When Camilla Miller, one of our knitting teachers, offered to knit up a pair of baby leg warmers for Harvey using Be Sweet Bambino, we were delighted. Read on for the free pattern and an adorable picture of Harvey’s little legs! Thanks, Camilla!
Knitted in beautiful mix of organic cotton and bamboo by Be Sweet Bambino. These little leg warmers are super soft and cute. The colours I used are Teal and Lime.
Working out the pattern:
Before we start, I’ll take you through the process of working out the pattern. First off, you’ll need a few measurements, a tension swatch and a tiny bit of maths. I’m knitting for a 6 to 12 month old.
Tension on 3.5mm needles:
5 stitches 2cm
2.5 stitches 1cm
6 rows 2cm
3 rows 1cm
So, to work out the number of stitches and rows I need:
Lets start with the ankle. It is 14cm
I know 1cm = 2.5 stitches
Times the number of cm by the number of stitches per 1cm
14cm x 2.5 stitches per 1cm = 35 stitches
As I’m knitting the rib in 2×2 rib, I need an even number so I will cast on 34 stitches.
Do the same for the knee, 18cm x 2.5 stitches per 1cm = 45 stitches.
Let’s look at the length now.
Length is 12.5cm and from the tension square I know 1cm is 3 rows
So 12.5 x 3 = 37.5 (round up to 38 rows, you can’t have half rows!)
Now we know the number of stitches and rows.
One more thing!
The first 6 rows and last 6 rows are in 2×2 rib so we need to take off 12 rows from the total length 38 – 12 = 26 rows of knitting.
Cast on stitches 35 stitches
Length of rows in total 38 rows
Length not including ribbing 26 rows
Cast off stitches 45 stitches
We also have to increase 10 stitches over the 26 rows.
We are going to increase 1 stitch at each edge so that is a total of 5 increased pairs.
I came across a great page to work out the perfect increases
You can find the link here and work out the math!
Increase 1 stitch each end of 5th row 3 times
And increase 1 stitch each end of 6th row 2 times
Total of 5 increased pairs, 10 stitches increased in total.
Please note I knitted my leg warmers back and forth on circular needles and I wanted to knit the contrast colour on one row only. To achieve this by not having to cut and change colours every row there is a neat trick I do. Once you have knitted the row in one colour and you want to change to another colour DO NOT TURN your work but slide the stitches back to the beginning of the last row to knit (or purl) the next colour. The stitches will slide down the needle across the wire back to the beginning of the other needle ready to work the row again.
K = knit
P = purl
M = main colour
C = contrast colour
M1= make 1 stitch by picking up the bar between the 2 stitches
and slipping the stitch onto the left needle
you then knit the new stitch through the back loop.
Cast on 34 stitches and knit 6 rows in 2×2 rib
Main body of leg warmer
Row 1: k, m
Row 2: p, c (Slide the stitches down the needle across the wire to the other needle ready to knit with the next colour again. Do not turn your work, do this every time you change colour)
Row 3: k, m
Row 4: p, m
Row 5: k, m increase row k2, m1, knit to last 2 stitches, m1, k2
Row 6: p, m
Row 7: k, m
Row 8: p, c
Row 9: k, m
Row 10: p, m increase row k2, m1, knit to last 2 stitches, m1, k2
Row 11: k, m
Row 12: p, m
Row 13: k, c
Row 14: p, m
Row 15: k, m increase row k2, m1, knit to last 2 stitches, m1, k2
Row 16: p, m
Row 17: k, c
Row 18: p, m
Row 19: k, m
Row 20: p, c
Row 21: k, m increase row k2, m1, knit to last 2 stitches, m1, k2
Row 22: p, m
Row 23: k, c
Row 24: p, m
Row 25: k, c
Row 26: p, m increase row k2, m1, knit to last 2 stitches, m1, k2
Finish the last 6 rows in 2×2 rib in main colour
Cast off in rib pattern, if you cast off in knit only the cast off edge is too tight.
Sew the sides together.