Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bell Shaped Legwarmers

*** Ravelry Link To Project Page***

This pattern is knit flat and then seamed up the back. If you are using a different yarn it would be easily adapted for whatever gauge. They are bell shaped on the bottom so if you feel they are too big then decrease more. OR if you feel they aren't big enough, then cast on more!

Skills Needed- Cast on, Knit, Purl, K2tog, cast off

Materials- 6.5mm/ 10.5 us needles
- 2 balls Rosarios 4 Tentacao 100% wool made in Portugal
--- This pattern used the entire ball per leg. Not much room for extra so if you want bigger/longer I say get another ball to be safe.
The label says: 130m (142yrds) and its gauge is 14sts per 10cm across and 21 sts per 10cm up on a size 8mm /11us needle
This yarn is very thin to pretty thick so if you want to substitute check the ball band for some info maybe to match up some sort of a gauge.
- Also needed is some 1/4inch elastic or ribbon to keep them up and a yarn needle for seaming

Gauge- roughly 3sts per inch (remember its thick and thin making it harder to tell)

-Cast on 45 stitches and knit in garter stitch for 1 inch
-Knit in stocking knit for 4.5 inches measured from bottom of needle to cast on edge
-K2tog at beginning and end of needle
-Knit 3 rows in stocking knit
-K2tog at beginning and end of needle
-Knit 3 rows in stocking knit
-K2tog at beginning and end of needle (39sts on needle)
---Now here's where you can make some adjustments. If your leg is thinner and you want it to bell more then do more decreases. If your leg is larger do less. Continue until they are the shape and size you would like
- Continue in stocking knit for 13 inches measured from bottom of needle to cast on edge
---If you need them longer or shorter adjust the length here.
- Start ribbing. Depending on if you made changes or not your numbers might be different. Do some simple math to figure out what will work for you. With my numbers I have 39 sts which is divisible by 3 so I could do K2 P1.
- Continue ribbing for 3 inches
- Cast off very loosely
- Seam up the back and then weave in elastic around the top. Or you could use ribbon!

---To convert this into knit in the round is very simple. You would have to use DPNs or magic loop method (or knitting with 2 circulars) Just be careful to not twist when joining in the round. You might have to use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round as well. But other then that it's just the same. Doing decreases on either side of the marker. You could do left and right slanting decreases to make it symmetrical or just K2togethers. It's up to you!

--- If you need help with the different increases/decreases there are some helpful links in the sidebar on the right side of the blog

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