Festive jig by Fiona Hamilton-MacLaren

Festive jig

Knitting
November 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches
in Colourwork stockinette
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
220 - 310 yards (201 - 283 m)
Legwarmer circumference of 20 (23, 26, 29) cm / 7¾ (9, 10¼, 11)”
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Celebrate the festive season with something a little different to the “Christmas sweater”, try these colourwork legwarmers. Use your choice of motifs to personalise your knit and get your perfect nod to the Christmas trend. Knit with DK yarns these are a cosy knit that can be made to your choice of length- from boot topper to legwarmer.

Needles: 3.5 mm / US 4 double pointed needles or circular(s) for knitting in the round on a small circumference.
3.0 mm / US 2.5 double pointed needles or circular(s) for knitting in the round on a small circumference

Yarn: MC: 70 (80, 90, 100) g DK yarn, 206 m per 100 g.
CC: 40 (40, 40, 50) g DK yarn, 206 m per 100 g.
Sample shown in A Little Bit Sheepish British Bluefaced Leicester, 100% superwash Bluefaced Leicester, 206 m per 100 g in MC: “Venus”, CC: “Pales”.

Notions: stitch marker, tapestry needle, beads to fit on yarn (optional).

Skills: cast on, working in the round, knit, purl, colourwork, cast off, weaving in ends, beading (optional).

Gauge: 22 stitches and 29 rows over 10 cm / 4” in colourwork stocking stitch, with larger needles, after blocking.

Sizing: Pattern gives stitch counts for a legwarmer circumference of 20 (23, 26, 29) cm / 7¾ (9, 10¼, 11)”. Measure the circumference of the widest part of the leg that the legwarmers will cover and choose a size larger than this (2.5 cm / 1” larger for a fairly snug fit, 5 cm/ 2” larger for a looser fit).
Adding or removing chart repeats from the circumference will add / remove approximately 3 cm per repeat.
You can easily adjust the length of the legwarmer by working more, or fewer, repeats.