Unfortunately, the now-defunct Goodsmiths site has finally come down. So a lot of my blog projects that had been published there have disappeared. I'm not going to try to save all of them, but I would like to re-post some patterns that I have posted on Ravelry, and add some new ones.
I'm gonna start with this baby leg warmer pattern because I enjoyed making these so much for Harper when she was a baby.
They're made with a fuzzy acrylic yarn that is machine washable and comes in a lot of great colors. You can knit them up plain or go with the stripe sequence I came up with. And if you like that yarn, you can also get my pattern for stretchy leg warmers that will grow with your kiddo from my Etsy pattern shop.
Stripey baby leg warmers
sized for 0-3 months
• Lion Brand Jiffy yarn in colors: grape (A), country green (B), silver heather (C), and dark grey heather (D), (or any combination of 4 colors you like)
*Note: Lion discontinued this yarn :( but there are other similar yarns out there. Because of the fuzziness, these were in the bulky category.
• Size 10.5 straight knitting needles
• Yarn needle to sew up seams
Cast on 18 stitches, leaving a 14-inch tail so you can sew up the seam at the end. Using a stockinette pattern (knit one row, purl one row), follow this stripe sequence:
5 rows A
4 rows B
2 rows C
3 rows D
2 rows A
3 rows C
1 row B
4 rows D
3 rows A
2 rows C
Bind off on your last row of C. Using your yarn needle, weave in any loose strings to the back side of the piece and snip off the ends. You can actually use these ends to carefully sew up the seam, matching the colors on each side. But if you don't have the patience for that (half the time I don't!), you can just use the long tail from the beginning of your work to sew up the seam.
To make plain leg warmers, follow these instructions. You will only need one skein per pair.
Cast on 18 stitches. Knit in stockinette pattern until piece measures 7 inches. Bind off.
Cast on 20 stitches. Knit in stockinette pattern until piece measures 8 inches. Bind off.
Cast on 22 stitches. Knit in stockinette pattern until piece measures 9 inches. Bind off.
With right sides facing, use the long tail of yarn you left at the beginning of the piece to sew a seam all the way up to the top. You can use mattress stitch, or your favorite seaming stitch. Then snip off any extra yarn and turn the leg warmer right-side-out. Repeat with the second one.
*If you don't want a seam, you can always knit with DPNs or a magic loop instead.