Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Free Pattern: Last-Minute Handwarmers

I'm excited to share with you our first free pattern!

Last-Minute Handwarmers
Designed by Kaity Von Rader


These little fingerless gloves are super quick to knit, you'll want to make a pair for everyone you know! They make great gifts, or keep a pair for yourself to keep your hands warm.


These cute handwarmers are knitted sideways, and they look like they are buttoned on, but a faux-button band makes them easier to slip onto your wrists! You start off with a provisional cast-on and finish with a little kitchener stitch to make them seamless, then sew some cute buttons on and you're good to go!


The yarn is great too. It's a wool/cashmere blend, making it soft, squishy, and warm!



Yarn: Debbie Bliss "Como" [90% wool, 10% cashmere; 46yd/42m per 50g ball]; color: #20 Eggplant, ​2 balls.
Needles: US Size 13 (or size needle to obtain the correct gauge!)
Extras: Waste yarn, a crochet hook, and 6 buttons.
Gauge: 11 stitches/4 inches in Stockinette Stitch
Size: Customizable!
Directions:
First, determine the size. Measure around your hand, and subtract 1/2 inch. This will be your total length, you'll use this number later on.
RIGHT GLOVE:
Using a provisional cast on (I like this one
), cast on 20 stitches.
Row 1: Knit all stitches
Row 2: Knit 3, purl to last 3, knit 3.
Repeat these 2 rows until piece measures 1/2 your total length, ending with row 2.
Thumbhole: Knit 4, bind-off next 4 stitches, and knit to the end.
Next row: Knit 3, purl to gap, cast on 4 stitches, purl to last 3 stitches, knit 3.
Continue as before the thumbhole, working rows 1 and 2, until piece measures approx. 1 inch less than your total length, ending with row 1. Knit 3 rows plain (no purling!).
Un-do your provisional cast-on from the beginning, and kitchener stitch ends together (this is a good tutorial for kitchener stitch). ​
LEFT GLOVE: Work just as for right glove. The only difference is the thumbhole placement.

Work thumbhole as follows:
Thumbhole: Knit 12, bind-off next 4 stitches, and knit to the end.
Next row: Knit 3, purl to gap, cast on 4 stitches, purl to last 3 stitches, knit 3.
Weave in ends, and sew buttons into place.

This pattern is for your personal use only. Please do not distribute the pattern or sell items knit from it. Pattern and photos are property of the designer, Kaity Von Rader.

2 comments:

anneland22 said...

Very cute!

Beatriz said...

The blog looks neat...great idea.