Thursday, January 10, 2008

Urban Weave Wrist Warmers

This pattern is unisex, quick to knit (within a few hours!), and ideal for wear from late autumn through early spring. To save time, knit both simultaneously.

Size: adult (one size fits all)

Finished Measurements: (unstretched) 8.5” (22cm) long, 4” (10cm) wide

Materials needed:
2 skeins Berella Whistler 100% merino wool in Malt Heather (50g/1.75oz, 65 yds/58m per skein)
1 cable needle
US 10.5 (6.5mm) knitting needles
crochet hook or needle to stitch up seams

label gauge: 15 sts, 20 rows with US10 (6mm) needle – 4” (10cm)
actual gauge in pattern: 12 sts, 19 rows with US 10.5 (6.5mm) needle – 4” (10cm)
(If I can, I often knit with a needle a half-centimeter larger to loosen both the yarn tension and cable tension. It’s more of an esthetic thing for me, and makes cables a bit easier to make.)

Pattern Notes:
The back of the wrist warmer is cabled, but the palm of it is in stockinette stitch, so one wrist warmer’s pattern is knit in reverse. Because of this, each will be differentiated by RH (right hand) and LH (left hand). St st is Stockinette stitch, starting with a knit row. bo is bind off bo2tog is bind off two together. These are knit bottom to top.

Weaved Cable Pattern:
(done over 24 sts)
Rows 1 & 5, knit
Rows 2, 4, 6, & 8, purl.
Row 3: knit 3. *Put 3 stitches on cable needle in front. Knit next 3 stitches. Knit the 3 stitches on cable needle.* Repeat between *’s three times.
Row 7: *Put 3 stitches on cable needle behind. Knit next 3 stitches. Knit the 3 stitches on cable needle.* Repeat between *’s four times.

Cast on 36 stitches. Purl first row.

For LH, make Weaving Cable on the first 24 stitches, and St st for the remaining 12. For RH, St st for first 12 stitches, and Weaving Cable for remaining 24.

Repeat all eight rows of the Weaved Cable Pattern 5 times, ending on a purl row.

Knit 1 row making two decreases:
For RH, bo 23, bo2tog, bo10, bo2tog.
For LH, bo2tog, bo10, bo2tog, bo23.
(When knitting cables, ends-of-pattern tend to flair a bit, so making two decreases tightens the top of the wrist warmer.) Place a marker to indicate this as the top of the wrist warmer.

When stitching up edges, fold in half vertically, with wrong sides facing. From top, stitch up seam along the first section of cabling. Tie a knot, leave about 1 to 1.5 inches for thumb, and then stitch along the rest of the seam. Turn wrist warmers right side out and block where necessary.
© 2008 by Sabrina Thompson - original design and pictures. Please do not sell pattern or materials made thereof, or copy my pictures. Pattern cannot be distributed for sale, or as a 'free pattern' promotional tool for selling yarn or knitting supplies. If posting Finished Items on personal blogs, please link back to this blog and pattern, thanks. :D


Rhonda said...

VERY nice!!! They're gorgeous and are now "on my list" :O) My "list" sure is awful long for it only being the 10th day of 2008 LOL! Thank you so much for the awesome pattern!

Gigi said...

Loooove these wristwarmers and made a couple pairs for myself and friends as gifts.