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Monday, December 12, 2011

Shell-easy legwarmers

This is based on my Shell-easy mitts and are easy to make. They have an added ribbing on the top and bottom so that they'll stay on your leg.

I'm giving the directions for one that fits my leg, obviously if you have larger or smaller legs you will have to adjust your starting chain up or down 6 chains for it to fit your leg.

Note: This pattern is easily adjustable for any weight of yarn with appropriate hook. RHSS will make a fairly heavy legging. If you want a lighter legging then use sport weight or lighter yarn with appropriate sized hook. For the ribbing you will want a hook at least one size smaller than the one you use for the legging, I recommend one two sizes smaller where possible so that the ribbing will be snug.

Note: Your starting chain should fit around the largest part of your lower leg at the calf. Do not stretch it too much, it will be better if it's a bit loose. The shell-easy pattern has some give in it.


RHSS, Amethyst. I'm using a partial skein of 14 ozs, I recommend two  regular skeins to be sure, or one 14 oz skein. Or any WW yarn.
Crochet hooks sizes H and J
Yarn needle to weave in ends

Gauge: Not important.

Shell: 5 dc in specified st.

Shell-easy pattern (over a multiple of 6 sts around):

Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in same place as joining, sk 2 sc, shell in next sc, sk 2 sc, *sc in next sc, sk 2 sc, shell in next sc, sk 2 sc. Rep from * around, join with sl st to first sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), shell in 3rd dc of next shell, *dc in sc bet shells, shell in 3rd dc of next shell. Rep from * around, join with sl st to 3rd dc of starting ch-3

Rnds 3 and following: Ch 3, shell in 3rd dc of next shell, *dc in dc bet shells, shell in 3rd dc of next shell. Rep from * around, join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-3

Using larger hook:

Ch 42 (or a multiple of six), join to form a ring, being careful not to twist sts. Ch 1, sc in each ch around, join with sl st to first sc. 42 sc.

Work shell-easy pattern above until you have 14 shell rnds.

Next rnd: Ch 1, sc in same place as joining and in each dc around, join with a sl st in 1st sc. 42 sc. Do not end off.

Note: Count your ribbing sts carefully every now and then, it's very easy to miss the sc right next to the legwarmer and you'll lose a stitch and have to frog back.

Top ribbing. Switch to smaller hook:

Ch 11, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, sl st in same st as joining on legging and in next sc of legging. Turn. 10 sc.

Row 2: Sk the 2 sl sts and sc in BLO of next 10 sc. Ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Sc in BLO of each sc across, sl st in next 2 sc of legging. Turn

Rep Rows 2 and 3 alternately all the way around, ending by working Row 2 (do not ch 1 at end of this row, just turn). Turn and sl st the last row worked to the free lps of beg ch, working through both lps of last row. End off, leaving end long enough to weave in.

Bottom ribbing: Still using smaller hook. (This pulls the bottom in to fit the ankle better)

Attach yarn with a sl st to any free lp of beg ch. Ch 1 and sc in same st as joining and in each free lp of beg ch. Join with sl st to first sc. Make sure you have 42 sc (I somehow ended up with 43, but it was no biggie to fix)(Or however many chs you had in your starting ch)

Now work ribbing same as the top ribbing, except ch 9 instead of 11.

Finishing: Weave in loose ends.


Scotkat said...

Nice chatty ,I have made knitted leg warmers not crochet .

Must have a go.

Chatty said...

Thank you. I can knit as well, I just enjoy crochet more.

Simply Creations said...

I've been looking for another leg warmer pattern & love your design ~ very pretty! BTW, found your blog through Crochetville ;)


Chatty said...

Good luck. They are quite easy.

Chatty said...

Thank you Simple Creations. Yes, I like to post at Crochetville on occasion. Sometimes I disappear for periods but I always go back

Gigi said...

your patterns are the best with simple directions!!! a facebook friend of mine told me about your page as i was looking for a crocheted pattern for fingerless gloves and your pattern is FAB!!! I just found your shell leg warmers and i will be making those tomorrow. I am up at 3 am making your f. gloves!! I have a pattern for ribbed gloves that are very simple and look FAB. I would love to share that pattern with you, but how??? Email address maybe... let me know how i can show you the pattern for ribbed gloves.

Chatty said...

Gigi, you can reach me at gmail.

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