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How-Tuesday: Wrist Factor

Nov 15, 2011

by Julie Schneider handmade and vintage goods

One of the best things about nippy weather is yarn, in my book. I am all about walking around swathed in cozy knit and crocheted stitches, from my handmade hatted head down to my lovingly knit socked toes. For this week’s How-Tuesday, rock star crafter, designer, TV host, and writer, Vickie Howell, has created a pattern for knitting your own fingerless gloves. Once you get the hang of it, you might find yourself knitting up a pair for everyone on your gift list this season.

I’m a huge fan of wrist warmers; they’re quick to knit, make great gifts (for guys and gals!), and keep your hands warm without being cumbersome to wear. After all, those pesky mitten tops could prevent us from clicking “Add to Cart” at our favorite Etsy shop. Oh no, that simply will not do!

My Wrist Factor version looks extra fancy, but aren’t difficult to make. They’re essentially just a rectangle (cinched in a bit with some basic ribbing), seamed up into a tube, leaving a slit for the thumb. The “razzle dazzle” of the project (which I walk you through in the video below) is the 8-row pattern stitch that employs twisted stitches and wee cables, while working the piece in 2-row stripes for a modern feel. Worked up in Sheep(ish) — my new yarn from Caron, a wool/acrylic blend — you’ll create a super soft, vibrant accessory that’s both washable and affordable (psst…you can make 2 pairs for about $8!).  Take the risk factor out of gift buying this year and knit up something everyone can use: a pair of cozy keepers for those keyboard tappers!

S/M (L/1X)

Finished Measurements:
Each wristlet measures approximately 11 (12)”/28 (30.5)cm long x 3 (4)”/7.5 (10)cm wide.


Stitch.Rock.Love. Sheep(ish) Yarn from Caron (70% Acrylic/30% Wool; 3oz/85g, 167yds/153m) in:
#0009 Espresso(ish) (A): 1 ball
#0021 Lime(ish) (B): 1 ball

One pair size US 8 (5mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Cable needle (cn)
Yarn needle

In 2×2 Rib, 24 stitches (sts) and 24 rows = 4″/10cm

Special Terms:K: Knit

P: Purl
K2tog: Knit 2 stitches together
Sl: Slip
RT: Right Twist—K2tog, do not sl off needle, k first st, then sl both sts off
LT: Left Twist—Knit 2nd st through back loop, do not sl off needle, k first st, then sl both sts off needle.
2-st RPC: Right Purl Cross—Sl 1 st to cable needle (cn) and hold to back, k1, p1 from cn.
2-st LPC: Left Purl Cross—Sl 1 st to cn and hold to front, p1, k1 from cn


This pattern makes 2 wristlets using Espresso(ish) yarn (color A), with 38 (50) sts.

2×2 Rib Row 1: With A, p2, *k2, p2; repeat from * across.
Row 2: With A, k2, *p2, k2; repeat from * across.
Rows 3–8: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 three times.

Begin Pattern
Row 9 (right side): With B, p2, *LT, p2; repeat from * across.
Row 10: With B, k2, *p2, k2; repeat from * to across.
Row 11: With A, p1, *2-st RPC, 2-st LPC; repeat from * to last st, p1.
Row 12: With A, k1, p1, k2, *p2, k2; repeat from * to last 2 sts, p1, k1.
Row 13: With B, p1, k1, *p2, RT; repeat from * to last 4 sts, p2, k1, p1.
Row 14: With B, k1, p1, *k2, p2; repeat from * to last 4 sts, k2, p1, k1.
Row 15: With A, p1, *2-st LPC, 2-st RPC; repeat from * to last st, p1.
Row 16: With A, k2, *p2, k2; repeat from * across.
Repeat Rows 9-16 until piece measures approximately 91?2 (101?2)”/24 (26.5)cm.

2×2 Rib with A, repeat Rows 1 and 2 three times. BO in Rib.

Fold piece in half, with ribbing on top and bottom. Sew the wristlet seam leaving a 2″/5cm opening for thumb hole. Using yarn needle, weave in ends.

Download the pdf for this pattern here.

Thank you to Vickie Howell for sharing this project with us. Find Vickie and her Sheep(ish) yarn on her website, CaronFacebook, and Twitter. If you make your own wristlets, share a photo with us in the Etsy Labs Flickr group.

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  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 9 years ago

    Love fingerless gloves! So much fun!!!

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign said 9 years ago

    Great!!! I love it!!!

  • diamonddixie

    diamonddixie said 9 years ago

    I these are sooooo fun..I wish I could buy them all. Soo0, since I havent knitted in a while, I am attempting a couple of pairs right now! Wish me luck..:)

  • lapuzelo

    lapuzelo said 9 years ago

    oh!!!!!! i'm going to try knit one for myself this winter~~~ :D altho i have no idea how to read all those patterns LOL

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 9 years ago

    Oh nice! Thank you for sharing! I will be knitting up a pair asap. Horray!

  • VoleedeMoineaux

    VoleedeMoineaux said 9 years ago

    If only I could knit with one hand!

  • southernladysvintage

    southernladysvintage said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the pattern!

  • yunmee

    yunmee said 9 years ago

    Thank you!! good data!

  • manicarteest

    manicarteest said 9 years ago

    Cute, But knitting and I don't get along sadly. Glad others can do it :).

  • zoesonlineboutique

    zoesonlineboutique said 9 years ago

    Oh, these are just perfect!!!! Thank you thank you thank you!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    Nice I love fingerless gloves and if you have another pair of fingered gloves you can wear those underneath for extra cozyness!

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 9 years ago

    Wonderful article, thanks for sharing

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 9 years ago

    Nice how-to!

  • Cheyneystoker

    Cheyneystoker said 9 years ago

    love how cozy and warm these are - thanks for sharing

  • artisanmeadows

    artisanmeadows said 9 years ago

    The video was very helpful. What a great way to learn for all the visually-oriented people.

  • OhhSooCute

    OhhSooCute said 9 years ago

    I first started making Fingerless Gloves by knitting them but now I crochet them super fast!

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 9 years ago

    Loved it! Beautiful designs, thanks for sharing!

  • JulieMeyer

    JulieMeyer said 9 years ago

    I used to get up super super early to watch Vickie Howell knit! I miss the relaxing mornings with coffee and my needles.

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 9 years ago

    Lovely. can't wait to try and knit a pair of fingerless gloves

  • L2Country

    L2Country said 9 years ago

    I love wrist warmers too. I just bought a pair from Etsy Seller "SENNURSASA" & I just love mine. :-) L

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 9 years ago

    love seeing the instructions on the video ... so helpful... of to search my stash for some great fibers to make a pair!

  • volkerwandering

    volkerwandering said 9 years ago

    Awesome! Now if only I had the patience...

  • mytatteredwhimsies

    mytatteredwhimsies said 9 years ago

    Love these!!!! Makes me wish I could knit a bit better..... got some cool crochet ones in my shop though *wink wink* =)

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 9 years ago

    Very cool. Handle in offices with killer aircons too.

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique said 9 years ago

    Definitely a cool idea. Making something special for a gift.

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    maggiesraggedyinn said 9 years ago

    They look so nice that I will have to knit a pair for my daughter. Yet there is one thing that I wonder about.. what about those cold little fingertips?

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 9 years ago

    I have to learn how to knit!! I love these! Definitely a great gift idea!!

  • LaimaShop

    LaimaShop said 9 years ago

    Fantastic! It has become my hobby already

  • Woolmint

    Woolmint said 9 years ago


  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 9 years ago

    this is so cute! I don't think I can knit, but I do love armwarmers! maybe I should try.

  • saragresbach

    saragresbach said 9 years ago

    What a great article and how-to! Love all the featured patterns and finished gloves too....quite a variety. They really do make lovely gifts!

  • DelightBunnie

    DelightBunnie said 9 years ago

    This gives me an excuse to buy her brand yarn!

  • smallpackagess

    smallpackagess said 9 years ago

    gorgeous! my knitting is basic at best (i'm a crocheter) but i'm trying to learn! I would love to receive a pair of these.

  • darkmuse

    darkmuse said 9 years ago

    I am going to try to gather a few friends and knit these together! Looks like fun!

  • LazyTcrochet

    LazyTcrochet said 9 years ago

    Fun pattern. I love Sheep(ish)! I've been a big fan of Vickie's for a long time. Thanks for sharing!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 9 years ago

    time to bundle up!!! i love it. :)

  • OuterKnits

    OuterKnits said 9 years ago


  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 9 years ago


  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 9 years ago

    Love your work! great project!

  • saffronandspice

    saffronandspice said 9 years ago

    Love it!

  • PolClary

    PolClary said 9 years ago

    I love fingerless gloves and wrist warmers! They're super cute in autumn, and great over a pair of regular, more boring gloves as an extra layer in the dead of winter!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 9 years ago

    Wristwarmers are great, but don't come even close to the warmth of proper half-finger gloves. However, they're MUCH easier to make & very useful as an extra layer. In response to maggiesraggedyinn, despite their obvious deficiency in the coverage department, they actually DO keep your fingertips warm!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 9 years ago

    My daughter picked up a free crochet pattern at the store similar to this for fingerless gloves... crochet a rectangle, stitch up the sides, and leave an opening in the side for the thumb. She's now waiting on me to teach her to crochet. :)

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 9 years ago

    Looks Great!

  • WexfordTreasures

    WexfordTreasures said 9 years ago

    Great pattern, thanks for sharing!

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee said 9 years ago

    I adore fingerless gloves and arm warmers (as if you couldnt tell :P). I keep wanting to get back into knitting, so this pattern is awesome! I might just have to try it out if I get some down time! Thank you so much for sharing it! I have a ton of yarn Id love to turn into things :D Wren Zen And Coffee Designs Arm Warmers & Fingerless Gloves for all seasons & styles!

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee said 9 years ago

    Eep - that comment formatted oddly! Sorry about that! They use to put in spaces when commenting :P

  • MarionetteTeaParty

    MarionetteTeaParty said 9 years ago

    Thank you for the info I've been wanting to make some for a while now. :)

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 9 years ago

    My mum is obsessed with making these! So fun and cozy!

  • elleestpetite

    elleestpetite said 9 years ago

    This is the reason why I wish I could knit. I love fingerless gloves.

  • itemssellout

    itemssellout said 9 years ago

    This is such a great idea will love them

  • abigailjoyg

    abigailjoyg said 9 years ago

    Love this pattern, time to brush up on my knitting skills!

  • ladycathead

    ladycathead said 9 years ago

    I live in these suckers. Would like to learn to make my own though. Thank you for this article! :)

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt said 9 years ago

    I just ordered a pair last week and use them all the time. My friends, who all wondered what this new artistic hand/arm-thing was, are now clambering for a pair themselves. Love them!!

  • atomicblue

    atomicblue said 9 years ago

    Woohoo! More like this please! I make handspun yarns. Win-win!! Thank you ;) Plus Vickie Howell is super cute, her kids model the kiddie stuff love x1000!

  • TwoGems2

    TwoGems2 said 9 years ago

    Love It!!!

  • atomicblue

    atomicblue said 9 years ago

    Love to a feature on Indie yarns ;)

  • VidaDoce

    VidaDoce said 9 years ago

    My awesome grandma just knitted me some of these, and I LOVE them!!

  • skybluewithdaisies

    skybluewithdaisies said 9 years ago

    love it... actually makes me look forward to winter

  • obsessionconnection

    obsessionconnection said 9 years ago

    Does anyone have a crochet pattern for the fingerless gloves they would like to share? I cannot knit to save my life but I can crochet fairly well!

  • KnittyTwist

    KnittyTwist said 9 years ago

    Woohoo!! I love knitting fingerless gloves! In fact...I think I will whip up Some tomorrow!

  • GiftsPoint

    GiftsPoint said 9 years ago

    Excellent How to! Thank you very much!

  • crochetgal

    crochetgal said 9 years ago

    Great ideas! Although it would have been nice to feature an Etsy Artist in the video.

  • MishaGirl

    MishaGirl said 9 years ago

    I just love wrist warmers! Thanks for the how-to....and also for the beautiful selection available on Etsy :-)

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 9 years ago

    I love your shop!

  • CapricornCeramics

    CapricornCeramics said 9 years ago

    Curiously, two weeks ago I knitted myself a snood and embellished it with one of my large ceramic leaves. Now a pair matching wrist-warmers in order! :)

  • Pilumunus

    Pilumunus said 9 years ago

    Thank you very very much. i'll start knitting today =)

  • JenMcLamb

    JenMcLamb said 9 years ago

    Thanks Vicki - this looks so easy, even I can do it! Just bought some new homespun so I'll try it out this weekend!

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 9 years ago

    LOVE it!

  • deyaneria

    deyaneria said 9 years ago

    I love wristwarmers. I may have to make a pr of these for me.

  • LeslieGallery

    LeslieGallery said 9 years ago

    It's freeeeezing at my office! I can't wait to make these

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers said 9 years ago

    I miss your knitting show Vickie!

  • circadejavu

    circadejavu said 9 years ago

    These are so cute! Now i know what I'm giving my friends for christmas!

  • PaperChaseJewelry

    PaperChaseJewelry said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the how to. Great gift idea.

  • GlamourRave

    GlamourRave said 9 years ago

    I love this!! As you can see, I love fingerless gloves ;) My passion is sewing, but I always wanted to learn how to knit. Thanks for the tutorial!

  • BoerBarn

    BoerBarn said 9 years ago

    Love these. Sharing this link with knitters and potential buyers. thanks.

  • SonicStyles

    SonicStyles said 9 years ago

    So cute and clever!

  • FeatheredDimensions

    FeatheredDimensions said 9 years ago

    I love wrist warmers! I must try this. Thanks for sharing!

  • BohemianThings

    BohemianThings said 9 years ago

    Wow! "I think I can, I think I can" ....thanks for the tutorial.

  • codechick

    codechick said 9 years ago

    Is this an ok project for a newbie knitter? Or will I end up stabbing myself with my knitting needles? I've been wanting to try a pair of wrist warmers & love these!

  • thisthatotherthings

    thisthatotherthings said 9 years ago

    Wow, Maybe I could do this. Thanks for the info.

  • boutiqueseragun

    boutiqueseragun said 9 years ago

    wowwww,thank you added my gloves

  • biesge

    biesge said 9 years ago

    Wonderful !!

  • TheRightJack

    TheRightJack said 9 years ago

    Thank you for the pattern! I don't knit, but will pass it along with a big hint to my mother-in-law!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 9 years ago

    Great for autumn and winter time and yes handmade :)

  • JoLaon

    JoLaon said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. Everything I have ever knitted I have had to get my mom to finish for me, but this looks like something even I can do. :-)

  • LaimaShop

    LaimaShop said 9 years ago

    Wonderful indeed!:)

  • seasidecloth

    seasidecloth said 9 years ago

    Vickie Howell has a great eye for detail and has re-invigorated this craft !

  • Justlena

    Justlena said 9 years ago

    Great work ! Love it :)

  • vowsalee1

    vowsalee1 said 9 years ago

    great looking wrist warmers

  • catreneesmith42

    catreneesmith42 said 9 years ago

    I love this, and have been looking for a way to stay warm while I work. I love fingerless gloves.

  • sinasim

    abir sina said 6 years ago

    could someone gives me a help plllllllz

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