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Candy Cane DIY Baby Leg Warmers

Dress your little one in these sweet candy cane knit baby leg warmers, and they'll be cozy all winter long!

Updated June 28, 2018
Candy Cane DIY Baby Leg Warmers
Candy Cane DIY Baby Leg Warmers
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If your baby is sweet like candy, your knitting should show it! With adorable red and white stripes, these Candy Cane DIY Baby Leg Warmers are the holiday-friendly accessory your little one will love all season long. Dress your little Sugar Plum Fairy or Nutcracker Prince in these winter-ready DIY baby leg warmers, and their legs will be snug during any snowstorm because of the medium-weight design. This free baby leg warmers knitting pattern is a cute craft perfect for any heartfelt Christmas gift. They're a cinch to knit, but they'll look like they were store bought.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the Leisure Arts Coloring Book and Utensils Giveaway during the 12 Days of Christmas in July! This giveaway runs until July 29th and you can receive an extra entry just by commenting below on this page.


Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

GaugeIn stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row), 19 sts = 4'' (10 cm.)

Finished Size8-1/2'' circumference x 11-1/2'' long (21.5 cm. x 29 cm.)

Materials List

  • Medium weight yarn [3.5 ounces, 210 yards (100 grams, 192 meters) per skein]

    1. One skein in red

    2. One skein in cream

  • Knook size H (5 mm.)
  • Yarn needle

Instructions - Bottom Ribbing

With red, ch 42.

  1. Pick up 41 sts on foundation ch: 42 sts.

  2. Row 1: K3, P2, (K2, P2) across to last st, K1.

  3. Row 2: P1, K2, (P2, K2) across to last 3 sts, P3.

  4. Rows 3-12: Repeat Rows 1 and 2, 5 times.

Instructions - Body

  1. Row 1: Purl across.

  2. Row 2 (Right side): Knit across.

  3. Rows 3-5: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 once, then repeat Row 1 once more; cut red.

  4. Row 6: With cream, knit across.

  5. Rows 7-10: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 twice; at end of Row 10, cut cream.

  6. Rows 11 and 12: With red, repeat Rows 1 and 2.

  7. Row 13: Purl across; cut red.

  8. Rows 14-53: Repeat Rows 6-13, 5 times; at end of Row 53, do not cut red.

Instructions - Top Ribbing

  1. Row 1: K3, P2, (K2, P2) across to last st, K1.

  2. Row 2: P1, K2, (P2, K2) across to last 3 sts, P3.

  3. Rows 3-12: Repeat Rows 1 and 2, 5 times.

  4. Bind off all sts in pattern.

  5. With right side facing and red, weave legwarmer seam


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The number(s) given after a colon at the end of a row denote(s) the number of stitches you should have on that row
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On the finished piece, the right side of your work is the side that the public will see
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  • There is a maximum of one extra entry per person. The extra entry will be based upon a comment left on this project. Duplicate comments will be deleted and are not tallied.
  • The winner will be selected at random from the comments on this page and the entries on the contest page.
  • The winner will be contacted on the morning of July 30, 2018.
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I like to make baby blankets!

am always making little slippers or hats for the little ones.

a Christmas stocking

I don't have any little ones to knit for. But if I did, I'd probably be making them sweaters or hats.

I'll be loom knitting caps!


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