Last week we had a glimpse of spring. The air was promisingly warm and full of chirping birds… We even started storing our winter clothes and thought we’d bring out our stash of cotton yarns (yes, we am a born optimist). Then snow struck again. And again… and again… Now the whole valley is submerged in snow and the only sound from outside it’s the croaking of crows 😦
This unreasonably wintry weather prompted us to knit these: a pair of very thick yet comfy wrist warmers. They are easy and very quick to make: it took us less than an afternoon (a very snowy afternoon) to knit them both and approximately twenty minutes of sewing to complete them. Basically, we simply made two rectangles, folded them in half and sewed them up, leaving a side opening for thumbs.
We knit this project with stripes, alternating two light worsted weight yarns, each combined with two strands of thin mohair. And we used size 3mm/US 2 needles (such small needles gave a tight gauge and produced a very thick and compact fabric). In relation to colours, we wanted to reproduce a wintry field in which there is a glimpse of spring, so we chose gray and green yarns and combined them with melange mohair, which was supposed to create a ‘crocus flower effect’ (though in the end it looks more like an Alpine meadow in August)… perhaps we should have used a brighter shade of mohair to gain the desired effect.
Anyway, we are rather satisfied with the final result and we’ve written down the project (a pdf. file can be downloaded by clicking on project name below), although it is so simple that any knitter would be able to make their own wrist warmers without following the pattern. The only tricky thing is to bind off pieces loosely, as one would normally do when binding off socks. We used the so called Italian bind off, which is a sewed bind off method. If you don’t know how to do it, there is a number of youtube video which demonstrate it, so this would give you a good opportunity to learn it… Otherwise, any bind off method would work, provided it’s stretchy.
Now it’s really time for spring to come back, please!!
Glimpse of Spring Wrist Warmers– free PATTERN