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Twisted Meg
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USA
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Posted - 09/08/2006 :  2:45:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit Twisted Meg's Homepage Send Twisted Meg a Private Message
I finished some leg warmers. It has been one of my first projects. I am not happy with how they fit. I was so happy when they came back into style but the ones in stores just aren't me. Neither are these unfortunately. If anyone knows how to make an awesome pair of leg warmers that fit, please share. Thanks for looking.

http://twistedfiberart.blogspot.com/2006/09/leg-warmers.html

Meg

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rather be knitting
Seriously Hooked

USA
954 Posts

Posted - 09/08/2006 :  4:37:51 PM  Show Profile Send rather be knitting a Private Message
Cool color combination! I would think that a pattern that has some k1, p1 (or k2, p2) ribbing at the top would tend to stay up better. Sorry, i don't have any specific patterns to offer. Maybe someone ese here will have made some that fit better and can offer you a pattern suggestion.
claire
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Shalee
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USA
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Posted - 09/08/2006 :  6:26:20 PM  Show Profile  Visit Shalee's Homepage Send Shalee a Private Message
All of the leg warmer ads that I have seen show baggy, not staying up nice and smooth, so maybe you are supposedd to make them extra long and let them bag?

Sharon in NW PA
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Solaris
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Canada
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Posted - 09/08/2006 :  6:41:08 PM  Show Profile Send Solaris a Private Message
here is a free pattern. as you can see, it has some ribbing:

http://secure.elann.com/ShowFreePattern.asp?Id=166024

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KS
Seriously Hooked

862 Posts

Posted - 09/09/2006 :  07:30:09 AM  Show Profile Send KS a Private Message
I agree that you need more ribbing. The ones I made for ballet class are k1,p1 ribbing the whole length. They're kind of utilitarian looking, but they do the job. I didn't use cool yarn like you did though.

I have a couple of suggestions for fixing these though. I haven't seen the pattern you used, so I can't be too specific.

One is to remove the top edge, pick up the stitches & knit a good amount of stretchy ribbing. If that's the cast on edge, you can still pick up the stitches & knit the other way.

Another possibility is to do as above but add a round with yarn overs to give yourself drawstring holes.

My last suggestion is elastic. You could use some shirring elastic & run it through the back of the stitches on the top. Use several rounds of it.

If all else fails, you could frog. This yarn would look good as a k2,p2, or some other combination of ribbing.

KS
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Twisted Meg
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USA
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Posted - 09/09/2006 :  10:28:52 AM  Show Profile  Visit Twisted Meg's Homepage Send Twisted Meg a Private Message
Thanks for the good ideas everyone! I looked at the free pattern and I think something like that would be groovy. It has ribbing at the top and bottom and st st in the middle. I think I'll use that method with slightly fewer stitches around and maybe make them longer so if they do sag they will still cover more chilly flesh! The pattern I used was k1, p1 the whole length. Maybe I need to use a smaller needle too. I think these will work if I tuck my pants into them. At least they will keep snow off the bottom of my pants.

This Knitter's Review thing rocks! This is my first post and I got something helpful out of each reply and it's been less than a day! Yeah, YOU!

Thanks, Meg

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http://twistedfiberart.blogspot.com
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KS
Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 09/09/2006 :  4:14:50 PM  Show Profile Send KS a Private Message
It's interesting that we all thought it was stocking stitch!

Since it's already ribbing, I'd suggest smaller needles & maybe fewer stitches next time.

Socks are knitted on smaller than normal needles. Mostly for longer wear of the foot, but think of legwarmers as socks without the feet.

KS
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SurfinSandy
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
473 Posts

Posted - 09/10/2006 :  10:06:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit SurfinSandy's Homepage Send SurfinSandy a Private Message
I picked up the newest Knit.1 Magazine(by Vogue Knitting) last night (projects all with LionBrand, but you can substitute easily), it's the TV Issue, really fun stuff to read, and I've already dog-eared the page for the legwarmers in it. The top and bottom edge has ribbing, and the rest has great cables. It's done with WoolEase chunky, if that's not too bulky for you. They are thigh high, and says it has slight shaping near the knees, Looks like a classy sweater for your freezing legs!
I like the Elann pattern too, what variety!

Surfin'Sandy

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Twisted Meg
New Pal

USA
5 Posts

Posted - 09/11/2006 :  7:54:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit Twisted Meg's Homepage Send Twisted Meg a Private Message
The cover for the latest Knit.1 turned me off. If a model looks lumpy and odd in a sweater, I have no chance. But I love the leg warmers! I found a picture here: http://knit1.typepad.com/1knit1der/2006/09/hmm_on_second_t.html Thanks so much for the heads up on that one.

Meg
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fmarrs
Guardian angel

USA
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Posted - 09/12/2006 :  09:55:36 AM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
Try my ribbing formula and see if it works. Work a gauge swatch in stockinette stitch. Take the largest measurement around your leg and multiply the stitches per inch by this measurement. This will give you your cast on stitches. now take a needle two sizes smaller than the one used for you gauge swatch, cast on and knit in k1, p1 ribbing. That usually gives you a reasonable stretch factor. For any other ribbing, you need to make a swatch and test its stretch to determine your cast on.

For your already knit leg warmer, you can thread a yarn needle with a sturdy yarn or what is called "round" elastic (only comes in white and black)and thread it through the ribing along the top edge, then tie it to comfort when you put on the warmers. Please note that no warmers will stay up if the top edge is not above the widest part of the leg and snug at that point. Ballet warmers are extra long so that when they bunch up they still cover most of the lower leg.

fran

http://martianmischief.blogspot.com/
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Twisted Meg
New Pal

USA
5 Posts

Posted - 09/15/2006 :  11:18:13 AM  Show Profile  Visit Twisted Meg's Homepage Send Twisted Meg a Private Message
Thanks for the detailed suggestion! I think I will try that right away! That is my kind of pattern.

Meg

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http://twistedfiberart.blogspot.com
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DeAnn
Seriously Hooked

USA
831 Posts

Posted - 09/15/2006 :  2:07:20 PM  Show Profile  Visit DeAnn's Homepage Send DeAnn a Private Message
Thanks for the pics of the different leg warmers. My daughter has been wanting some and I didn't know where to go with it. Now I have some ideas.

DeAnn
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