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Free Knitting Patterns - Leg Warmers

Updated on February 25, 2013
Colorful stripped knit leg warmers.
Colorful stripped knit leg warmers. | Source

Popularized in the 1980’s, leg warmers are making a comeback as fashionable way to keep your legs warm during those cold winter nights. Not only are they warm and snuggly, but they look great over tights too.

Before you run out to the nearest store to buy a pair, consider knitting some of your own. You can make them in the exact color, size, and length you need, and gain the satisfaction of a job well done knowing you made them yourself.

Below are several great free knitted leg warmer patterns for adults and children. Patterns range in difficulty from easy / beginners to intermediate.

Click the blue links below to access the free patterns.

Easy-Peasy Leg Warmers
Easy-Peasy Leg Warmers | Source
Extra Thick Leg Warmers
Extra Thick Leg Warmers | Source
Flared Leg Warmers
Flared Leg Warmers | Source
Milli Vanilli Leg Warmers
Milli Vanilli Leg Warmers | Source
Rambler Leg Warmers
Rambler Leg Warmers | Source
Sausalito Stirrup Socks
Sausalito Stirrup Socks | Source
Yoga Leg Warmers
Yoga Leg Warmers | Source

Adult Legwarmer Patterns

Aspen Leg Warmers

Available as a free pattern from Midnight Knitter, Aspen Leg Warmers are made with a k2p1 ribbing pattern that is knitted in a rectangle, finished off, and then stitched together. A great pattern for beginners.

Easy-Peasy Leg Warmers

While this pattern is worked on dpns, it is a very simple pattern, making it perfect for those new to dpns. Otherwise straightforward, this pattern requires you to switch needle sizing at the beginning and end of the ribbing sections.

Extra Thick Leg Warmers

This plush leg warmer pattern, available for free from High Fiber Design, was created to help keep you warm when you’re wearing boots. While the pattern calls for circular needles, you could also make these leg warmers on standard needles and stitch them together up the sides. A good pattern for beginners.

Flared Leg Warmers

Unlike most other leg warmers which are a straight tube, this pattern flares out at the ankle much like bell bottoms, creating a pattern that looks great over flats. Available free from Desgraced, this pattern is workedon dpns.

Lexi Leg Warmers

Available from Lion Brand, this free leg warmer pattern is an easy pattern, great for those new to double pointed needles (dpns). Worked on 4 dpns, this pattern is created using only the knit stitch, worked in the round until you achieve the desired length.

Luxy Leg Warmers

Bubbly and light, these Luxy Leg Warmers by Pickles uses a bubble pattern to create a ripple effect that’s lacy and light, while still being warm. This pattern is worked on dpns.

Milli Vanilli Leg Warmers

Giving a nod to the band from the 80’s with the name, this free leg warmer pattern has instructions for both knitting and crochet. Knit pattern requires knowledge of making cables. Once on the site, follow the link to the right to access the free PDF pattern.

Rambler Leg Warmers

Beautiful and lacy, the look of these leg warmers can change depending on which side you put forward; for a plain look, move the ribbing to face the front, for a softer look, turn the lace so it’s facing the front. This pattern from Laylock is available as a free Ravelry download, so you’ll need an account to access it (but it’s free to sing up for). Just follow the link from the website to access the pattern.

Sausalito Stirrup Socks

This cute stirrup pattern helps keep your warmers in place, so you don’t have to worry about them shifting. Great for wearing with boots, or while doing yoga since the toes and heels are open. A free pattern from Lion Brand, make short to wear as socks, or extra-long to wear as leg warmers.

Yoga Leg Warmers

This cute leg warmer pattern is available free from Yoga Hound, and is perfect for even a novice knitter. Created using a k2p2 pattern, you create a rectangle, nd then stitch up the sides to create the leg warmers. No dpns required!

Kirakira Leg Warmers
Kirakira Leg Warmers | Source
Little Leg Warmers
Little Leg Warmers | Source
Ruffled Leg Warmers
Ruffled Leg Warmers | Source
Sparkly Stripe-y Leg Warmers
Sparkly Stripe-y Leg Warmers | Source

Children's Leg Warmer Patterns

Kirakira Leg Warmers

Lacy and delicate, these leg warmers aim to keep you warm while still looking dainty. This free pattern from moonstitches is created in the round using dpns. While this pattern is for children, information is given within the pattern to modify it to fit adults.

Little Leg Warmers

Straight forward and customizable, this free pattern from Inspired Mama Musings has you measure your child to create leg warmers which fit perfectly. Follow the directions to add some elastic, and they’re sure to stay up.

Lollipop Leg Woolies

These little leg woolies are worked up on dpns, and then finished off with embroidered lollipop design. Talk about massive cuteness. Or, take it one step further and embellish these with a design of your very own.

Ruffled Leg Warmers

These cute ruffled leg warmers work up on dpns, and only use one skein of yarn to create. Sized for 12 months all the way up to 10 years, this pattern will work for a wide variety of ages and sizes, making it the perfect gift for the girly-girl on your list.

Sparkly Stripe-y Leg Warmers

Also worked on dpns, these leg warmers include a bit of pizazz by incorporating a sparkly yarn stripe at regular intervals throughout the piece. The pattern is designed to fit aged 2 – 8 years.


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      Beverley Sedore 2 weeks ago

      I am wanting the stir up leg warmers can t find it

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      JulieStrier 5 weeks ago from Apopka, FL

      It's a nice image, isn't it? Unfortunately I don't think there's a pattern, as the info for the photo says the legwarmers were upcycled from a sweater. You could probably take any legwarmer pattern and use yarns of various colors to recreate something similar.

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      Sharon Dolbeck 6 weeks ago

      I want the pattern for the first one which I can't find. It is striped colored yarn.

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      Brenda 23 months ago

      I want the pattern for the first one. It does not appear anywhere.