Soft and Cozy Leg Warmers Knitting Pattern

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I have been wanting to make a pair of leg warmers for my daughter for so long, and I’m happy to say that they are finally complete!  She loves to dance and I wanted to make some cozy super soft leg warmers to keep her ankles nice and toasty.  I’m so happy with the result, and I hope you like them too because I posted the pattern for free!

Leg Warmers Knitting Pattern

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Leg Warmers Knitting Pattern

Here is what you will need to make these soft and cozy leg warmers:

Worsted Weight Yarns from


4 Stitches, 5.5 Rows = 1″ in stockinette stitch


4″ Wide X 14″ Long

Leg Warmers Knitting Pattern


K: Knit

P: Purl

YO: Yarn Over

K2TogTBL: Knit Two Together Through the Back Loop

K2Tog: Knit Two Together

YFRN: Yarn Forward Around Needle



Cast on 50 Stitches.

Row 1 (right side): K2, *P2, K2; repeat from * to end of row.

Row 2: P2, *K2, P2; repeat from * to end of row.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 three more times (total of 8 rows) to create ribbing.

Row 9: K2, *P1, YO, K2TogTBL, P1, K2; repeat from * to end of row.

Row 10: P2, *K1, P2; repeat from * to end of row.

Row 11: K2, *P1, K2Tog, YFRN, P1, K2; repeat from * to end of row.

Row 12: P2, *K1, P2; repeat from * to end of row.

Repeat rows 9 through 12 until your work measures approximately 12 inches.

Finish off the leg warmers the way you started by repeating rows 1 and 2 four times to make 8 rows of 2X2 Ribbing.

Cast off.

Repeat the above steps for the second leg warmer.


Fold and sew up the back seam.

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  • Reply Carol January 27, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Lovely, thank you for sharing with us.

    • Reply Carol bell January 27, 2017 at 7:14 am

      I found this pattern several months
      Ago. I have made 5 already for grandkids. They absolutely adore them. I really loved the pattern stitch. Was so easy once l got going
      On it. I have had. About 25 pins on it. Hope all enjoy making them as much as I have. Regards Carol

  • Reply Berna January 28, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Exactly what I was looking for ! Thank you

  • Reply Beth February 19, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Beautiful pattern! I’m going to make them shorter and make fingerless gloves of them. Thanks for the patter. 🙂

  • Reply Dee March 15, 2016 at 10:09 am

    I love them. Im working on mine now. I have changed the pattern to be worked on a circular needle as i dont like to seam. I hope to finish them today. Im going to make wrist warmers and a scarf as well. These are going to help so much with an auto immune problem i have with changes in temperature. Thank you so very much for sharing the pattern.

    • Reply Leelee March 17, 2016 at 1:09 pm

      You’re welcome Dee, I’m so glad that this pattern will help you keep comfortable 🙂

    • Reply Donna Fischer July 28, 2016 at 11:49 am

      Hello Dee … will you share your adapted pattern for circular needles? These will be great for my 8-year old granddaughter who loves going “seamless”.

    • Reply Donna July 30, 2016 at 11:39 am

      LeeLee … do you have this pattern for circular needles?

      • Reply Leelee August 15, 2016 at 1:16 pm

        Sorry, not at the moment

    • Reply Maria 😊 October 5, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      Hi Dee,

      Would you mind sharing your re-written pattern for using circular needles? I hate seaming, too, and would love to make these for my daughters to wear this winter to ballet class.

      Many thanks,

    • Reply Nina November 13, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      Hello Dee, would you be able to post the pattern for the wrist warmers and scarf? I am making these for my 11yr old daughter and I now they would love the whole set!

  • Reply Alison April 1, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Are these adult or child size? And what weight is the yarn please? (UK knitter)

    • Reply Leelee April 5, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      They would comfortable fit an older child (8 and up) and adult.

  • Reply Mari May 31, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Thank you so much for this pattern. These are beautiful 🙂

  • Reply Alice June 4, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Thank you for this !

  • Reply Nancy Hamilton October 12, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Please tell me how and where they are 4″ wide.nance wants to know

    • Reply Leelee October 17, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      Hi Nancy, the finished leg warmers are 4 inches wide at the middle going across (once the seam is sewn up).

  • Reply Nancy Hamilton October 12, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Please tell me how and where they are 4″ wide.nance wants to know I love the pattern but before I begin knitting I would like to know the width of finished product

  • Reply Alice Martin December 3, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    I do not understand the Guage is it one stitch equals an inch? Thank you

    • Reply Leelee December 13, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      Sorry that was a typo, thanks for pointing it out! I will update the pattern.
      4 Stitches and 5.5 Rows = 1 Inch in stockinette stitch.

  • Reply Ellie December 14, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    I’m pretty new to knitting and have a couple questions about this pattern. I wanted to make them twice as wide to fit around my calves, so would I cast on 100 stitches or 102 stitches to make up for the ribbing? I cast on 100 to experiment and I have to begin each row with knitting in order to get the correct result.
    Also, when doing a yarn over around needle (YFRN), does that include a purl stitch or not? I can’t seem to figure it out. Thank you in advance for your help!

  • Reply Sarah December 17, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Can I add more stitches to make an adult size

    • Reply Leelee December 19, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Hi Sarah, yes you can. You just need a multiple of 6 + 2

  • Reply Joan March 22, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    What size needle should be used?

    • Reply Leelee March 22, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      US 10 (6.0 mm) straight knitting needles.

  • Reply Verma June 3, 2017 at 4:52 am

    If you at any time have this pattern using DP needles, I would also love to have it, as well as wrist warmers. Can’t wait to try these; they look lovely!

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