Sparkly Stripe-y Legwarmers Pattern


Festive and simple legwarmers featuring Martha Stewart’s glitter eyelash yarn. An easy to memorize pattern allows you to take it anywhere. The elastic 2×2 rib pattern gives the top and bottom of the legwarmers form and stretch while the main panel is a slouchy sparkly riot of tinsel striped goodness. Girly legwarmers are perfect for dance class warm-ups, lounging around on cooler days, and layering for special events.




  • Size L ages 7-8 (CO 36) 15″ x 9″
  • Size M ages 5-6 (CO 32) 14″ x 8″
  • Size S ages 3-4 (CO 28) 13″ x 7″
  • Size XS ages 2-3 (CO 24) 12″ x 6″

Gauge: 4 stitches per inch

The Pattern:

Loosely cast on 24 (28, 32, 36) stitches.

Lower 2 x 2 Ribbing (Color 1)

Rounds 1-10: Join for in the round knitting, distribute the stitches evenly on the needles, for example: XS= 8,8,8; S= 10,8,10; M- 10, 12, 10;  L=12, 12, 12.

Begin 2×2 ribbing: Knit 2, Purl 2 – repeat to end of row. You could use a stitch marker to keep track of the beginning or visually refer to the cast-on tail as I do. Continue this pattern for 10 rounds total, always knit above the knit stitches, purl above the purl stitches.

Middle Series (Colors 1 and 2)

Rows 11-16: Knit 6 rows with Color 1 above the rib stitches (this is the knit stitch, knit every row).

Row 17: Introduce Color 2 at the beginning of the row, after the first stitch. I knit in the end of my new yarn to avoid sewing it in later by holding the lead yarn and yarn tail together.

Row 18: Pick up Color 1 and move Color 2 (tinsel) behind your stitches, keeping the tinsel yarn in the leg warmer and away from your new stitches. Knit with Color 1 for a total of 6 rows.

Continue knitting in this sequence until you have 4 (5,6,7) rows of sparkle within your legwarmer followed by 6 rows of Color 1 before beginning the upper ribbing section.

Upper 2 x 2 Ribbing (Color 1)

Make sure you haven’t slipped any stitches – ensure you should have 24 (28, 32, 36) active stitches on your needles.

Knit 2, Purl 2 to end of row. Repeat for a total of 20 rows. Loosely cast off in the same pattern (Knit 2, Purl 2).

Repeat for second legwarmer.

More photos are posted of the girls modeling their sparkly legs on Flickr.

Please visit my Ravelry page and feel free to share any feedback you have on the pattern. It’s my first knitting pattern and I’d love to hear what you think.

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2 Responses to “Sparkly Stripe-y Legwarmers Pattern”

  1. Sparkly Legwarmers Featured on Martha Stewart Living Blog says:

    November 1st, 2012 at 11:30 am

    [...] Click on the image below to read the guest post on Martha’s Living Blog. Read the original post and download the free pattern here. [...]

  2. Best Knitting Projects and Tips for Beginners says:

    November 26th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    [...] Leg Warmers, our own pattern using ribbing, some colorwork striping and lots of knit stitches. Made in the round on double pointed needles. [...]