I have a confession. I don't have thin little willowy legs. I've got German carthorse legs, thick legs, legs to keep going over snowy veldts, legs made for using and really not seeing. And, they are really white. I don't tan you see. But, they are my legs and I loves them.
That doesn't mean I don't wear skirts or dresses and like wearing them. (And in the summer I even do shorts and short skirts! The scandal, comfort over concealment!) But, in the wintertime... my legs get cold. I often wear leggings of some sort or sometimes even the non-stylishly cozy warmth of thermal undies.
But sometimes, a girl wants something a bit jazy, a bit colorful and even a bit cute. AND I had this lovely Noro laying around...and some chunky homespun 'art yarn'. So here goes!
2 skeins Noro Kureyon
Around 80 yards of a chunky thick/thin or heavy homespun yarn.
set of 5 size US 7 DPNs
set of 5 size US 10 DPNs
You may like to divide your homespun into two equal balls before hand.
I knit on size 7 needles for the Noro and size 10 for the chunky yarn. The Noro was at a gauge of 5 stitches to the inch and 7 rows to the inch.
First, you measure yourself. My ankles are around 10 inches. I used 54 stitches to even out the ribbing. Arrange the stitches around four needles so half the stitches are on two needles and half on the other two.
I did 2x2 ribbing for one inch.
Then plain out knit each row till your piece reaches where your calf muscle begins to swell. Increase once after knitting the first two needles then increase once more at the beginning of the next two. (Essentially you increase on either side of the legwarmer.) Knit a row and repeat the increase row again. So, I had 58 stitches. I knit till almost the end of my first skein.
TURN YOUR WORK INSIDE OUT!!!
Join your chunky yarn and begin knitting with the big needles. Knit three rows and decrease twice in the same manner as the increases, on either side of the warmer. Knit a row and repeat the decreases. Knit a last row. Work an eyelet row of (YO, SSK). Knit till you have enough yarn to bind off with plus one yard.. I did two more rows and then bound off using the lace BO of *knit 1, YO, knit a second stitch*. Slip first two stitches over last stitch. Repeat. On the last stitch slip an empty needle into the first bound off stitch and hook the last stitch over that. Turn work right side out. Weave in ends. Take leftover yard of yarn and run through the eyelets and back through front. You can also use elastic as an way to help keep them up.
Repeat for other leg.
I think they are pretty awesome myself. And warm! :)