Seashell Leg Warmers

I made seashell leg warmers to match my daughter’s mermaid outfit she wore on her first birthday. Even though her birthday is in late spring, it ended up being a cooler day so they were actually fitting for the weather. I used my SEASHELL APPLIQUÉ on the leg warmers. See below for my pattern if you are interested in making a pair. 

Seashell Leg Warmers

I made these leg warmers to match my daughter’s outfit for her mermaid-themed first birthday party. Therefore, they are made to fit most 12-month-olds. The pattern will need to be adjusted to fit babies and toddlers of different ages/sizes. Simply add/delete stitches to each round to make them wider or narrower and add/delete rounds to make them longer or shorter. 

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

The leg warmer is about 10 inches long and about 3½ inches wide when laid flat. The leaf pencil toppers are each about 4 inches tall. 

MATERIALS

– Size 6.00 mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge

– Size 4.00 mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge

– Worsted weight (4) yarn in White (I used Red Heart Super Saver in White.)

– Worsted weight (4) yarn in Worsted weight (4) acrylic yarn in Aqua (I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Aruba Sea.)

– Worsted weight (4) yarn in Light Purple (I used Red Heart Super Saver in Orchid.)

– Worsted weight (4) yarn in Darker Shade of Purple (I used Red Heart Super Saver in Medium Purple.)

– Tapestry needle

– Scissors

– Measuring tape

– Stitch markers

ABBREVIATIONS

– ch = chain

– chs = chains

– dc = double crochet

– hdc = half double crochet

– sc = single crochet

– sc2tog = single crochet 2 together (single crochet decrease)

– slst = slip stitch

– st = stitch

– sts = stitches

GAUGE

4 hdc = 1 inch

3 rounds of hdc = 1 inch

PATTERN NOTES

  • The main body of the leg warmer is made first with continuous rounds of half double crochet stitches. Do not join continuous rounds unless otherwise stated. Simply work the first stitch of each round in the first stitch of the previous round. Attach a stitch marker to mark rounds and move marker as you complete each round. 

DIRECTIONS

Main Body of Leg Warmer (Make 2)

*Use your 6.00 mm hook and white worsted weight yarn to complete the main body of the leg warmer.

*The leg warmer body is worked in continuous rounds. Work first stitch of round in first stitch of previous round. Use a stitch marker if needed to mark the beginning of each round.

Round 1: Ch 25, work 1 hdc in first ch to form a ring, hdc in next 24 chs around. (25 hdc)

Rounds 2-22: Hdc in each st around. (25 hdc)

Round 23: Repeat [hdc in next 7 sts, 2 hdc in next st] three times around, hdc in last st. (28 hdc)

Rounds 24-26: Hdc in each st around. (28 hdc)

Round 27: Hdc in each st around, slst in first st of round, fasten off and weave in loose ends. (28 hdc)

***The main body of the leg warmer is now complete. Follow the directions below to make the top and bottom edging.

Top Edging

*Use your 6.00 mm hook and aqua worsted weight yarn to complete the top edging of the leg warmer.

*Attach yarn to the first stitch from Round 27 of the body of the leg warmer (the same stitch in which the ending slst was worked). Now follow the pattern below.

Round 1: After attaching yarn to the first st of Round 27, ch 1, hdc in same st (first st of Round 24), 2 dc in next st, hdc in next st, slst in next st, repeat [hdc in next st, 2 dc in next st, hdc in next st, slst in next st] around, slst in first st of round, fasten off and weave in loose ends. (14 hdc, 14 dc, 7 slst; 35 total sts)

Bottom Edging

*Use your 6.00 mm hook and aqua worsted weight yarn to complete the bottom edging of the leg warmer.

*Attach yarn to the last chain from the starting chain of Round 1 of the body of the leg warmer. Now follow the pattern below.

Round 1: After attaching yarn to the last starting ch of Round 1, ch 1, hdc in same ch (last ch of Round 1), 2 dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, slst in next ch, repeat [hdc in next ch, 2 dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, slst in next ch] 5 times, skip last ch (first ch of Round 1), slst in first st of round to join, fasten off and weave in loose ends. (12 hdc, 12 dc, 6 slst; 29 total sts)

***The main body and edging of the leg warmer is now complete. Follow the directions below to make the seashell appliqué.

Seashell Appliqué (Make 2)

*Use light purple yarn for the main color in the pattern and darker purple yarn for the accent color in the pattern.

ASSEMBLY

Use a small tapestry needle and a long strand of your light purple yarn to attach a seashell to the front of each leg warmer by sewing the shell down along its perimeter. You might want to try the leg warmer on and use a safety pin to mark where you want them placed before sewing them to the warmer. Make sure to secure your yarn on the inside of the leg warmer when you are finished.

***Once you have finished sewing your shells to the leg warmers, you are finished and the leg warmers are ready to be worn!