my own little secret

I finished the legwarmers last night. And I’ve been wearing them all day—even out to the 10:00 showing of a movie (Syriana) last night. My legs were comfy and warm, and no one was the wiser. So though I said I was probably never going to wear these other than to yoga, I discovered that they fit just fine under my boot cut jeans, and I can see myself wearing them all the time. Walking around with them on, I wonder how I ever survived without them. My boyfriend, who actually didn’t laugh or point, but merely said, “Those are kind of ridiculous,” (which I totally agree with) asked if I’ve ever really felt my ankles were cold. The answer to that is YES, making legwarmers the Best. Thing. Ever. I highly recommend.

hidden legwarmers

For these:

  • 2 skeins of Manos del Uruguay. They were a gift years ago from a friend.
  • US size 3 needles.
  • Knit one of them flat, the other in the round using Magic Loop. (Considering redoing the first in the round.)
  • Brioche stitch, as taken from Barbara Walker’s Treasury of Knitting Patterns (volume 1).
  • 40 stitches around, 75 rows long.
  • Bound off using size 9 needle to keep the edge from being too tight.
  • Got to use the felted join again a few times, to cut out particularly thin spots and reattach the yarn. Always a joy.

I’m already mentally preparing for another pair. These are great for wearing around, but might be a bit too bulky for yoga.


8 Responses to my own little secret

  1. Diana says:

    Those leg-warmers look nice. I could use a pair, if it weren’t for high boots and skiing knee high socks :-) Cold ankles always make me feel cold overall!

  2. Rachel says:

    Wow, it never really occured to me to wear leg warmers under my pants, where no one else would see. That is genius. A couple times last year it was so cold that I wore long underwear to work (under my clothes), but this would be infinitely better. I’m totally making some of these. Cound me in as part of the craze! (I was oblivious to it the first time around, so I’m actually a leg warmer virgin.)

  3. Jacqui says:

    That’s a scathingly brilliant idea! I want some now. I never would have thought I’d be a legwarmer person but you’re right; they’d be great under jeans.

  4. Karen says:

    Well duh, it never occured to me to hide leg warmers under flare leg or boot cut pants (which mine all are!!!). I agree that you are probably starting the leg warmer craze again – I must knit some (after my Christmas knitting is done). Thanks for the great tip!!!!

  5. Lolly says:

    LOVE it! I think they are pretty enough to show off too though ;) I want some legwarmers! I had been planning some already, but now I REALLY want them!

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