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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Fake Cable Knit Crochet Wrist Warmers

When I was a kid they were "wrist warmers." Later I heard them referred to as "fingerless gloves" and more recently "texting gloves," because with your fingers free you can access touch screens and tiny keyboards with ease, I suppose. Whatever the name du jour (nom du jour? Om nom nom du jour! Okay, now I'm just being silly. . .) these are a fun, easy project and what I'm providing you with isn't so much a pattern as general guidelines for how to make your own. 

I have mentioned before that I find crochet very intuitive. I don't usually work from a pattern any more. I just visualize what I want and mess around with it until I get results that satisfy me. I probably took this too far with the wrist warmers I just finished because I didn't count the stitches in the first row for the first one and had to try and count/guess how long it was after the fact and the long and short of it is that one of the wrist warmers is a little too long or the other is a little too short. . . whichever floats your boat.

Whoops. . .huh. . .close enough?
So, if you do choose to make these wristies, please, please, please count your original chain stitch to make sure they are the same length otherwise your pair will be mismatched like mine. The worst thing is I didn't notice until I sewed them up even though I swear I compared multiple times to make sure they were even. 

These wristies (what I'm calling them since they are mine and I get to give them a name) are really simple. To make them you use a technique called "around the post" crochet which gives a bumpy, 3D element which I call a fake cable knit. Yes, a real cable knit is 100 times fancier, but this is easy. Really easy! And you can do it via crochet, no knitting involved whatsoever! 

I recently made a quick tutorial for you visual learners: 


Sorry, I'm a lousy video shooter. I don't have a tripod for one thing so my method is to put the camera on a stack of books.

Here is a close up of the ridges this process creates:


I worked mine in double crochet. You need a "taller" stitch to support this method. If you use a short stitch like single or half double the piece is going to look bunched up. You also want to do a row of regular stitches between each around the post row. 

What is the post? I've given some descriptions of projects made working "front or back" loops only. Most projects you are going to insert the hook under the top two loops. To work "around the post" you are going to insert the hook between the stitches. Take a look at the photo below to see what I mean.
working around the post
I purposefully used two contrasting colors here so you can get an idea of how this works. 
Around the post rows 
Anyway, you want to start off by making a chain three stitches longer than the length you want your wristies to be: three inches longer because, as with most double crochet pieces, three chain stitches will always work as the first double crochet of the row. Double crochet in the third chain from the hook and in every chain down the length, chain three and turn. This is where you want to start working around the post. Work the next row around the post, chain three and turn.
Work the third row normally.
Work the fourth row around the post.
Continue alternating rows for the first half of the piece, for me, ten rows in.
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About the halfway point is a good place to stop and make the thumb hole. Depending on the size of the glove/individual who will be wearing the glove, you may need a bigger or smaller hole. I, personally, have small hands and as I was making these gloves with myself as a model, I chose the following for the thumb row (which I chose to make on a normal rather than an around the post row):
Work normally in the first four stitches, chain three, skip three spaces, work normally down the remaining stitches of the row, chain three and turn as usual.
The next row will be an around the post row. Work it as you have been working previous rows, but when you get to the chain three space, go ahead and just make three regular double crochets in in the chain stitches, than finish off the last four stitches around the post. Continue the piece, alternating rows. 


How many rows you want to do is, again, going to depend on the size of glove you are making. For my own wrist, 20 rows was about right. I then slip stitched the piece into a tube with the bumps on the inside and turned it inside out so that the seam wasn't an eye sore. 

Here is a similar pair I made but had my daughter steal:

I'm not sure what this face is supposed to be. . .
With this pair, which I striped, I chose to do a row of double crochet stitches to make a cuff. This is optional, but can be a nice touch, especially if you need to cover up some somewhat messy color changes in your yarn.

Any questions? 

Shared at The Peaceful Mom.

4 comments:

  1. Very cute. With a little bit of change they would make awesome boot toppers, too.

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    1. Definitely. Boot toppers (which when I was a kid were called ankle warmers, I think. I have yet to hear them called footless socks or texting socks, but who knows. . . I think if I ever make them I'll market them as texting socks just to see if anyone bites. Oh man, so sleep deprived.) would be actually simpler because of the lack of thumb hole.

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  2. They look super warm! Great idea :)

    I just picked up trying to crochet a little more!

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    1. You could probably do this just as easily with knit or sewing with fleece. I love easy patterns for their flexibility.

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