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Cozy stranded legwarmers
I suppose for most people, the idea of having your legs covered in bugs would be rather creepy. I’m not much of a fan of bugs in reality, quite the opposite in fact, but I do enjoy knitting them in colorful shades of wool. These legwarmers help make a bright and cozy transition from winter into spring. Perhaps it’s still a little chilly to wear a skirt and bare your knees, but put on some legwarmers, and your skirt can be just a little bit shorter, or a lot shorter if that’s your thing. The legwarmers are knit in the round, with stranded colorwork. They’re a great project for using up remainders of various colors of yarn.

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  • How to make legwarmers. Bug In A Rug Legwarmers - Step 1
    Step 1

    Finished size: 14 ½” long (can be adjusted)

    Gauge:
    22 sts and 26 rows over 4” in stockinette st

    Beginning at bottom edge (make 2):
    Note: When knitting 2nd legwarmer, create buttonholes on the opposite edge.
    Using US 7 circular needle, co58.
    Row 1: (K1, p1) to end.
    Row 2: (P1, k1) twice, (k1, p1) to last 4 sts, (p1, k1) twice.
    Row 3: K2tog, dbl yo, k2tog, (k1, p1) to end.
    Row 4: (P1, k1) twice, pm, knit to last 4 sts, pm, (p1, k1) twice.
    Row 5: (K1, p1) twice, begin chart 1 with a purl row, repeating 5 times between markers, (k1, p1) twice.
    Continue knitting chart with seed stitch border on sides until chart is complete. Make one additional buttonhole on the 9th row.
    Next row: (P1, k1) twice, knit to next marker. Connect edges as follows:
    Place each of the first 4 sts and the last 4 sts on 2 double pointed needles. Overlap so that the buttonholes are on top. Knit the first st from the top needle together with the first st from the 2nd needle. Repeat with the remaining 6 sts. (see figure 1)

  • How to make legwarmers. Bug In A Rug Legwarmers - Step 2
    Step 2

    Remove first marker. Knit to second marker, dividing sts on double pointed needles as you go. This marker now marks the beginning of the round. 54 sts (see figure 2)

  • How to make legwarmers. Bug In A Rug Legwarmers - Step 3
    Step 3

    Knit 2 rounds.

    Begin knitting chart 2, repeating 6 times each round.
    Knit 1 round.
    Next round: (Kfb, k8) 6 times. 60 sts
    Knit 1 round.

    Begin chart 3, repeating 5 times each round.
    Knit 1 round.
    Next round: (Kfb, k9) 6 times. 66 sts
    Knit 1 round.

    Begin chart 4, repeating 6 times each round.
    Knit 1 round.
    Next round: (K2tog, k64) 65 sts
    Knit 1 round.
    Begin chart 5, repeating 5 times each round.

    Knit 1 round. Switch to US size 5 double pointed needles,
    Next round: (K1, p1) to last stitch, k1.
    Repeat last round 3 more times, or until desired length. Bind off loosely in pattern.

    Weave in loose ends. Block well.
    Sew buttons, lining up with buttonholes. (see figure 3)

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