Maximum Legwarmers by Sally Melville

Maximum Legwarmers

January 2002
Aran (8 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch, knit in the round
US 9 - 5.5 mm
400 - 440 yards (366 - 402 m)
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  • Very Easy
  • Minimal shaping through color changes


  • Width at top - 11” (stretches to 13”)
  • Width at bottom - 14” (stretches to 18”)
  • Length - 24”

Yarn: 400 yds medium weight, soft wool or wool blend

Needles: US 9 / 5.5 mm, 16” / 40 cm circular

ColorJoy’s notes:
The Maximum version of Sally’s legwarmers has you stripe two colorways of Noro Kureyon slowly-self-striping yarn. I used one colorway that was entirely warm tones and one that was entirely cool tones.
These legwarmers are bold, and one might assume they would not β€œgo” with much in a wardrobe. Instead, they seem to go with everything. Incredible design!
Of course, the pattern calls for all knit stitches, as per the main premise of the book. The legwarmers are knit stockinette in the round, which means rolled edges top and bottom. For those who wear legwarmers seriously most days of winter, and who know how to knit rib, you may choose to add a rib at the top and bottom. Four skeins of Kureyon include enough yarn to do this.