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Quick Arm Warmers


Warm on the Double
Quick Arm Warmers

One arm warmer off, and one armwarmer on.

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Sometimes the cool weather comes as a surprise: it's been warm for a long time, then all of a sudden you get a cold snap. When that happens where I live, I want a quick and easy project that will start keeping me warm really fast.

These Quick Arm Warmers fit the bill for just such a project. They're incredibly easy -- just Stockinette Stitch with a bit of ribbing -- and they use a really small amount of yarn. For me this was a one-skein project using a ball I got in yarn grab bag. I actually got three different colors of this yarn (It's called Two in One, though it's been discontinued, it was distributed by Coats GmbH).

I have really skinny arms and small wrists, so these mitts are a little slouchy on me, but they should fit a more normal-sized person more snugly and can stretch to accommodate bigger arms, too. This is a great pattern to have in your back pocket for a quick knit gift.


  • about 87 yards of medium-weight wool, wool blend, or other yarn of your choice
  • set of 4 size 7 and size 8 US knitting needles (4.5 and 5 mm)
  • stitch holder
  • tape measure, scissors and yarn needle


18 stitches and 25 rounds per 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch in the round


Glove measures about 8 inches around and is about 7.5 inches long. It should fit a range of older girls and women. Need a bigger glove? Add stitches in multiples of 4, each of which will add about an inch. You can make them longer as well, but any increase in size will require more yarn.

Knit the Fingerless Gloves:

  1. Using the size 8 needles, cast on 32 stitches. Arrange on three double-pointed needles and join in the round.
  2. Work four rounds in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing.
  3. Change to Stockinette Stitch and knit 2 inches.
  4. Change to size 7 needles and knit for 3 inches.
  5. Next round, knit 12, knit in the front and back of the next 8 stitches, knit 12. 40 stitches.
  6. Knit 4 rounds.
  7. Knit 16, place next 8 stitches on a stitch holder, knit 16 with the same yarn.
  8. Work in knit 2, purl 2 ribbing for 4 rounds. Bind off in pattern and cut yarn.
  9. Put remaining 8 stitches back on needles and join yarn, working four rounds of knit 2, purl 2 ribbing.
  10. Bind off in pattern and cut yarn. Weave in ends, making sure to use the yarn at the base of the thumb to sew up the hole between the thumb and the rest of the hand.

Work a second glove in the same manner.

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