Draft Dodger Legwarmers-Free Pattern


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Pretty quick and easy, using basic sc and dc.  Designed to wear over pants….perfect for those chilly football games, sledding, Christmas tree hunts and all those chilly activities!  For bare legs……switch to a smaller hook for the ribbing, and you may want to reduce the # of beginning stitches (by 2’s).

Skill Level:  Easy

Supplies: 10½ oz   (Canadiana used in proto type-#3 lt. wt. worsted), Size H/8/5mm crochet hook, yarn needle.

Stitches Used: ch (chain), sc (single crochet), dc (double crochet).

Gauge: 6 st = 2”, 3 rows = 2”

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Directions-Make 2:

Rnd. 1: ch85, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in the next 10 ch, dc in next ch, *sc in next ch, dc in next ch* repeat from *to* 30 times, sc in last 10 ch, ch1 turn.    84 st

Rnd. 2: working in back loops, sc in first 10 sc, working in both loops, *sc in next dc, dc in next sc*, repeat from *to* 31 times, working in back loops, sc in last 10 sc, ch1, turn.

Rnds. 3-36: repeat rnd. 2, fasten off at end of rnd. 36, leaving long tail to sew center seam.

Sew center seam.

Note: for longer length, increase pattern in even increments of 2.

Note: add or decrease rnds. for a narrower or wider width.

© December 2009  Pattern may not be reprinted or resold without express written permission.

 

53 Comments on “Draft Dodger Legwarmers-Free Pattern”

  1. abbie2001 Says:

    What size person are these for?


  2. Thank you so much for your interest in the pattern. These are women’s adult, but can easily be adapted to most any size.

  3. Arlene Says:

    Thank you so much for the legwarmer pattern. Back in the 70’s, they were “cool” and I was a teenager. Now, they are more practical as I am in my 50’s. I always loved legwarmers. I made one so far. It came out beautiful. I am working on the other one now. But in between I made a scarf to match with the same stitch. Thank you for sharing a great pattern and a great memory. Arlene


  4. Thank you so much! The pattern came about because my granddaughters wanted legwarmers…….which means they’re back in style, so now you are stylishly practical!

  5. tennyemaye Says:

    thank you! I’ve been looking for a good pattern for leg warmers. I plan to use this one! Thanks for sharing this!


  6. My pleasure! So glad you’re able to use it!

  7. debbie Says:

    I liked the look of these legwarmers but I must have done something wrong. I made the 85 chains but when I started the rest of the pattern, I had about 12 chains leftover. In other words, my stitches didn’t add up. Any suggestions? Thanks


  8. I can’t see what you did, but it could have been a miss count. Do you have the ribbing at the top and bottom?? If you do, just fill in the extra 12 stithes with the pattern stitches. It’s a very forgiving pattern and you will be able to use up the 12 stitches that way.
    Carol


  9. Just wanted to leave a quick THANK YOU! You have shared so many wonderful patterns and I wanted to let you know that I wholeheartedly appreciate the time you have invested in these! Thanks!


  10. Always my pleasure! I’m always thrilled when someone can use them! Happy Hookin’

  11. carol Says:

    Lovely design!! Half way through, nice easy stitch & looking great! Thankyou for sharing. x


  12. It’s my pleasure!

  13. Cille Says:

    Thank you, I’ve been looking for some crocheted leg warmers!


  14. My pleasure! So glad taht you are able to use the pattern!

  15. Esther Says:

    THANKS for the pattern, it looks great, can’t wait to give it a try


  16. Absolutely my pleasure!

  17. Linda Says:

    These look great! What is the approximate finished size? Thanks!


  18. Thank you so much for your interest in this pattern. They work out to about 24″ (give or take and depending on the yarn used). They are worked lengthwise, so you can make them shorter or longer by adding or deleting the starting ch by 2’s.

  19. Eva Says:

    Hello, I just want to tell you, that i absolutely LOVE this pattern! It was my very first item i made that wasn’t a blanket, hat or scarf. I made them as a gift for my cousin last christmas and she “rocked” them all winter. I am now making the draft dodger scarf for a co-worker for this christmas. Love it love it love it!


  20. That’s so sweet! Thank you so very much. Keep on Hookin!

  21. Bzybee Says:

    Great job!


  22. Thank you so very much!

  23. Tricia DeVito Says:

    I ,too, was looking for a leg warmer pattern and I searched for quite a while. I wanted to make them for my granddaughters but most of what I found was for infants and babies. I was excited to find this patter (for free even) and have made one already (1/2 pair). I juat want to say thanks and I’m sure I’ll be able to find more patterns that interest me. Happy Holidays.


  24. It’s truly my pleasure. I’m so pleased you are able to use the pattern…..LOL…the design was inspired by my granddaughters…..Happy Hookin’!
    Carol

  25. Petrena Ash Says:

    is this pattern UK or US stitches, please?


  26. Thank you for your interest…..the pattern is written with US stitches.

  27. Diva Locks Says:

    Thank you for this pattern I made a pair for my daughter and they came out great! I love them and so does she!


  28. Thanks so much! I’m so glad you were able to use the pattern. Keep on Hookin’!

  29. Diva Locks Says:

    Here is a link to my verison I posted on my blog I hope I did you justice :) http://www.divalocks10.com/2011/12/crocheted-leg-warmers.html


  30. Those are adorable! I love the little bows, they’re the perfect finishing touch. I hope you don’t mind, but I posted your picture and link on one of my pages. If you would rather not, I will remove it. http://wp.me/PcHQw-mT I love seeing the finished projects!

  31. Diva Locks Says:

    Thanks! Of course I don’t mind :)

  32. Cheryl Says:

    Thank you so for the pattern and adjustment info. I have a friend that wants to learn to crochet and wants leg warmers. I am encouraged by the comments here. As a widow, I really appreciatate that you let us have the pattern. I will try to let you know how it turns out.


  33. That’s wonderful! I always love seeing the finished projects……and I really love getting more people “hooked” on crochet!


  34. [...] found this adorable pattern and modified it to fit the [...]

  35. JanRenae Says:

    Thanks for this pattern. It looks warm, and practical, and won’t draw undue attention to this shy person. Will be trying this soon.


  36. My pleasure! So glad you may be able to use it! Don’t hesitate to contact me if you should have any questions. Happy Hookin!

  37. Sil in CNY Says:

    When my daughter asked for leg warmers I was surprised! I wore them myself in the late 70’s to early 80’s….I guess everything does come back in style eventually! I have one done and it looks great. This is an easy to follow pattern and I love the texture of the finished item. Thanks for the pattern!


  38. I’m so glad you’re able to use them! LOL……my granddaughters asked me! Who’d a thunk those would ever come back!

  39. newbie Says:

    What is the circumference of these? My gauge is different, so I’m trying to figure out how many rows to make.
    I love how they look so far!


  40. The guage is 6 st per 2 inches and 3 rows for 2 inches which makes the circumference about 12″ at the ribbing. These are designed to wear over pants……..for a more narrow circumference, just reduce the # of rows……also if they are for bare legs…..reduce the # of starting stitches….most who have made them for bare legs went with a starting ch of 65…….The yarn i used was Canadiana which is a 4 ply worsted wt, but really works more like a heavy sports wt……..Hope this helps…..


  41. [...] to crochet (I’m better at crocheting than I am at knitting) and I stumbled upon these, the Draft Dodger Legwarmers. Besides having a pun-y name, The cuffs at the top and the bottom made me think, even though these [...]

  42. newbie Says:

    thanks for your quick reply to my question! They turned out beautifully, and my little sister loves them. I’m making another pair for myself now :)


  43. My pleasure……you go girl!

  44. Teresa Says:

    I was wondering what size are these for? Thin adult, teenager, young girl? And thank you for this pattern.


  45. They are designed for Adult/Teen to wear over pants, but can easily be adapted to any size.

  46. Kim Says:

    Ok I might be blind but what is the ribbing of the leg Warmers? How many rows of what stitch?


  47. The ribbing is: sc(s) worked in the back loops…….the ribbing and the legwarmer is worked in one piece, lengthwise. The first 10 st(s) are worked as ribbing, then the pattern switches to the main legwarmer and then the last 10 st(s) are worked as ribbing.

  48. Kim Says:

    Thank you for reply I just thought in picture it looked more of a different pattern at the top and bottom so didn’t know if was something I missed reading it


  49. No problem. It is a bit unconventional.


  50. These are really cute! I can’t wait to try and make these legwarmers! Thanks for making the pattern free! :)


  51. It was my pleasure! So glad you’re able to use it! Happy Hookin’!

  52. Charlotte Says:

    You don’t by any chance have this pattern for 5 year olds, length 10″, calf 8 1/4″, ankle 6 1/4″? I love this pattern, but not sure what your finished size is. I would appreciate your expertise help, if you would be so kind. Thanking you in advance. By the way love your work!


  53. You could adapt this for a 5 year old…….If you went with a worsted wt yarn, cut the number of stitches and the number of rows.
    The pattern is worked in multiples of 2….so for instance (this is only an estimate-you may have to add or decrease rows)
    Rnd. 1: ch45, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in the next 6 ch, dc in next ch, *sc in next ch, dc in next ch* repeat from *to* 14 times, sc in last 7 ch, ch1 turn. 54 st

    Rnd. 2: working in back loops, sc in first 7 sc, working in both loops, *sc in next dc, dc in next sc*, repeat from *to* 14 times, working in back loops, sc in last 7 sc, ch1, turn.

    Rnds. 3-20: repeat rnd. 2, fasten off at end of rnd. 20, leaving long tail to sew center seam.


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