Warmth Punk Style:
It seems like I'm cold all year long, but especially in the fall when the weather has cooled but there are still air conditioners on everywhere. I love fingerless gloves (armwarmers or gauntlets) to keep my arms and hands a little warmer when the temperature inside and outside don't match.
These punk-inspired warmers are completely simple because they're knit flat and sewn up, so you can leave as much room as you need for your thumb.
- one skein Southwest Trading Company Vegas or 54 to 75 yards of a medium-weight, wool-blend yarn with a touch of metallic (I used color Casino)
- one pair size 8 US needles
- yarn needle
About five stitches and six rows per inch in stockinette stitch. Yarn varies in width so gauge will vary slightly.
Pictured armwarmer in 6 inches around and 6 inches tall and would fit a teen or small woman. Larger size (indicated in parentheses in pattern) is 7 inches around and would fit a more normal size to large woman. Yarn will stretch to fit around hand; measure your wrist to determine which size to make.
- Cast on 30 stitches (35 for larger size).
- Knit in knit one, purl one ribbing for four rows.
- Knit in stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row) until piece measures 5.5 inches from beginning.
- Knit in knit one, purl one ribbing for four more rows.
- Bind off in pattern. Cut yarn, leaving a tail to sew with.
- Sew the ribbing together and a few rows at the top of your warmer, and up from the bottom until the hole left fits your thumb comfortably. I used mattress stitch.
- Weave in ends.
About the Yarn:
Vegas from SWTC is in the Vickie Howell collection of yarns and is a Soysilk, wool and metallic blend. It will felt, so don't wash these armwarmers in the washing machine.