Wristers

I’ve fallen in love with wrist warmers, or ‘wristers’ as the kids are calling them these days. I’ve tackled a couple of them in preparation for the bigger project of leg warmers that’s sitting prominently on my ‘to do’ list of crochet projects.

Wrist Warmers: Made using a modified slanted shell stitch.

The thing I’ve learned through lots of trial and error is that they are pretty much a very simple rectangle, sewn up at the side. I began my trials working them up from the forearm and quickly realized I was measuring backward (…it happens…) so I switched tactics and started measuring from around the knuckle and working down and viola, success every single time!

So, how do you figure out how many to chain when you’re making them if you are making a pair as a gift for your 4-year-old niece?  Good question.

Luckily, I have 5 kids in a range of ages!! So, I’ll give you a general benchmark size to hit and you should be golden when you make yours.

Age 2: 5 – 5 1/2 inches

Age 4: 6 – 6 1/2 inches

Age 8: 7 – 7 1/2 inches

Age 11: 7 1/2 – 8 inches

Age 13 – Adult: 8+

Now, obviously not everyone measures exactly the same–and you have to allow for how stretchy both the yarn and the pattern is that you are using, but if you stick within those general guidelines, you should have success every time.

And so, all that is left is the actual pattern! (We’re getting there, I promise…) You can troll through the internet and find some really awesome sites that will supply you with free patterns.

A great place to find new stitches to work with is youtube. Just search, ‘Crochet stitch patterns’, and you’ll find yourself with hundreds of options. What you want to look for are stitch designs where you are given the multiple and the plus amount.

Once you figure that out you can simply chain as many multiples that you need to get yourself to the inch measurement for the circumference that you are crocheting for the wrister.

Whew–that was a mouthful!

One of my favorites for this project is an X-Stitch variation.

Modified X-Stitch: Multiples of 10 +9

Modified X-Stitch: Multiples of 10 +9

As you can see, it’s quite intricate and has a beautiful look when stretched over the hand, wrist, and arm. Let’s get started with the pattern!

X-Stitch Variation:

Chain multiples of 10 plus 9 to get to the desired inch circumference.

Row 1: (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in the 6th ch from hook, *skip next 5 ch, dc in the next ch, ch 3, working BEHIND last dc made–skip next ch to the right, dc in the next ch to the right (crossed dc made), skip next 3 ch, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch; rep from * across to within last 3 ch, skip next 2 ch, dc in last ch, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), *skip next ch-1 space, dc in next ch-1 space, ch 3, working behind last dc made–dc in last skipped ch-1 space (crossed dc made)**, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch 3 loop; rep from * across, ending last rep at **, dc in top of turning ch, turn.

Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc), *(dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-3 loop**, skip next ch-1 space, dc in next ch-1 space, ch 3, working behind last dc made–dc in last skipped ch-1 space (crossed dc made); rep from * across, ending last rep at **, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch, turn.

Rows 4 and beyond: Rep rows 2-3 for pattern.

When you are finished, all that is left is to sew up the sides, slide them on, and rack up the compliments!

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