Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Solution for Cold Ankles

For many of us the weather is still rather cold and, I don't know about you, but I get cold ankles.

The obvious solution is to get legwarmers and I did that. But I really don't look good in legwarmers and they're definitely not standard business attire.

But my ankles are cold!

Maybe I'm the last person to finally figure this out, but I finally came up with a solution. Ankle warmers that hide under my slacks...


Occasionally they peek out from under my pants, but I don't think that looks too bad. The full view of what I've got tucked away under there is this...


I thought about writing up a pattern, but realized it's simpler to just tell you how to do it here. This is a great stash buster and an awesome way to use hand spun yarn.

First, measure:
• Around your ankle.
• Around the widest part where your heel is.
• Around your leg about 7 to 8 inches above your ankle bones.
Make sure you write all these measurements down and keep a ruler or tape measure handy while you work the first one to check that you make them big enough.

Second, pick your yarn and hook:
• Pick something warm and soft. I chose some hand spun alpaca plied with silk.
• I suggest you take the time to do a little swatching to get your hook size right.

Third, make your ankle warmers:
• Chain about 7 to 8 inches, turn, work a row of single crochet, chain 1, turn. (I suggest making a note of the number of stitches you have so it's easy to make your second one the same.)
• Working only in the back loops, single crochet across, chain 1, turn.
• Continue working single crochet rows in the back loops until the relaxed length is the same as your ankle measurement. Stretch your work on a ruler to see if it's long enough to go over your heel and accommodate your lower calf. If it is, chain 1, turn. If it isn't, add rows until it does. Do not tie off.
• When you have got it long enough, put the ends together and line up the stitches. Start slip stitching or single crocheting your seam. I added a little interest on my pair by putting a 3-chain picot every 3 stitches.
• Make two, put them on, and experience the wonderful world of warm ankles.

Enjoy!

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