When you want some knit legwarmers, but don’t want to spend hours and hours knitting, consider upcycling a sweater from a thrift store. A fair isle man’s sweater was perfect for mine.
First I cut off the sleeves, turned them inside out, and narrowed them at the top with a couple rows of hand stitching. That allowed me to trim off several inches of excess without the knitting unraveling.
After turning the sleeves right side out again, I picked up the stitches around the top and worked a simple ribbed cuff with Paton’s Classic wool. The Paton’s is thicker than the fair isle yarn, and I needed a snug cuff, so I k3tog (knit three stitches together) all around on the first row to reduce the circumference to about a third of the sleeve opening.
I determined that I should have narrowed the sleeves more, as the legwarmers are a bit baggy, but I wear them daily (I get cold legs), and they are cozy! Next time I will full the sleeves (shrink them) before knitting the cuffs on.
Time to browse the thrift store for another sweater!