How to knit wrist warmers (hand warmers)

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How to knit wrist warmers (hand warmers)
Wrist warmers are easy to knit for gifts. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Knitted wrist or hand warmers are worn as alternatives to traditional gloves or mittens. Wear them in fall and winter to warm your hands while keeping your fingers free to work. As wrist warmers can be knit up quickly and without the knowledge of any complex stitches or techniques, they are suitable for even the most novice of knitters.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 1 skein double knitting yarn
  • U.S. size 10/ 6mm knitting needles
  • U.S. size 8/ 5mm knitting needles
  • 2 sewing pins
  • Tapestry needle

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  1. 1

    Cast on 40 stitches using the Size 10 needles and leave a 20-inch tail for sewing up. Work in the knit-1, purl-1 rib pattern for five rows.

  2. 2

    Change to Size 8 needles. Knit all the stitches on the first row and purl all the stitches on the second row. Repeat this until your work measures 7.5 inches from the beginning and then bind off all stitches.

  3. 3

    Fold your wrist warmer in half, lengthways. Mark the position of your thumb, below and above, with the sewing pins. Thread the cast-on tail through the tapestry needle and sew up your wrist warmer, leaving a hole for your thumb, as indicated by the sewing pins. Weave in any ends.

  4. 4

    Make your second wrist warmer by repeating the above steps.

Tips and warnings

  • Brighten your wrist warmers by knitting the rib section and the body in different colours.
  • Decorate by sewing buttons on the front.
  • Create shorter wrist warmers by knitting fewer rows and longer wrist warmers by knitting more rows.

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