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Valentine's wristwarmers.

Valentine's wristwarmers.

Sarah White

Cute Holiday Wamth:

This quick little free knitting pattern makes a wonderful gift for your Valentine. These adorable wristwarmers can be worn one per arm or stacked, over a long-sleeved T-shirt or just over your bare arm.

This pattern offers two different designs--one with three hearts and one with an XOX--you can choose from, or mix and match for a fun, festive and quick holiday gift.

Materials:

  • scraps of red and white worsted weight fabric (I used Caron Simply Soft in Autumn Red and Soft Pink)
  • size 8 U.S. straight needles
  • scissors
  • tapestry or yarn needle

Gauge

About 4.5 stitches and 5 rows per inch.

Size

Finished project is about 7 inches in diameter and 2.5 inches wide. There's a little bit of stretch, so they will fit on the upper part of the lower arm of a small person or around the wrist of a person with bigger arms.

Instructions:

  1. Choose which color you would like to use as the main color and which as the contrasting color. I used red as the main color and pink for contrast. Cast on 33 stitches in the main color.
  2. Follow the pattern in the chart (available in color and black and white, and a PDF in color and black and white).
  3. Cast off loosely. Leave a long string of yarn attached to the piece and use it to sew the short edges together. Weave in ends.
  4. Make another wristwarmer using the same pattern or the second pattern.

Tips for Working in Two Colors:

Working with two colors in this manner is only a little more difficult than knitting with one color. The process leaves strands on the back of the work (and is often referred to as "stranded" knitting), so it's great for a project like this where you won't see the back.

The only trick to stranded knitting is that you need to cross the different colors of threads when you change colors and every three or four stitches of solid color so that the loose strands don't get too long. Catching the second yarn into your knitting doesn't make it show up on the right side, but it does keep the back a little better organized.

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