Are you tired of knitting seemingly endless scarves that you don't finish due to a lack of inspiration? Do you open up "beginner" patterns but does your brain nearly implode from all of the knitting terms you haven't even heard of yet? Have no fear, this tutorial for super ghetto but really cool looking wristwarmers is here. No DPNs, no circular needles.
If you aren't a super ghetto knitter, here's a really really cool pattern for wristwarmers that I tried but failed at, thus landing me with making this tutorial: http://punkrockpatterns.blogspot.com/2006/12/easy-wristwarmers.html
For my wristwarmers, you will need to know how to...
-Knit (using regular flat needles)
-Use a needle and thread (or you can use a sewing machine, doesn't matter)
-Use scissors to cut a thumbhole
-Increase (really easy, just cast on another stitch when done with a row)
And you will need these materials...
-Knitting needles, not DPNs or circulars but the flat ones. I used Boye Size 8 knitting needles for my wristwarmers.
-A needle and thread. If you get scared by sewing, do not back off. It's really simple and easy. You can also use a sewing machine, I think.
-Yarn (for my wristwarmers I used Red Heart Supersaver 100% Acryllic yarn in Pinata, but you can use anything you want)
1. Cast on. This part is wicked important. I have bony wrists so I cast on about 30. Make sure you cast on enough that the wristwarmer will fit.
2. Begin to knit. You can hold up your knitting to your wrist to see how much you have left to do before you get to the thumb.
3. When you knit enough to where the thumb starts extending, increase by one stitch (cast on when you have finished a row of knitting, everyone can do this) and keep knitting.
4. When you feel that it covers enough of your hand, take the work off the needle and wrap it or pin it around your hand to see if you're comfortable with it. Be sure not to pull any cast on loops out in case you want to put your work back on the needle and knit a little more.
5. Thread your needle and fold over the armwarmer so the edges meet. Sew them together. If you feel this isn't secure enough, sew over it again until you feel comfortable. Snip off the needle with your trusty scissors.
6. Slip the wristwarmer on. It's going to feel snug because you haven't cut the thumbhole. Carefully, put your thumb where you want the thumbhole to go in the wristwarmer and take your scissors, then snip a comfortable sized slit. Your thumb will pop through.
7. Voila, you have made a wristwarmer.
In true ghetto fashion, I have no pictures because I have no camera, but I hope to have some up soon.
If your wristwarmers are really loose, wear them over some boring gloves or resize them with scissors or a needle and thread.