Featured: Flashdance Chair Socks

 

Free Pattern for Knitted Floor ProtectorsI’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!

Chair Leg Warmer Free PatternLeanne, 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.”

Amen Sister! 

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:

Knitted Floor Protectors PatternI 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…

Mom

 

 

 

 

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48 Comments

  1. Posted October 5, 2011 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Ha ha!! Those are awesome!

    • Mom
      Posted October 5, 2011 at 9:33 am | Permalink

      Agreed Jen! A perfect knitting solution.

  2. Posted October 5, 2011 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    What a cute idea! Love them!

    • Mom
      Posted October 5, 2011 at 9:36 am | Permalink

      Me too! I’m picking colors now…

  3. Posted October 5, 2011 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Okay. I laughed. Those are hilarious! Totally practical, but funny, nonetheless.

    • Mom
      Posted October 5, 2011 at 9:42 am | Permalink

      I know! I wish I could kidnap Leanne and bring her into my own local knitting group. Too fun!

  4. Lisa
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    Genius! I’ve seen them with my own two eyes! She’s a crafty one, that, Leanne.

    • Mom
      Posted October 7, 2011 at 9:25 am | Permalink

      We agree wholeheartedly, Lisa! So fun to have her share with us :-)

  5. Carli
    Posted October 6, 2011 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    Mom, I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these! These are perfect for my brand new bamboo flooring. That said, my furniture legs that are on my wood floor aren’t so easy to work around (big flared square legs), so I don’t know how you’re gonna do it mom, but I feel for you because I REALLY need these ;-)

    Oh and I just turned to look at the shape of my furniture legs and I see one of my felt circles ON THE SIDE of the leg. Yeah, annoying!

    • Mom
      Posted October 7, 2011 at 9:23 am | Permalink

      Knitting is so stretchy Carli, these will still fit funny shaped legs. Might have to cast on a few extra stitches, but never fear! Chair legwarmers in progress! :-D

      • Posted October 7, 2011 at 9:27 am | Permalink

        Drawstrings at the tops! Or ribbing.

  6. Beth
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 6:11 am | Permalink

    I just made some for one of my kitchen chairs and now the other chairs are extremely jealous…lol. Thanks so much for the idea!!

    • Carli
      Posted October 14, 2011 at 7:46 am | Permalink

      These are great, Beth! I especially love how you showed us that they can go over chair legs that aren’t perfectly straight up and down.

  7. Posted October 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Clever and cute! Love that!

    • Mom
      Posted October 16, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

      ♥ Me too!

  8. Barbara Bagley
    Posted October 17, 2011 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    SWEET!!!!!!! Wonderful idea!

  9. Posted December 11, 2011 at 4:27 am | Permalink

    I love this idea so much! I have included it in a blog post of my favourite things this week: http://www.matinlapin.com/2011/12/my-favourite-things-this-week_11.html

    Vixie

  10. Brandie
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    These are awesome! I wish I knew how to knit, but I’m a crocheter.

    • Mom
      Posted January 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

      Oooooh, well, maybe you should make a crochet pattern for those, Brandie! If you do, share! :-)

  11. Posted April 16, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Love this, but Grams didn’t teach me to knit! Would you happen to have instructions how to crochet these?

    • Mom
      Posted April 16, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

      No, I don’t Shanna. Maybe one of our talented Crafty Friends will convert the idea to crochet!

  12. Cynthia Barrington
    Posted April 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    HI! I am really enjoying your blog!! The stuff you create is awesome! I was wondering if you do any custom orders? I LOVE the chair socks but don’t knit. Would it be possible to make me some and mail them to me?? Please get back to me if this is at all possible. I am SO SICK of the felt things coming off the bottom of my chair legs!
    Thanks so much. Cynthia

    • Mom
      Posted April 18, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Cynthia! Really glad to have you reading along! :-) I’ll send you a private email putting you in touch with the creator of these things to see if she’s able to do some custom chair socks for you. I agree with the dumb felt things being so frustrating. All my chairs have legwarmers now! :-D

  13. Barb
    Posted April 21, 2012 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    Don’t knit, but I would buy these if someone would make them for me!!

    • Mom
      Posted April 21, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

      Barb, I’ll put you in touch with the designer so you can discuss that possibility with her… (unable to reach you because your email address is failing)

  14. Heidi
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    I agree–can ANYBODY find a pattern for this in crochet? I really, REALLY could use these because I have disgusting floors (that I cannot at this time afford to repair), and no chair will otherwise “glide” across when moved.

    Even a link if somebody has one to share?

  15. Heidi
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Here are a couple of links to crochet chair socks, if it is permissable to post them (otherwise, please kindly remove this and forgive me!):

    http://www.thisdustyhouse.com/2011/11/chair-booties-pattern.html

    http://www.crochetbug.com/better-living-through-crochet-chair-leg-socks/

    • Carli
      Posted April 30, 2012 at 11:55 am | Permalink

      Of course it’s allowed! It’s great spreading the love! ;-) Thanks Heidi (from a fellow crocheter that leaves the knitting to her mom! ;-))

  16. heidi
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    brilliant squared to infinity,you are now loved by me!

  17. Posted May 4, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    This would be a great gift for your kids’ teachers too! Those chairs are always making so much distracting noise in the classroom!

  18. Posted June 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Permalink
  19. Mary
    Posted August 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Can I put an order in for some packages of these socks for chairs? I dont knit but would love to have some and order from you. In fact I would order some for other members in my family. Please let me know. Thanks a bunch Mary :)

  20. Kathy Genschorck
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Do you sell these?

    • Mom
      Posted January 9, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

      No Kathy, we don’t. I’ll send your email to Leanne, the creator of these, if you like…?

  21. Katie
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Do you know of a crocheting pattern for these?

    • Carli
      Posted February 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

      Hi Katie, I’m not personally aware of one but maybe you could find one available on Ravelry?

  22. Barb
    Posted April 1, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Is this pattern available for crochet?

    • Mom
      Posted April 3, 2013 at 5:25 am | Permalink

      We don’t have a crochet pattern for these here on the blog, Barb. We’re sharing this talented knitter’s original knitting pattern with her permission.

  23. Connie Ulshafer
    Posted November 10, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    I think I would put some glue on the bottom part of the yarn to reinforce the fiber so it does not wear so quickly. I have mad some socks before and they wore pretty quickly so I can’t help but think the glue might help.

  24. Celine Desjardins
    Posted December 13, 2013 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    I will be making these during x-mas holidays. Thanks

  25. Beth
    Posted December 17, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    Here is one i like for crochet, but i knit http://plus3crochet.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-chair-socks.html

  26. Jeanette
    Posted March 30, 2014 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    Yeah knitted one I have crochet one and love them but I prefer to knit now I can go nuts with my left over yarn

  27. Kristi
    Posted August 11, 2014 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Hey there, I just came across this site and was wondering if you have any to order. I realize this post is from a few years back, but this may possibly be the best solution to my problem! And they are very very cute!

    • Mom
      Posted August 11, 2014 at 11:13 am | Permalink

      Hi Kristi, Adventuregurl on Ravelry is the designer and chief engineer of the flashdance chair socks. You could send her a private message on Ravelry to see if she’s making them to order!

  28. Lana
    Posted August 22, 2014 at 3:22 am | Permalink

    what a great idea! I work in a seniors retirement home where the floors in the dining room are hardwood. We use the tabs on the bottom of the chairs which keep coming off as well, then the chairs are harder for the seniors to glide along the floor. This would be a great project for the fall and I would be solving an ongoing problem as well. Thanks for the idea!

    • Mom
      Posted August 25, 2014 at 7:27 am | Permalink

      You’re welcome Lana! Sounds like it would really help – and like Leanne, (the creator of these socks), said: “Everything is better with a cozy on it!” :-D

  29. Tawana Blair
    Posted September 7, 2014 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Would cotton yarn work? I know the acrylic stretches and works well and I was wondering about the cotton? What do you use ?
    Tawana .

    • Mom
      Posted September 7, 2014 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

      Hi Tawana, I used cotton and really liked it. It did stretch a bit, but I made them extra tight and it worked quite well for me!

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