Dear Sun Spots: I read your column every day and love it. Now I’m hoping that you can help me. I am in desperate need of a knitted pattern for leggings or leg warmers. They are like a stocking but without heel or foot. You wear them from your ankle to your knee to keep your legs warm during the winter. I’m hoping somebody out there will be willing to share their pattern with me. I have searched everywhere but found no patterns so far. – Lu Ann M., Wilton.

Answer:
In addition to responses from readers, the following Web site www.vintageknits.com/socks2.html has a pattern for knitted leg warmers, which you might be interested in purchasing: LA #239, which includes nine patterns including argyle, Aran, hearts, stripes and more.

In the meantime you may want to try the following pattern:

Karen’s extravagant leg warmers: Cast on by Cable Cast On, 42 stitches and rib in the round for several inches. Make an increase round. K1, Knit in the front and back of the next stitch, K1, knit in the front and back of the next stitch, around (63) stitches. Do a step up round of plain knit and switch to a 16″ circular needle. Place your pattern at the side seam. Karen says she used a lattice lace stitch over 13 stitches this time with an 8 round repeat. She did 40 pattern repeats for leg warmer of about 6 feet in length. She bound off using the suspended bind off. She also likes to run thread elastic through the first few rounds of ribbing and makes the cuff long enough that it folds over. Say 6″ or so. This pattern was downloaded from Wool Works, the online knitting compendium at www.woolworks.org/.

And for those who crochet: These leg warmers will be most appreciated in the dead of winter when temperatures plummet and winds wail, but be sure to have them crocheted and ready to wear. Directions are given for size 9-11. You will need two 4 ounce, skeins of 4 ply yarn and sizes I and K crochet hooks. Gauge: 3 hdc equal 1 inch.

Crochet Instructions: Starting at lower edge with smaller hook, ch 30, join with sl st to form ring, ch 2, do not turn. Row 1: Sc in each ch, join with sl st in top of ch-2, ch 2, do not turn. Rows 2 through 8: Repeat Row 1. Row 9: With larger hook, ch 2, hdc in each sc across, join with sl st in top of ch-2, ch 2, turn. Repeat Row 9 to length desired, after last sl st, ch 2, do not turn.

Top Edge: (Band) Continuing with larger hook, *Sc in each hdc across, join with sl st in top of ch-2, ch 2, do not turn. Repeat from * until 10 rows are completed. Fasten off. (Make 2).

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