Inspired by the collection of legwarmers I owned and wore proudly in the 80's, I designed Bee's Knees as a modern update of what was a staple wardrobe piece during my childhood. Unlike my collection, which strongly featured intarsia reindeer and neon, these legwarmers focus on texture, making them equally wearable by both boys and girls.
These colorful legwarmers are knit in the round in a slip stitch honeycomb pattern using 3 colors of Cascade 220 sport, then are finished with off with the addition of a few tiny bee buttons. The name Bee's Knees is a fun play on the honeycomb pattern and is also a colloquial term from the 1920's which means that something is cool and of the best quality.
Baby/Toddler [2-4 years, 4-6 years]
Cuff Circumference: 5[6, 7] inches
Length: 9 [11, 13] inches
Cascade Yarns 220 Sport [100% Wool; 164 yards/150 meters per 1.75 ounce/50 skein];
8401 Silver Grey (MC); 1 skein
4147 Lemon Yellow (CC1); 1 skein
8505 White (CC2); 1 skein
US #3/3.25 mm dpns or 30" or longer circulars if using magic loop
bee themed buttons (optional)
sewing needle for attaching buttons (optional)
28 sts = 4 iches in honeycomb pattern stitch
Slip all stitches purlwise.
Colors which are not being used can be carried up the inside of the legwarmer by twisting them with the active color at the start of each rnd. This will minimize the number of loose ends which will need to be woven in.
If you are sewing on buttons to embellish the legwarmers make sure not to place them where they will be in the way when kneeling.
Knitting in the rnd, slipped stitches, sewn bind off
With MC, cast on 36 [42, 48] sts.
K1, p1, k2, p1, * k2, p1, k2, p1; repeat from * around to last st, k1.
Continue in ribbing pattern as established until legwarmer measures 1" from cast on edge.
Increase Rnd: K1, kfb, k2, kfb, * k2, kfb, k2, kfb; repeat from * around to last st, k1: 48 [56, 64] sts.
Next Rnd: Knit around.
Using either the chart or written directions, begin honeycomb pattern:
Rnds 1-6: Using CC1, k3, slip 2 WYIB, * k6, slip 2 WYIB; repeat from * around to last 3 sts, k3.
Rnds 7 and 8: Using MC, knit around.
Rnds 9-14: Using CC2, slip 1 WYIB, k6, * slip 2 WYIB, k6; repeat from * around to last st, slip 1 WYIB.
Rnds 15 and 16: Using MC, knit around.
Repeat Rnds 1-16 of honeycomb pattern until legwarmers measure 8 [10, 12] inches from cast on edge, ending on Rnd 15.
Decrease Rnd: Using MC, K1, p2tog, * k2, p2tog; repeat from * around to last st, k1: 36 [42, 48] sts.
Next Rnd: K1, p1, * k2, p1; repeat from * around to last st, k1.
Continue in ribbing pattern as established for 1".
Bind off all stitches loosely using a stretchy bind off such as Elizabeth Zimmerman's sewn bind off.
Weave in loose ends and block accordingly. Adorn legwarmers with whimsical bee buttons, if desired.
Kimberly is well known amongst her family and friends for her love of design and her DIY
attitude which spans from decorating cupcakes, sewing super hero capes for her two sons, and most recently designing knitting patterns.
Pattern © 2012 Kimberly Voisin. Contact
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