How to Knit a Nose Warmer

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How to Knit a Nose Warmer
Worsted weight yarn is used to knit a winter nose warmer. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Nose warmers are whimsical winter accessories that keep your nose toasty on cold days. Nose warmers are made of two triangular knitted pieces sewn together with ties to wrap around the head; therefore, the nose warmer is a one-size-fits-most item. Customise nose warmers by using different yarn types and colours, or you can get creative with the stitch pattern for an even more detailed look. Adding embellishments such as tassels or pom poms is another way to vary this basic pattern.

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Things you need

  • Worsted weight yarn, 1 skein
  • Knitting needles, size 8 (5mm)
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

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  1. 1

    Make nine cast on stitches. Create cast on stitches by tying the yarn into a slip knot and placing it on the left needle. Slide the right needle through the knot and behind the left needle. Wrap the yarn around the right needle, pull it through the knot and place the new loop from the right needle onto the left needle. This is one cast on stitch. Repeat this process until nine stitches are on the left needle, counting the knot as a stitch.

  2. 2

    Make one knit stitch in each cast on stitch across the row. Create knit stitches by acting as if you were going to cast on, but instead of sliding the new loop onto the left needle, leave it on the right needle, dropping the stitch just worked through off of the left needle.

  3. 3

    Decrease two stitches across the next row by proceeding as follows: make one knit stitch, knit two stitches together, knit three stitches, knit two stitches together and knit the last stitch. Seven stitches remain.

    Knit two stitches together by sliding the right needle through both stitches and knitting as normal, dropping both of the stitches off of the left needle in the process.

  4. 4

    Knit all stitches in the next row.

  5. 5

    Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until three stitches remain.

  6. 6

    Bind off the three remaining stitches. Bind off by knitting the first two stitches and passing the first knit stitch over the second knit stitch and off the right needle. Knit the last stitch, and pass the second knit stitch over the last knit stitch and off the right needle. One stitch remains on the right needle.

  7. 7

    Cut the yarn, leaving a five-inch tail.

  8. 8

    Thread the tail through the yarn needle, and pull the tail through the last stitch, sliding the stitch off the needle and pulling tightly to secure.

  9. 9

    Repeat Steps 1 through 8 once more for the second piece of the nose warmer.

  10. 10

    Sew the pieces together with the yarn needle. Place the triangles one on top of the other, and stitch from the tip of the triangle along one side. Then stitch from tip of the triangle along the other side. This will leave an opening along the bottom side of the triangle, opposite the triangle's tip, to slide onto the nose.

  11. 11

    Cut six 15-inch lengths of yarn for the ties.

  12. 12

    Braid three of the yarn pieces together, knotting at either end. Braid the other three pieces together for the second tie, knotting at either end.

  13. 13

    Use the yarn needle to sew the ties to the centre of each triangle piece's base.

  14. 14

    Weave in loose ends with the yarn needle by sewing a few stitches through the work. Cut any excess yarn.

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