Crochet Leg Warmers for Retro Fashion Lovers (Full List)
by Hannah Ege
Over skinny jeans, peeking out from knee-high boots, or rocking the classic leggings with leg warmers look, there are so many ways you can style your new handmade leg warmers. Here’s a list of patterns you can buy or get for free to crochet your own unique pair of leg warmers.
Dudes who can pull off an original, funky style don’t have to look any further than the Lord von Schmitt Etsy store for great options, their newest product being legwarmers for men.
They’re colorful, they’re cozy, they’re perfect over skinny jeans. They’re even good for the environment since they’re upcycled from vintage afghans.
About These Crochet Legwarmers
A note from the maker:
“Men’s leg warmers are back with a whole new style!! After prancing about in 1980s dance sequences, men’s leg warmers have returned as a symbol of sustainability.
We hand-make our leg warmers out of vintage crochet blankets, giving us an incredible range of crochet styles and patterns to choose from.
We think the style is just as rugged as it is fruity, and the recycled nature of our designs reflects a new earth-conscious fashion. Most importantly, leg warmers are fun and comfortable and keep your legs warm!! These are a great gift idea for any guy!!!”
About Lord von Schmitt
Lord von Schmitt got widespread press attention earlier in his career for his upcycled crochet shorts, although my personal favorite design is the onesie. Here’s what you’ll discover if you dig into the shop’s Etsy profile:
“Lord von Schmitt wandered the planet in search of intelligent life for years, before learning to knit. After 7 years at the needles–he barely did anything else–Lord von Schmitt flashed on the possibilities of Previously Crocheted Objects. These were everywhere in the form of Afghan blankets, languishing forgotten in thrift stores.
He put down the needles and never picked them up again. With a sewing machine he could move much faster, with scissors he could build forms, the material was wonderful and flexible and repulsive.
An old lady came up to him and said ‘Those are the most hideous pants I’ve ever seen in my life,’ to which he replied, ‘Oh thanks. I made them myself.”
Custom Crochet Legwarmers for Men
You can purchase the leg warmers on Etsy in various stripes and colors; I currently spy chevrons and scrapghan style in there. But you can also make some choices of your own and order custom crochet leg warmers from Lord von Schmitt.
They are one-size-fits-all but you can suggest three colors/patterns you prefer and they’ll do their best to match you up with the right pair.
20 Crochet Leg Warmers Patterns
Step into retro style with our curated list of 20 Crochet Leg Warmers, embracing nostalgia and fashion-forward flair. Explore the full collection and elevate your look today!
These cute striped leg warmers have a fun varied texture to them thanks to the different stitch work being done. It's simple enough for new hookers to try while having enough variety for more intermediate crocheters to learn something new!
For a more complex lace stitch pattern, check out this beautiful pattern by tl.crochet on Etsy. The ribbed top that folds over with buttons adds an elegant element that would look beautiful paired with high top boots.
This cute pattern is great for getting rid of all those small end balls of yarn you have leftover from other projects. With a neutral color being your base, you can make fun, textured stripes to create a cozy pair of leg warmers.