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80's child - Easy, Fast and Gorgeous Baby Legwarmers

Most baby legwarmers are awesome and stupid, all at the same time. Awesome, because they look cute and fluffy and... did I say CUTE already? But they are also stupid. Little legs are, as a rule of thumb, restless little legs, always-kicking little legs, won't-stop-until-I'll-get-rid-of-the-legwarmers little legs. But, for every problem, there's always a solution. I remembered those dreadful stirrup pants people insist on using still today and although the notion of having a strap under the foot to hold the pant legs in place seems utterly nonsensical in adults, it makes perfect sense for babies. So, here is my Free Crochet Pattern for a pair of Easy, Fast and Gorgeous Baby Legwarmers:

80’s child - Easy, Fast and Gorgeous Baby Legwarmers

(0-12 months)
- 25 gr of dk weight yarn, in Colour A (CA);
- 25 gr of dk weight yarn, in Colour B (CB);
- 4mm/G hook.
(12-24 months)
- 25 gr of worsted weight yarn, in Colour A (CA);
- 25 gr of worsted weight yarn, in Colour B (CB);
- 5mm/H hook

Notes on sizes:
- The fabric on these is quite stretchy (as you can see in the picture) but if you are dealing with extra-plump, cute little legs, consider going up one hook size, adding two chains to the starting chain, while remembering to include these in the maths involved for row 4 (make a 10-chain space, but leave one additional stitch on each side, for instance) or increasing one stitch every 4th row after the heel gap.

Foundation: With CA, chain 22, join to form a circle.
Round 1-3: ch 2, 1 hdc in each chain until the end of the row. Sl st to the beginning ch 2.
Row 4 (heel gap): ch 2, 1 hdc in the next 5 st, chain 10, skip 10, 1 hdc in the next 6 st. Sl st to the beginning ch 2.
Round 5: chain 2, 1 hdc in the next 5 st, 1 hdc in each ch of the previous row, 1 hdc in the next 6 st. Sl st to the beginning ch 2. Break off yarn.
From now on, you will be crocheting hdc in every st for every round, just being careful to make the stripes (if desired) as demonstrated on the scheme. Always attach the new colour  to one of the stitches of the previous round on top of the heel gape (this way, the “seam” will be at the back of the legwarmers, not on the side or front).
So, the stripes, to create a gradient effect, go like this:
Colour Scheme

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