Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Knit Leggings for Delaney!

I am still crossing things off my Christmas to-do list... I know I know its not even summer yet but it must be done!

So after planning that I would Knit a few gifts I came across this pattern from Smashed Peas and Carrots!
So I thought Id give it a try. 

It is super easy! 
Cast on 34 stitches.  
Knit 10 rows of 1 x 1 ribbing (knit one, purl one) 
Next you will knit one row and purl one row (stockinette stitch) for the next 50 rows.  
The last 10 rows you will do 1 x 1 ribbing again (knit one, purl one)
Cast off loosely in knit stitch
Use your scissors to cut off an 8-10 inch tail.  Then with your tapestry needle, weave in the end of your yarn for a few stitches before cutting off your tail completely.  
And here are how Maggie's looked!

When I made mine I chose a yarn that wasn't exactly the same as what the pattern called for I wanted something a bit smoother and a bit more dainty, and because of that I added 10 stitches when I cast on so I started with 44 stitches (I then measured my work and Delaney's leg to be sure it wouldn't be too small... it was just right)

Here are mine!

I also don't have round knitting needles so I just followed the pattern on regular needles and left a longer tail at the end to sew a seam up the back... 

I also preferred the look of having the smooth flat side of the stockinette stitch on the outside rather then the bumpy...but that is personal preference I think.

It took me a bit longer to get them done then it took Maggie over at Smashed Peas and Carrots... Like a week longer.... I did each of the leg warmers in between other projects and as you know if you have a two year old it's not always easy to get a project finished on time.... 

Delaney isn't in Ballet and she can't even start until next year because she is too young but i thought she would love these as all the characters in her favorite show, Strawberry Shortcake, wear them when they dance at Plum Puddings dance studio! Plus I thought to myself... Remember when you were little and you wore a dress to a party or to school or anywhere really and it was even a little cold out.... well in those instances my mom (please let me know if it was only her or if all mom's thought this the best solution) would make me wear pants over my tights so that I wouldn't get cold... Yeah not exactly comfortable... sooo here is my solution to cold legs in the winter!

One more thing to cross off the Christmas List! And one more to add because now I want to add them to my list of all the little girls I have to give gifts to!

Give them a try, if you knit they are fun, easy and I'm sure any little girl would love them!

Cross anything off your to-do list lately? Or did you find a great pattern that you are planning on making? I'd love to see or hear all about it in the comments!

PS. Check out Smashed Peas and Carrots if you haven't already! Maggie has amazing recipes, including one for homemade Twix bars... as well as some great sewing projects and some family/kiddo projects too!

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