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Vegas Armwarmer.

Vegas Armwarmer.

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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.

Materials:

  • 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
  • scissors
  • yarn needle

Gauge

About five stitches and six rows per inch in stockinette stitch. Yarn varies in width so gauge will vary slightly.

Size

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.

Instructions:

  1. Cast on 30 stitches (35 for larger size).
  2. Knit in knit one, purl one ribbing for four rows.
  3. Knit in stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row) until piece measures 5.5 inches from beginning.
  4. Knit in knit one, purl one ribbing for four more rows.
  5. Bind off in pattern. Cut yarn, leaving a tail to sew with.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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