Free Plum Dandi Knits Excerpt: Fridley Legwarmers

Legwarmers are trending hard these days; I dare say they’re becoming just as popular as they were in 80’s. From lacy knee high to thickly cabled styles, we have so many more options for fashionable legwarmers than we did back then.

Authors Alicia Plummer and Michelle Schaschwary include two fantastic legwarmers in their book Plum Dandi Knits. Fridley, shown here, are knit in a beautiful shade of Dragonfly Fibers Super Traveller. The bulky nature of this yarn makes them extra warm and quick to knit.

If you’re looking for a last minute gift to knit this holiday season, download a copy of the pattern at the end of the this post and cast-on today!

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Fridley Legwarmers Plum Dandi Knits, images by Harper Point Photography for Interweave.


Pattern Details

FINISHED SIZE  10″ (25.5 cm) circumference and 14″ (35.5 cm) long.

YARN Bulky weight [#6 Super Bulky]. Shown here: Dragonfly Fibers Super Traveller (100% superwash merino wool; 107 yd [98 m]/4 oz [113 g]: Birch, 3 skeins.

NEEDLES Size U.S. 9 (5.5 mm): set of 4 double-pointed (dpn) or 32″ (80 cm) or longer circular (cir) for Magic Loop method. Size U.S. 11 (8 mm): set of 4 dpn or 32″ (80 cm) or longer cir for Magic Loop method. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Stitch marker (m); cable needle (cn); tapestry needle; four 1″ (25 mm) buttons; needle and thread for sewing on buttons.

GAUGE Approximately 19 sts and 17. rnds = 4″ (10 cm) in patt with larger needles.

NOTES
• These legwarmers are worked in the round from the top down on double-pointed needles, and button at the ankles. A long circular needle may be used to work using the Magic Loop method (see Glossary) if desired.

STITCH GUIDE

2/2 LC (2 over 2 left cross): Sl 2 sts to cn and hold in front of work, k2, k2 from cn.
2/2 RC (2 over 2 right cross): Sl 2 sts to cn and hold in back of work, k2, k2 from cn.
Cable Pattern (multiple of 8 sts)
Rnd 1: [P1, k2, 2/2 LC, p1] to end.
Rnds 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, and 10: [P1, k6, p1] to end.
Rnd 5: Rep Rnd 1.
Rnd 7: [P1, 2/2 RC, k2, p1] to end.
Rnd 11: Rep Rnd 7.
Rnd 12: Rep Rnd 2.
Rep Rnds 1–12 for patt.

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LEGWARMERS (Make 2)

With smaller needles, CO 44 sts. Place marker (pm) and join for working in rnds, being careful not to twist sts.

Rnd 1: [K1, p1] to end of rnd.

Rep last rnd 8 more times.

Change to larger needles.

Next rnd: (inc) [K10, m1, k1] 4 times—48 sts.

Work Rnds 1–12 of Cable Patt 3 times (see Stitch Guide or chart). Piece should measure approximately 10.” (26.5 cm) from beg.

RIGHT CUFF (Worked Flat)
Beg working back and forth.

Row 1: (WS) K1, [p6, k2] to last 7 sts, p6, k1, CO 6 sts using Backward Loop method (see Glossary)—54 sts. [LINK: https://www.interweave.com/interweave-knitting-glossary/]

Rows 2, 6, 8, and 12: (RS) K6, p1, [k6, p2] to last 7 sts, k6, p1.

Rows 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11: K1, [p6, k2] to last 13 sts, p6, k1, p6.

Rows 4 and 10: (buttonhole) K3, yo, k2tog, k1, p1, [k6, p2] to last 7 sts, k6, p1.

Row 13: Rep Row 3.

BO all sts loosely in patt.

LEFT CUFF (Worked Flat)
At end of last rnd, CO 6 sts using Backward Loop method—54 sts.

Beg working back and forth.

Row 1: (WS) P6, k1, [p6, k2] to last 7 sts, p6, k1.

Rows 2, 6, 8, and 12: (RS) P1, [k6, p2] to last 13 sts, k6, p1, k6.

Rows 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11: Rep Row 1.

Rows 4 and 10: (buttonhole) P1, [k6, p2] to last 13 sts, k6, p1, k2, yo, k2tog k2.

Row 13: Rep Row 1.

BO all sts loosely in patt.

FINISHING

Weave in ends. Block lightly to measure¬ments. Sew buttons to cuffs opposite buttonholes.

-Kerry Bogert
Editorial Director, Books

Fridley Legwarmers Pattern

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