The easy knitting pattern for childrens hand warmers was inspired by an image of a store-bought item I saw on Pinterest.
What do you do if you see something without a pattern? You create your own and be prepared to knit one or more of it - RIGHT?
I just love how this knitting project turned out. I can picture an elegant Audrey Hepburn wearing hand warmers like these, or YOU! You have to add the bow though, it is totally adorable.
The pattern is easy enough for intermediate to advanced knitters. The only knitting technique required, other than stocking stitch, is to knit the double hem.
But, if you can read, you can do it. And, I have done a video to demonstrate how to pick up the hem.
Easy Knitting Pattern for Childrens Hand Warmers
NOTES before starting your knitting project
You'll be knitting a flat piece of fabric, fold it in halve, lenghtwise and your knitting project, with an opening for the thumbs, just turned into fingerless gloves.
You can replace the double hem with a k1,p1 - ribbing stitch too (to prevent the hem from curling).
However, the double hem fits snugly around the wrist.
The contrasting color inserts in the hem area, was done by using the stranding method. A basic knowledge of how to knit with 2 colors are recommended.
MATERIALS NEEDED for the fingerless gloves
- Elle Gold, Double Knit/Light worsted in 2 colors, preferably contrasting colors
- 4mm, 6US, 8UK Knitting needles
- Darning/Embroidery Needle
- The Pattern
The hand warmers fits a child aged 5-7 years.
The pattern can be adjusted by measuring the hand of the child and adding extra stitches.
I asked my daughter to trace Megan's hand on paper and worked from that.
ABBREVIATIONS – US TERMS
k - Knit
p - Purl
rep - repeat
st - Stitch
sts - Stitches
stranding the yarn - purlwise
knitting PATTERN for hand warmers for a child aged 5-7 years
You will be knitting 2 of the same hand warmers.
*Ensure that the yarn overlaps when you are changing colors to avoid any holes in your knitting project.
Cast on 36 sts.
Rows 1, 3, 5 , 7 and 9 - Knit in color A
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 - Purl in color A
11th Row - k1 (A), *k1 (B), k3 (A) to last 3 sts, k1 (B), k2 (A)
12th Row - Purl in color A (carrying or stranding yarn B along the other way) and all even rows up to Row 20
13th Row - *k3 (A), k1 (B), to end
15th Row - As Row 11
17th Row - As Row 13
19th Row - As Row 11
21st Row - Pick up your cast on sts (one by one) and knit together with each of the stitches on the needle (double hem or also referred to as knitted-in hem on stocking stitch.
Stocking stitch = front row (uneven) in knit and back row (even row number), in purl.
22nd to 44th Row - work in stocking stitch.
45th Row - cast off and weave in all the ends.
knitting pattern for the bow
Cast on 15 sts in color B.
Knit 22 rows (all knit stitches = garter stitch).
Cast off and weave in the ends.
making up the hand warmers
With the back sides together, position the bow on top of your hand warmer, close to the end of your fingers. Wrap yarn around the wreath.
Measure the glove against your child's hand to know where to leave the opening for the thumb. It is quite a wide opening as the thumb stretches from the end of the wrist. Mark your opening.
Sew the rest of the opening closed and weave in the ends.
Repeat for the other side.