Wrist warmers could not be any simpler than these two tubes of ribbing but the fact that they have two thumb holes so can be turned upside down to show a different colour or even folded over to be worn double for very cold days makes me childishly happy.
They are knitted through out in 3 x 1 rib, in the round with a simple slit for the thumb. In the sample each section is 24 rows/rounds with the thumb sections knitted flat, backwards and forwards, slipping the first stitch of each row to give a neat edge to the thumb hole.
My hand is 17cm around the palm at the knuckles and I tried casting on 56 and 60sts and both fit me well as the rib is quite stretchy. If you change the cast on number for a different size make sure it’s a multiple of 4.
Change colours when ever you like or as yarn dictates but after 72 rows/rounds you are half way and at the start of the second wrist warmer.
2.5mm DPNs or preferred needles for working small circumferences in the round.
Ainsworth & Prin Classic Sock Mini Skein Set (80% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon; 365m per 100g skein) Approx:
Or approximately 70g of 4ply sock yarn
Sample shown in Strawberry Thief.
34 sts x 43 rows over 3 x 1 rib unstretched
sl: slip the stitch purl wise
First Hand Section
Cast on 60 sts using the long-tail method, divide evenly between the needles. Place marker and join for working in the round being careful not to twist cast-on edge.
Rib round: P1, k3 to end.
Repeat rib round for a further 23 rounds.
You can work in stripes, colour blocks or helical knitting, what ever you fancy.
First Thumb Hole
The following section is knitted in rows back and forth.
Row 1: Sl 1, work in rib as set to the end of the row.
Repeat row 1 a further 23 times.
Join work again to work in the round and maintaining pattern work 24 rounds of 3 x 1 rib. This should give you enough length for the cuff of the first mitten.
Repeat the same number of rows of 3 x 1 rib as you did for the first changing colours when ever you like.
Second Thumb Hole
This section is knitted flat in rows the same as the first slipping the first stitch of every row to give a neat edge to the thumb hole.
Knit 24 rows of 3 x 1 rib
Second Hand Section
Join to work in the round again and maintaining pattern work 24 rounds of 3 x 1 rib.
Cast off in pattern.
Weave in ends and block gently.