Stockinette Wrist Warmers for Baby Knitters

In my Outlander Cowl post, I jokingly referred to myself as a Baby Knitter. The more I think about it, the more I like that phrase…I mean, I am. So I’m going to keep it for a while.

Any other Baby Knitters out there?

Wait…that sounds weird doesn’t it. Like I knit babies.

On second thought…..hmmm.

ANYWAY.

I feel like I’ve gotten garter stitch down pretty well. I can knit to my little heart’s content. Never mind that I’m slower than molasses….the point is, I’ve got a handful of coasters, a couple dishcloths, and of course my cowl to prove I’ve passed the garter stitch test.

Friday night seemed like a good time to try my hand at the purl stitch. Or, more accurately…stockinette stitch, where you knit one row, purl one row. I’d done it once before, but only got a few rows before I got frustrated with the curling edges and gave up.

I wasn’t feeling coasters or dishcloths, so to Ravelry I went, looking for a wrist warmer pattern. Found one, got to work, and promptly screwed it up because I wasn’t paying attention.

ARGH.

So, I made my own pattern.

I screwed up twice more on the left hand. And three times on the right. Looking at them, they look a bit…mismatched. I’m actually going to give you both patterns, so you can decide which you like best and take it from there. Honestly, though, I think I’m probably the only one who will ever know they’re different….except you, since you’re reading this. Keep my secret, mmmkay?

Wrist Warmers FlatI’d intended to make these straight stockinette. The perils of not paying attention…I ended up with a bump row (I’m sure there’s a specific name for it) because I purled when I should have knit on the left hand. And then did it again (on purpose), so I ended up with a cuff. I also somehow managed to increase 2 stitches, so I had to fix that, plus I must have slipped a stitch somewhere because I have a hole. And then on the right hand, I have no clue what I did…or well, I do, but no clue why it didn’t work out the same way as the left. Thinking maybe I should get some of those stitch markers next time.

Believe it or not, I’m actually starting to enjoy knitting. Oh, there’s still plenty of cursing and throwing involved. But I haven’t stabbed anything (or anyone) with my needles in a while, and I’m finishing projects. Which begs the question….what do all you knitters do with your finished projects? I have a feeling I’m quickly going to get to the point where I don’t need to keep them all. Bet I can find somewhere to donate them to, now that I think about it.

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver (Worsted) in Claret – 1 skein

Needles: 5mm (size 8)

Left Before Seaming Left Inside Left Outside

LEFT HAND PATTERN

Cast on 28 stitches using long-tail method.

 Knit 5 rows. 

Row 6: Knit 3, purl 22, knit 3

Row 7: Knit

Rows 8 – 13: Repeat rows 6 and 7 (purl row then knit row), so row 13 is a knit row

Rows 14 – 15: Knit 3, purl 22, knit 3

Row 16: Knit

Row 17 – 24: Repeat rows 15 and 16 (purl row then knit row), so row 24 is a knit row

Rows 25 – 26: Repeat rows 14 – 15 (two purl rows)

Rows 27 – 35: Repeat rows 17-24 (purl row then knit row), so row 35 is a knit row

Bind off, and seam left and right edges together. Leave a hole for your thumb. 

Right Before Seaming Right Inside Right Outside

RIGHT HAND PATTERN

Cast on 28 stitches using long-tail method.

 Knit 5 rows. 

Row 6: Knit 3, purl 22, knit 3

Row 7: Knit

Rows 8 – 9: Repeat rows 6 and 7 (purl row then knit row), so row 9 is a knit row

Rows 10 – 11: Knit 3, purl 22, knit 3

Row 12: Knit

Rows 13 – 14: Knit 3, purl 22, knit 3

Row 15: Knit

Row 16 – 25: Repeat rows 14 and 15 (purl row then knit row), so row 25 is a knit row

Row 26: Knit

Rows 27 – 36: Repeat rows 16-25 (purl row then knit row), so row 36 is a knit row

Bind off, and seam left and right edges together. Leave a hole for your thumb. 

In case you still can't see the difference...the top picture is the left hand. Bottom is the right hand.

In case you still can’t see the difference…the top picture is the left hand. Bottom is the right hand.

I hope this wasn’t super confusing. If it was, I’m sorry!!! (Also – ignore all my mistakes in the photos.)

On both hands, my thumb hole ended up being right around row 27 or so. I used the “bump” section as the top, and the bottom edge of that was about where I wanted my thumb to hit. Almost like a ribbed edge. Just keep trying them on until you get them the way you want them.

Also…these are just slightly too big for me. I didn’t do gauge (sorry again!!), but my hand is about 4 inches wide with my thumb included. I meant to measure it all before I seamed it, but I forgot. The length from top to bottom is about 6 inches.

This took me a while – probably about 6 hours, honestly. The second one went faster. I’m just slow. I did do both hands in one night, though…because I was hormonal and cranky and stubborn. Shrug.

Regardless, I kinda like them. I think they’ll be warm and cozy, and short enough that they won’t get in the way. What do you think?

Wrist Warmers