Monday, March 19, 2012

wrapped around her finger...

You'd think that after nearly fifteen years, I'd be immune to her charms...but nope. A couple of years ago, I crocheted Annie a pair of white leg warmers. She wears them quite a lot, so I thought I'd make her a few more pair for her birthday this year. I told her I was going to so she could pick out the colors she wanted most. Then I was hoping she would promptly forget all about it. Of course her young brain still retains a whole lot more remembering power than my old brain does...she hasn't forgotten. In fact, she managed to sweet talk her way into getting a pair of them early.



But I'm *not* letting her get her hands on the other ones yet! :P




















I didn't use a pattern to make them, just used the old make-it-up-as-you-go method. But in case anyone's interested, here's the details:

One pair took not quite a full 6 oz. skein of Caron Simply Soft yarn (one of the few acrylic yarns I both like the feel of and like to work with), using a K hook.

--Chain enough stitches to comfortably fit around part of leg where you'd like the top to come to. It is easiest to get the bottom edging even if you use a multiple of 4. (Annie's come to right above the knee--though she usually wears them scrunched down--and used 32 chains to start.) Join to beginning chain with slip stitch, being careful not to twist.

--Chain one. Half double crochet in same stitch. Half double crochet in each stitch around. Join to first half double crochet with slip stitch.

--Continue repeating previous row until leg warmer reaches desired length.

--Chain one. Single crochet in same stitch. *Skip next stitch, double crochet 5 times in next stitch, skip next stitch, single crochet in next stitch* around until only 3 stitches remain. Skip next stitch, double crochet 5 times in next stitch, skip next stitch, slip stitch into first single crochet. Fasten off, and sew in tails.

10 comments:

Amanda said...

She has the most awesome style. Really.

Kailana said...

She has a really fun style! :)

Somer said...

I love her style! And the legwarmers are cute, too!

Eva said...

You're such a sweet mom! You should teach her to crochet her own instead. ;)

I am jealous she can still wear tights & legwarmers & armwarmers. It's already hot here. I've had to put away all my lovely woolens & tweeds. *sigh*

Jean said...

Cool! As is Annie ... and her mom. Yes, teach her to crochet so that she can make you something.

It's too hot for leg warmers here, at least outside. Inside, fine, especially when Blaine cranks up the AC in the room.

DesLily said...

wow! way cool! and Annie dresses to kill! love her choices!! makes me cry for the "old days!" lol.. I bet kids can't even come close to imagine mom and dad as teenagers! lol

love those leg warmers!! if I lived up north I'd bug you for a pair lol

Trish said...

First of all, Annie is gorgeous! Is she really the same as that ten year old girl I was so amazed with all those years ago?

Second, is that another language?! At least quilting is in English. :P One of these days. I do know basic basic basic crochet but all of the rest just baffles me.

Heather said...

I love them!! Oooo I think I have to make the daughter some. Yes, yes I do. They are gorgeous! Annie is gorgeous! YOU are gorgeous!!! I wish I could crochet as well as you! Someday....

Debi said...

Everyone,
Thanks for your sweet comments about Annie and her "style"...I shall pass those thoughts along, and keep my fingers crossed that it doesn't give her a big head. :P

And Heather,
Oh, my silly, sweet friend...you *do* crochet as well as I do!!! No question.

Care said...

very cool.