Sunday, 27 November 2011

Knitted Hand Warmers

You really really can learn to knit this weekend. I promise! I don't think that this whole project is manageable in a weekend for a knitting beginner, but in two weekends you could definitely have these finished. 

homemade knitted hand warmers easy knitting pattern learn to knit

You will need:
4mm knitting needles (bamboo needles are better for beginners - bendy and less slippery than plastic)
DK size wool, about 125 metres will give you enough to practice with and complete 2 handwarmers, preferably washable (light colours are better for learning knitting)
A wool needle (big enough to thread wool)
Buttons, to decorate

If you know how to knit... is how to make the handwarmers. Cast on 34 stitches, knit a row, knit 4, pearl 26, knit 4, repeat to get the stocking stitch with the garter stitch border which stops the edges from curling. Keep going until you have enough to cover your hand excluding your thumb when you stretch the piece a little. Weave in the ends and join with mattress stitch leaving a 2 inch gap for the thumb about an inch from the top.

If you don't know how to knit... 
...follow these videos and you soon will. These videos are done by the lady who taught me to knit - she is brilliant. You'll need to practice these skills before you get started on the handwarmers.

1. Learn to cast on here (the long tail method is better)
2. Learn garter stitch (i.e. knitting!) here and more explanation here
3. Learn to cast off here
4. Learn mattress stitch to sew your rectangle into a tube here

If you feel happy with casting on, knitting and casting off, you are ready to start your hand warmers. You need to cast on 34 stitches, and just keep knitting until you have enough to wrap around your hand (not too loose) excluding your thumb. Use your needle to weave in the tails and then use the mattress stitch to sew the rectangle into a tube. Remember to leave a 2 inch gap for your thumb (at this point just weave the thread into one side of the piece, not both, and weave together again for the last inch. If you go wrong, don't worry! It helps with the handmade feel.

The handwarmers in the picture are a different pattern to plain garter stitch. It's done with a mixture of garter stitch (in the border) and stocking stitch in the centre. For this you need to learn the pearl stitch which is also on Catherine's website. When you are on a pearl row, you need to knit the first and last 4 stitches to get this effect.

I hope you enjoy your knitting and you're really proud of your project - I am certainly proud of mine!

homemade knitted hand warmers easy knitting pattern learn to knit

Best served with mulled wine!

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  1. Catherine Hirst is a excellent teacher. I do not think I have ever seen a description so clearly shown or stated of knitting any of the stitches. I will try to keep using her as my go to teacher.

    Thank you Catherine (Hope I spelled your name correctly)


  2. How am I missing the link to SUBSCRIBE to your blog? eMail me please! embee1955@


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