Feather and Fan Wrist Warmers
Feather and Fan Wrist Warmers
Katherine Walters - The Knitted Raven
This is a simple lace pattern consisting of four rows which are repeated. It is a great pattern for those of you who dislike purl stitches, or enjoy knitting in the round or are new to lace knitting.
I prefer double pointed needles. If you prefer to use a circular needle/magic loop method, you will benefit from stitch markers to mark the beginning of your round and to separate the four groups of 12 stitches. This will make it easier to keep track of what you are doing, especially helpful if you are new to lace stitches.
I used two strands of lace weight yarn to create a custom colorway and to give the wrist warmers a little more thickness. The pattern that follows is based on this. This pattern would also likely work well with a single strand of fingering yarn.
Materials: One skein each of two lace weight yarns such as Berroco Aerial (mohair and silk) and Rowan Fine Lace (alpaca and merino). I used two strands held together for this project. There will be lots of yarn left over for other projects, or for making multiple sets as gifts. In my sample, I used a mohair/silk lace weight yarn in the Sorcerer’s Apprentice colorway by indie dyer SmashKnits combined with Rowan Fine Lace in Vintage (926).
Needles: Size 2.75 double pointed needles. Set of five. You will also need a tapestry needle for darning in the ends.
Gauge: 7 sts and 10 rows to one inch in stocking stitch on 2.75 mm needles.
Size: One size fitting women’s medium to extra-large (there’s a fair bit of stretch to these). To make a smaller size, reduce needle size to 2.25 or try using a single strand of lace weight yarn and a smaller set of needles. If you want to try it this way, swatch first. Finished size of my sample: 3.5 inches wide (unstretched) and 6.75 inches long (unstretched).
Cast on 48 stitches (12 per needle) and join in the round. Be careful not to cast on too tightly as the stitches will need to flex into curves with the patterning.
First Row: Knit all stitches.
Second Row: Knit all stitches.
Third Row: *(K2tog) three times; (YO, K1) three times; (K2tog)** three times. First needle done. Repeat from * to ** to the end of the round.
Fourth Row: Knit all stitches.
Repeat these four rows a total of sixteen times. Then knit two rounds. Cast off loosely.
Repeat the entire pattern to make a mate for the first one. Darn in the yarn ends. Wash and block your wrist warmers.
Care: This item is made of baby alpaca/merino and mohair/silk yarns. Hand wash in cold water. Use a mild soap designed for fine knits. Lay flat to dry.
Note: You are free to use this pattern for personal use, or to hand make items for sale. Please credit me as the designer on your product labeling/website/etc.
K or k - knit
P or p - purl
K2tog - knit two stitches together
YO - yarn over
PM - Place stitch marker
If you have any questions about this pattern, feel free to email me at email@example.com