Tuesday, July 2, 2013

First Knitting Pattern! Lace Leaf Legwarmers

Over the past year or so, I've been slowly working on designing my own knitting patterns.  So far I have 4...they are all pretty simple, but I have to start somewhere!

The first pattern is the Lace Leaf Legwarmers.  I designed them for my sister, who felted the first pair of legwarmers I made her!  For yarn I chose Knit Picks Capretta, a beautiful cashmere blend.  It knit beautifully and has held up well to wear and tear and washing.

Finished legwarmer.


Finished Size:  18" long, 5" wide (when folded flat).  Approx. women’s small

Knit Picks Capretta (Fingering weight), 2 balls
#3 needles
7sts & 10rows = 1"

Cast on 72 sts, join to work in the round
Work *k1 (twisted), p1* rib for 2”

Follow pattern for 14” (or desired length minus 4’)
  • Knit
  • *yo, k2, sl1, k2tog, psso, k2, yo, k1*
  • Knit
  • *k1, yo, k1, sl1, k2tog, psso, k1, yo, k2*
  • Knit
  • *k2, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k3*
  • Knit
  • K2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k2, sl1, k2tog, psso, *k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, sl1, k2tog, psso*, end last repeat ssk instead of (sl1, k2tog, psso)
  • Knit
  • K2tog, yo, k3, yo, k1, sl1, k2tog, psso, *k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, sl1, k2tog, psso* end last repeat ssk instead of (sl1, k2tog, psso)
  • Knit
  • K1, *yo, k5, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso* end last repeat s1, k2tog with first stitch of next round, psso


Work *k1 (twisted), p1* rib for 2”
Bind off loosely

Legwarmer worn with jeans and boots.

Close-up of the lace pattern and ribbing.


You can now link to the pattern on Ravelry too!  Enjoy!

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

These are beautiful Emaly! I'll definitely be knitting a pair when I get some free time... Hope things are going well :)

Sandi

Emaly said...

Thanks! I have another pair to post in a few weeks...

Deb said...

Love your leg warmers!! Just wondered what the term K ( twisted) means? I have not seen that in a pattern before. Are you actually twisting the stitch on the needle before you knit it? Thanks for helping out! Good luck with creating new patterns
deb

Emaly said...

Thanks Deb! I may have used unusual terminology...I meant to twist the knit stitch for the rib. To do a twisted knit stitch, you knit into the back loop of the stitch, rather than the front. The purl stitch is done normally. A twisted rib is much tighter and neater looking than a regular rib, at least with my knitting. Let me know if you still need more clarification. Emaly

Deb said...

Awesome Emaly for the clarification. Just wondering the yardage of the skeins/balls . I am in Canada and will look for wool with the similar gauge but just wondered about yardage so I buy enough:).
Thanks again!!

Emaly said...

The yarn I used had 230 yards/ball, and I used just shy of 2 balls. I approximated that the legwarmers took 450 yards, but it might not be quite that much.

Sylvie Lierman said...

Can you tell me which size of needle you used for this yarn?

Thanks!

Emaly said...

I used #3 needles, 3.25mm.

Anonymous said...

The pattern is beautiful. Would you have any suggestions as to changes required to make the leg warmers more of a medium size?

Emaly said...

To make a medium size you could add on a repeat or two of the stitch pattern, to make it wider. Or the easiest way would be to increase the yarn and needle size. If you do that I would definitely check the gauge before you start to make sure you aren't going too big! Hope that helps! Emaly

Mad knitter said...

Thanks Emaly for your quick reply and suggestions. I think I will go with adding a repeat to the pattern at this time. Wish me luck!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Emaly for the quick response and the suggestions provided. Since I already have purchased the wool, I will opt for the addition of a repeat of the pattern. Wish me luck! Be well.

Anonymous said...

In the 10th row I loose 3 stitches and end up with 69 instead of 72. Is this correct?

Emaly said...

I really wish I could help more! I just worked through the pattern again and came out with 72 stitches after every row. The k2tog and ssk results in a decrease of 2 stitches, same as the (sl1, k2tog, psso). And there are 2 yarn-overs (increases) for every set of 2 decreases. Are you sure you aren’t losing some of the yarn-overs as you work around the row?

Eli YZ said...

Hi Emaly! Thanks for the pattern!

I was wondering about the number of stitches too. In Row 8 and Row 10, your instructions say to "end last repeat ssk instead of (sl1, k2tog, psso)". You only need 2 stitches to do a ssk, however (sl1, k2tog, psso) is a 3-stitch maneuver. So we're missing the instruction on the one stitche before the ssk if that's the end of the round. Right? Thank you!

Emaly said...

In row 8 and 10, the rows start with a k2tog, so combined with the ssk at the end of the rows you still lose 2 stitches. Does that make sense? I promise that the pattern is correct!