How to knit hand warmers

Written by jeanne paglio
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These hand warmers have no thumb section. For ease in wearing, there is a thumb hole. Due to the simplicity of this pattern, these hand warmers can be made in an hour or so. The knitting process is not difficult at all. Choose any yarn to make them. Yarns with texture are fun and easy to use. If wool or a wool blend is used, there will likely be shrinkage when washing. Bulky yarn will make a thicker hand warmer, but a finer yarn may offer more flexibility with less warmth.

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Things you need

  • 42.5gr. Skein yarn
  • US Straight needles size 7
  • Small crochet hook
  • Measuring tape
  • Safety pins

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  1. 1

    Cast on 23 stitches for small hand warmers. Cast on 27 or 31 stitches for medium to large hand warmers..

  2. 2

    Knit the first two rows. Purl the next two rows. Work remaining length in stockinet stitch. Leave half of a yard in excess for seam.

  3. 3

    When finished, wrap the wrong side of the warmer around your hand. Measure the length of the space needed for thumb and mark the spaces with safety pins. Repeat with the other warmer.

  4. 4

    Fold the warmers in half. Using the crochet hook to work on the excess yarn close seams. Leave a marked opening for your thumb on each warmer.

  5. 5

    Turn the warmers right side out. Press flat if desired.

Tips and warnings

  • Textured or variegated yarns make more fashionable hand warmers.
  • Don't leave knitting materials lying around your home. This can pose a safety hazard, especially in a home with children.

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