Elegant Arm Warmers–Pattern

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These elegant warmers are adapted from a vintage, public domain pattern for a set of gloves. The original lace pattern has been turned into a cable pattern, which is mirrored on both the left and the right. You will need to know how to cable, knit, purl, and knit in the round for this pattern.

Materials:

  • one skein Noro Silk Garden Sock or yarn to get gauge (238 yards, 299 meters) Note: the pattern as written will only use about half of that skein; mine came in at ~164 yards.
  • a set of size 2.25 (US 1) double pointed needles (this pattern can be used by those who magic loop or use 2 circs)
  • cable needle (optional, for those who know how to cable without one)
  • waste yarn or some other way to place stitches on hold
  • crochet hook or embroidery needle to weave in ends

Gauge:

7 st/inch

10 rows/inch

Size:

These are knit for a 7″ wrist/hand circumference and 9″ circumference with palm and base of thumb. The thumb is about 2″ around.

The actual size of the garment unblocked is 6″ circumference to 8.5″ circumference; my purl stitches are immensely loose due to how I knit, and so you may need to adjust accordingly.

Charts:

All charts may be clicked on to enlarge.

Key for Cables:

General Key:

Right Hand Set Up Round:

Right Hand Main Chart:

Left Hand Set Up Round:

Left Hand Main Chart:

All chart’s made with Jacquie’s KnitChart .

Directions:

Directions are divided up according to hand, excepting cast on, cuff, and thumb, which are the same for both.

Cast on 40 stitches and join in round.

Cuff:

round 1: [ (p2, k2) x 2, p4, (k2, p2) x2 ] twice

repeat this round for 11 more rounds, or until cuff is desire length.

Right Hand:

work right hand set up chart. This will take place of round 1 of right hand chart for this repeat only. Knit remaining 20 stitches, which form the palm of the hand.

Work rounds 2-12 of Right Hand chart, knitting the remaining 20 stitches each time.

Now, work Right Hand chart over the next 16 rows.

Round 1: Knit next line of Right Hand Chart. Knit 2 st, pm, kfb x2, pm, knit to end.

Round 2. Knit next line of Right Hand Chart. Knit to end.

Round 3: Knit next line of Right Hand Chart. Knit 2, kfb, knit to one st before 2nd marker, kfb, knit to end.

Round 4: as round 2.

Repeat rounds 3 and 4 six more times. 56 stitches.

Knit 10 more rounds; do not remove markers or increase any further.

Using waste yarn or stitch holder, place the stitches for the thumb on hold.

Continue on the main part of the hand, picking up two stitches on the palm side on the very next row. Knit 14 more rounds, ending on round 12 of the pattern.

Switch to the cuff rib of [ (p2, k2) x 2, p4, (k2, p2) x2 ] twice for the last 5 rows, or until rib is desired length. Bind off.

Left Hand:

work Left hand set up chart. This will take place of round 1 of Left hand chart for this repeat only. Knit remaining 20 stitches, which form the palm of the hand.

Work rounds 2-12 of Left Hand chart, knitting the remaining 20 stitches each time.

Now, work Left Hand chart over the next 16 rows.

Round 1: Knit next line of Left Hand Chart. Knit 16 st, pm, kfb x2, pm, knit to end.

Round 2. Knit next line of Left Hand Chart. Knit to end.

Round 3: Knit next line of Left Hand Chart. Knit 16, kfb, knit to one st before 2nd marker, kfb, knit to end.

Round 4: as round 2.

Repeat rounds 3 and 4 six more times. 56 stitches.

Knit 10 more rounds; do not remove markers or increase any further.

Using waste yarn or stitch holder, place the stitches for the thumb on hold.

Continue on the main part of the hand, picking up two stitches on the palm side on the very next row. Knit 14 more rounds, ending on round 12 of the pattern.

Switch to the cuff rib of [ (p2, k2) x 2, p4, (k2, p2) x2 ] twice for the last 5 rows, or until rib is desired length. Bind off.

Thumb:

Place the stitches on the holder/waste yarn onto double pointed or circular needles, and divide evenly as possible.  Join the yarn to the warmer, and knit for 12 rounds plain, or until thumb is half an inch short of desired length. Switch to a 1×1 rib for five rounds, and bind off in chosen method.

This is the same for both hands.

Voila! Arm warmers! Weave in your ends, block if desired.

If you have any questions or find something wrong in the pattern, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can help/make corrections.

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