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Eyelet Armwarmers


Eyelet Armwarmers

Eyelet Armwarmers.

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Warmth and Style:

There's a lot to like about this simple eyelet armwarmer pattern. First, it's pretty simple once you get the hang of it. Knitting in the round means they work up super fast, and a wool yarn combined with eyelets means these will be warm, but not too warm, for days when you need a little protection from the chill.

Using a multicolored yarn adds even another layer of fun, but you can keep yours solid if you like.

They're knit straight from elbow to wrist. If the upper part of your lower arm is significantly bigger than your wrist, add a couple of extra stitches at the end of the round for the first few inches.


  • About 100 yards medium weight wool or wool blend yarn (I used a little more than half a hank of Ozark Handspun's Ozark Companion in Bonfire)
  • set of 3 or 4 size 8 US double-pointed knitting needles
  • scissors and yarn needle


20 stitches and 26 rows per 4 inches (5 stitches and 6.5 rows per inch) in Quatrefoil Eyelet in the round.


Finished armwarmer is about 13 inches long and 5 inches around (14 inches long and 6.5 inches around) unstretched. The small size fits a small woman, the larger an average woman. Size shown is small (the arm shown is 6 inches at the wrist and 9 at the elbow).

Beginning the Eyelet Armwarmer:

  1. Cast on 24 (32) stitches. Join in round, being careful not to twist.
  2. Work in Quatrefoil Eyelet pattern as follows:
    • Round 1 and every odd round: Knit.
    • Round 2: Knit.
    • Round 4: Knit 3, *yarn over, slip, slip, knit, knit 6*. Repeat stitches between stars, last repeat end knit 3.
    • Row 6: Knit 1, *knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 1, yarn over, slip, slip, knit, knit 3*. Repeat between *, last repeat end knit 2.
    • Round 8: Repeat row 4.
    • Round 10: Knit.
    • Round 12: Knit 7, *YO, SSK, knit 6*. Repeat between *, end knit 1.
    • Round 14: Knit 5, *K2tog, YO, knit 1, YO, SSK, knit 3*. Repeat between *, end knit 3.
    • Round 16: Repeat row 12.

Finishing the Eyelet Armwarmer:

  • Continue in this manner until piece is about 11.5 (12.5) inches long, or the measurement from your elbow to the bottom of your thumb. End at the end of one set of eyelets.
  • Knit 2 more rounds. At the end of the second round, bind off 1 stitch.
  • Begin to work back and forth, purling the odd rows that had previously been knit, and working the next set of eyelets as before.
  • When the eyelets are finished, purl 1 row, knit 1 row and cast on one stitch at end of knit row.
  • Begin working in the round again. Knit 2 rounds.
  • Bind off and weave in ends.
  • Make second armwarmer in the same manner.
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