Looking for a fun, easy knitting project? These free knit leg warmer knitting patterns are calling your name! They add a fun pop of color and style to nearly any outfit while keeping your legs nice and toasty.
In this post, I’ll share my favorite free knitting patterns for cozy leg warmers. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced knitter, you’ll find lots of great options – let’s get started!
Our Favorite Knit Leg Warmer Patterns
Fall, winter, or spring – leg warmers are perfect for keeping your legs cozy and warm. Wear them with skirts and leggings, boots and jeans, even over tights – legwarmers go with nearly everything in your wardrobe!
And since they’re such a fast, easy knit, you can make a pair in all of your favorite colors. Trust me, with all the beautiful patterns in this list, you won’t be able to stop at just one.
Easy and quick. Leg warmers are a perfect beginner project. They knit up quickly and don’t require a ton of yarn.
Customizable. Leg warmers can also be a blank canvas for more advanced knitters. Play around with different stitch patterns, colors, and yarn weights to make a pair of leg warmers that perfectly match your style.
Great gift idea. And if your dresser is full of all the leg warmers you can wear, they make a fantastic gift, too! Leg warmers are a super thoughtful present for anyone in your life – from babies to adults.
Whether you’re a beginner knitter or a seasoned pro, you’ll find something in this roundup of free knit leg warmer patterns.
Are leg warmers a good pattern for beginners?
Yep, leg warmers are great for beginners! The simplest patterns are knit in the round and don’t require any seaming or fancy techniques. Some of the best patterns for beginners from this list include:
When it comes to leg warmers, shop for yarn that’s washable, durable, and elastic. After all, leg warmers need a little stretch! Worsted weight yarns in wool, acrylic, and cotton blends are all good choices for leg warmers.
We’ve included recommended yarns for each individual pattern to help make your search easy!
Techniques to Know
Your chosen pattern will guide you, but here are some techniques often used in knit leg warmer patterns:
These classic leg warmers are great for hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities! They’d also be cute over a pair of jeans or leggings whether you’re running errands or getting things done at home. This pattern comes in a gaiter version as well as full legwarmers.
These easy knitted leg warmers are available in sizes baby through adult! This is a great project for newer knitters and will quickly become a wardrobe staple. They work up quickly with super bulky yarn.
These gorgeous, cable knit leg warmers are available in two sizes, S/M and M/L. Perfect for the advanced beginner, this pattern uses skills such as knitting in the round, knit and purl stitches, and cable stitches. They’re knit from the top down using circular needles.
Stay cozy with these scrunchy, knitted leg warmers! These are perfect for curling up with a cup of coffee and a good book on chilly winter days. They have a cute tie closure on the top to help them stay snugly up on your calves.
Perfect for dancers or anyone who likes being snug and cozy, these leg warmers are a quick and easy project to make. You’ll need to be able to work the 2x2 rib stitch and the 1x1 rib stitch for this design.
Designer: Wool and the Gang
Yarn weight: Worsted
Suggested yarn: Wool and the Gang Feeling Good Yarn
These rainbow leg warmers use Lion Brand Mandala self-striping yarn to get a variety of hues with no extra effort at all! They’re extra long and are ideal for keeping your legs warm all the way up over your knees. Enjoy this scrunchy pattern!
With these full-length legwarmers, you can dress up and stay toasty warm at the same time! Get ready for your next event with this beautiful pattern that has size options for everyone from babies through adults.
These subtle, modern ribbed leg warmers have a beautiful, spiral stitch pattern that’s easy to make. They’re sized for extra small to small women, but can be adjusted easily for smaller or larger sizes. Throw these on over your outfit for dinner downtown!
These legwarmers are worked seamlessly from top to bottom. The cable knitting used in this pattern is best for advanced beginners or intermediates. These would be so cute over boots and jeans to help keep you warm!
These textured legwarmers feature a beautiful cabled design that pairs well with nearly any outfit. This simple cabled pattern would be a perfect choice for beginners to cable knitting who are looking for an easy project to try out.
On those chilly, snowy mornings, having cozy fabrics to pull on makes all the difference. Pour a warm cup of coffee and stay toasty with these beautiful leg warmers whether you’re headed off to work or you don’t plan to leave the house.
These ankle warmers look great over boots and protect any exposed skin between your boot and pants. They’re easy to fold up and throw in your backpack or hiking bag, but they make all the difference when those chilly winds start to blow! This pattern doesn’t take very much yarn, making it a great stash buster.
These tall, detailed leg warmers are a cute pattern to wear with tights, boots, and your favorite skirt. Although they look fancy, they’re really an easy pattern that’s great for beginners! Each warmer uses approximately one skein of yarn.
This gorgeous pattern is knitted with a skein of fingering and a skein of lace held together. The stretchy, eyelet mock cable rib pattern is super comfy, but so pretty too! Enjoy dressing up your fall and winter wear with these soft and flexible warmers.
These simple legwarmers are knit in the round and are great for wearing with skirts in the winter. They feature a beautiful diamond pattern that allows you to easily pair them with dressier outfits while still staying warm and comfortable.
To make these extra-long leggings, you’ll need to be able to knit, purl, knit 2 together, and change color. This easy pattern is an excellent choice for beginners! If you want to simplify it even more, you can leave out the alternate-colored band at the top and knit these in one solid hue.
These 70’s knitted tube socks bring up feelings of nostalgia with their clean, white stitches and colorful stripes. This pattern is made with simple knits and purls. These would be fun for dressing up in, giving to a friend, or using just to stay warm!
Perfect for your little ballerina, these delicate leg warmers are knitted with lace thread held double. They feature a stretchy, knitted rib stitch with a heart cable on the back. The finished size of these leg warmers fits a child of approximately 5-10 years old.
These adorable legwarmies are made to fit children from about 3 months to 3 years old. Their fabric stretches as your little one grows, and is perfect for keeping those chunky little legs warm! Pair them with a dress or skirt or over tights to make sure your baby or toddler is comfy cozy!
These ballerina leg warmers would be such a fun gift to make for your little dancer. Featuring adorable knit flowers, this pattern is easy to make even for beginners. Make them in classic pink or choose another favorite color.
Yarn weight: Worsted
Suggested yarn: Red Heart Soft Baby Steps
Tips for Knitting Leg Warmers
Choose the right pattern for your skill level.
Leg warmers can be as simple or complex as you wish, so choose a pattern that suits your skill level.
And if you’re feeling adventurous, legwarmers are a great opportunity to try out new techniques on a small scale. After all, they’re a relatively small project that works up fast.
Make a gauge swatch.
Making a gauge swatch is a crucial first step for any knitting project. “Getting gauge” tells you you’re using the correct needle size to get your desired measurements. If your gauge is too small, go up a needle size. If it’s too big, switch to smaller needles.
Pick the perfect size.
Most of these legwarmer patterns are written in a variety of sizes. So take your measurements first, then select the size that matches up. For extra insurance, try your project on as you go to make sure everything’s on track!
Have fun with customization.
The beauty of knitting your own leg warmers is that you can customize them however you like! No other pair will be quite like yours. Have fun with your yarn and color choices, and play with stripes, solids, color blocking, or anything you love!
More Knitting Patterns
After you finish up that pair of leg warmers, check out some of these other free knitting patterns.
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