These patterned handwarmers are a really simple, quick knit and are perfect as last-minute gifts. The picture on the side used a merino wool/acrylic mix to ensure the handwarmers are warm yet hard-wearing however any DK weight yarn will do.
Dec 2012 – Based on Ravelry feedback: If your hands are fairly large, you may want to cast on a few more stitches (in multiples of 4) to ensure a good fit. If you prefer a tighter cuff, knit the cuff on a smaller size of needles before swapping back to 4mm needles for the handwarmer body.
- Any DK weight yarn
- 4mm (US6) Needles
- A Darning Needle (for sewing up)
- Buttons/Ribbon (optional)
Handwarmers (make two):
Cast On 34 sts leaving a long tail for sewing up
Rows 1,3,5,7,9,11,13: k2, *p2,k2* across
Rows 2,4,6,8,10,12,14: p2, *k2,p2* across
(note: The picture above shows how long the cuff will be. If you prefer a longer cuff, repeat these two rows until the cuff is as long as you want it to be)
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: *Purl 1, Slip 1 purlwise* to last 2 sts, P2
Row 4: Purl
Repeat pattern a further 5 times (so there are 6 ridges in total)
Row 1: k2, *p2,k2* across
Row 2: p2, *k2,p2* across
Cast off loosely (use larger needles if you tend to cast off tightly)
Cut yarn leaving a tail for sewing up the handwarmer’s top.
- Sew handwarmer top for approx 1cm.
- Sew handwarmer ribbed cuff and the side of the pattern up to the second “ridge” above the cuff. This should allow a 3cm hole in the body open for the thumb.
- Weave in ends.
- Add buttons and/or ribbon for decoration if you wish.