Customized Wrist Warmers
When I asked my sister, Lisa, what she wanted for her birthday this year, she said she wanted me to make a pair of fingerless gloves for her. Only she didn’t want the kind with a thumb hole, and she wanted them long enough to go clear up to her elbows.
I scoured Ravelry.com for patterns. Most had thumb holes. Most went only to mid-wrist. So I needed a pattern I could tailor to Lisa’s wishes. (For my part, I wanted a pattern that didn’t use tiny needles.) The easy part was choosing the yarn – Patons’ Classic Wool in “pumpkin” – since she loves orange. This is what I came up with:
Raverly members can find the pattern I used here. It’s Kim Sandborn’s Winter Wrist Warmers. Here’s a side-by-side showing where the original pattern would have ended vs. the extra-long version:
See how the sections to the right are slightly narrower than the end with the needles? That’s because the non-cabled part of the first few inches is a Knit 2 Purl 1 ribbed stitch, which gives it a bit of stretch.
I love the way Kim wrote her pattern. Patterns requiring double pointed needles usually say to place the same number of stitches on each needle, but Kim had the entire cabled section all on one needle, leaving different numbers of stitches on each needle.
Speaking of cables, if you’re a knitter who’s been intimidated by cables, don’t be. All you do is slip a couple of stitches onto a separate needle and knit them a few stitches later. If you hold the stitches in front of the work your cable twists to the left, if you hold them to the back it twists to the right. Here’s how I made the cable twist to the left:
The thing I love about knitting cables is they’re so much easier than they look. The twists only come once every so many rows (depending on the exact pattern). The only trick is counting your rows so your cables are even. It’s super-low tech, but this is how I keep track of my twists:
Lisa’s birthday is still a couple days away, but the surprise isn’t spoiled. Not only did she pretty much custom order her wrist warmers, she also had a preview of them last weekend, when I was mid-way through the second one.
Happy birthday, Lisa!
Posted on September 20, 2012, in birthday, cable stitches, DPNs, Family, gifts, Knitting, motifs, Projects, Uncategorized, Wrist Warmers and tagged birthday gifts, cable stitch, cabled wrist warmers, family, knitting, Ravelry, wrist warmers. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.