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Chunky Slouchy Leg Warmers

By: Carla Wiking from
Chunky Slouchy Leg Warmers

"These quick and easy leg warmers are equally cute and cozy. This is a great project for beginners who want to try knitting in the round without worrying about decreases. Experienced knitters will enjoy how quickly these come together, they are perfect for a last minute gift!"


Knitting Needle Size11 or 8 mm, Circular Knitting Needles

Yarn Weight(6) Super Bulky/Super Chunky (4-11 stitches for 4 inches)

Gauge0 stitches, 0 rows, 0 inches.


Some beginner knitting patterns have an interesting history and these Chunky Slouchy Leg Warmers are no exception. Leg warmers were originally used as dancewear by ballet and other classic dancers. The warmers, worn on the lower legs, were designed to keep the leg muscles warm and to prevent cramping or other muscle injuries. Leg warmers vary in length and width (depending on the stretchiness of the material). In the early 1980s, leg warmers moved beyond the dancing world and became a fad among teenage girls. Boys, primarily residing in Berkeley, later adopted this fashion trend as well. The popularity of leg warmers spread throughout the country due to the influence of popular dance movies such as Flashdance and Fame, as well as the aerobics craze of the 1980s. Proving that fashion trends come in waves, leg warmers have once again surged in popularity. These days, you will often see women wearing jeans or leggings with leg warmers slouched at the top of riding or combat boots.

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These would be a perfect gift for my eldest daughter for her birthday in the autumn. She's been dancing classical ballet for 22 years! She also wears combat boots in her day job of directing film! I really like the heather effect with the yarn. I guess I should choose a color. There's a first time for everything. Circular knitting needles here I come!

I think I would knit these long enough to reach the knee for those really cold times when one's calves want to sue for separate maintenance

I actually would really love a pair of these. I know they were big in the eighties and then the kids brought it back in the early 2000s, but I'm thinking of going retro all over again. Everyone needs warm ankles.


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