This past January I shared the pattern for the Sweet Striped Arm Warmers – a fun knit pattern for kids. It’s popsicle season now, but cold weather is coming… eventually… and I’ve had a few requests to translate this pattern to crochet. So let’s get a jump on fall, with a project that will keep the kids warm once the cold weather hits – but is small enough to keep you cool while you work on it!
These arm warmers were designed for tweens and young teens, but it’s easy to size these for a younger child: skip the last two stripes and go straight to the cuff! In other words, after finishing the 7th stripe, switch to color A, work 27 bpsc, and work rows 1-28 of the ribbed cuff pattern.
Sweet Striped Crochet Arm Warmers
- US-I, 5.5mm hook
- Worsted weight yarn, approximately 175 yards each of two colors (Caron Simply Soft in Limelight and Grape shown)
- A video tutorial for the upper cuffs is now available!
- Looking for the grownup version? Check out the All Grown Up Arm Warmers!
Using Color A and leaving a 6″ tail, ch 8. Turn.
Row 1: Working in BLO, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, and each ch to end. (7sc) Ch 1 and turn.
Row 2 – 28: Sc in BLO evenly across. (7sc) Ch 1 and turn.
Row 29: Turn to work into the side of the cuff, looping the piece into a ribbed cuff, so that the first and last row meet. Ch 1 and sc into the side of 1st row and each row around, as shown below. (28sc) Do NOT join yet.
Round 1: Insert the hook into the 1st st of Row 29 (above), yo with Color B, and make sl st to join. Ch 2. [Bpdc in 2 sts, then bpdc2tog] 7 times. (21 sts) Join with sl st and ch 2.
Round 2: [Dc in 5 sts, then dc2tog] 3 times. Do NOT join yet. (18 sts)
Round 3: With Color A, join the end of the previous row with a sl st. Ch 2, and bpdc in each st around. Join with sl st and ch 2.
Round 4: Dc in each st to last st. Dc 2 in last st. Do NOT join. (19 sts)
Round 6: Dc in the 1st st, then dc 2 in the next st. Dc in ea st to last st, then dc 2 in the last st. Do NOT join. (21 sts)
Round 7 – 8: Repeat Row 3 – 4. (22 sts made on Row 8.)
Round 9 – 10: Repeat Rows 5 – 6. (24 sts made on Row 10.)
Round 11 – 12: Repeat Row 3 – 4. (25 sts made on Row 12.)
Round 15 – 16: Repeat Row 3 – 4. (28 sts made on Row 16.)
Round 17 – 18: Repeat Rows 5 – 6. (30 sts made on Row 14.) Break Color B, leaving a long enough tail to weave in later.
Setup Row: With Color A, join the end of the previous row with a sl st. Ch 1, and bpsc in each st around. (30 sc) Join with sl st.
Row 1: Ch 8. Working in BLO, sc in the 2nd ch from hook and each ch. (7sc) Sc2tog in the next 2 setup row sts, as shown below. This is the “securing st” that attaches the vertical cuff rows to the horizontal setup row. Do NOT ch, turn.
Row 2: Skipping the securing st, sc in the BLO evenly. (7 sc) Ch 1 and turn.
Row 4 – 29: Repeat Row 2 – 3.
Row 30: Sc in BLO evenly. (7 sc) Break yarn, leaving a 12″ tail.
Sew the arm cuff together with whip stitch, joining Rows 1 and 30. Be sure to work into the BLO of Row 30 to maintain the ribbed look.
Back at the Wrist/Hand Cuff, you can whip stitch the entire cuff together to wear it on the wrist, or stitch just the first 3 – 4 sts together, leaving a thumb hole, as shown in the first picture. Weave in all ends. And then of course….
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