When I first started crocheting one of the things that I really wanted to make was a pair of crochet tights. I didn’t have the skills to do it at the time but I bookmarked a bunch of patterns that I thought I could use to help me make them once I did have those crochet skills. I’ve been looking at those old patterns recently and thought I’d share one that I think looks like a fun crochet project for winter.

The Crochet Pattern

This is the Scallop Crochet Leg Warmers Pattern, a free crochet pattern from Lion Brand. I really like the scalloped openwork design. I like the way the variegated yarn looks with this particular stitch pattern. Those are things that I would like to replicate in a pair of crochet tights. The pattern has a slit for the heels so it seems like it would provide a really good foundation for starting a pair of crochet tights.

Thoughts on Making Crochet Tights

When I first started crocheting I looked for patterns for crochet tights and couldn’t really find any. I think there was one pattern that I eventually came across although I haven’t found it in my notes and bookmarks yet. What I decided I’d do was look at patterns for crochet socks, crochet legwarmers and crochet shorts and try to piece something together that would work for tights.

As you know if you’ve checked out many of the photos of me throughout this site, I wear tights pretty much every day. I actually buy really inexpensive tights, like $5 per pair or less, because I’m kind of hard on my clothes and go through them really quickly. But I wouldn’t mind having one or two pairs of really nice handcrafted tights that I’ve created especially for myself. It’s a pet project in the back of my mind.

I still think that the original idea is right. I’d probably use crochet thread or a really light laceweight or sockweight yarn so that the tights are not super bulky on my legs. I’ve never used elastic in a crochet project and I think that’s a skill I’d want to tackle for this project so that the waistband of the tights could be comfortable.

Any thoughts from any of you on tackling this project? Has anyone ever crocheted tights or seen a crochet tights pattern?


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  1. NancyFinlayson Reply

    I’m thinking that maybe I would use a sock yarn and carry elastic thread behind….just a thought. You want something with a little give, but not too much, or it will sag and bag on you……not to mention stretch like crazy. Ok, that’s it, my 2 cents.

  2. undergroundcrafter Reply

    I haven’t but I’ve crocheted with Patons Stretch Socks yarn with elastic. It was an interesting experience. I’m not sure I’d want to make a large project with yarn with elastic (I made a pair of yoga socks for my mom: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/MarieInNYC/yoga-socks). I agree with Nancy – too much elastic will probably lead to sagging.

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