Warm legs in winter? Usually difficult for me, because the boots are too wide and let all the warmth out and the cold air in. Instead of waiting for a boot manufacturer to produce the correct size for my legs, I started knitting these leg warmers. With a set of 5,5 mm needles and four or five free evenings, they were finished in the blink of an eye. For this project I actually wrote a pattern. I hope that it is good enough for other people to repeat it! Cable Pattern Gaiters
- You need a set of 5,5 mm needles (US 9), I used a set of 5
- Yarn suitable for 5.5 mm needles
- Cast on 56 (or check for a few rows if this fits for your legs). The pattern needs a multiple of 8.
- Close the circle.
- Start knitting in rounds with 2 knits and 2 purls in turns: *2k 2p 2k 2p*. I write it this way because the pattern unit is 8. (Everything between * and * has to be repeated).
- I used 6 rows of this edge pattern, you might want to adapt it to your needs. Keep track of the beginning to be able to count full rounds!
- Now start the cables. Make sure you start at the beginning of a new row, that is, with two knits. From now on, (2k 2p 2k 2p) will be turned into: *6k 2p*. Try to knit big knits, because if they get too tight, the cable pattern will be hard to complete later on. Complete 3 rounds.
- Take the first 3k of the 6k and store them on an extra needle. I have an extra cable needle that has a dent (to make sure that you don’t lose the 3 knits). Drop the new needle carefully behind the current row. Then go on the with second 3k as if they were the first 3k. Then, with a little patience and persuasive power knit the 3k from the cable needle. Add the 2p after this. Repeat with the next unit.
- Knit six rounds of *6k 2p* and go to step 8.
- Repeat this until the desired length is finished. I knitted 10 cable patterns. After the last turn, add 3 more rounds of *6k 2p*.
- Start the edge pattern *2k 2p 2k 2p* at the beginning of the row.
If you publish this pattern, I ask you to link back to my post to share it with others. Happy knitting! You can also download a PDF file here: Pattern-Gaiters.