link for your site on my blog @ knitwit10.blogspot.com!
:)

Anonymous said...

Love your easy instructionsand am
knitting away and donating them to
charity. Can't think of a better
way to spend the coming cold days.

83year old Greatgrandma

Jen said...

I'm starting a pair tonight in varigated purple. They are for my niece. Wish me luck!!

kawaii crafter said...

Hope it goes well Jen!

Arlene Hermann said...

how adorable and you did a great job on them!!!

martianpoollwoman said...

Thanks for this. I have just made a pair but adapted your instructions slightly. Because my grandchcild is due in 5 weeks, and I didn't want the baby to wriggle and kick these off, I did the ribbing in size 8 needles(U.K. size ) and then changed to size 6 ( U.K. size ) and then did stripey leg warmers with some odds and ends of wool. Really great. Thanks for the inspiration. Veronica

Liz said...

How did you stitch the Eiffel tower on? I have tried and it has been a fail. Any advice??!!

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