Forever Diamonds Legwarmers

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These sporty legwarmers are great for running in frigid weather and for warming up after your run. They feature easy knit and purl textured stitches and a pop of color at the edges. They are worked in the round with an edging that incorporates ribbing and smoothly transitions into the pattern on the body of the piece. Knit in a cozy worsted weight for the maximum in warmth.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: 17” / [43 cm] long, 13-15” / [32-38 cm] around at calf, 10” [25 cm] at ankle.

Stretch to fit calves up to 19” / [48 cm] around.

Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after blocking.

Materials

Yarn:


Medium Weight Yarn Three Irish Girls
Springvale Worsted (100% Merino; 205 yards [187 meters]/100 grams):  Smoke on the Water – Whisper (MC), 1 skein

Light Weight Yarn Three Irish Girls Springvale DK (100% Merino; 270 yards [247 meters]/100 grams): Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Loud (CC), 1 skein.

Needles: US size 6 (4.0 mm): one circular 16” / [40 cm], two circular 24” / [60 cm] long, or DPNs; US size 7 (4.5 mm): one circular 16” / [40 cm], two circular 24” / [60 cm] long, or DPNs.

Notions: Stitch markers; tapestry needle

Pattern Notes

The leg warmers are worked top down in the round.

Pattern

With CC yarn and smaller needles, CO 64 sts, join to work in the round being careful not to twist, PM to indicate beg of round. The additional markers described below are for convenience and are optional.

Border

Rnd 1: *(K2, p2) 5 times, k2, PM, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p2, PM, k1; rep from * once more.
Rnd 2: *(K2, p2) 5 times, k2, sm, p3, k3, p3, sm, k1; rep from * once more.
Rnd 3: *(K2, p2) 5 times, k2, sm, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p2, sm, k1; rep from * once more.

Change to MC.

Rnd 4: Knit.
Rnd 5: *(K2, p2) 5 times, k2, sm, p2, k2, p1, k2, p2, sm, k1; rep from * once more.
Rnd 6: *(K2, p2) 5 times, k2, sm, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p2, sm, k1; rep from * once more.
Rnd 7: *(K2, p2) 5 times, k2, sm, p3, k3, p3, sm, k1; rep from * once more.
Rnd 8: Rep Rnd 6.
Rnd 9: Rep Rnd 5.
Rnds 10-13: Rep Rnds 6-.

Change to larger needles.

Note: You will need to move markers and replace them to work the kfb increase.

Rnd 14: *Work next 21 sts according to Rnd 1 of Chart 1, kfb, p2, k2, p1, k1, kfb, p2, k1, sm; rep from * once more – 68 sts.

Charts

Rnds 15-53: Continue to work Chart 1, repeating sts once more around.

You will work Chart 1 twice for 39 more rounds.

Move beg of rnd marker one st to the right so that there are knit sts to the left and purl sts to the right of the marker.

Rnds 54-73: Work Decrease Chart 2, repeating sts once more around – 48 sts.

Rnds 74-93: Work Chart 3, repeating sts once more around.

Border

Change to smaller needles.

Rnd 94 (Dec): *(K2, p2) 3 times, k2tog, k1, p2, k2, p1, k2, p2; rep from * once more – 46 sts.
Rnd 95: *(K2, p2) 3 times, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p2; rep from * once more.
Rnd 96: *(K2, p2) 3 times, k2, p3, k3, p3; rep from * once more.

Change to CC.

Rnd 97: Knit.
Rnd 98: *(K2, p2) 3 times, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p2; rep from * once more.
Rnd 99: *(K2, p2) 3 times, k2, p2, k2, p1, k2, p2; rep from * once more.

BO loosely in pattern.

Make a second leg warmer in the same manner.

Finishing

Weave in all ends. Block leg warmers to desired measurements.

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