Monday, October 20, 2014

Crochet Candy Corn Colored Newborn Making Waves Legwarmers - Pattern REVIEW - A Crocheted Simplicity


I have had owls on my brain lately thinking that owl hats would be perfect for fall! I've been working on a few versions of fall owl hats that aren't quite ready to be shared yet but soon. 

For now, I thought I would test out some legwarmer patterns so that I can make up some to go with the owl hats.

First up, the Making Waves Legwarmers by Jennifer of A Crocheted Simplicity. I hearted several of her patterns - hoping to go back SOON and make some more purchases.

I do plan on working these legwarmers in several different colors and sizes but I started with the 0-3 Month size.

Materials I Used:
     - Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn in Yellow, Orange, and White 
     - H8/5mm Hook (as recommended)
     - #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends
     - Making Waves Legwarmers Pattern (Paid Pattern)

Time Spent:
   Each pair of the 0-3 Month size took me about 30 minutes to complete, plus 20 minutes each to weave in my ends for a total of just under two hours for the pair.

Measurements:
   The pattern includes sizes for 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-18 months, 2-3 years, 4-5 years and 6-7 years.
   I began with the 0-3 Month size which measures 3" wide by 6.5" long.

Pattern Notes:
   I made one test legwarmer in a solid purple color. From this, I concluded that the solid color doesn't work very well with the ripple effect - I would suggest using at least two colors.

   I also did not like how you have to sew the bottom and top cuffs, so I changed it to a Foundation Double Crochet 18 and then work two rounds of Front Post Double Crochet, Back Post Double Crochet. This gives a defined cuff, flexibility starting with the foundation double crochet versus a regular chain and foundation round, and eliminates the need to sew up your cuffs.
I found with the first one, your cuffs should be about an inch long.

*If you need help working the Foundation Double Crochet - Tamara of Moogly has a great tutorial - How to Crochet the Foundation Double Crochet Stitch.

The pattern was REALLY easy to follow. After the first one, I had ideas in my head of making myself a pair! It is very easy to adjust - start by working a foundation double crochet 1-2" shorter than the circumference of the your knee/thigh (since the acrylic yarn will stretch!) and then continue working the pattern.

Don't Crochet but Interested in Purchasing Some Legwarmers?
   I will be adding these and other legwarmers to my Etsy shop. Fell free to send in your custom color and size requests! Some colors options include: Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn, Red Heart With Love, Deborah Norville's Everyday Soft, and Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton Yarn (100% Cotton).
   I am happy to make this into a Mommy and Me Set - please send me a message!

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2 comments:

  1. Super cute! I like your pattern notes for the cuff -- I think I would prefer the more defined cuff as well. And it's good to know that this pattern is best with multiple colors.

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