Road-Tested Legwarmers by Lynn DT Hershberger

Road-Tested Legwarmers

December 2008
Aran (8 wpi) ?
4.5 stitches = 1 inch
in stockinette in the round
US 7 - 4.5 mm
S/M/L plus knit to fit, ample/goddess size or medium curves included
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These really fit all legs, slender to ultra-curvy! Knit to fit instructions for any size/gauge, -OR- use my suggested gauge for standard S/M/L sizing. Make them shorter to scrunch under jeans – long ones can pull over your knees.

As a dancer, I wear legwarmers frequently—even when I am not dancing. Wear these and forget the cold, whether at home, walking a dog or waiting for a bus.

Many designers do not test their legwarmer patterns as I have. These have been tested by me for years. I also had a team of curvy-legged women test my knit-to-fit instructions, for those who may have found other designs unwearable.

Construction: In the round on 4 double-pointed needles (3 holding, 1 working). Seams don’t hold their own when legwarmers fit properly!

Gauge: (For my specified stitch counts) 18 st / 4 inches stranded stockinette in the round. If necessary, change needle size to adjust;
-OR- (knit-to-fit) working with your own gauge, with DK- to Aran-weight yarn (ball band specifies 5.5 to 4.5 st/inch).

Needles: (For my specified gauge) 1 set (of four) size 7 US/ 4.5mm double-pointed needles (DPNs), or the size with which you achieve gauge. Consider needles 1-2 sizes smaller for ribbing, particularly if you have curvy legs;
-OR- (knit-to-fit) needles 1-2 sizes smaller than you would use for a sweater with the same yarn.

Yarn: (For my specified stitch counts/gauge); 200gm/ 250gm/ 250gm of springy aran weight or lofty worsted. Views A & B, matching skeins, View C, 100/150/150 gm each, of 2 contrasting colors.

Pictured are: A) solid Brown Sheep Worsted wool/mohair M124 Persian Peacock above right, M62 Amethyst left, B) slowly-self-striping Noro Kureyon 40, and C) Malabrigo Merino Worsted, almost-solid Hot Pink and Purple.

Yarn Substitutes: (If using my gauge/stitch counts): Springy yarns rated 4 to 4.5 st/in or labeled Aran wt.
-OR- (knit-to-fit) Springy yarns in DK- to Aran-weight yarn (ball band specifies 5.5 to 4 st/in).

This design requires a yarn with spring/resilience. Best is springy wool. If you choose non-wool fiber, make sure it is blended with lycra, nylon or acrylic to keep these from falling down; 100% plant fiber will disappoint. If you use non-wool, watch your gauge after blocking and use the optional smaller needles for your ribbing.

Sizes/Circumference: Using my gauge of 4.5st/inch, S/M/L; legwarmer circ. 9.75”/10.66”/11.5”; fits knees 10.75”–12”/ 11.75”–13.25”/ 12.66”–14.25” (OR knit to fit).

Sizes/Height: (Approx.) View A, 21” total length, 16.75” with top cuff folded. View B, total length 24”, after folding top cuff 20.5”. View C, 26” total length, 22.25” w/ top cuff folded.