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
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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
Sweet Striped Arm Warmers INSTRUCTIONS
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).
Join to work in the rnd
Row 15: With Color B, purl across the row and then pm and join to work in the round, distributing sts evenly on dpns.
Rows 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.
Rows 26-30: K to m.
Row 31: Inc 1 on first stitch, then k to m. (36 sts)
Rows 32-34: K to m.
Row 35: With Color B, p to m.
Rows 36-37: K to m.
Row 38: Inc 1 on first stitch, then k to m. (37 sts)
Rows 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)
Rows 47-51: K to m.
Row 52: Inc 1 on first stitch, then k to m. (39 sts)
Rows 53-54: K to m.
Row 55: With Color B, p to m.
Rows 56-58: K to m.
Row 59: Inc 1 on first stitch, then k to m. (40 sts)
Rows 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)
Rows 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.
Rows 76-79: K to m.
Row 80: Inc 1 on first stitch, then k to m. (43 sts)
Rows 81-84: K to m. Break end of Color B, leaving tail to weave in later.
Begin Top Cuff
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 Sweet Striped Arm Warmer!
The Fine Print
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Love these! Can you put out instructions for a crochet pair?
Great idea! I’ll have to look into that! 😀 Thanks for reading!
yes indeed!! crochet version would be awesome. i’m not much of a knitter but would absolutely love to make these for my daughter for christmas this year. i know i’m starting early lol but i have lots of stuff to make 😉
I shared this and the crocheted version here
Avid crocketer and hand spun yarn maker here- Not good with knitting (its my new thing this year, and I am really trying hard to make this stick) I want to make these for myself, and I do not have the arms of a 12 year old… is there an adult version or an easy fix aside from trying to measure? These are adorable and I have the perfect handspun for these.
Hello! I’m afraid in adults I only have a crocheted version. Adults are tricky because we come in so many more varied sizes, and there are no standard forearm circumference measurements! A gauge swatch and measuring would be the best bet.
I can’t find the crochet version.
I’m sorry about the broken link, here is the correct one: https://www.mooglyblog.com/sweet-striped-crochet-arm-warmers/ 🙂
To be clear, rows 1 thru 14 are knit flat? so, at the end of each row is a turn?
Sorry for the confusion, they are all worked in the round. I think this was one of my very first knit patterns! 🙂
Tammy J Alloway
Can these made for an adult woman what would be the instructions for a adult.
Unfortunately I don’t have an adult version, but I’ve added it to the to-do list!