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Duchess Legwarmers

Knitted in worsted weight yarn to keep your lower legs warm during an overland march or if you just have tetchy ankles that can’t stand a draft. The flare at the bottom ensures good coverage of the entire ankle joint, and the XOX cable adds an easy touch of panache.

Stitch Explanation 4-st RC Slip 2 stitches to cable needle and hold to back, k2, k2 from cable needle. 4-st LC Slip 2 stitches to cable needle and hold to front, k2, k2 from cable needle. Gauge: 5.5 stitches/inch in stockinette. Needles: US 6 (4mm). Bottom Cuff: CO 90 stitches, join without twisting Rows 1-5: K3, P2 around Row 6: K2tog, k1, p2 around (72 stitches) Rows 7-9: K2, p2 around Row 10: K2, p2tog around (54 stitches) Rows 11-12: K2, p1 around Leg: Begin chart over next 12 stitches, knit plain to end of each round. Work entire chart 3 times (48 rows, for a total of 60 rows at this point). Top Cuff: After finishing the round of the last chart row, begin working K2 P2 rib, decreasing one stitch at the halfway point and one at the end of the round (52 stitches total). Work an additional 6 rounds of K2 P2 rib, BO using a stretchy method (I used Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall09/FEATjssbo.php ) Weave in ends. Sizing note: These legwarmers fit me comfortably with plenty of room to wear them over my wool socks (and they’d fit easily over skinny jeans). They come up to just where the bulge of my calf muscle begins, and the circumference of my leg at that point is 12 inches. If you need them to be smaller, start off with 85 stitches, working down to 68, then to 51. WHEN YOU BEGIN THE RIBBING AT THE TOP, YOU WILL NEED TO DECREASE A TOTAL OF THREE STITCHES, EVENLY SPACED, FOR A TOTAL OF 48 STITCHES.
K – Knit P – Purl CO – Cast on BO – Bind off K2tog – Knit two stitches together P2tog – Purl two stitches together
February 2011 – Ferol Max - “RedAunt” on Ravelry