How to Knit Hand Warmers

    by Jeanne Paglio

    About the Author

    As an author and instructor in the arts, Jeanne Paglio has been writing since 2001 and has been an artist for over 25 years. Her articles have appeared in "Painting Magazine," "Quick & Easy Painting," and "The Decorative Painter." Paglio studied art and design at Rhode Island School of Design.


    Hand warmers, also known as fingerless mitts, are perfect for those days when your hands feel the chill, but it's not quite cold enough for mittens or gloves. This simple and fun pattern can be made in an hour or so, and you can choose any yarn you like! A bulky yarn will make a thicker hand warmer, while a finer yarn will offer more flexibility.

    Things You'll Need

    • 1.5 oz. Skein yarn, DK weight or Worsted Weight
    • US 7 straight needles
    • Small crochet hook
    • Measuring tape
    • Safety pins

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    Cast on 23 stitches for small hand warmers. Cast on 27 or 31 stitches for medium to large hand warmers.

    Knit the first 2 rows. Purl the next 2 rows. Work for 5, 6, or 7 inches (or whatever length you want the hand warmer to be) in stockinette stitch. Cast off all stitches, leaving a 40-inch tail for seaming.

    When finished, wrap the wrong side of the warmer around your hand. Measure the length of the space needed for thumb and mark the spaces with safety pins. Repeat with the other warmer.

    Fold the warmers in half. Using the crochet hook to work on the excess yarn close seams. Leave the space between the safety pins open for your thumb on each warmer.

    Turn the warmers right side out. Press flat if desired.

    • Textured or variegated yarns make more fashionable hand warmers.

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