The mere mention of legwarmers might make you think of 80’s aerobics classes, but these stylish crochet leg warmers by Paula Green are more suited to calm winter walks than weary work-outs! This free crochet leg warmers pattern makes an ideal quick-hook project, plus the simple pattern is easy to extend for calf-high heating. You could even use our free crochet wrist warmers pattern to hook up a matching stripy set! This free leg warmers crochet pattern uses 3 shades of gorgeous West Yorkshire Spinners ColourLab DK – a 100% wool yarn that is also machine washable, making it the perfect choice for if you’re wearing your crochet leg warmers over your boots on muddy woodland walks! Oh and if you’re a dab hand with a pair of knitting needles too, then you also might like our free leg warmers knitting pattern.
You will need
West Yorkshire Spinners Colourlab DK (100% wool 100g/225m), 1 ball of each:
- Yarn A Stormy Grey (373)
- Yarn B Citrus Yellow (229)
- Yarn C Aqua Green (705)
17 sts over 13 rows to measure 10 x 10 (4 x 4in) over half treble ribbing using a 4mm hook or size needed to obtain correct tension
Legwarmers measure 40cm (16in) in length and 28cm (11in) in circumference around rib
Fhtr (Foundation half treble) Ch3 (counts as first st), *yrh, insert hook into last ch from hook, yrh and pull up a loop, yrh and pull through one loop (ch-1 made), complete as htr; rep from * inserting hook into ch-1 at base of prev st
FPhtr (Front Post half treble) As htr, inserting hook from front to back to front around post of st indicated
BPhtr (Back Post half treble) As htr, inserting hook from back to front to back around post of st indicated
You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This crochet leg warmers pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.
Legwarmers are worked from the top down. The Upper Ribbing is worked in rows before being joined into a round with an overlap for the buttonhole.
Carry unused colours up the WS ready to pick up again. Change colour on the final ss of a round before colour change is indicated. Ch-sps are not included in st counts unless otherwise stated.
Free crochet leg warmers pattern
Crochet legwarmers (make 2)
Using a 4mm hook and Stormy Grey, Fhtr 52.
Row 1 (WS) Ch1 (does not count as a st throughout) htr in next 2 sts, ch1, skip 1 st (buttonhole made), htr in next st, (FPhtr next st, BPhtr next st) 24 times, turn. [51 sts, 1 ch-1 sp]
Row 2 (RS) Ch1, (FPhtr next st, BPhtr next st) 24 times, dc in next 4 sts, turn.
Row 3 Ch1, htr in first 4 sts, (FPhtr, BPhtr) 24 times, turn.
Row 4 As Row 2.
Row 5 As Row 3.
Change to 5mm hook.
Fold short ends together so the first 4 sts of last row sit on top of last 4 sts of row. Remove loop from hook, insert hook through fourth st of previous row, place loop back on hook and pull through st. Work first 4 sts of next round through sts at beg and end of last row to join into a loop.
Round 6 (RS) Ch1, dc first 4 sts tog with last 4 to join, dc in next 44 sts, ss to beg dc, turn. [48 sts] Do not fasten off.
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Round 7 (WS) Ch1, dc in each st around, ss to beg dc, turn [48 sts]
Change to Citrus Yellow.
Round 8 (RS) Ch1, (htr in next st, ch1, skip 1 st) 24 times, ss top beg htr, turn. [24 sts]
Rounds 9-13 Ch1, (htr in skipped st 2 rows below, ch1, skip 1 st) 24 times, ss to top beg htr, turn.
Change to Stormy Grey.
Round 14 Ch1, (htr in skipped st 2 rows below, dc in next st) 24 times, ss to top of beg htr, turn. [48 sts]
Round 15 Ch1, (htr in next tr, ch1, skip next dc) around, ss to top of beg htr, turn. [24 sts]
Change to Aqua Green.
Rounds 16-21 As Round 9.
Change to Stormy Grey.
Repeat Rounds 14-21 another 6 times alternating Citrus Yellow and Aqua Green for each repeat in Rounds 16-21.
Using a 5mm hook and Stormy Grey, join Grey into any st.
Round 1 (RS) Ch1, (dc in htr, htr in next skipped st from previous round) 24 times, ss to top beg dc, turn. [48 sts]
Round 2 (WS) Ch1, (dc in next 2 sts, dc2tog) 12 times, ss to top beg dc, turn. [36 sts]
Change to a 4mm hook.
Round 3 Ch1, htr in each st around, ss to top of beg htr, turn.
Round 4 Ch1, (FPhtr next st, BPhtr next st) 18 times, ss to top beg htr, turn.
Rounds 5-7 As Round 4.
Fasten off and weave in all ends.
Sew button in line with the buttonhole and block to measurements stated.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this free crochet leg warmers pattern. Don’t forget, if you need any help with your crochet stitches you can always check out our crochet for beginners guide. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, check out our list of the best crochet hooks and the best crochet kits for beginners.