How to make Leg Warmers on a Sentro Knitting Machine

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to make Leg Warmers on a Sentro 40 needles or a Sentro 48 using the panel mode. To make the perfect size tube for a leg warmer for adults the ideal size circular knitting machine is the Sentro 40, if using the Sentro 48 or Addi Express the tube will be a little too wide for the calf and you will need to add some ties or elastic to keep your leg warmers up high or use the panel mode and only 40 to 42 stitches.

How many stitches do you cast on for leg warmers?

In this tutorial, we will use the Sentro 40 knitting machine and cast on all stitches using the tube mode to make the knitted leg warmers.

sentro knitting machine leg warmers
sentro knitting machine leg warmers

Can you knit leg warmers with circular needles?

You can definitely use circular needles in this project if that’s what you have at home, I would advise getting a circular needle from 4.5 mm to 5 mm and a wire of 24 cm to better work on a leg warmer size, because your gauge will be a little smaller, cast on around 48 stitches and start with a few rows of 1 x 1 ribbing stitch.

How to calculate the length of my leg warmers?

I normally make a sample with the yarn I will be using for my project and then calculate how many rows I have in 4′ or 10 cm. In this case, I had exactly 20 rows in 10 cm.

The second step is to measure on your leg the length you want for your leg warmer, in my case I wanted around 30 cm, so because I have 2 rows in each cm, the number of rows I had to make was 2rows x 30cm = 60 rows total for my leg warmer. If the gauge changes because of yarn variation, you will need to calculate yours by making a sample on your machine. I normally make a sample using 30 sts and 30 rows to calculate my gauge, you can use a ruler or a gauge tool like this one to see your knitted gauge.

sentro knitting machine leg warmers knitting gauge

Material needed to knit Leg warmers

To make knitted leg warmers you won’t need a lot of yarn, I used less than 100 gr or 200 m to make mine and a little bit of another colour to make the crochet heart and tie strings. The yarn weight can be either DK or worsted, always keeping in mind that the Gauge might change.

Gauge: 4′ or 10 cm = 20 Rows and 15 sts
Recommended yarn: https://amzn.to/3ImtrI9

How to make Leg Warmers on a Sentro Knitting Machine

To start making your leg warmers work on the tube mode of your Sentro 40 or the panel mode of your Sentro 48 (cast on 40 sts). Using waste yarn cast on all stitches and work 4 rows, place the yarn you want for your project and crank the machine for the number of rows you calculated based on the desired length for the leg warmers.

sentro knitting machine leg warmers

To cast off the stitches using a tapestry needle, crank the machine for one row without the yarn, and using a contrasting colour of yarn and tapestry needle, remove all the stitches from your circular knitting machine.

Once you remove the first tube from the sentro knitting machine you can open every second stitch for 8 rows and remake the stitch, on the Wrong side or purl side, to form the ribbing on the top. Repeat this around to make the 1 x 1 top ribbing.

Use a crochet hook to bind off the stitches on the top and bottom.

For the bottom, make sure your crochet loops are loose to have a wider bottom. Make a row of Double Crochet to make the green edge around and bind off loosely.

Follow this image tutorial to make the hearts using a 3.5 mm hook and the desired colour of yarn. Make the first yarn attached to the CH string and add the 2nd one later so you can pass the string through the knitted stitches.

sentro knitting machine leg warmers heart

Repeat the same process for the 2nd tube and your leg warmers are ready 🙂

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