Ruffled Leg Warmers

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    Ruffled Leg Warmers

    These leg warmers knit up fast and are cute to boot -- a great addition to your little one's dance ensemble!

    Materials:

    • 1 skein Red Heart Shimmer in shade 1715 Hot Pink, or about 90 (100, 110, 120, 140, 160, 180) yards of medium weight yarn of your choice
    • 1 set size US 7 (4.5 mm) double pointed knitting needles, or long circular for magic loop

    Gauge:

    5 stitches and 7 rows per inch in Stockinette Stitch.

    Size:

    6-12 months (12-18 months, 18-24 months, 2-4 years, 4-6 years, 6-8 years, 8-10 years)

    Calf...MORE circumference: 6.5 (7.5, 8, 9, 9, 9.5, 9.5) inches

    Ankle circumference: 4 (5, 5.5, 6.5, 6.5, 7, 7) inches

    Length: 7 (8, 8.5, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11) inches

    Note: Baby and child leg sizes are highly variable and there is no standard sizing for them. Please be sure to refer to the circumference and lengths given when you choose a size, not just the age. Also, length can be altered easily by changing the amount of Stockinette Stitch you do in the middle of the leg warmer, before you get to the ankle decreases.

    Sample knit in 2-4 years size, by Eileen Casey.

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    Knit the Leg Warmers

    Body of Leg Warmer:

    1. Cast on 28 (32, 36, 40, 40, 44, 44) stitches and join in round, being careful not to twist.
    2. Work in 2x2 ribbing for 1 inch.
    3. Next round increase: *K7 (8, 9, 10, 10, 11, 11), m1. Repeat from * across round. 32 (36, 40, 44, 44, 48, 48) stitches.
    4. Work in Stockinette Stitch (every round knit) for 1.5 (2.5, 3, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5) inches.
    5. Next round: *K6 (7, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10), k2tog.  Repeat from * across round. 28 (32, 36, 40, 40, 44, 44) stitches.
    6. Knit 1 inch for all sizes.
    7. Next round: *K5...MORE (6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9), k2tog. Repeat from * across round. 24 (28, 32, 36, 36, 40, 40) stitches.
    8. Knit 1 inch for all sizes.
    9. Next round: *K4 (5, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8), k2tog. Repeat from * across round. 20 (24, 28, 32, 32, 36, 36) stitches.
    10. Knit 1 inch for all sizes.
    11. Work in 1x1 ribbing for 0.5 inches.

    Ruffle:

    1. Knit 1 round.
    2. Kfb in every stitch across round. 40 (48, 56, 64, 64, 72, 72) stitches.
    3. Knit 1 round.
    4. Kfb in every stitch across entire round. 80 (96, 112, 128, 128, 144, 144) stitches.
    5. Knit 2 rounds.
    6. Bind off using the Stretchy Bind Off.

    Weave in ends and block. Make second leg warmer in the same fashion.