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Austrian Lace Stirrup Leg Warmers

HeartStrings FiberArts
Knitting
January 2012
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
33.5 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches in over unstretched stitch patterns
US 1 - 2.25 mm
420 yards (384 m)
Women's medium. The stitch patterns have a lot of elasticity, allowing expansion by approximately 50% of their unstretched measurements. If desired, resize using smaller or larger needle/gauge.
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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.

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