elleKat Legwarmers – Free Knitting Pattern

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This is my first legwarmer knitting experience and I’m kind of shocked that I haven’t been doing this for years! They are easy to make and a super fun alternative to some of the typically gifted knitted projects (hats, scarves, etc). I decided to include sizes up to 20″ circumference because I have some hefty calves and it is not often that I see things sized for people like me.

My beautiful daughter Elle was the model (and inspiration) for these legwarmers so I thought it was only fitting to name this pattern for her. I plan to make these again for myself some time soon — mother daughter legwarmers? I say “Win!” Between you and me, I have a secret desire to make a hat with this same stitch pattern just so I can name it the ‘elleKat Hat’. hehe

Hope you all enjoy this pattern. Over 1/2 way done with the 14 weeks of free patterns now. Whoa!

This is pattern #8 of the 14 free weekly patterns I’m posting through December.
Read more about it here.

elleKat Legwarmers

Gauge: 5sts/inch in moss stitch
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Rustic (1 skein, 2 for 16″ size & up)
Needles: Size 7 double-pointed needles , or size needed to obtain gauge

Circumferences: 6” (8”, 10”, 12”, 14”, 16”, 18”, 20”)
When choosing a size measure (or guesstimate) the calf size of the recipient and pick the circumference closest to that number.  The ribbing is done 1-2 inches smaller than the main circumference to make sure they stay up.

Cast On: 28 (36, 44, 52, 64, 72, 84, 92) and join to knit in the round.

Work 6 rows in 2×2 rib (k2, p2 repeating)

Inc row – In 2×2 rib, increase with kfb 2 (4, 6, 8, 6, 8, 6, 8 ) times, evenly spaced.

Moss Stitch Spiral:

Row 1:  *p3, [k1, p1] 3 times, k1* to end
Row 2:  Repeat Row 1
Row 3:  *k1, p3, [k1, p1] 3 times* to end
Row 4:  Repeat Row 3
Row 5:  *p1, k1, p3, [k1, p1] twice, k1* to end
Row 6:  Repeat Row 5
Row 7: *k1, p1, k1, p3, [k1, p1] twice* to end
Row 8:  Repeat row 7
Row 9: *[p1, k1] twice, p3, k1, p1, k1* to end
Row 10: Repeat Row 9
Row 11: *k1, [p1, k1] twice, p3, k1, p1* to end
Row 12: Repeat Row 11
Row 13: *[p1, k1] 3 times, p3, k1* to end
Row 14: Repeat Row 13
Row 15: *k1, [p1, k1] 3 times, p3* to end
Row 16: Repeat Row 15
Row 17:  *p1, k1, [p1, k1] 3 times, p2* to end
Row 18: Repeat Row 17
Row 19: *p2, k1, [p1, k1] 3 times, p1* to end
Row 20: Repeat Row 19

Repeat Rows 1-20 until legwarmers are desired length

Dec – In 2×2 rib, decrease with k2tog  2 (4, 6, 8, 6, 8, 6, 8 ) times, evenly spaced

Work 4 rows 2×2 rib

Bind off in rib pattern. I used the basic bind off that can be seen here, because it is a little tighter than the cast on edge and brings in the legwarmers around the ankle.

You may use this pattern to create items for your own personal use but may not create items for sale
nor shall you include said pattern in a kit for sale, without the designer’s permission. Thank you!

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  1. Rachel@oneprettything.com says:

    Oh my-those are so cute Gretchen emailed me about your patterns and I'm so glad she did! I would love to link to your posts if you didn't mind. They're fabulous!

  2. Christine says:

    Absoloutly love this pattern!!! I was wondering if you could explain the increese row to me “kbf 4 times evenly spaced” I’m a beginner and its like learning a new language. *smile* Thanks!