Tuesday, December 11, 2012
So this year I devised these sweater legs that I think will go a lot better. They are foot-less, so they can be worn with any shoe - like legwarmers. Except they won't slide down her legs and she'll get the warmth all the way up her bottom like she did with the tights. I do plan to knit her many, many more of these this winter. In the future, however, I will have the ribbed pattern go all the way up the legs and into the waste band.
These are going to be so useful! She can run around the house in them and be comfortable. She can sleep in them, or wear them as long-johns underneath pants to play in the snow. And yes, they can be worn under a skirt to keep her legs warm when it's cold out. I'm probably going to make some for my 6 year old boy too, to keep him toasty this year.
Materials: 1 skein of worsted weight yarn (the softer the better so they're not itchy).
1 set of size 5 needles (either circular or DPN to work in the round).
Piece of elastic, the size of the waste.
CO 90 stitches onto circular needles
Rounds 1 through 10: K2, P2
Rounds 11 through 40: Knit
Set half (45) stitches on reserve
Cast on 5 additional stitches using the reverse cast on method, join to the other side in the center to create the leg hole.
Rounds 41 through 50: Knit
Rounds 51 through 130: K1, P1
Check the length and if it is not long enough for your child, continue knitting until it is, then bind off.
Pick up the stitches from the other leg and knit it as you did the first.
Weave in all of your ends.
I found it necessary to sew a seam from the middle of the front to the middle of the back - the same place most pants have them, in order to avoid bunching.
Sew the elastic band around the waste and viola! You have a pair of nifty sweater legs.