I’ve had a bit of an obsession with rainbows recently. I love rainbows all the time actually and every window in my house has crystals hanging up to cast rainbows wherever possible! The little dark star has some awesome knitted leg warmers made by my lovely talented friend Stacey, they are an absolute wardrobe staple however we need a back up set when they are in the wash, so I decided I really really REALLY wanted to make rainbow ones (crochet of course, my knitting is laughable)
I’ve made them slimmer fitting to the top of the calf then tapering wider to accommodate chunky toddler thighs (I can’t even type that last three words without wanting to immediately grab the little dark star and squish her legs).
So here is the pattern if you fancy making a set of your own. It is super simple. Google the foundation row treble crochet if you’ve not seen it before. It is better than a chain foundation row when you need an item to have some decent stretch and movement. Below is the UK terms but I have also included a PDF in the final link “toddler rainbow legs” which has the US terminology if you prefer, or maybe you just want a printable version, you’ll just have to convert hdc to htc in your head if UK terminology is your crochet language of choice.
Please feel free to do as you wish with your finished items but if you sell them please include a link back to me here as a courtesy. Please do not sell my pattern because frankly that’s really not nice and it is lazy too 😉
TODDLER RAINBOW LEG WARMERS
Size 4.5mm hook.
Double Knit yarn in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. I used a mix of stylecraft DK 100% acrylic (for orange and yellow) and some unbanded yarn I already had in my stash.
Stitches used: Foundation row half treble crochet, half treble crochet (htc), Slip stitch (sl st), chain stitch (ch)
*Chains do not count as stitches throughout.
*At the end of each round join with sl st to top of first htc from start of round.
Round 1: Using RED make 30 foundation half treble crochet stitches, join to beginning stitch to form circle (30 stitches)
Round 2 with RED ch2 htc in next 30 stitches. Join with sl st to top of first htc (30 htc)
Round 3: Change to ORANGE ch2, htc in next 30 stitches (30 htc)
Round 4: In ORANGE ch2, htc in next 30 stitches (30 htc)
Round 5: Change to YELLOW ch2, in htc next 30 stitches (30 htc)
Round 6: In YELLOW ch2, htc in next 30 stitches (30 htc)
Round 7: Change to GREEN ch2, htc in next 30 stitches (30 htc)
Round 8: In GREEN ch2, htc in next 30 stitches (30 htc)
Round 9: Change to BLUE ch2, htc in next 30 stitches (30 htc)
Round 10: in BLUE ch2, htc in next 30 stitches (30 htc)
Round 11: Change to INDIGO ch2, htc in next 30 stitches (30 htc)
Round 12: In INDIGO ch2, htc in next 30 stitches (30 htc)
Round 13: Change to VIOLET ch2, htc in next 30 stitches (30 htc)
Round 14: In VIOLET ch2, htc in next 30 stitches (30 htc)
Round 15: Change to RED ch2, htc in next 30 stitches (30 htc)
Round 16: In RED ch2, htc in next 30 stitches (30 htc)
Now start the increases.
Round 17: Change to ORANGE ch2, htc 14, 2 htc in next st, dc 15 (31 htc)
Round 18: In ORANGE ch 2, htc 15, 2 htc in next stitch, dc 15 (32 htc)
Round 19: Change to YELLOW ch 2, htc in next 32 stitches (32 htc)
Round 20: In YELLOW ch2, htc 16, 2hdc in next stitch, hdc in next 15 stitches (33 htc)
Round 21: Change to GREEN ch2, htc 33 (33 htc)
Round 22: In GREEN ch2, htc 8, 2htc in next stitch, htc 15, 2htc in next, 8hdc (35 htc)
Round 23: Change to BLUE ch2, htc 35 (35 htc)
Round 24: In BLUE ch2, htc 35 (35 htc)
Round 25: Change to INDIGO ch 2, htc 17, 2htc in next, htc 17 (36 htc)
Round 26: In INDIGO ch 2, htc 36, (36 htc)
Weave in ends. Enjoy!
PDF VERSION US TERMS BELOW
Please feel free to comment if you need any help or you notice a glaring error anywhere. Its my first freebie pattern so I am still learning x
Edited to add, if your toddler is a skinny Minnie and doesn’t have chunga chunky thighs like mine does, you might like to consider skipping the last two sets of increases.