When I moved to Canada a few years ago I stayed at my friends in Toronto for a couple of weeks. Since it was winter I spent a lot of time exploring the downtown area in the first few days. Unfortunately for me, there wasn’t any snow yet, but it was very windy and, for the first time in my life, I got dry skin rash from the cold winter air. The feeling of a rash was truly horrible, the skin on my hands was burning, cracking, and hurting… After that, I never go out without a pair of gloves, mittens, or hand warmers during the cold season.
One of the less explored options compared to gloves and mittens are hand warmers that will keep you warm and your skin protected while allowing for an obstacle-free interaction with your phone or tablet, or simply tying up loose shoelaces. This pattern covers how to crochet ribbed hand warmers from a rectangular and seam it up at the end. Even the total beginners can make them. You can easily customize the length of the hand warmers and pick your favourite color of yarn. A pro tip – make at least two sets of hand warmers in different colors to fit your style and mood of the day, and add embellishments to make them truly unique. The ribbed flair of these hand warmers allows for a nice fit while solid color accentuates a more conservative design (although depends on the color).
Crochet materials and tools:
<> Crochet hook 4.5 mm
<> Red Heart, Super Saver (4) –100% acrylic. Color of your choice.
Crochet fingerless neck warmer size:
Gauge: 17 stitches x 10 rows in pattern = 4 inches
Width S/M/L: 15 cm (6”) /17 cm (6.7”)/ 19 cm (7.5”)
Length: 18 cm (7”)
Common abbreviations of crochet stitches:
ch – chain
sc blo – single crochet back loop only
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
Crochet ribbed fingerless hand warmer pattern:
Ch 30. The chain must measure now about 19-20 cm. Chain more if needed.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd chain from hook and across (29). Turn
Row 2: Ch1. 29 sc blo. If you want to make an edge less stretchy, instead of sc blo, make a simple sc at the end of each row.
Repeat Row 2 or until the width of the mitten reaches 15 cm for the small size. 17 cm for the medium size. 19 cm for the large size.
Assemble fingerless hand warmers:
Join 2 sides together, leaving a hole for your thumb.
12 sc, skip next 8 stitches for the thumb. When making the hole, do not cut the yarn and stitch on one side only. 9 sc.