Brrr! I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but here in the American Midwest, winter has finally hit. Lots of snow and bitter temps that make wearing your robe all day seem like a really good idea. Even the kids are feeling it, so let’s do something to keep their cute little limbs toasty warm, eh? And bonus – this is a great stash buster, using only about 80 yards each of two different skeins!
Sweet Striped Arm Warmers – Do it for the kids!
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This pattern should fit most children aged 8 to 12 (with a loose fit on the 8 year old, and a slim fit on the 12 year old, of course). The pattern is initially worked flat, and then joined to work in the round at the end of Row 15. For increases, I used kfb, but you can use any increase stitch you like. I carried the yarn along inside the arm warmers, so in the end you’ll have only 4 ends to weave in! Prefer to hook it? Now there’s a crochet version!
- Yarn: Caron Simply Soft, 2 colors (you will use about 80yds of each skein)
- Needles: US 5 – 3.75 dpns
- Gauge: 6 sts x 7 rows = 1 inch in stockinette
RIB PATTERN (FOR ROWS 1-14):
Row 1: [k2, p2] to last 2 sts, k2
Row 2: [p2, k2] to last 2 sts, p2
With Color A: Cast on 34 using long tail or other stretchy cast on. Leave 12” tail.
Work in 2×2 rib pattern for 14 rows (7 pattern repeats).
Row 15: With Color B, purl across the row and then pm and join to work in the round, distributing sts evenly on dpns.
Row 16-23: K all sts.
Row 24: Inc 1 on first stitch, then k to m. (35 sts)
Row 25: With Color A, p to m.
Row 26-30: K to m.
Row 31: Inc 1 on first stitch, then k to m. (36 sts)
Row 32-34: K to m.
Row 35: With Color B, p to m.
Row 36-37: K to m.
Row 38: Inc 1 on first stitch, then k to m. (37 sts)
Row 39-44: K to m.
Row 45: With Color A, p to m.
Row 46: Inc 1 on first stitch, then k to m. (38 sts)
Row 47-51: K to m.
Row 52: Inc 1 on first stitch, then k to m. (39 sts)
Row 53-54: K to m.
Row 55: With Color B, p to m.
Row 56-58: K to m.
Row 59: Inc 1 on first stitch, then k to m. (40 sts)
Row 60-64: K to m.
Row 65: With Color A, p to m.
Row 66: Inc 1 on first stitch, then k to m. (41 sts)
Row 67-72: K to m.
Row 73: Inc 1 on first stitch, then k to m. (42 sts)
Row 74: K to m.
Row 75: With Color B, p to m.
Row 76-79: K to m.
Row 80: Inc 1 on first stitch, then k to m. (43 sts)
Row 81-84: K to m. Break end of Color B, leaving tail to weave in later.
Row 85: With Color A: p to m.
Row 86: Work 2×2 rib to last 2 sts. On second to last st, inc 1. P last st. (44 sts)
Row 87-95: Work in 2×2 rib.
Cast off loosely, in rib pattern, to maintain stretchiness. Back at the wrist end, use the 12″ tail you left to sew up the first inch of the opening, creating the thumb hole. Weave in ends. Now do it all again to make the second one!
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