Tightly Knit Design is happy to share another free knitting pattern with our hordes of readers. Our Stirrup-Footed Leg Warmers are stylish and practical! We do a lot of dog walking in wintry weather, and we were finding the prospect of changing out of our skinny jeans into something that could accommodate long underwear underneath just a royal pain. Clearly, leg warmers were needed, but we'd tried boot toppers before and found them fiddly to arrange inside our boots. We considered the idea of super heavy tall socks, but our boots fit just right with our regular hand-knit and Smart Wool socks, and we didn't want to have to buy new boots to accommodate warmer socks. And so, the idea of stirrups was born.
These work great and look good. We made ours pretty tall (12 inches) for warmth, but they would be cute a few inches shorter, too. They pull on in a jiff, pulling on your boots is a breeze, and everything feels snug without being tight or uncomfortable. They keep our legs warm all the way down to our ankles (and keep out the snow) in our pull-on Bogs and work equally well in our taller, lace-up boots. These were great stash-busters, using just under half a skein of Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool that we had leftover from a striped pullover we made years ago.
The legs are done in Brioche stitch, and we came up with what we think is a clever approach to make them seamless. Check out the pattern to see how we did it!