Cozy up to these heart legwarmers and stay warm the hearty way! These 100% wool legwarmers look great peeking out over slouchy boots and are a wonderful way to spread the love.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Size: Approx.13” x 10” (34 x 27 cm) before sewing
Gauge: Gauge not critical
Yarn: Drops Merino Extra Fine (100% wool; 115 yards [105 meters]/50 grams): #05 Light Grey Mix (A, 1 skein), #11 Red (B, 1 skein)
Hook: US size E/4 (3.5 mm) hook
Notions: Markers, tapestry needle
Keep in the mind that the legwarmers are stretching quite a lot, so the finished size of the leg warmer must be smaller than your leg actually is.
The sample is in size adult small/medium.
The legwarmers use the tapestry crochet technique, meaning you will be using two strands of yarn together, when working the heart! Keep the unused yarn at the back of your work and carry it along; otherwise you may work over your unused yarn until needed.
When changing colors, stitch up to 2 stitches before you are supposed to change colors. In the next stitch (the last one of your current color), do not pull the final loop through. Instead, loop the new color around your needle and pull the loop through. Now, just stitch as normal.
Using Yarn A, ch 50.
Row 1: Sk 3 ch (counts as 1st dc), dc in each st across. (47 sts)
Change to Yarn B.
Row 2: Sctbl in each st across. (47 sts)
Change to Yarn A.
Row 3: Dc in each across. (47 sts)
Rows 4-18: Repeat Row 3. (47 sts)
Now you will start working using the tapestry crochet technique.
Row 19: 23 dc in Yarn A, 1 dc in Yarn B, 23 dc in Yarn A. (47 sts)
Row 20: 22 dc in Yarn A, 3 dc in Yarn B, 22 dc in Yarn A. (47 sts)
Row 21: 21 dc in Yarn A, 5 dc in Yarn B, 21 dc in Yarn A. (47 sts)
Row 22: 20 dc in Yarn A, 7 dc in Yarn B, 20 dc in Yarn A. (47 sts)
Row 23: 19 dc in Yarn A, 9 dc in Yarn B, 19 dc in Yarn A. (47 sts)
Row 24: 18 dc in Yarn A, 11 dc in Yarn B, 18 dc in Yarn A. (47 sts)
Rows 25-26: Repeat Row 24.
Row 27: 18 dc in Yarn A, 5 dc in Yarn B, 1 dc in Yarn A, 5 dc in Yarn B, 19 dc in Yarn A. (47 sts)
Row 28: 19 dc in Yarn A, 3 dc in Yarn B, 3 dc in Yarn A, 3 dc in Yarn B, 19 dc in Yarn A. (47 sts)
Row 29: Dc in each st across in Yarn A. (47 sts)
Do NOT fasten off. Continue working the top edging.
Row 30: Turn, ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch down, slip stitch into first dc (of legwarmer). (5 sc)
Row 41: Turn, ch 1, working in back loops only, sc in each sc across. (5 sc)
Row 42: Turn, ch 1, working in back loops only, sc in each sc across, slip stitch in next 2 dc.
Rows 43-77: Repeat Rows 41 and 42.
Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing together.
Weave in any remaining yarn ends.
Gather your piece and fold in middle with the right side facing you. Thread a yarn or tapestry needle with Yarn A, bring it through the first stitch from the wrong side of the fabric to the right side. On the opposite side of fabric, sew through the first stitch from the back to the front – mirroring the stitch on the first side. Continue with the next set of stitches, working each side back and forth and occasionally tightening your stitches.