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

Comments

  1. Carli says

    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!

  2. Beth says

    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 says

      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.

  3. Cynthia Barrington says

    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 says

      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

    • Mom says

      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)

  4. Heidi says

    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?

    • Carli says

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

  5. Mary says

    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 :)

    • Mom says

      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.

  6. Connie Ulshafer says

    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.

  7. Jeanette says

    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

  8. Kristi says

    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 says

      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!

  9. Lana says

    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 says

      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

  10. Tawana Blair says

    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 says

      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!

Trackbacks

  1. […] Do you remember these awesome sweater candle holders we wrote about? They are perfect to make your Christmas season more cozy. Here is one more awesome idea how to make it even more cozy. You can make similar chair legwarmers. Besides making your interior more cozy they are also very practical. They will protect your floors from scraping. For instructions showing how to make them visit simplynotable. […]

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