Wristicuffs : Knitty.com - First Fall 2016


Wristicuffs wrist warmers, a free knitting pattern from Knitty.com. Free knitting pattern featuring a bulky handspun yarn worked into fingerless mitts.



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This pattern was designed to use up a small skein of bulky singles that was my first official attempt at spinning. The yarn I created was thick and thin, twisted too much in some spots and too little in others but I was so proud of it I had to find a way to use it! These wrist-warmers make the most of those bulky, small-yardage hand-spun skeins in a way that turns your precious yarn into a practical and stylish accessory that is perfect for fickle weather.

spacer photos: Charlotte Marjoribanks

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Women S[M]


Hand circumference: 7[7.5] inches
Length: 7[8] inches
Note: Choose the finished size closest to your hand measurement


spacer Ashford [sliver]; color: Mulberry #104; 3.5 ounces

Finished Yarn:
spacer Wraps per inch: 7
spacer Ply: single
spacer Yardage used: 60-70m
spacer Drafting method: long draw

For the contrast colour, I used a commercial yarn:
spacer [CC] Moda Vera [fiber content; 55yd/ 60m per 50g skein]; color: 4001; 1 skeins


Commercial yarn alternative:
spacer [MC] Malbrigo [fiber content; 90yd/82m per 150g skein]; color: Porrinho - RA864 (*); 1 skein
spacer [CC] Moda Vera [fiber content; 65yd/ 60m per 50g skein]; color: 4001; 1 skein

Recommended needle size
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below -- every knitter's gauge is unique]
spacer US #10/6mm needles for small circumference in the round: DPNs, 1 long circular or 2 short circulars

spacer yarn needle
spacer stitch markers
spacer crochet hook and waste yarn for working provisional cast on
spacer stitch holder or waste yarn for holding thumb stitches


spacer Spinning tool (Ashford Traditional spinning wheel); [scotch tension]
spacer niddy noddy (Ashford, 1.5m/5 foot skein)
spacer lazy kate (Ashford, 3 bobbin)


14.5 stitches/20 rows = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch


[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]

Where pattern calls for applied i-cord to be worked, make sure to work a provisional cast on with smooth waste yarn so that the ends can be grafted together upon completing the i-cord.

Use your preferred provisional cast on; a tutorial for one can be found here.

There are some excellent tutorials online for i-cord techniques. Have a look at this tutorial for working an i-cord bind off.

For working applied i-cord, have a look here for a clear photo tutorial.

To graft ends together, Knitty has some excellent instructions here.


Using MC, CO 22[24] sts MC. Distribute sts across needles as you prefer and join for working in the round.

Knit all rounds until work measures 2[2.5] inches from CO edge.

Thumb gusset set up, Right Wrist-warmer: K 11[12] , pm, k1, pm, k to end.
Thumb gusset set up, Left Wrist-warmer: K 10[11] , pm, k1, pm, k to end.

Thumb gusset round 1: K to first m, sm, M1R, k to next m, M1L, sm, k to end. 2 sts increased.
Thumb gusset round 2: Knit

Rep Thumb gusset rounds 1 and 2 until you have 7[9] sts between thumb gusset markers.

Knit 6[7] more rounds.

Next round, separate thumb sts: K to first m, remove m, sl next 7[9] thumb sts onto a holder or scrap yarn, remove second m, k to end, pulling tight across the gap.

Knit 2 rounds.

Top of Hand
Setup for Top of Hand, Right wrist-warmer only: K 11[12] , BO remaining 10[11] sts
Row 1 [RS]: SSK, k to last 2 sts, k2tog. 2 sts decreased.

Setup for Top of Hand, Left Wrist-warmer only: BO 10[11] sts, k to end. 11[12] sts rem.

Both hands continue:
Row 1 [WS]: P2tog, p to last 2 sts, p2tog. 2 sts decreased.
Row 2 [RS]: SSK, k to last 2 sts, k2tog. 2 sts decreased.
Rep the last two rows until 3[4] sts remain, ending with WS row for Right hand, and RS row for Left hand.

Final row, Right Hand [WS]: Slip first st purlwise, p 2[3] together, pass the slipped st over. 1 st rem.
Final row, Left Hand [RS]: Slip first st knitwise, k 2[3] together, pass the slipped st over. 1 st rem.

Cut yarn and pull through final st to secure.

Return Thumb sts to needles.
With RS facing, rejoin MC and pick up and knit 2 st in crook of thumb; k across thumb sts. 8[10] sts. Distribute sts across needles as you prefer and join for working in the round.

Knit 3 rounds. Cut MC.
Join CC and work an i-cord BO and graft ends (see pattern notes).

Top Edging:
With the RS of the work facing, using CC, and beginning on the palm side, work a 3 stitch applied i-cord edging around the top edge (see pattern notes), working into the same st twice at the peak of the wrist-warmer.
Graft ends together.

In the same way, work a 3 stitch applied i-cord edging around the cuff edge.


Block and weave in ends.


designername Charlotte Marjoribanks lives in New Zealand with her husband and daughter. All her free time is spent knitting, designing, sewing or walking. She runs an online business called While Molly Naps and you can find her patterns on Etsy, Facebook and Ravelry.

Pattern & images © 2016 Charlotte Marjoribanks. Contact Charlotte.