Little Leggings by Lisa Chemery
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Little Leggings

July 2016
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
170 - 325 yards (155 - 297 m)
NB (3mo, 6mo, 12mo, 18mo-2yo)
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This pattern is also available as part of the Little Bundle of Knits ebook.**

These adorable baby leggings are designed to be gender-neutral and practical, and the worsted weight yarn it calls for makes it a very quick knit.
Perfect for those last minute baby shower gifts or for a quick project when you are in the mood for instant gratification :)

This design really makes beautiful yarn sing. Use solids for an elegant, understated look, or use semi-solids or variegated yarns for a more playful effect.


These leggings are knit seamlessly from the waist to ankle, featuring an easy textured stitch detail along each side and on the cuffs. A ribbed waistband with an I-cord tie ensures a secure fit around the waist. Short rows worked in the seat area as well as a generous gusset at the crotch (requiring a small amount of grafting) help accommodate even bulky diapers. Some negative ease is built-in for a close-fitting look, so it’s best to use yarn that has some stretch to it.

casting on, knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, knitting in the round, short rows, grafting (link to kitchener stitch tutorial provided), binding off.

NB (3mo, 6mo, 12mo, 18mo-2yo)
To fit waist: 16 (18, 19, 20, 21) inches or 40.5 (45.5, 48.5, 51, 53.5) cm.
Garment waist: 15 (17, 18.25, 19, 20) inches or 38 (43, 46.5, 48.5, 51) cm.
In general it’s best to go by the child’s actual waist measurements when selecting the appropriate size. You can also choose a size according to how much ease you’d like the garment to have.

Approximately 170 (200, 225, 275, 325) yards or 155 (183, 206, 251, 297) meters of worsted weight merino or merino blend yarn.
If doing contrasting ties: ties require approximately 40 yards or 37 meters of contrasting color yarn.


  • US 8 or 5mm 16” or 40cm circular needle (or size needed to match stockinette stitch gauge)
  • 1 set of matching dpns for legs
  • US 7 or 4.5mm 16” or 40cm circular needle or dpn for NB size only (or one size smaller than above for ribbed stitch waistband)
  • Two US 4 / 3.5mm double-pointed needles for I-cord


  • 9 stitch markers (I recommend using a different colored marker for the BOR marker)
  • tapestry needle
  • 2 stitch holders or pieces of scrap yarn

18 sts x 28 rounds = 4 inches or 10cm in stockinette stitch in the round using larger needles, after blocking