Austrian Lace Stirrup Leg Warmers
These dressy over-the-calf stirrup leg warmers (otherwise known around here at the HeartStrings studio as Sock-Not Leggings) omit the bulk of a complete sock since there is no heel or toe.
Tailored twisted-ribbing lace patterns enhance the leg portion and becomingly conform to the shape of your calf. Then plain twisted-ribbing continues onto the foot to comfortably hug ankle and arch.
My inspiration was to have a classy sock that could be worn with dress shoes. I think you will love these as a practical fashion alternative for warmth and wearability when you want a pretty cover-up.
Don’t be too intimidated by the seemingly complicated-looking stitch pattern. It actually is quite repetitive and easily ‘read’ after you’ve got a few rounds of the pattern underway.
Some other features that you will appreciate are
- the way the twisted-ribbing lace patterns decrease in pattern to becomingly conform to the shape of your calf
- there is a gusset underneath the foot that allows the stirrup to comfortably hug instep and arch
Oh, and did I mention there is no heel to turn or toe to close up. Nor the need for darning later, lol.