Knit Flat Fingerless Hand Warmers


Pattern by: Elizabeth Parmeter - Cherith at Ravelry.com

Needles: 5 US
Yarn: Sock weight, I used a Merino Wool from Japan for the pair in the picture. If you don't want to use animal fibers, you can try a soft hemp or cotton yarn instead.
Gauge: 6 st per inch

Check out the pattern on Ravelry This pattern should fit most womens hands. There's plenty of opportunity to adjust length as you work, so add more rows where you need them to get the length you'd like. Finished gloves in this pattern should end just above the first row of knuckles on her hand.

Cast on 44sts. I prefer the long-tail cast-on, but any will work.

Lace Pattern - worked across 7 stitches - repeated across all stitches (on the wrist, slip the first and last stitch of every RS row)
Row 1: K2tog, yo, k1, yo, SSK, P2
Row 2: P5, K2
Row 3: K5, P2
Row 4: P5, K2
Row 5: Repeat Row 1

To BEGIN: Wrist - (slip the first and last stitch of every knit row)
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3 - 7: Begin working lace pattern
Repeat rows 3 - 7 four more times, or until wrist is about 2 and a half inches long

Next row: Begin stockinette stitch, work st st for 6 rows

Thumb Gusset, begin on next RS row:
Row 34: Knit 20, M1, K2, M1, Knit 20
Row 35 and remaining odd rows to final lace pattern: Purl
Row 36: K 20, M1, K4, M1, K20
Row 38 and even rows for thumb: Continue K 20, M1, K*, M1, K20 (With * being the number of stitches between increases) until there are 54 stitches on your needle.
Row 46: K 20, Bind off very loosely the 14 thumb stitches, K20

You won't need to slip the first and last stitch anymore, you'll have cast off those two stitches in the thumb gusset.
Work in Stockinette until 1 inch before the desired length of the hand warmer, roughly 3 inches passed the end of the thumb.

When the hand warmer is about an inch from the desired length work one full set of the Lace Pattern rows.
Then work one Knit Row and one Purl Row.
Bind off very loosely.

Finishing:
Mattress Seam sides of hand warmer together using the tail or remainder yarn from the bound off edge.

Make a second hand warmer to match (or not). Add any fun stitches, buttons or embroidery as wanted. Wear and stay warm!


BONUS Pattern ideas

This pattern can easily be adjusted with a few small modifications, experimenting with the number of stitches to create different lace patterns is part of the fun. You can also adjust the yarn for those colder months to something a bit thicker to keep your hands warmer.

For bulky (5) yarn, use size 10 1/2 US needles and only cast on 28 stitches. When you reach the thumb gusset, knit 13 instead of twenty before and after the increases. You also won't need as many increases with the bulky yarn either, 8 stitches will work instead.

To keep your wrists warmer than the lace pattern might allow, try a thicker rib instead of lace. I like a K3, P1 pattern.

If you want to cover more of your thumb, do your increases every other knit round.

© Elizabeth Parmeter 2002 - 2008 (revelizabeth@churchofcraft.org)