Saturday, February 09, 2008

les cables de faux

Hey gang, it's a pattern and I made it myself.

Warm, versatile and slightly kitschy, these leg warmers were inspired by late 1970's, early 1980's European Ski Bunnies (as seen on the pages of Elle France), slouchy Harajuku leg warmer socks and most importantly by a need to look cute and fashionable and to wear skirts at all times, especially during the frigid winter in rural Quebec. The leg warmers can be worn pulled up covering the calf from ankle to knee, cuff turned up or down, or scrunched down around the ankles just like we did in Ballet-Jazz class in high school. So adaptable, they are ideal accessories for trudging through snowbanks on the way to the market, dancing all night to Abba in the hippest clubs or drinking hot chocolate with Sven and Jean-Pierre in a cozy ski chalet. Oh and they make a swell gift too.

[photographer: Jacqueline Blackman]

The slightly drunken faux cable or "fable" design is perfect for the knitter who has mastered DPNs but isn't ready to make the leap to cables. The stitch pattern is a multiple of 5 stitches so you can make the legwarmers as fitted or slouchy as you wish.

[photographer:Jacqueline Blackman]

S [M, L] (shown in size M)

Circumference 10 [11, 12] inches and very stretchy
Length: 20.5 inches

[MC] Patons Classic Wool Merino [100% wool; 223yd/204m per 100g skein]; color: Marl; 2 skeins

1 set(s) US #5/3.75mm DPNs (or size needed to achieve gauge)

notions required: stitch marker, darning needle

24 sts/28 rows = 4" in 2x3 Rib (Gauge swatch highly recommended as I am a pretty loose knitter)


CO 65 [70, 75] stitches (I used the long tail method)

Divide stitches on 3 dpns, needle 1: 20 (20, 25) needle 2: 20 (25, 25)
needle 3: 25 (25, 25)

Join round being careful not to twist , place marker at beginning of round

Work 16 rows of P2 K3 rib

Rows 1-2 P2 K3
Row 3 *P2, K2tog, YO, K1
Rows 4-6 P2 K3
Row 7 *P2, K1, YO, SL1, K1, PSSO,
Row 8 P2 K3

Repeat these 8 rows 15 times (or however many times to achieve desired length)

Work 4 rows of P2 K3 ribbing

Bind off in rib pattern

Weave in ends and apply legwarmer to leg.

[photographer:Jacqueline Blackman]

*thanks to Jacquie for her mad photography skills and to Peggy Wai for test knitting the size large(not shown)

© 2007 Needle Addict, intended for personal use only


At February 10, 2008, Blogger jacquieblackman said...

Nice legs, lady!

*cat whistles*

At February 27, 2008, Blogger Yvette said...

Great photo of you.
Can I get in this Sven and Jean Pierre thing? Double date?

At January 26, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have big claves. 15" around. Is the L size the circumference of the calf? How you do make it bigger? Go up 5 sts?

At January 27, 2009, Blogger Needle Addict said...

the ones shown in the picture are a size medium and pretty slouchy on the model (me) who has 14" calves. The legwarmers measure a little less than the circumference of the calve because they are a stretchy rib.

The size large should fit 15" calves, but since the pattern is a multiple of 5 stitches- yes, you could go up 5 more stitches to make them larger.

At January 28, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! Sorry another question... Is the guage measured unstretched? Or stretched?

At January 29, 2009, Blogger Needle Addict said...

gauge is measured unstretched

At October 19, 2009, Anonymous grow said...

I love these! I found the pattern on Ravelry. I live in a very cold basement suite and have been locking for a rocking pattern to suit some bright purple yarn I bought for fun legwarmers. This is it! Can't wait to get started. I'll be sure to post pics on ravelry when they're done. Thanks for the great pattern!

At December 05, 2009, Anonymous flamingpoppies said...

DPNs kinda scare me. Could these be knitted in the round, or would that mean having to change the pattern?

At December 05, 2009, Blogger Needle Addict said...

they are actually knitted in the round. Did you mean "can they be knit flat?" They could just as easily be knitted using magic loop or you could knit them flat and seam them afterwards. If you knit it flat, you would have to change every other row to a purl row. (IE: row 2,4,6 and 8 would be K2, P3).
That being said, this pattern would be a great way to get more comfortable with DPNs or Magic loop:)


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