Big Crochet Leg Warmers
If you are looking for a way to brighten up a pair of leggings or tights and keep your legs a bit warmer at the same time, these leg warmers are just the trick. They are easy to make and you can substitute any of my colour suggestions for your own.
Don’t be scared off by the mock rib stitch (fptr&bptr), its simple once you’ve done it a couple of times. Make sure you count each stitch as you go for a few rounds, checking in particular that you miss a stitch after each starting ch as instructed and don’t crochet into the base of the ch as you finish each row (this is an easy mistake to make and results in extra stitches appearing, which we don’t want). The leg warmers stay the same width all the way down, until the last 2 rows of apple green. Please email me if you have any questions.
ch chain; dc double crochet; htr half treble, tr treble; dc2tog insert hook in st and draw up a loop. Insert hook in next st and draw up another loop. Yarn over, draw through all three loops on hook; rep repeat; st(s) stitch(es).
htr2tog work 2htr together. Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, 2 times, yarn over and draw through all loops on hook— 1 stitch decreased.
fptr (front post treble) tr worked around the stalk of st from previous round from back of work
bptr (back post treble) tr worked around the stalk of st from previous round from front of work
(These stitches are known as mock rib. A fptr is worked in line with fptr below and bptr worked directly over bptr in row below, creating pronounced vertical lines).
Yarn: double knitting; top and bottom ribbing, navy, then purple, apple green, bright pink, sky blue.
Size: one size
Finished measurement: 18″ long, 14″ circumference around top edge.
Foundation row: Using purple, make 46ch, join with ss in the first ch to form a ring.
Round 1-2: 1ch, miss 1 st, 1dc each st to end. Join with a ss. (45)
Round 3-5: 3ch, miss 1 st, 1 tr in each st to end. Join with a ss into the top of 2ch (3ch counts as 1tr).
Round 6: Change to apple green. 1ch, miss 1 st, 1dc in each st to end. Join with a ss.
Round 7-10: Change to pink. 3ch, miss 1st, 1tr in each st to end. Join with a ss in top of 3ch. (3ch counts as 1tr).
Round 11: Change to apple green. As round 6.
Round 12: Change to sky blue. 2ch, 1htr in each st to end. Join with a ss into top of 3ch.
Round 13: Change to navy. 2ch, 1htr in each st to end. Join with a ss into top of 3ch.
Round 14: Change to sky blue. As round 12.
Round 15-32: 3ch, miss 1st, 1 tr in each st to end, ss into top of first 3ch.
Round 33: 2ch, *htr2tog. 1htr in next 10sts. Repeat from * to end. The last set ends on 6htr only. Ss in top of 2ch.
Round 34: 2ch. *htr2tog, twice. 1htr in next 5sts. Repeat from * to end. The last set ends on htr2tog, twice.
Round 35: Change to navy. 2ch. Miss 1st. 1htr in each st to end, ss into top of first 2ch.
Round 36-37: 2ch. Miss st at base of 2ch, fptr around stem of next st, bptr around stem of next, to end. Ss into top of first 2ch. Fasten off.
Rejoin navy to top of leg warmer, at seam start of purple ch.
Round 38: 2ch. 1htr in each st to end, ss into top of first 2ch.
Round 39-42: 2ch. Miss st at base of 2ch, fptr around stem of next st, bptr around stem of next, to end. Ss into top of first 2ch. Fasten off.
Sew in all ends.
Ribbon ties: Weave 40″ of 1″ wide ribbon in between every two fptr/bptr st in the middle of the top ribbing, which is pulled tight and tied in a bow to keep the leg warmers in place on the leg.