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Issue 29 – Alpaca Sox Legwarmers

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Though lots of leg warmers are designed to be worn ballerina style, bunched around the ankle, these are more of an extended knee sock—long and skinny leg things. This pair to measures about 12” around at the top, the widest part—to fit like stockings.

To shape the leg we add a few increases on either side of one of the ribs. You could just as easily use the lazy shaping method (one of my favorites)—begin knitting on a smaller needle and move to a larger one(s) on your way up the warmer. Or, conversely, start at the top and work down to a smaller needle.

  
(published February 26, 2008)


The Yarn

Alpaca Sox

Alpaca Sox
60% Alpaca • 20% Merino • 20% Nylon

Alpaca Sox is spun from a blend of fibers designed to make a comfortable, warm fabric. Alpaca provides warmth and softness, Merino adds elasticity and cushion, and a little nylon lends durability.

The unique 2-ply construction of this yarn is just right: twisted just enough to be durable, but relaxed enough that the alpaca fibers can expand a little and show their halo. The yarn feels lofty and light and is as lovely in shawls, scarves and baby sweaters as it is in socks.


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