Now this is love

navy blue knitted wristwarmers

It’s been a bit of a glove factory around here so I thought I’d do something a little different: wristwarmers! But seriously, I’ve been amassing a collection lately of beautiful photos of beautiful wristwarmers (armwarmers, sweaterless sleeves, whatever you want to call them). I love them. The urge was rolling around in the back of my mind, waiting for me to decide what non-grey color I might want to use, and then I ran across the photo above and died. Navy! My favorite. Why didn’t I think of it?

The photo and knitting are by the Ravelry member known as Cosmea, and she’s a better woman than I am. Hers are lace weight, so very fine. Mine are DK. (Casdade Yarns Pure Alpaca, to be specific.) So mine are 42 sts per round to her 64. I love the way the teeny rolled stockinette edge looks at lace weight, but would find it bothersome at a larger size. Still, I wanted that edge to look as unfinished as possible, so I just did two rounds of 1×1 ribbing. I originally thought I’d increase needle size and/or add a few stitches as I worked my way up the arm — I wanted them to be able to go all the way to my elbow even if I had them pulled down to the tips of my fingers — but wound up just sticking with US3 and 42 stitches all the way. I did an inch of ribbing (and Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off) at the elbow end, so it’s clear which way they go on. Serious, serious love.

Now to make the other one …

4 thoughts on “Now this is love

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  2. I love these! I crochet, let me rephrase that, I can crochet. Seems time is not my friend and other things power over crocheting. I always wanted to learn to knit, so much so, my mother in law took pity on me and sent me a book to learn. I was so confused! In my defense the book was from the 1940’s and back then it was assumed you were born with the ability to knit. I now own a knitting machine and every loom set known to the crafting world over. I have knitted or was it pearled a panel by hand. I understand most of the instructions except the one that is most important. I can’t get the bloody panel off the needles. I don’t get the casting off part. Maybe I need more wine when I try it, could be the issue :)

  3. Do you know about She’s got a good video on the basic bind-off. It’s so simple I’m wondering what your 1940s book was asking you to do. YouTube is also full of videos for any step or technique you could ever need to know. Watching someone else do a thing is a million times more helpful than any written description, in my experience.

    • The book was uh how do I put it….Horrible and the hand illustrations, I have played games of twister that didn’t end that knotted :) Thanks for the suggestion I will give the site a look. You know oddly I look to you tube for a lot of things and then you have a mental misfire on something like knitting ha ha ha.

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