Thursday, February 16, 2012

Free Knitting Pattern: Lace Legs

Need something to warm up your legs when the temperatures drop, or do you miss wearing some of your favorite skirts or dresses because it's so chilly out.  Or are you like me and are longing for spring and just can't accept that its cold out and you need to wear pants.  Why not try knitting a pair of lace legwarmers in your favorite fiber to keep your gams toasty warm while you wear your favorite flirty skirt.

These are simple to knit only requiring the knitter to have basic lace knowledge, mainly yarn overs, and two stitch decrease.

3 balls of Knit Picks Stroll Sport Weight (137 yards, 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon) in Jackrabbit Heather
16 " US 4 Circular Needle
Stitch Marker
Tapestry Needle

13sts x 14 rows = 2"x2"

Leg Warmers (Make Two)
CO 80 sts, place marker and join being careful not to twist cast on edge.
Work in 2x2 rib for 17 rows or about 21/2 inches
Knit 1 round
Start Fish Tail Lace

Fish Tail Lace
R1: *YO, K2, Sl 2 Kwise, k1 passo, K2, YO, K1*
R2: Knit All
R3: *K1, YO, K1, Sl 2 Kwise, k1 passo, K1, YO, K2*
R4: Knit All
R5: *K2, YO, Sl 2 Kwise, k1, passo, YO, K3*
R6: Knit All

Work Fish Tail Lace for 15 repeats
Knit 1 round
Work 2x2 rib for 17 rows or 2 1/2 inches
BO in Pattern
Weave in ends and block.

K = Knit
YO = Yarn Over
Sl = Slip Stitch
Kwise = Knit Wise
Passo = Pass stitch or stitches over new stitch
CO = Cast On
BO = Bind Off


  1. Thanks, they are a lot warmer than I originally thought they would be.

  2. LOVE THESE!!! I think they would take me approximately 10 years to make (I am the slooooowest knitter ever!) Xo Lori

  3. lace knitting patterns are the way to go. I just started learning and its so much fun. I can't believe it took me this long to pick up the fun hobby.

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  5. Love this! I can't wait to try out some of your lace knitting patterns. I just recently picked up this hobby and love it! Thanks for the great blog. I will definitely be coming back.

  6. Love these! But I'm wondering, what multiple of stitches are these worked in? I want to make mine a bit smaller so I need to know by how many stitches I can decrease when I cast on. Thanks!

  7. Katie - I've just started knitting them with 64 stitches as it seems to be multiples of 8. Working well so far!

    Thanks for a beautiful pattern!

  8. On R1 of the Fish Tail, it says sl 2 kwise- I assume that is slip 2 together kwise ? no slip 1 and then slip another one?
    Then it says k1 passo, should I pass both slip stitches over or just 1?

    Thank you kindly.

  9. You are correct! You slip two stitches at the same time knitwise. This reorients your stitches so that when you pass them over the knit stitch your middle stitch is laying on the top of your decrease.

  10. Thank you so much Bluebetty!
    I also wonder about this pattern working in multiples of 8, as was suggested above, I tried it with CO 72 and it didn't work out I did not end with the K1 on the first row. Should it work with CO 72?
    Thank you.

  11. These legwarmers are really cute and I plan on making 2 sets of them, one for me and a set for my daughter! Thanks for sharing your pattern with us! :)

  12. Hi,

    These are beautiful. I want to make them right away. But, I dont know how to size them. Can you please suggest, how can I measure, how many stiches should I cast on so that they fit me snug.

    - Geetika

  13. Thanks for the great tutorial. It is nice to go through the process at a high level.
    Bellafill Artefill

  14. These are so cute - thank you for sharing!