Ever since Iris saw one of her preschool teachers (a dancer) wearing leg warmers to school, she's been begging me to make her some. Of course she requested them in "ballet pink" to go with the monochromatic look she favors. I found the perfect yarn, and I didn't have to go far because Purl is my go-to for yarn. I used their Worsted Twist in Ballet Pink, and it's just the squishiest, cuddliest merino yarn in the most delicate shade of pink. It was really fun to knit with.
I originally bought a pattern on Ravelry to use, but ended up scrapping it after finding the math to be incorrect. So of course I ended up doing what I do 9 times out of 10 and made up my own pattern. Well, mostly. I had recently bought the loveliest sock pattern, Wildflowers and Honeycomb Socks by Olivia Villarreal, and I decided to use the same stitch pattern. I haven't made the socks yet, but I highly recommend the sock pattern after having read it.
I'm going to write the pattern notes for the leg warmers here in case you want to recreate them. Keep in mind these are pretty casual notes!
Size- Toddler (2-4 yrs). Iris is 3 years old, 50th percentile height and 5th percentile weight. There's definitely room to grow in these. To make a smaller or larger size try decreasing or increasing gauge.
Dimensions- 8" circumference, 12" length.
Yarn- 1 skein of Purl Soho Worsted Twist in Ballet Pink
Gauge- 5 stitches per inch with gauge needle. (If you want to use fingering weight to make them lighter weight, just use the exact directions in the sock pattern for gauge and number of stitches to cast on because the socks are 8" circumference as well.)
Needles- one set of DPN's size US 8 (or size needed to obtain gauge) and one set of DPN's size US 6 (or 2 sizes smaller than gauge needle)
Cast 40 stitches onto smaller DPN's. Divide stitches between needles and join in the round.
Work in 1x1 rib for 2".
Change to larger DPN's and work in stitch pattern found in the Wildflowers and Honeycomb Socks pattern for 8". (Or you can figure out the stitch pattern on your own, but I recommend buying the pattern to support the designer. It's only $4.) I made sure to have 4 rows of Stockinette between the ribbing and the eyelet pattern at the top and bottom.
Change back to smaller DPN's and work in 1x1 rib for 2".
BO 40 stitches in 1x1 rib.
So quick and simple! I loved knitting these, and Iris loves wearing them.