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8 February 2012 20,476 views 5 Comments

Undercut Legwarmers (1 of 3)

It’s no secret that I’m usually about 97 million degrees warmer than everybody else and I’m constantly complaining that it’s too hot wherever I am. (How I lasted in Texas for so long, I’ll never know.) So it’s no surprise that in the winter, I can often be found in a pair of mary janes without any socks. I wish I could be one of those people who can wear handknit socks, but I’m just not.

The trouble with Mary Janes in the winter is that my feet do get a little cold. A stiff breeze will go straight up my pantleg and hoooooo, doggie. Brrrrr.

A few years ago at Target I found some brown cotton spat-type legwarmers that were perfect under my jeans. I could keep my ankles warm and still shake my fist at the kids picking up on 80’s fashion trends. “Legwarmers! Pfffft. You kids don’t know from legwarmers. I would NEVER wear legwarmers again. Let the 80’s die! (And get outta my apple tree!)”

Undercut Legwarmers (2 of 3)

Safe to say I’ve worn those cotton $4 legwarmers into the ground and this year was the year to replace them. I reverse-engineered the originals, spent an afternoon or two knitting and tada! New knit legwarmers for me! With sparkles, no less.

Want to make your own? I wrote up the pattern, just for you! Behold, the Undercut Legwarmers.

Undercut Legwarmers (3 of 3)

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And because I know how this is going to go, I’ll answer the question before you ask. The shoes are Fluevogs, the plaid Benatars to be specific.


  • Connie Kight said:

    I’m with you, always HOT!, my daughter however, is always cold. So when I saw these I was so excited! Can’t wait to give them a try! I’m new to knitting but they don’t look too hard. Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

  • elsa said:

    I am one of the people who do get cold and especially my legs ~ thanks so much for such a great pattern! Can’t wait to get started!

  • Erica said:

    I love these leg warmers- wish I could knit. Maybe at our next weekend getaway I can learn :) But also wanted to say I love how you round the corners of your pics- do you do that in photoshop before you upload them or does your blog do that automatically?

  • Jes C. said:

    Hi! I LOVE these! I’m fairly new to knitting (this past April) but have been crocheting for 23 years, and this is my first time knitting from a chart. I have a question, is the knit one at the beginning and end of each row for the selvage edge, that indicated in the chart already, or not? Thank you and advance, and I look forward to making many pairs of these in different colors! Have a wonderful day!

  • Caro (author) said:

    Thanks Jes! The selvedge stitch is not on the chart, it’s in addition to the chart. So the row will be a multiple of 13 (the chart repeat) plus 2 stitches (one for each edge). So you knit one stitch, then do the chart 6 times, then knit the remaining stitch.

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