I am completely addicted to knitting wristwarmers. Nice and simple, no thumbs to struggle with when I am tired, and the best thing is that a pair can be made with just one 50g ball of wool. Perfect to knit when trying out new yarn, or expensive yarn.
I made these from noro kureyon yarn. Went on a bit of a Noro shopping spree as I have never tried it before. That link is connected to Amazon UK, where I bought it from. I buy quite a bit of yarn from there. Will link in some other suppliers at the end of the blog, and some other yarns that would work well. The kureyon is a pure wool, its not the softest in the world, however I love the rich and beautiful colours and really enjoyed working with it.
I love self striping yarn, especially for wrist warmers. Love that they don’t match somehow. I think self striping works well in this check pattern too.
Here is my pattern, give it a try 🙂
With 5mm straight needles, cast on 32 stitches. Leave long yarn tails throughout the project, makes sewing up at the end easier.
First 8 rows – work k2, p2 rib.
Then commence check pattern as follows
Rows 1,2,3,4 – *k4, p4 : repeat from *to end of row
Rows 5,6,7,8 – *p4, k4 : repeat from *to end of row
Repeat this set of 8 rows 4 times. You should end up with 8 lots of squares. You can of course knit more for a longer glove, or knit a longer rib before you start the squares. My specified length will however only requires one 50g ball.
Then knit 6 rows of k2,p2 rib. Cast off on the 6th rib row, on the wrong side. Cast off in the k2,p2 rib stitch.
Follow this pattern twice, unless you only want one hand in glove 🙂
Then simply sew up the tubes leaving a hole for your thumbs. I always sew up while wearing the gloves so that I can see how the thumb hole looks. If you dont want to do that, leave the three squares just before final ribbed piece unsewn.
Weave in the ends and wear your wristwarmers with great happiness.
Wool Notes –
UK : The Noro Kureyon is available from Amazon, link as above. A good alternative, and much softer and cheaper, also available at Amazon, is riot chunky by King Cole. I absolutely love that yarn.
Carnival Chunky is another yarn that works lovely with this pattern. This link will take you to Deramores, which ships pretty much worldwide. They sell Noro and King Cole too. If you fancy something bright and neon check out Katia funky chunky following this link to take you to a half price offer at Minerva Crafts.
USA: I found the Noro Kureyon at FiberWild! One of the colours is discontinued and there is a special offer on the price at the moment. I think that Chroma Worsted Yarn from Knitpicks looks wonderful and has great reviews.
I would love to know what you think about this pattern or about any great yarn that you think would suit the pattern! Happy knitting!