Gift Knitting: Telemark Leg Warmers

Now through Thanksgiving, we’re featuring patterns that are just as much fun to make as they are to receive. Stop by, pick up some yarn, and cast on your holiday gifts today! Click here to see all the patterns in this series.

Telemark Leg Warmers

Leg warmers are a fantastic way to wear shorter dresses in cold weather, and the forgiving sizing makes them great for gift giving.

If the recent popularity of leg warmers is giving you flashbacks to the ’80s, have no fear. These classic legwarmers from Vintage Modern Knits will banish all visions of Flashdance from your mind.

Find it in Vintage Modern Knits (available in store). Knit it in two skeins of Shepherd’s Worsted from Stonehedge Fiber Mill.

From the pattern author:

Norwegian folk costume—bold graphics from Fana, iconic lice-stitch patterns from the Setesdal valley, and Selbu mittens and accessories—comprise most of what we view as traditional norwegian knitting. The bold geometrics in Fana garments, popular in black or brown and white during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, originated as part of men’s traditional costume. The lice-patterned sweaters from the Setesdal valley—white patterning and geometric color-work against a black background—can be traced back to the 1840s. Selbu knitting originated with a pair of black-on-white patterned mittens knitted by a young girl in the mid-1800s. All three of these traditional components—graphic motifs, lice patterning, and black-on-white colorwork—are united in this pair of contemporary leg warmers.

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