Tutorial: How to make ultralight but super hot arm warmers

from Gaia Gualtieri - 13 November 2017

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For this Christmas we asked Manusa to create some projects for us, for those who fancy making unique and handmade gifts.

There are 4 projects in total. A pair of arm warmers, a hooded scarf and 2 projects to make the perfect stocking fillers using left over yarn. Cheap and quick to make: kitchen pot holders and cup cosies.

All made exclusively with our new mixed alpaca wool yarns.

Fancy giving the arm warmers a go? Excellent choice. They are super hot and light (so much so that only 60g of yarn has been used to make them!) and will be invaluable on the cold winter days that are now on their way.  Below you can find all the necessary instructions. Enjoy!

Materials
Sparkle yarn 60g / 2.11 oz

Needles
Circular needles  no. 6EU/10US and  no. 9 EU/13US
1 stitch marker

Stitches

Knit stitch

Purl stitch

Garter stitch:

With the circular needles work a knit row and a purl one.

Spike stitch

1st round: * 1 knit, 1 yarn over*. Repeat from * to *
2nd round: *knit 1, drop the yarn over from the last round*. Repeat from * to *

Increase:
This is made by working the same loop twice (Y).

    

How to make arm warmers

Cast on 24 stitches with the double pointed needles. Working with double needles is useful to have more elasticity at the beginning of the knitting.

Join in a circle, taking care not to twist the stitches.

At the beginning of the round, place a stitch marker.
1st round: knit

2nd round: purl

3rd round: knit

4th round: purl

5th and 6th round: spike stitch
7th round: purl

8th round: knit

9th round: repeat the 5th round

10th round: repeat the 6th round
11th round: purl
12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th round: knit

20th round: purl
21st round: knit stitch with no.9 needles

22nd round: *work the 2nd stitch on the left needle from behind, then work the 1st stitch and drop them both*. Repeat from * to *
23rd round: *work the second stitch on the left from the front, then work the 1st stitch and drop them both*. Repeat from * to *

24th round: repeat the 22nd round

25th round: repeat the 23rd round

26th round: repeat the 22nd round

27th round: repeat the 23rd round

28th round: purl stitch with no. 6 needles

29th round: knit

30th round: purl

31st, 32nd, 33rd and 34th round: knit

35th round: repeat round no.5

36th round: repeat round no.6

37th round: repeat round no.5

38th round: repeat round no.6

39th, 40th, 41st, 42nd and 43rd round: knit

44th and 45th round: purl

46th round: knit

47th round: knit 11 stitches, 1 increase, knit 2, 1 increase, knit 11 (26 stitches in total)

48th and 49th round: knit

50th round: knit 11 stitches, increase 1, knit 4, increase 1, knit 11 (28 stitches in total)

51st and 52nd round: knit

53rd round: knit 11 stitches, increase 1, knit 6, increase 1, knit 11 (30 stitches in total)

54th and 55th round: knit
56th round: knit 11 stitches, increase 1, knit 8, increase 1, knit 11 (32 stitches in total)

57th and 58th round: knit

59th round: knit 11 stitches, leave 10 stitches of a different colour hanging, work 4 stitches from new and work the following 11 stitches (26 in total)

60th, 61st, 62nd. 63rd, 64th, 65th, 66th, 67th and 68th round: knit

69th round: purl
70th round: knit

71st round: purl

72nd round: knit

73rd round: bind off.

How to make the thumbs

Pick up the 10 stitches left hanging starting from the inner part of the work and add 2 new stitches. In total there are 12 stitches.

Knit stitch for another 5 rounds. Bind off

Aren’t they just adorable? Who says that a comfortable and useful garment can’t be warm too? Someone who obviously has never worn something made from alpaca and lamé. The softness of the alpaca and the glamour of the lamé are perfect for any occasion.

Enjoy your arm warmers!

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2 Comments for Tutorial: How to make ultralight but super hot arm warmers

  1. Sharon Spaker

    After casting on 24 stitches the pattern should read “join in a circle, taking care not to twist the stitches”.

  2. Gaia Gualtieri

    Dear Sharon,
    many thanks for your suggestion! We are going to improve it immediately.
    GRAZIE MILLE!

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