Sunday, August 2, 2009

Freebie: "Stripey Baby Leg Warmies"

I was at Target the other day doing some shopping when on the end of an aisle were some pairs of leg warmers for babies. I have to admit that I was somewhat baffled as to why a baby would want leg warmers when I read the back of the package explaining all of the different uses. All of a sudden it seemed like a pretty decent idea.
I've been working on a baby gift for this winter that includes some items for the cloth diapering mama - wool soakers, cloth diapers, cloth wipes, waterproof wet-bag, etc. Then I thought that it would be cute to include some leg warmers especially since it will be a January baby. I didn't want to shell out $15 for a pair of acrylic leg warmers that looked insanely easy to knit myself. So I sat down this week and finished a pair in 2 evenings.

Here are the details if you're interested.
Yarn: Cream Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (left over of a skein) & Forest Green Louet Gem Sport Weight.
Needles: A set of U.S. size 2 double pointed and a pair of U.S. size 5 needles
Gauge: I'll post this when I have a chance to measure it.

CO 48 stitches on U.S. 5 needles (this makes the cast on edge stretchy) in main color (for me it was the green). Move stitches over to smaller needles and space evenly over 3 needles (16 stitches on each needle). Place marker to denote beginning of round.
Beginning knitting in round on U.S. 2 needles in K1, P1 ribbing for one inch. After you have knit one inch in main color ribbing switch to stockinette stitch for the next 6 inches of knitting as follows:
Round 1: With main color (MC) knit one round
Round 2: With contrasting color (CC) knit one round
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 making a striped warmer. Carry the yarns up the inside of the leg warmers making sure to twist the yarns when you start a new color. This twisting will prevent gaps. Also make sure you keep an even gauge when you switch yarns. Pulling too tight at the beginning of the round causes bunching of the colors and the leg warmer won't look seamless.
After repeating rounds 1 & 2 to complete the striped stockinette portion for 6 inches (total length so far should be 7 inches) switch to main color and work for an additional one inch in K1, P1 ribbing.
Cast off using U.S. size 5 needles so that the bind off is stretchy (you can also use any stretchy bind off of your choosing).
Feel free to change up the pattern using a solid color, more colored stripes, ribbing the whole way, etc.

This used up the little portions of 2 skeins that I had laying around. Perfect stashbuster! And much cheaper than $15... Enjoy!

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