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how to knit leg warmers

This time I wanted to make something extremely fancy and glorious.

I chose boot cuffs, because I have been wanting to knit leg warmers, but did not know what kind of would I like to wear.

As Pieces I often find myself bored and tired from same old things. I need change and variety in my life. So – I came up 2-in-1 boot cuffs.

Plain and simple for days I feel calm and serene and when I want spark and attention I simply attach boot cuff lace with buttons.

 

 

I am pleased how they turned out. But what I like the most is that when I want even more variety, then I’ll just knit another lace trims with other color. Like blue.

Below you can find boot cuffs written knitting instructions and, as always, chart for lace pattern too.

how to knit boot cuffs

 

I have to warn you though – this time I haven’t made the pattern for total beginner. I did not write instructions on how to sew the sides of the knitted item, how to sew a button and how to make a button hole. Nevertheless, I’ll give you links on where you can find the info, so you can still knit these legwarmers. (*Someday I will make my own instructions, but I did not find the time now. Thank you for your understanding.*)

 

 

 

Size of the boot cuff:

  • Length of the under-cuff (outside of the boot): approx. 16 cm / 6,3 inches
  • Length of the lace application on top (with button band): approx. 10 cm / 4 inches
  • Suitable for boot circumference of 40 cm / 15,8 inches
  • Length of the ribbing inside of the boot: approx. 12 cm / 4,7 inches

Things you’ll need:

  • 50 g of main color (I have white) DROPS Baby Merino (Sport)
  • 50 g of contrast color (I have purple) DROPS Baby Merino (Sport)
  • pair of needles size 3 mm / US 2,5
  • cable needle
  • 4 buttons – circumference 4 cm / 1,5 inches (I chose brown ones because they harmonize with my boots)
  • tapestry needle

Main boot cuff pattern:

legwarmers knitting patternCast on 60 stitches with main color.

Knit 40 rows of 2:2 ribbing (*knit 2, purl 2* repeat from * to * to end).

Knit 4 rows.

Knit and purl rows:
Rows 1, 3, 5: knit;
Rows 2 & 4: purl;

Turning row (this is the row where you fold the cuff over the boot):
Slip 1st stitch, *yarn over, purl 2 together* repeat to last stitch, yarn over, purl last stitch;

 

Knit and purl rows:
Rows 1, 3, 5: knit;
Rows 2 & 4: purl;

Knit 3 rows;

Knit 1 row and purl 1 row;

Increase round:
Knit 8, inc 1, knit 15, inc 1, knit 15, inc 1, knit 15, inc 1, knit 8;

Purl 1 row;

Knit 4 rows;

Rows 1, 3, 5 knit;
Rows 2, 4, 6 purl;

Increase round:
Knit 9, inc 1, knit 16, inc 1, knit 16, inc 1, knit 16, inc 1, knit 8;

Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 purl;
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 knit;

Increase round:
Knit 9, inc 1, knit 17, inc 1, knit 17, inc 1, knit 17, inc 1, knit 9;

Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 purl;
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 knit;

Increase round:
Knit 10, inc 1, knit 18, inc 1, knit 18, inc 1, knit 18, inc 1, knit 9;

Rows 1, 3, 5 purl;
Rows 2, 4 knit;

Knit 4 rows;

Rows 1, 3, 5: knit;
Rows 2, 4: purl;

Turning row (this is the row that will be the lower edge of your boot cuff – everything you knit next will go inside of the boot cuffs lower edge):
Slip 1st stitch, *yarn over, purl 2 together* repeat to last two stitch, yarn over, purl last 2 stitch;

Rows 1, 3: knit;
Rows 2, 4: purl;

Cast off (stretchy cast off recommended).

Sew sides together (here is nice tutorial on that), sew the lower edge inside of the cuff (you can find video tutorial on how to do the picot hem here) *at 9:57* and sew buttons on equal distance from each other (you can find my instructions from here).

free pattern for knitting boot cuffsBoot cuff lace with cable trim pattern:

Cast on 30 stitches with contrast color.

Knit 3 rows and start with lace pattern.

Pattern repeats of lace pattern – total of 13 times.

* Button holes (first number shows the pattern repeat and second number shows the number of row) – 1/5; 4/5; 7/5; 10/5; 13/5;

* I knitted button holes at the beginning of the row like this – k2, make button hole from 5 stitches and go on with the pattern as instructed; (here is my tutorial on how to knit buttonhole my way);

Row 1: k11, YO, k2tog, k10, p1, k2, YO, k2tog, YO, YO, k2;
Row 2: k3, p1, k2, YO, k2tog, k1, p12, YO, k2tog, k9;
Row 3: k11, YO, k2tog, k10, p1, k2, YO, k2tog, k4;
Row 4: k6, YO, k2tog, k1, p12, YO, k2tog, k9;
Row 5: k11, YO, k2tog, k10, p1, k2, YO, k2tog, YO, YO, k2tog, YO, YO, k2;
Row 6: k3, p1, k2, p1, k2, YO, k2tog, k1, p12, YO, k2tog, k9;
Row 7: k11, YO, k2tog, 5/5 LC, p1, k2, YO, k2tog, k7;
Row 8: cast off 5 stitches, k4, YO, k2tog, k1, p12, YO, k2tog, k9;
Row 9: k11, YO, k2tog, k10, p1, k2, YO, k2tog, k2;
Row 10: k4, YO, k2tog, k1, p12, YO, k2tog, k9;

boot cuffs lace chart

Knit 4 rows and cast off.

Let me know in the comments below, how hard this pattern was and how did you succeed.

 

Happy knitting!

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