Friday, April 22, 2011

Leg Warmers Pattern with Jane Richmond Designs

one of my new year's resolutions for the last few years has been to meet jane richmond. i heart jane. to say that i love jane's patterns is an understatement. i came across jane's fabulous patterns a few years ago when i had first started blogging. i got super excited when i spotted her etsy shop and realized she lived a few hours away from me! i got even more excited when she agreed to be one of the first interviews for our "moms in the mommyhood" series (read it here). jane now lives in the same city as me and i can happily say that my long standing new year's resolution can finally be checked off! i got to meet the pretty knitting designer at one of our saturday night knit nights! talk about surreal!!!! i'm so happy to call her a friend.

if you haven't seen the talents of this amazing knitter, check this out....patterns for my fave hats...

cozy sweaters...

snugglies for the man in your life...

special lovelies for the kidlets...

jane is so talented and always inspires me to drop the sewing and pick up my needles! which is what i did when i got a sneak peek at her newest pattern that she's sharing with us all today! honestly, how could i not knit these? you all know my fascination with leg warmers (check out my pinterest board & roundup) it. i've been desperate to knit up a pair and when i got jane's pattern i knew it was time. i picked up a skein of cascade yarns heathers 220 in color #9322 in the loveliest turquoise shade (surprise) and cast on last weekend. now it's your turn....let's hear from jane...

Hello! Jane Richmond here and I can’t tell you how excited I am to jump into the ring for this season of Comfy Sews VS Cozy Knits. Shannon sure started this off with a bang, that Hands Off My Picnic Blanket Tutorial from Katy of No Big Dill really set the bar for this season, it had me shaking in my boots.

Me? I am a knitter through and through but I’ve always dreamed of learning to sew, it’s on the list. I have a lovely sewing machine that is only a few years old, I have small stacks of fabric and retro bed sheets just beckoning to be cut up and sewn into something... I’ve just never taken the time to learn to do it properly, and is it a surprise that I don’t use patterns? That could be part of the problem ;)

I make up my own patterns for knitting as well and fortunately I have enough experience to follow it through to the end. For this round of Comfy Sews VS Cozy Knits I give you...

...perfect for spring and can be worn with anything!

You will need:

*100g skein of Cascade Yarns Heathers 220 (shown in colour 9408), 220yds
*5 mm dpns (or long circular needle for magic loop method)
*Yarn Needle

Pattern Information:
These leg warmers are designed to use up every last inch of one skein of Cascade 220. If you prefer not to unravel your swatch you will need to purchase an additional skein. These leg warmers could easily be made longer by using 2 skeins of yarn.

Finished Measurements: 7.5 inch circumference (unstretched) x 14.25 inches long
BO = bind off
CO = cast on
dpns = double pointed needles

k = knit
p = purl
rnd = round
sts = stitches
st st = stockinette stitch

Step One:
Make a gauge swatch. For this pattern you will need a gauge of 18 sts and 24 rows = 4 in over st st

Step Two:
Watch the video! Although these legwarmers can be knit on double pointed needles, this pattern was written with the Magic Loop method in mind. Magic Loop is a fast and easy way to knit in the round, take a look at the video, you could even use this method to make your gauge swatch for some extra practice.

Step Three:
Using long tail method CO 48 sts. Join, being careful not to twist.
Rnd 1: [k2, p2] to end of rnd.
Repeat Rnd 1 until piece measures 14 inches long.
BO loosely in rib.
Weave in ends.
Repeat Step 3 once more.

Step Four:

...wear these cozy legwarmers over flats, under boots, or barefoot around the house. Pair them with a cute skirt, a pretty dress, jeans or tights or leggings... the possibilities are endless!

thanks so much for joining in again this year jane and for your gorgeous patterns! do you want some of jane's patterns? pop over to luvinthemommyhood to enter jane's giveaway!!!! if you would like a pdf of jane's leg warmers pattern it is up on ravelry here as a free download! you can also find more jane richmond designs here:

*blog *shop *facebook *ravelry

do you love legwarmers too? what's your fave jane richmond pattern to make? any of you used the magic loop method yet? let's chat knitting ladies! wishing you all a wonderful and relazing easter weekend!


  1. Super easy! I'll be making these up for sure. :) Thanks! Cate

  2. LOVE this tutorial. I've already watched the video and I'm looking forward to practicing this technique for knitting in the round. MUCH better than seaming a pair of flat pancake leg warmers! Thanks so much for the pattern!

  3. I'm working on this pattern and have a quick question. If doing the magic loop method, do you do K2 P2 on both halves or do you do K2 P2 on the first one and then P2 K2 on the second? Something doesn't seem to be working right and I'm not sure if that's the issue. Can you help? Thanks!


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