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.
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Adult Legwarmer Patterns
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Children's Leg Warmer Patterns
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Jill on May 30, 2019:
Hi I would like the pattern
For the Sparkly leg warmers please
Beverley Sedore on November 26, 2017:
I am wanting the stir up leg warmers can t find it
JulieStrier (author) from Apopka, FL on November 05, 2017:
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.
Sharon Dolbeck on October 30, 2017:
I want the pattern for the first one which I can't find. It is striped colored yarn.
Brenda on January 13, 2016:
I want the pattern for the first one. It does not appear anywhere.