Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My Gap Inspired Leg Warmers.

Okay so I was going to make these into a pdf and try to sell the pattern... and maybe I will eventually make a pattern to sell but I figured these are too cute and I'd really like to  see my design utilized as they are cute. Here's the story on how they came to be. I posted in my facebook's local sellers page that I do knitting for commision. A wonderful lady asked if I could possibly make her grand-daughter a pair of legwarmers like those on the GAP's page for toddlers....Sooo I checked it out, and yeah seemed pretty easy, so I took a few days of putting it together, knitting, frogging, writing, erasing and  by the end of the week I had the first leg warmer done and, a functioning pattern. So I had another knitter in my area knit up a pair and see how the pattern worked out.. She said it was a good pattern, but I had written the pattern too close togther so insteady of k2,p2 it should have been more like k2, p2... made it easier.. so I hope you all find it just as easy. (I wasn't sure how to do the cable braid in words.. so I made up my own way of writing it out... I hope it's understandable)
Gap-Inspired Leg Warmers

Info: This pattern was inspired by leg warmers advertised on the Gap’s website. Like the original Gap leg warmers I used acrylic yarn.

Materials:
Size 7(4.5mm) dpns or size to get gage
Acrylic yarn in color of your choice. I used around 120 yards for a pair.
Tapestry needle for bind off and end weaving.

Gage: 22sts X 26 rows = 4 inches when worked in cable pattern.

Abbreviations: K= knit
P= purl
sts= stitches
inc= increase
dec= decrease
rnd= round
K2tog= knit 2 together at the same time
kfb= knit into the front and back legs of the stitch
CB2= Slip 2 stitches to cable needle, hold to the back of the work
CF2= Slip 2 stitches to cable needle, hold to the front of the work
KCN= Knit stitches from the cable needle

Cast on: 40 sts, join and knit 1X1 ribbing for 6 rounds
Inc Rnd: Knit around increasing as follows, K5, kfb, K5, kfb, K7, kfb, K7, kfb, K5, kfb, K5, kfb (46 sts)

Cable Pattern
Rnds 1,2,4,5,6,8: K4, P3, K4, P3, K6, P3, K4, P3, K4, P3, K6, P3,

Rnd 3: CB2, K2 ,KCN, P3, CB2, K2, KCN, P3, CF2, K2, KCN, K2, P3, CB2, K2, KCN, P3, CB2, K2, KCN, P3, CF2, K2, KCN, K2, P3

Rnd 7: CB2, K2, KCN, P3, CB2, K2, KCN, P3, K2, CB2, K2, KCN, P3, CB2, K2, KCN, P3, CB2, K2, KCN, P3, K2, CB2, K2, KCN, P3
Continue in cable pattern for 6 repeats(or desired length), plus 2 rows, stopping at the end of row 2.
 
Dec. Rnd: K5, k2tog, K5, k2tog, K7,k2tog, K7, K2tog, K5, k2tog, K5, k2tog (40sts)
Work in 1X1 ribbing for six rounds
Bind off.
I use an invisible ribbed bind off.
Cut your working yarn about 3 ft and thread on tapestry needle. You will be using your needle like a knitting needle entering the sts knit or purl wise.
Set up: Purl into the first st on your knitting needle, pulling yarn all the way through, then come between the first two stitches on the knitting needle from behind and pull the yarn through. Then enter the second stitch on the knitting needle knit wise and pull yarn through.
Work the rest of the sts using the following 4 steps.
Step one: Using tapestry needle knit into the first stitch on the needle(you already purled into this stitch once) pull the yarn all the way through, and slip this stitch off of the knitting needle. (Viola one stitch bound off!)
Step two: Purl into the second stitch currently on your knitting needle, pulling the yarn all the way through. Leave this stich on the needle for now.
Step three: Purl into the first stitch on the knitting needle, pulling the yarn through and slipping the stitch off the knitting needle.
Step four: Come between the first two stitches on the knitting needle from behind and pull the yarn through. Then enter the second stitch on the knitting needle knit wise and pull yarn through.
When you have one last stitch left, purl into the closest leg of the first stitch you bound off. Then finish with step three, and secure and weave in ends. This will make the jog between the first stitch and last stitch less noticeable.
There is a great tutorial for this bind off at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23uJSGokBDA&list=FLvI46Yz7jaH6KdwFUgraYYA&index=1


Okay so I've modified this pattern to fit an adult small/medium.
Yarn weight, 4 or worsted weight yarn
US size 7 and 8 needles
Using size 7 needles cast on 58 sts and work in 1X1 rib for 10 rounds.
Switch to size 8 needles and work the cable pattern
Continue in cable pattern for 9 repeats(or desired length), plus 2 rows, stopping at the end of row 2. 
Switch back to size 7 needles and work in 1X1 rib for 10 rounds and bind off.
Cable Pattern
Rnds 1,2,4,5,6,8: K4, P1, K2, P1, K4,  P1, K2, P1, K9,  P1, K2, P1, K4,  P1, K2, P1, K4,  P1, K2, P1, K9,  P1, K2, P1,

Rnd 3: CB2, K2 ,KCN, P1, K2, P1, CB2, K2, KCN,  P1, K2, P1, CF3, K3, KCN, K3,  P1, K2, P1, CB2, K2, KCN,  P1, K2, P1, CB2, K2, KCN,  P1, K2, P1, CF3, K3, KCN, K3,  P1, K2, P1

Rnd 7: CB2, K2, KCN,  P1, K2, P1, CB2, K2, KCN,  P1, K2, P1, K3, CB3, K3, KCN,  P1, K2, P1, CB2, K2, KCN,  P1, K2, P1, CB2, K2, KCN,  P1, K2, P1, K3, CB3, K3, KCN,  P1, K2, P1



I don't care what you do with the finished product, wear it, give it away, sell it... just please don't claim the pattern as your own.

8 comments:

  1. I love to knit...I love to knit Irish style patterns...and I love to knit smaller projects.
    This is a win...win...win for this woman. Thankyou for you generousity!

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  2. Angie, I adore this pattern and will be using again for the 3rd, 4th and 5th time already. Hopefully I'll be able to actually find time to make it a 6th, 7th and 8th time for my own 3 girls :) Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and talent!

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  3. This is adorable! Do you think you can post a video tutorial for this lovely project? It will help so much, Thanks!!!
    Clau

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    1. I know I'm late replying, I may in the future. As of right now I don't know if I'll have the time. If I do though I'll post it here!

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  4. Thanks so much for this pattern. They are adorable and I look forward to making them!

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  5. Thank you very much for sharing this pattern 😊 - Jan

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