How to Knit Wrist Warmers

This pattern shows you how to knit wrist warmers with a deceptively simple cable design.

| September 2014

  • Knit wrist warmers
    Learn how to knit cabled wrist warmers in this excerpt from "Yarn Works" by W. J. Johnson.
    Photo courtesy Creative Publishing International
  • Knit wrist warmers
    This cable pattern is very basic and would be an excellent first cable project.
    Photo courtesy Creative Publishing International
  • Yarn Works
    “Yarn Works” is the ultimate sheep to sweater reference book for fiber enthusiasts everywhere.
    Cover courtesy Creative Publishing International

  • Knit wrist warmers
  • Knit wrist warmers
  • Yarn Works

In Yarn Works (Creative Publishing International, 2014) W. J. Johnson shares her fiber arts expertise with a scientific approach to spinning and dyeing the perfect yarn for your project and a variety of delightful patterns created for each of the fiber groups she describes. The book is divided into four main sections—Fiber Workshop, Spin Workshop, Dye Workshop and Knit Workshop—and includes a brief history on each subject. Johnson herself is a photographer, media and installation artist, educator in fiber arts and fiber artist with more than thirty years of experience spinning, dyeing and knitting yarn. These knit wrist warmers come from "Part 4: Knit Workshop."

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Yarn Works.

Knit Wrist Warmer Pattern

The cable structure on these wristlets is reminiscent of a trellis that might be found in a quaint old Irish rose garden. The cable pattern is very basic and would be an excellent first cable project. Knitting these wrist warmers in an alpaca yarn works well, because the cable pattern supports the inherently inelastic alpaca in a soft yet stable fabric form and the buttons make the wristlets easily adjustable. As the wrist warmers are worn, the alpaca will bloom to a lovely softness, but will maintain the deep cable pattern.

Pattern Note

The length of the wrist warmers can be adjusted by working more or fewer cable pattern repeats. If you want a wider piece, cast on more stitches and work more edge stitches in garter stitch.



Before You Start

SKILL LEVEL

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