Is this even possible? Legwarmers

A friend asked for some legwarmers for her dance class the other day. She handed me a pattern and some yarn she picked out, so of course, I agreed (I get to knit with yarn I didn’t have to buy!). Glanced at the pattern and everything looked okay. Knitted up a gauge swatch and it’s spot on. Looked at how many stitches to cast on. 42. That sounds right. One problem. It calls for a 16" US 8 circular needle. I thought, okay, I’ve done that with hats before (during the decrease), so why not. No. I can’t get it to work. I can’t get the stitches to stretch more than half way! It’s not a problem (I switched to DPNs) but still. Can anyone else join 42 stitches on 16" US 8’s? Is it something I’m doing wrong?

It’s probably done using Magic Loop method, although a 16" is a bit short for that even…


Is the yarn she picked out the same as the yarn in the pattern?

It’s the same yarn. It’s coming along fine on DPNs, but I want to know how the pattern maker managed it! I don’t know where the pattern came from. It’s on this neat cardstock card with a picture of the pattern on the front, directions on the inside, & yarn credit on the back.

The pattern says “It will be a little tight at first but loosen up after the first round.” That sounds normal, but I don’t think so tight the fibers in the yarn split causing the yarn to break before you join is correct. :thinking:

:?? Typos happen.

That’s what I’m thinking, but it must have taken a lot of work to make a typo like that. I mean, was it supposed to be a 12" (still not sure I could make it work!), DPN’s, 2 circs, 24" w/ magic loop? I don’t think the actual pattern’s off because the way it’s coming out looks fine. It gave me my laugh for the day, anyway.

Actually I just made a hat on 16" 8s and got down below 20 stitches before I had to switch to 2 circs…I do think it depends on the yarn.

maybe the cast-on method used in the original pattern was super stretchy??