Description from Knitty, Spring 2003:
It’s spring. It should be getting warmer any day now, right? Right.
While you are outside shivering in chiffon, waiting for that first butterfly to de-cocoon, you need to keep warm. The perfect solution is these legwarmers! Carry them with you - stick a pair in your backpack, or in your bottom desk drawer at the office. You will no longer have to let sudden temperature changes or gale-force winds get you down!
This pattern is a basic design that can be altered in a multitude of ways. Use smaller needles and a finer yarn, and work 2 or 3 inches of ribbing at the top if the yarn you choose is elastic enough - just keep the finished dimensions the same. Substitute elastic for the I-cord. Hem the bottoms or not. Add a pattern stitch, like cables or a lace panel, up the sides. Decorate with intarsia or a Fair Isle band. Make them thigh-high or ankle-length.