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!
Sparkle yarn 60g / 2.11 oz
Circular needles no. 6EU/10US and no. 9 EU/13US
1 stitch marker
With the circular needles work a knit row and a purl one.
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 *
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!