Here it is :) The long awaited new pattern post. This pattern gave me some trouble when I sent it to testers. I realized last night (with the help of my best friend) that I was just using the wrong stitch name. It made it confusing. There are so many variations of the “star stitch”. The stitch used in this pattern is actually the “5-Star Marguerite Stitch” — so I decided to give them a lovey nick-name. Presenting the Maggie Leg Warmers!
In Colorado “Fall” can mean picturesque brisk days with beautiful falling leaves in varying shades of reds, greens, and yellows. Sometimes, I walk around the neighborhood and just stare in wonder and adoration at this gorgeous place I am lucky enough to call home.
“Fall” in Colorado can also mean HOT days of “Indian Summer”.
It can also mean two feet of snow and blistering wind.
I prefer the perfect days (ha, who doesn’t?!)
One of the very best things about Fall? Big, comfy, lovely accessories! I’m
cheap frugal, so I prefer to make my own.
I’ve been admiring outfits on Pinterest for quite sometime, and one of my very favorite looks is the pairing of knee high boots with some cozy leg warmers. I like boot cuffs, but I wanted to come up with a warmer that can go over the boots.
So, I now present to you what I came up with over the weekend (you know.. that weekend 3 weeks ago..)
It took some help from testers to get it looking right AND functional, but I am happy with the end result!
Now, since I’ve saved money on the accessories, I can spend more on the boots… right?
Finished dimensions: 12″ (height) x *13″ (width)
*This pattern is easily adjusted to fit any size leg — Just measure the circumference of your calf before you get started, and add or subtract rows to adjust the width. This pattern is meant to overlap, so it should be bigger around than your calf.
J hook (6.0mm)
*Approx. 6 oz (*Approx. 300 yds) worsted weight acrylic yarn (shown – I Love This Yarn in Sungold)
Trim shown – Bernat Pipsqueak in Chocolate
Buttons (I used 5 buttons on each leg warmer)
Stitches/Terms used (US terminology):
st – stitch
ch – chain
yo – yarn over
sc – single crochet (insert hook into st, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through both loops)
hdc – half double crochet (yo, insert hook into st, yo, pull up loop, yo pull through all 3 loops)
dc - double crochet (yo, insert hook into st, yo, pull up loop, yo pull through 2 loops, yo, pull up loop, yo, pull through both loops)
Beginning Marguerite cluster st (BegMC) – insert hook into same st (hdc in this pattern), yo pull up loop, *insert hook into next st, yo pull up loop* repeat from * 3 times (you should have 6 loops on hook), yo pull through all loops, ch 1 (creating the “eye” of the star)
Marguerite Cluster St (MC)- insert hook into “eye” of star, yo pull up loop, insert hook into front of last loop of star, yo pull up loop, insert hook into same st as the last loop of the previous star, yo pull up loop (you should have 4 loops on hook) *insert hook into next st, yo pull up loop* repeat from *one time (you should have 6 loops on hook) yo, pull through all loops, ch 1 (creating the “eye” of the star)
I cannot find a video for this stitch the way that I do it. I had a link here, but opted to remove it. I’m going to make my own video (..maybe..) and add it here, so if you NEED the video — have no fear — it’s coming soon(ish)! For now, I’ve got that nifty photo tutorial at the end of the pattern.
*Make sure you have enough material to make two. :) — The amount listed is a ROUGH estimate. 2 skeins of a basic worsted weight should be plenty.
R1: hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each chain to the end (41 hdc)
Beginning chain does not count as a stitch here, or anywhere throughout the pattern.
R2: Ch 2, turn, hdc in same st, begMC, MC (x18), hdc in same st (top of first st of previous row — total of 19 MC sts)
R3: Ch 1, turn, sc in first hdc, 2 sc in “eye” of star st, and every star st down the row, 1 sc in last hdc, sc in top of first st of previous row (41 sc)
R4: Ch 2, turn, hdc in same st and every st down row (41 hdc)
R5 (buttonhole row): Ch 2, turn, dc in same st and every st down the row (41 dc)
R6-R8: Repeat rows 2-4
R9: Repeat row 4 (41 hdc)
R10- 36 (or desired circumference is met): Repeat rows 6-9, ending with a hdc row.
At the end of your final row, finish last st with trim yarn.
sc around the top, the beginning length edge, and the bottom
fasten off, weave in ends and attach buttons to front side on the un-trimmed edge.
Your double crochet row will function as the buttonholes.
I originally wrote this pattern using an I hook. When I switched it up to the J hook, I also added the dc row to be used as the buttonhole row (assuming I would still need a buttonhole row). If your gauge is like mine, You really don’t HAVE to use a dc row when using a J hook (the hdc’s would have sufficed for me), but — it was already added, so there it stays haha! Feel free to move that dc row to wherever you would like your buttonhole row to be (Just switch it out with a hdc row). As long as it’s near the beginning somewhere, you should be fine. Also, I considered making it taper down — I didn’t. On purpose. I didn’t design these legwarmers to go over leggings. I designed them to go over BOOTS, so they are supposed to be a little wider around the bottom to accommodate boots. Personally, I think the pair I made for myself look pretty darling slouching over my foot a little without the boot, but that might just be me.
I’ve been nervous about posting this one. I don’t know why, exactly. I don’t typically stray away from head/neck wear, I guess. I hope you guys love it as much as I do! My Little has already
demanded requested a pair for her in pink and purple (of course). She even picked out her own buttons at Hobby Lobby :P
Who else is in love with the texture of the Marguerite Cluster Stitch??
I don’t want to get all repetitive with this stitch, but I do have plans for a couple more accessories featuring it. It’s just. so. pretty. :)