Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Legwarmers... fashion faux pas or back in style?

My 19 year old son occasionally wears an old pair of green legwarmers.  I keep the eye rolling to myself.  Frankly, I feel this declaration of his personal style is pretty tame to what I see out in the world.  He said to me the other day "I wish I had a blue pair."  The light bulb went off in my head I could easily make a pair on my knitting machine.

I asked him if he'd like me to make a pair.  His eyes lit up.  I asked what color.  He brought me 2 t-shirts with the colors he'd like the legwarmers to be.  He said he wanted them to be striped.  I asked, "Cat in the Hat striped?  Or can I be creative?"  He said, "Be creative."  My first thought was a Fibonacci technique I've seen used.  Making stripes seem random, but they are not.

Not having a pattern I figured I was going to have to wing it.  I'm not real comfortable not having a pattern to follow, but figured this would be good to stretch my creativity.  My thoughts were ribbing, stockinette, ribbing and that's what I did.

After seeing them on a leg my thoughts as to the pattern for another pair will be to gradually enlarge them as they go up the leg.  Ankles are naturally smaller than knees.

(my daughter's legs they fit her perfectly... in my opinion)

My son is very happy with this pair.  I think they are a bit tight, but he loves his skinny jeans, which I think are too tight too.  He slipped on the legwarmers and declared, "Skinny Jeans Legwarmers.  I like them!"


  1. Awesome - great job - you are such a good mommy!

  2. Great leg warmers. I might make a pair for my daughter as she is into skinny jeans.
    PS I am a new follower from N Ireland and think your blog is great.

  3. Love your leg warmers. Could you tell me how you figured the width & length & what type of yarn you used.? Would greatly appreciate it.