This is a very simple pattern. I always need a project I can do in the dark... either riding in the car or sitting at a movie theater. Whether you are a beginner or just want something you can do without thinking and immediate gratification, this is a nice easy project that can be done in a mere few hours.
Shorter version (30 sts cast on with some DK weight alpaca, also size 7 needles):
Yarn: Mystery mohair / wool mix I found in my stash. It's DK weight (around 22 stitches per 4 inches in stockinette). Gauge is not too important since as you are knitting you can decide how wide you need this.
Needles: Size 7 was used.
Cast on 30 stitches for a shorter version which ends at the wrist. The ones pictured above are longer and since they go below the wrist, I didn't sew around 3 inches at the bottom to make a slit. For the longer version you should cast on 45 stitches.
Slip as if to knit the first stitch of every row. Knit in garter stitch (knit every row) until you have a rectagular piece of fabric which fits around your hand, slightly stretched.
Cast off loosely. Use a larger size needle to cast off if needed.
Sew up the side seam, leaving an opening for your thumb. If making the long version don't sew the bottom 2 or 3 inches for a slit.
Ooooh thank you for posting this pattern. I was looking for something to knit tonight......I just love having a project and I finished a cell phone cover and a scarf this week. I have some spare wool leftover and this will do perfectly. THANKS
Hey, this looks like a great pattern for someone like me - I just finished my first ever real project. I just want to know what you mean by "cast off." Do you mean bind off, or just slip the needle out? That's probably a terrible newbie question, but I'm trying to teach myself from a book so I would appreciate the clarification :)
I meant bind off. With this pattern it's important that you don't bind off too tightly, as this will make the pattern fit oddly. It's better to bind off with a needle that is a couple sizes larger than what you are working off to get a nice relaxed edge.
Thank you! This pattern is a great way to use up swatches, too. All you have to do is make them big enough for your hand when you're knitting them. I'm sure I'll use this over and over, I've got one done so far already :)
I loved this design. It was awesome! I was looking around the website trying to find an arm warmer design were double pointed needles were unnecessary and I'm glad i found this design. I started and finished both of my armwarmers in one day and they look FANTASTIC!! Thanks again for this wonderful pattern! ^^
thanks for this pattern it's awsome cause its easy and you don't need dobble pointed needles. I made them bright pink and insted of the slit i added huge gold buttons. They look adorable and they only took me 2 hours to make!