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Old 04-08-2009, 09:23 PM   #1
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Trois - Legwarmers for Ballerina
I have a lovely niece. She's petit and is a ballerina. She asked my Mom if she would knit her some legwarmers but Mom cannot knit any more so I thought I'd take up the torch and knit them for her.
Here's my question...
The pattern that I got off the internet is called Trois in the Berroco Pattern Library and it calls for them to be knit on straights. I think this is because of the fancy pattern in the middle - which I don't want to do. I just want to use some varigated yarns there with plain colour on the top and bottom of the leg. (is this possible?)
Well, I've just had a chat with my niece and got her measurements.
According to the pattern, the smallest ankle is 11", she's 8", the smallest width at the knee is 14" and she's 11". The length is supposed to be 21" and she is only 16 1/2".
I know how to shorten the length to 16 1/2" but not how to go lower than 11" or 14".
Also want to know if it is possible for me to knit this in the round - I'm thinking dpn's here - instead of on straights so that there are no seams. I think this would be much more comfortable for her.
Also what about the yarn?
I'm thinking at 22 sts to 4"... that could be dk or something like that.
What can you suggest?
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Old 04-08-2009, 10:06 PM   #2
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Here's a free one on Bernat...but, it's not in the round http://www.bernat.com/pattern.php?PID=1594
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Old 04-08-2009, 10:58 PM   #3
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Thank you, SgtPam, but I already have a pattern... just kind of wondering how I can get it even smaller than it already is...
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Old 04-08-2009, 11:43 PM   #4
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Can you post a link directly to the pattern? That will help us help you better.
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Old 04-08-2009, 11:54 PM   #5
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Ok nevermind I just found the pattern. Well it looks like you cast on an additional 4 sts for each size you go up (and each size differs by 1"). So you need to go down 3 sizes based on what they have going on there to get to a 8" measurement. So you need to do 12 less sts than the smallest size (in other words cast on 50 sts). And when you to the increase row for the knee you'll have 52 sts.

You can google search for converting patterns in the round.

I would do these in the round for sure.

Hope that helps.
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Oh one more thing, and then when you finish all the increases you'll have 66 sts.
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Old 04-09-2009, 01:04 AM   #7
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I found this leg warmer pattern for a 9-12 year old child. It is made in the round and uses worsted weight yarn. It is real simple. LINK The yarn they are shown in is a self patterning yarn, but it is all just one skein.
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http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/kj...html?noImages=
I know you said you have a pattern, but it might just be easier to use a pattern already in the round and already in the correct sizes.
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Oh, dear, I can see that I haven't explained this all very well.
My niece is a young lady in her 20's. She wants the pattern I have found for her because of the way the legwarmers look - they hug the leg very well and fall fetchingly over the heel, not the least bit floppy.
They have to be exact... or as exact as I can make them so that they will be stylish but allow her to practice.
Ittybitty... thank you so much for the math... not my strong subject and I will look up how to change this pattern to circulars instead of straight.
I'm thinking knitting on circulars will be a bit tighter since I don't have to do the purl st.
I'd also like to do them in a not-too chunky yarn - maybe a dk or something like that.
Anyway, I guess they are going to be a blue of some sort...
Thanks so much for all the replies...
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Whatever yarn you use, you must make sure that the gauge you get is the gauge they list in the pattern because otherwise, the calculations I gave you will mean nothing. You can convert a pattern for different sized yarns, but that is a whole other can of worms that I can't help with when it comes to adjusting the increases.
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