This January I have designed a new knitting pattern for some simple handwarmers to keep you cosy! The beauty of this design is that the pattern has a subtle texture which makes them ideal to knit for both men and women. The pattern also only uses a combination of knit and purl stitches so it is really good for beginners.
There are two sizes for these handwarmers. To decide which size to knit you will need to measure around your hand, as shown in the photo below. Casting on 33 stitches will knit up to a measurement of approximately 7.5 – 8 inches around and 39 stitches to approximately 8.5 – 9 inches. You can make them bigger or smaller either way but the amount of stitches must always be a multiple of 6 and then add 3 to form the pattern repeat.
Row 1 : Knit
Row 2 : Knit
Row 3 : Knit
Row 4 : P3, *K3, P3, repeat from * to end of row
Row 5 : Knit
Row 6 : P3, *K3, P3, repeat from * to end of row
Row 7 : Knit
Row 8 : Knit
Row 9 : Knit
Row 10 : Knit
Row 11 : Knit
Row 12 : K3, *P3, K3, repeat from * to end of row
Row 13 : Knit
Row 14 : K3, *P3, K3, repeat from * to end of row
Row 15 : Knit
Row 16 : Knit
When you have repeated the 16 rows above three times, cast off. If you want to make them longer simply keep knitting to your desired length before casting off. Leave a piece of wool to sew up your handwarmers with.
Fold your knitting around so that the two edges meet and the cast off edge is at the top of your tube. Stitch down one side for approximately 1.5 inches. I used the pattern as a guide and stitched together one block of pattern and two rows of knitting on either side. Take a look at the photo below for an example. Then thread your wool down along the edge and start stitching again, having left room for your thumb hole. Sew all the way to the bottom and fasten off your wool.