Learn to knit: hand warmers

Where did this chill come from? It seems like summer ended pretty abruptly, and now we're in full swing of a grey, drizzly autumn. The windows are shut, likely till next spring, and we've even pulled out our blankets from the closet.

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While I do wish for sunny and crisp autumn days like I'm used to in Niagara, I don't mind snuggling up in bed with a cup of coffee and my laptop. Working from bed is so much better than the office. Colder days means one thing: knitting season has arrived. I never really feel like knitting in summer, it just doesn't feel right but i've pulled out my needles now, printed off some new patterns, notable is this jul hat from Jenny Gordy over at Wiksten.

Cooler mornings mean it's about time to pull on the handwarmers. That next step before it's full-on mitten season. Here's a very simple pattern to follow if you're just starting out with knitting or want a quick project to whip up in a weekend.

I've just started a pair myself and think they'd look pretty precious with some buttons sewn along the side.

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SUPPLIES

  • 5mm knitting needles
  • 1 ball aran weight wool
  • Needle for sewing up seams
  • Button, optional

Cast on 38 stitches.

Row 1: k all the way

Row 2: k4, p30, k4

Repeat these two rows until it is big enough to wrap around your hand.

Cast off leaving a long tail, approx. 30cm.

Use your needle to stitch the two long sides together, leaving a 2" gap for your thumb, about 1" from the top of the hand warmer.

Weave in ends so they're hidden.

How to knit simple hand warmers

Finally the afternoons are warm enough to venture to the park without a jacket but when the sun hides or you catch a shadow, it's still fresh and chilly, even more so at night. These hand warmers are perfect for cycling home from the city after it gets dark.

MATERIALS:

  • any dk wool
  • one pair 4mm knitting needles
  • darning/textile needle

PATTERN:

Cuff

Cast on 42 sts (approx 7 inches wide), leaving a long tail for sewing up later

Knit 14 rows of (k2, p2) ribbing

Body

Row 1: knit

Row 2: purl

Row 3: *(p1, slip 1 pwise to last 2 sts), p2

Row 4: purl

Repeat until there are 9 ridges in total (or more depending how long you want your handwarmers)

Top

Knit 4 rows of (k2, p2) ribbing

Cast off loosely

Finishing up

Using tail from top, sew edges together 1.5cm down.

Using the tail from the bottom, sew edges together, leaving around 3cm hole for your thumb

Weave in ends and you're done! These are perfect for beginner knitters that want to flaunt their new-found skills.