Free Range Legwarmers
There's not much point in being a knitter if I can't keep my own little rugrat warm. She loves wriggling about on the floor without her nappy, but (typical of all first time mums) I worry about her little legs getting cold. So I've knit her some legwarmers, with drawstrings to avoid the almost inevitable escape.
It's a very simple design, and the pattern is available as a download on Ravelry now.
The striped version is knit in Debbie Bliss Rialto, using 80 metres of the main colour and 34 metres of the contrast colour. The ribbed version is knit in about 112 metres of Malabrigo Rios.
I've found that the drawstrings work best when tied at the ankles (most narrow part of her leg). I also use these when out for a walk with the little one in the baby carrier on cold days. These examples are knit in soft yarns for wearing next to skin. I intend to knit another pair in a coarser wool specifically as an outer layer - I am finding that coarser yarns stay in place a little better on wriggling feet.
Babies vary so much, and grow quickly, but these have plenty of room for growing, & will do as ankle warmers when she's a little older too.