A colleague asked me to make her daughter a pair of cable leg warmers. I had some alpaca yarn left over from a sweater I made last December and decided to use it. Since I didn’t find a pattern with the right amount of stitches I would need I decided to create my own pattern. I wrote it down for you to enjoy as well.
Finished size: length 30 cm, for a calf of 35 cm
Construction: work in round, knit with two strands of the yarn at the same time throughout the work
Gauge: 17 stitches and 33 rounds = 10x10cm
What you need:
Yarn: 160g of Picchu 100% Alpaca yarn by Hjertegarn (50g=167m) color 930 (dark brown)
Needles: 4,00 mm (US size 6) set of five double-pointed needles
Cable needle, or extra needle in same size or smaller
Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.
Cast on 58 stitches, leaving a loose cast on edge. Divide stitches evenly onto 4 dps (double pointed needles) and join for working in the round. Work in knit 1 through back loop, purl 1 -rib for 20 rounds.
Start the chart knitting the row 20. While knitting this row increase 1 stitch by working into front and back of one stitch to get the 59 stitches the chart requires. (It makes no real difference which stitch you increase)
Then work rows 1-20 of the chart three times in total.
You have now knit 81 rounds in total. Repeat the same knit 1 through back loop, purl 1 -rib you started the leg warmer with for 20 rounds. (In the first round you have to knit two stitches together to get back to the 58 stitches)
Bind off while continuing the rip. Weave in the ends.
Make the other leg warmer in the same way.
Wash and block the leg warmers to obtain the correct size.
PS.In case you need to adjust the size of your leg warmers switch to smaller/bigger needles. You can also add some extra rib to each round. I would add it between stitches 11&12 and just knit 1 through back loop, purl 1 -rib for as many stitches as you want to add.
Hope you have fun with this pattern! 🙂