Arm warmers are awesome! Whether knit or crochet, they’re a great transition item for fall and spring, and a fantastic layering piece all winter long. And they’re perfect for cold offices and classrooms.
Armwarmers and hats for all
Earlier this year I designed both knit and crochet striped arm warmers for kids, but what about the grownups? A reader request prompted me into action, and a complete reworking of the pattern – this time for all the chilly adults. And now you can make it a set, with the All Grown Up Striped Slouch Hat!
Two sizes to choose from
This crochet arm warmers pattern is offered in two sizes. The Small version is for people with forearms smaller than 12 inches around at the widest point, an inch or so before the elbow. The Large version is for people with forearms 12 inches or larger.
If in doubt, I’d recommend going with the larger version for comfort. The differences in the pattern are noted as Small(Large). Where there are no differences, only one number is listed. Please also note that the step by step pictures are from the child size pattern, so the number of stripes and stitch counts pictured are different, but the techniques shown are the same.
All Grown Up Arm Warmers
US-I, 5.5mm hook
185 yards each of two colors Caron Simply Soft (Worsted/”4″/US:10-12 ply)
Black and Grey Heather shown
Gauge: 13 dc = 4″ wide (when working stripes); 12 sc = 3″ (length of cuff)
NOTE: The post stitches used in this pattern are Shallow Post Stitches (tutorial HERE) – but some prefer standard post stitches! So give each a try and see which you like best – note that with standard post stitches it will be a bit shorter, so you may wish to add extra rows.
Using Color A and leaving an 8″ tail, ch 13. Turn.
Row 1: Using Color A and leaving an 8″ tail, ch 13, working entire row in BLO, sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, and each ch to end; turn. (12 sc made)
Row 2 – 32(36): Ch 1, sc in BLO evenly across; turn. (12 sc)
Row 33(37): Ch 1, 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, join to first st to work in the rnd with Color B. (32(36) sc)
Round 1: Ch 2, [bpdc in 2 sts, bpdc2tog] 8(9) times; join. (24(27) sts)
Round 2: Ch 2, [dc in 6(7) sts, dc2tog] 3 times; join. (21(24) sts)
Round 3: Ch 2, [dc in 8(10) sts, dc2tog] twice; join with Color A. Small size only: dc in last st. (19(22) sts)
Round 4: With Color A, ch 2, bpdc in each st around; join. (19(22) sts)
Round 6: Ch 2, dc in each st around; join with Color B. (20(24) sts)
Round 7: With Color B, ch 2, bpdc in each st around; join. (20(24) sts)
Round 8: Ch 2, dc in the 1st st, 2 dc in the next st, dc in each st to last st, 2 dc in last st; join. (22(26) sts)
Round 10: With Color A, ch 2, bpdc in each st around; join (24(28) sts)
Round 11: Ch 2, dc in the 1st st, 2 dc in the next st, dc in each st to last st, 2 dc in last st; join. (26(30) sts)
Round 12: Ch 2, dc in the 1st st, 2 dc in the next st, dc in each st to last st, 2 dc in last st; join with Color B. (28(32) sts)
Round 14: Ch 2, dc in the 1st st, 2 dc in the next st, dc in each st to last st, 2 dc in last st; join. (30(34) sts)
Round 15: Ch 2, dc in the 1st st, 2 dc in the next st, dc in each st to last st, 2 dc in last st; join with Color A. (32(36) sts) Break Color B, leaving a long enough tail to weave in later.
Upper/Arm Cuff: (now with video tutorial!)
Setup Row: With Color A, ch 1, and bpsc in each st around; join. (32(36) sts)
Row 1: Ch 13, BLO sc in the 2nd ch from hook and each ch. (12sc) 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, turn.
Row 4 – 31(35): Repeat Rows 2 and 3.
Row 32(36): BLO sc in BLO each st; break yarn leaving a 12″ tail. (12 sc)
Assembly: Sew the arm cuff together with whip stitch, joining first and last rows. Be sure to work into the BLO of the last row to maintain the ribbed look.
Back at the Wrist/Hand Cuff, whip stitch the first 3 – 4 sts together, leaving a thumb hole, as shown in the picture below. Weave in all ends.
I hope you enjoy this pattern for All Grown Up Arm Warmers! Be sure to check out the matching patterns linked above!
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