Leg warmers are great for a number of reasons. My favorite reason is that they keep me warm. If my ankles or legs get too cold I am not a happy camper, and so I have gotten used to wearing them under my jeans as well as my pajamas. Arthritis sufferers usually are in more pain on cold and rainy days, and by wearing leg warmers, they will find relief from their pain because they will not be exposed to the cold drafts.
You can buy leg warmers in clothing stores, or, you can make them yourself at home. You can crochet, knit or sew them using any kind of material you have on hand. To make them, you do not need a pattern, simply measure your legs, and then make them to fit accordingly.
You will find that making them yourself is a lot cheaper than if you buy them anywhere, plus, they do not take very long to make. Whether you are sewing, knitting, or crocheting you can make a pair in as little as a few hours. The quickest way to make them, is of course to sew them, but, unless you use stretchy material, these do not fit as close as if you were to crochet or knit them.
are actually a great project to learn how to crochet, knit or sew! If they don't turn out, you have not wasted any material as you can still wear them underneath your clothes, and they will still keep you warm.
Even though you do not need a pattern there are many patterns and tutorials on how to make your own leg warmers. You can buy pattern books at your local yarn or pattern shop, as well as online, or, you can search for free patterns online, as there are many available.
Typically, they are made up of either cotton, synthetic fibre or a combination of both. One can also easily find warmers made from wool, camel hair as well as those built from Old English Sheep Dog hair. Traditionally though, these warmers were manually knitted from pure wool.
As cyclists usually wear leg warmers when temperatures vary from 5 to 17 degrees outdoors, the best material for such an occasion would be warmers made from Lycra. Lycra dries quickly when it is soaked and is machine-washable. You would want to be careful about the material you choose as leg warmers should offer the user breathability. A warmer that is too constrictive may actually cause your legs to overheat.
Another alternative to Lycra is to get warmers that are constructed from thermo-flex fleece that will provide just as much comfort as the former material. You may also want to look up warmers made up from therma-fleece and ultra-sensor materials as these materials provide great moisture transfer as is so much more lightweight.
A decent pair of warmers should also come with a zipper at the bottom to allow it to be easily removed. Otherwise, prepare to have your cycling shoes removed in order for you to get to your leg warmers. Another criteria you should be looking out for is the robustness of the warmer. As cycling is an outdoor sport your leg warmer should also be water proof.