Stirrup leg warmers – free pattern

Here’s the pattern for my stirrup leg warmers. Mine are for yoga but you could use them for whatever you want.  You could take out the stirrup and wear them as normal leg warmers or you might want to make them a little shorter and have them as ankle warmers- it’s up to you!

2.5 balls (245 yards) Garnstudio Drops Lima
4mm circular needle or DPNs (depending on what you prefer)
cable needle

4 inches=20 stitches across and 24 stitches up
I’m a very loose knitter so it’s well worth checking that your gauge matches and adapting appropriately.


To start:            Cast on 50 stitches.

I used a cable cast on for a firmer edge.  Join and begin working in the round. I prefer to use a long circular needle and the magic loop method but you might prefer either a shorter circular needle or DPNs. It’s up to you.

Rows 1-5:          Knit in 2×2 rib (knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches)
Rows: 6-9:        [P3, K4, P3] x 5
Row 10:             [P3, C2B*, P3] x5
Rows 11-60:     Repeat rows 6-10
Row 61:             [P3,K4,P3] x2, K4,P1, cast off 25 stitches
Row 62:            [P3, K4, P3] x2, K4, P1 cast on 25 stitches
Row 63:            [P3, K4, P3] x 5
Row 64:            [P3, K4, P3] x 5
Row 65:            [P3, C2B*,P3] x5
R0w 66-75:     Repeat rows 6-10
Rows 75-78:  Knit in 2×2 rib
Row 79:           Cast off loosely
To finish:        Pick up 44 stitches around ankle hole.

I picked up 20 from the top, 2 from each side and 20 from the bottom.

Knit 3 rows in 2×2 rib then cast off loosely. Weave in ends. Admire your first leg warmer and then make a start on the second!

If you spot any errors in the pattern, or you just want to let me know what you think, get in touch in the comment box below or at I’d love to hear from you!

*slip next 2 stitches onto your cable needle, as if to knit, and hold at the back of your work, knit the next 2 stitches and then the 2 stitches from your cable needle.

If you don’t fancy making a pair but you want to keep your feet warm when you’re practicing your yoga you can find some similar pairs in my little Etsy shop.


Yoga leg warmers

After the slight disaster of running out of wool on my first try with these leg warmers I’ve finally finished the replacement pair!

I started again with Garnstudio Drops Lima. I’ve been meaning to give this wool a try and this project seemed like a good opportunity. It was lovely to knit with and the colour is lovely (it’s always hard to tell when you’re buying online). I suspect that it might be a little bit felty but I’m hoping that I’m wrong.

I haven’t been able to do any yoga for a while as the current cold weather has been causing me problems with my  joints (I have the joints of a pensioner..) plus I injured my knee quite badly at the start of January and I’ve been frightened to try again. It’s been rubbish not doing any yoga at all so today I used road testing my new leg warmers as an excuse to give it a try. Not only did my knee not play up but I had toasty warm ankles and feet and enough contact between my foot and the mat to be able to grip! A success! They stay up well when they are pulled up. I prefer to have them pushed down a little bit though- I think it looks prettier.

It's very difficult to take a picture of these leg warmers without offending your eyes with my horrible feet

I’ll get some decent photos and put the pattern up in the next couple of days.

One and a half leg warmers…..

One and a half legwarmers

In the winter my feet get cold at the start of a yoga session. I’ve been meaning to get myself some leg warmers to help with extra warmth for a while. I haven’t wanted to buy any as it seems silly to buy an expensive acrylic pair when I can knit a pair myself.

Now that it’s getting chilly I really want warm feet so I finally got going. I found some Rowan Baby Alpaca that a friend had given me when she moved back to the US and made a start. I started with a bit of ribbing and put in a cable pattern.  For extra foot warmth I decided on stirrup leg warmers. I tend to pull my leggings down over my feet for yoga anyway so that would give me super toasty ankles.

For the stirrup I cast off stitches on one round and then cast on the same number on the next round. I finished off with ribbing and then picked up the stitches along the cast off and cast on edges and added in some ribbing. The wool is really soft, a pleasure to knit with, and so cozy.

It was all going really well. I finished the first leg warmer I was really pleased with the way it looked and I started on the second. I was congratulating myself on my free leg warmers. Then, less than half way through the second one I realised that I was going through wool much faster than I needed to be and didn’t have anywhere near enough left to finish it off! It looks like quite a bit in the picture but I promise it’s no where near enough!

My first plan was to get some extra wool.That was until I realised that Rowan don’t make that colour any more…….I didn’t have any luck on ebay either so I’ve had to accept that I’ll be struck with one and a half leg warmers and I’ll have to start again…. When I am feeling less annoyed about it I’ll get myself down to the shops for some new wool.  I’ll have myself a nice new pair of leg warmers eventually!