Monday, 2 March 2009

Cute cuff!

Life before an exam for me is basically eating... knitting... reading... sleeping... repeat. Obviously I try to do most of the eating in company so that I don't completely lose the few social skills I actually have.

Now I can use these to alleviate the pain from the RSI which I acquired knitting them..
This weekend I went to my friend's birthday party, a quiet affair with lots of cake, coffee and later, erm, beer.

At any rate, I felt inspired by the coffee and cake to finally finish my wrist warmers, and so I have knitted my first ever pair with no pattern! Aren't they cute..

I had to redo half of the last one as apparently the exam stress had made me knit it waay more tightly than the first one, which was a bit d'oh, but otherwise I am quite pleased.

The weather here today is grey, and it was yesterday as well. I spent an hour in front of the daylight lamp when I got up, but still feel a bit groggy.


I'm especially pleased with the shaping around the thumb
My plan for the day is to look over my notes a couple of times, as well as flick through the book we're being tested on.

This is not something I usually do, as I always find something I don't know which makes me panic, but for some reason I feel the urge today.

So I will head out of the house after I've showered.

And tidied my room.

And baked some bread.

And maybe started another knitting project... Hmm...

I think being deprived of pink during childhood has had an adverse effect on my taste in wool..
But at any rate: Here is the pattern for the wristwarmers, should anyone want to copy!



Woolly Wrist Warmers

You need:
One ball of Rowan 4-ply soft, or any other similar. Double-ended needles to match, I used 3mm.

Beware that I have really little hands and arms, and even for me, 40s for the cuff is a snug fit.

You might want to add another 4 s to the whole recipe if you aren't as petite as I am :op

Cuff:
Cast on 40 stitches.

K2, p2 around and around until you have a 13 cm long cuff (I did that weird thing where you knit the k stitches through the back loop for extra elasticity, but I don't think you'd have to).

Shape space for hand:

1st row: Make up one at the beginning of the row, and knit to end.

2nd row: Knit to end.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 a further 5 times, until you have a total of 46s.

Shape opening for thumb:

1st row: Cast off 4. Slip one knitwise, knit one, pull slipped stitch over (or k2 together if you're not fussed). Knit to 2 last stitches. Knit 2 together. Total of 40s.

Change to straight needles (I used the same ones, I just stopped knitting in a ring).

2nd row: Purl to end (the point where you cast off 4s).

3rd row: Slip one knitwise, k 1, pull slipped stitch over (or k2 together if you're not fussed). K to 2 last stitches. Knit 2 together. Total of 38s.

4th row: Purl to end

5th row: K to end.

Change to double-ended needles.

6th row: Continue from end of 5th row into 1st stitch of next row to close the thumb opening. Cast on 2 at the beginning of the row. Total of 40s.

Shape top: Rows 1-5: Knit to end.

Rows 6-10: K2, p2.

Cast off.

Weave in tails. The end!

And this can, as I have scientifically tested in a party lab, be done while drinking. Just not too much..

To make up the other one, reverse shapings when you shape the hand and thumb opening.

Hurrah, warm wrists for the rest of the winter.. Although technically speaking it is now spring, they look so cute in their pinkness I think I'll be wearing them anyway.

5 comments:

  1. They're cute & I think that you're very clever.
    Way too hot here for writst warmers.
    Best wishes Ribbon

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  2. Ducking Little2 March 2009 at 13:50

    Thanks you! I shall remember your words of support shortly as I stare at my exam papers...

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  3. They are brilliant, well done you. I love wrist warmers, means you can get on with things, especially shopping, and still be cosy. They make great presents and would be good stock if you ever opened your little shop of love.

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  4. Ducking Little2 March 2009 at 19:44

    Thanks! *Blush* I agree, they are a clever item of clothing, I got really into them when I had a job which involved lots of typing and drafty windows.

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