Monday, October 17, 2011

Toddler Popcorn Ballerina Leg Warmers

My daughter is a dancer.  Specifically, Jazz, Tap and Ballet.  She absolutely LOVES to go to dance class, and I think a big part of that is getting dressed up!  It's starting to get chilly here, and I started to get worried about my daughters little legs in those little tights at class.  How about some ballet pink leg warmers?!  This time, I textured them up for a bit of fun.  :)

My daughter who dances is out of town this week (visiting her Grandma) so I asked my 2 year old to fill her shoes.  Literally.  I'll post some pictures later when my Dancing Daughter is home and in full ballerina gear.  :)

Toddler Popcorn Ballerina Pink Leg Warmers

*H Hook
*Caron Simply Soft yarn in Soft Pink

Stitches Used:
Sl st=Slip Stitch
DC=Double Crochet
PS=Popcorn Stitch (explained in the pattern)

Ch 20.  Join with sl st to first chain.
R1-R2: Ch 3.  DC around.  Join with sl st to top of ch 3.
R3: Ch 3. *1 DC, 1 PS* Repeat to last PS.  Join with sl st in top of ch 3.
R4: Ch 3, treat as first DC and create PS.  *DC in securing ch stitch of PS from previous round.  PS in DC from previous round.*  Repeat to last stitch.  DC.  Sl st in top of first PS.
R5: Ch 3 (counts as DC) *1 PS, 1 DC* Repeat around.  Sl st in top of first DC.
R6-R10: Repeat rounds 4 and 5.
R11: DC around.  Ch 2.
R12: DC around.  Tie off and weave in ends.


  1. I just finished making these, however I will be using them as cuffs to go with a jacket I love but that only has 3quarter length sleeves. They have worked out well for me and I just threaded a little shirring elastic in them and it works.
    Thank you xxx

  2. hey there, I'm happy to find this pattern as my 3yr old niece loves skirts and as winter is approaching leg warmers will be the answer lol but I noticed you said you would explain the popcorn stitch in the pattern but I couldn't find it. I just youtube'd it but I thought you should know =]

  3. Thank you so much for a cute pattern! Both of my daughters LOVE Ballet and hate to wear pants over their tights. I am trying to make these, but I am getting hung up on how many stitches I should have at the end of R1,2, & 3. Am I counting the Chain 3 as a stitch in those rows or not?

    1. Joining at the top of the chain 3 makes the chain 3 count as a DC. So, you should have 20 DC's, including the ch 3. I hope that clarifies things! You can actually make these bigger by making more chain stitches to begin with (will make them wider for bigger legs) and repeat beyond r10 to make them longer (for taller girls), just in case you are in need of different sizes for different girls.

  4. Thank you so much for your quick reply. I also have a bit of trouble joining to make the ring with the foundation chain, but I think it is just because I am used to working in to a smaller ring (to make a hat in the round). I just feel like my initial stitch gets so stretched out-maybe it is my tension.
    If I do make them wider, do I need to make sure the number is even to be able to alter the pattern? My 4 yo has pretty skinny legs and the one I made (got to r5) did fit her fine, but it seemed a bit snug to me even though she said it was fine. My almost 2 yo has chunkier legs, so I was gonna try to make her a pr a bit bigger at the top. But, I'm not sure I would be able to "wing it" Maybe I will just try a bigger hook/yarn.
    My daughter saw the picture of these and LOVES them so I feel the pressure to make them. Plus, I think they are adorable. Do you mind if I resell them as long as I give you credit for the pattern? A friend of mine and I are starting a small knitting/crochet business. Check out our FB page if you'd like Chain 3 Creations.
    Thank you again for your quick reply-I thought you might be a bit busy for a while with your move and all :-)

  5. Ok, I'm sorry to be a pain, but I have another question. in R4, you say "Chain 3, treat as first DC and create PS." So, by this do you mean that I should make the PS in that joining stitch or in the next one? If I make it in the joining stitch, aren't I skipping a stitch when I DC in the securing chain of the previous round's PS? I am not sure if that makes sense or not, but for some reason I am very confused. I'm obviously doing something wrong, but I can't figure out what.

  6. if I wanted to make these bigger or smaller, by what number should I increase or decrease? by 3s? by 2s? LOVE this, thank you!!

  7. I love this pattern! It's so adorable for toddlers. I did use a puff stitch instead of the popcorn stitch though, my girls are a little older so it looks less toddler-ish. This pattern was a great base though :)