I’ve been so excited to share this super practical, clever project I stumbled across on Ravelry the other day! Protecting expensive wood floors from scraping chair legs is so important, and I can’t believe all the time and energy I’ve spent finding, purchasing and applying those dumb little felt circles to the bottom of my chairs when I could have been, you guessed it, Knitting leg warmers for my chairs!
Leanne, Adventuregurl on Ravelry, is the brains behind this cool project. She says “I think everything in my house would look better with a knitted cozy on it.”
When questioned where this flash of brilliance came from, Leanne wrote, “The real inspiration behind the Flashdance Chair socks was the cheap, stick-on felt floor protector circles I kept buying from the Dollar Store, that always peeled off after a month or so. The answer to all my problems is usually knitting, and this case was no different. I set out to whip up some ‘socks’ for my chairs, only they didn’t end up being short, like the crocheted floor protectors your Grandma had. They were more like knee-highs or legwarmers! As a true child of the 80’s, when I think Legwarmers, I think “Flashdance”. No one rocked the legwarmers like Jennifer Beals…‘She’s a maniac, maniac on the floor’.”
Want to make your own 80’s Legmarmers for your chairs? Here’s Leanne’s basic pattern:
I cast on 16 sts on US 7 dpns (or you could work it flat if you like and stitch it up later) and worked k2, p2 for about 1.75” – 2” in length and then I worked k2tog around and reduced to 8sts, and then cinched it up through the remaining 8 sts. Voila! The ribbing makes them stretchy so hopefully will fit your chair feet too. They take all of about oh 30 minutes each! More details for a doubled variation at: Adventuregurl’s Flashdance Chair Socks/Legwarmers
Leanne wrote, “Gran would be proud. Super fast, practical and kinda homey.”
She certainly would! I’m starting my own little chair legwarmers today!
*humming* She’s a maniac, maaaaniac…