Friday, September 17, 2010

Knitting! Mary's Merry Wristers





This is the first knitting pattern that I am going to share. It is very simple. I made these wristers for a good friend who requested a pair.
I used Drops Merino Extra Fine 100% Merino Wool Superwash. (Yarn thickness B) Weight 50g. It took less than one skein of 115 yards for this pattern.
Gauge 17sts x 24 rows= 4inches x 4inches in 3.5mm straight needles using stockinette stitch.
These wristers are worked as a rectangle and then folded in half and sewn. With 3.5 mm straight needles, cast on 34 stitches. Following a Knit 2, Purl 2 ribbing pattern, make 15 rows (starting the next row purl2, knit 2 to make ribbing). Using Stockinette Stitch, work a further 26 rows. Once again, work 6 rows in a knit 2 purl 2 ribbing pattern. Bind off following the ribbing pattern. Fold in half lengthwise with right side facing out. Starting from the bottom, sew up 3 inches and weave in ends. From the top, sew down 2.5", leaving a gap for the thumb to stick through.
Repeat the entire pattern again to make the second wrister. Block (except for ribbing) then put 'em on and enjoy the Fall weather!

They measure 7.5 inches long and 4 inches wide (when folded in half lengthwise) and will stretch to fit different sizes.

I hope I have not forgotten to include anything. As this is my first time sharing a pattern that I have created, please let me know of any errors or anything I should add.

If you are not feeling like knitting your own, I have wristers for sale from time to time on my etsy store at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/HoneyNutbrown
Check it out!
I also have a new pattern up on my website. A child's Forest Pixie hat!
And a Woodland Fox Baby pattern!

58 comments:

  1. I've never been so famous! Thanks so much for these, Kris. I LOVE them :)

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  2. Haha, you really are famous! I posted them on ravelry (the knitting community site) and now people are starting to make them!

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  3. that's awesome! i showed them to vicki and she liked them and then i got excited and tried to wear them outside but it was like, 27 degrees, so I got a bit embarrassed and then had to take them off. I love them so much!

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  4. I guess 27 degrees is shirtsleeve weather in Canada?? I am making these because it is like 47 when I walk and my hands are cold! You folks are a very sturdy bunch! I am a Los Angeles native and still live here and cannot imagine 27 degrees on a daily basis! I am sure you see a lot colder temps than that !

    These knit flat and sewn together wristers look like just what I was searching for. I will let you know how they come out.

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  5. Haha, not quite shirt-sleeve weather in fahrenheit, but in celsius that's quite warm! We're hardy, but not that hardy! They say we are going to hit
    -50c (-58f) this winter though. I have never experienced that before! It will be an adventure!

    I hope you enjoy making them. Please post pictures when you are done on ravelry - I'd love to see them!

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    1. 27ºC in Canada is shorts, tank top and sandals weather! LOL It's 80ºF in your US temps ;-)

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  6. I will make these for sure for some quick little gifts but mostly for myself. I bought a pair a few weeks ago with the hopes of making some of my own. When I wear them they are not as clumsy as a pair of mittens or gloves and I take my thumb out and fold them down to my wrist so I never lose my gloves anymore so they are right where I want them and they also look pretty cool!

    THANKS so much for sharing your pattern - I hope one day I can do the same.

    I love that you are old fashioned and keeping up with the old fashioned ways - I wish there were more people like you in the world. I myself was born in 1952 so I love that about you!

    THANKS AGAIN and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

    Diane ~ Plymouth, MA

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  7. Thanks and Happy holidays to you too, Diane! :D

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  8. hi there, thank you so much for posting this. i made these for my little brother and he absolutely loved them.

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  9. Glad he liked them and they worked out for you!

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  10. Well Kris, I'm a spinner and have just finished some super soft alpaca. I plan on starting your wristers tonight like I make reversible double thick mittens! I can't wait to see how they come out. I am in my sixties and live by myself on a homesteading farm out in the willywags in Maine - very cold right now - and these will be perfect for going out to do my barn chores! The gloves that have the flip top are a complete nuisance and very awkward to use. These look absolutely GREAT. I have a spinning and knitting group that come on Wednesdays and I will be excited to show them
    Thanks so much for sharing your pattern....and stay an old fashioned girl...I have and it's been the very best life ever. Gloria in Maine

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  11. Gloria, I think you're describing my dream life!
    I hope the knitting goes well! Alpaca sounds so soft and warm! It's been very cold here too - 13F. But the cold doesn't bite so hard with all my wooly layers.
    I hope the spinning and knitting group goes well. I wish I lived out East and could join in!
    Have a wonderful winter!
    Kris

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  12. Hello from New Orleans. I just made a pair for a friend. Thanks for posting, this was a very easy project, great for gifts. Cheers, Moira

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  13. Glad you like them, Moira!
    Kris

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  14. THESE LOOK LIKE WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR WILL LET YOU KNOW PATTERN APPEARS TO BE GREAT

    CAROLE

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  15. I just want to say these are awesome and quick to knit! Thanks so much! I love your blog- Tasha

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  16. Thanks Carole! Let me know how they work out for you.
    Kris

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  17. Great minds think alike. I have made same kind using DK yarn (UK size) and were extremely popular
    Alison

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  18. Cool Alison, I would love to see them!

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  19. Hi! I need to make a lot of these so I wanted a super fast pattern without knitting in the round (which takes longer). Thanks for figuring it out for me!
    Awesome!
    Kim

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  20. WOW Thanks SOOOO much i made these for myself and then for my sister in Europe she LOVES them!!!!
    Great pattern so EASY to follow its my first knitting project other than a plain old scarf
    Thanks Again :D

    Cameron~ Bloomington,IL

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  21. Thanks Cameron! I'm so glad they worked out for you!!!

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  22. Thanks as well Kim! (Sorry, I didn't see your comment until now!)

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  23. Hi, thanks for this pattern. Looking forward to making/wearing them. I just started and wanted to suggest a minor correction - in the first instruction, I guess you mean a knit 2 purl 2 ribbing pattern. If you do 32 or 36 stitches, you can start every row on knit, which I personally find easier. This might be obvious to an experienced knitter looking at your picture, but I'm a novice so I started every row knit so it didn't come out in rib. Anyway, you asked for suggested amendments/additions, and there's mine. All the best xx

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  24. Thanks so much for the suggestion! I will change it so it is more clear!

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  25. HI lINDSAY from scotland uk i have ME and dont get out much so when we found out on April this year we were going to be grand parents we were over the moon as i cant knit i started knitting blankets i really enjoyed knitting so when we found out or grandaughter Emily was still born at 17 wks we thought or world had come to an end but in memory of her i kept on knitting blankets but there is only so many you can knit and as i could not read patterns i was at a loss then i came across your site and seen your pattern for the wristers i could not belive i could follow the pattern i knitted them and my daughter loved them it made me feel good that i could knit somthing that could be worn i am know on my second pair THANK YOU lindsay

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  26. Hi lindsay, so very sorry to hear about your Granddaughter. I'm glad that the pattern worked out for you and that your daughter loved them. Take care!
    Kris

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  27. I love this pattern! It was perfect for a beginnger (once I'd worked out how to do ribbing!) And the finished product looks great! Thanks for a great pattern.
    heronscrafts.blogspot.com

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  28. Just wanted to thank you for being so kind in posting this easy free pattern for us folks who love to knit for loved ones or those less fortunate !

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  29. Hi Kris

    I am new to knitting and have just finished knitting the wristers which I think are fab!
    I was wondering if I can use 25g wool to knit these instead of 50g?

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  30. I as able to make this....they are amazing! Thanks for sharing

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  31. I'm not entirely sure about the weight...I don't know if it refers to the thickness of the yarn or the amount (length) of yarn. I would definitely try it. Let me know if it works!
    Glad you liked it!

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  32. Hi Kris

    Re the gram of wool,I have now realised the weight is the ball of wool!
    I have used 100g and will probably get at least 2 pairs of wristers from it, maybe more!
    The best wool I have found to knit these are Aran, nice and chunky and warm.
    I have also used double knit wool but these came out slightly smaller and thinner so next time I would cast on extra stitches. I have also adapted the pattern to make a pair of wristers for my niece who is 2 1/2 yrs old. Have plenty of orders for Christmas presents!! Thanks again Kris.

    Della - UK

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  33. Oh good! I'm glad you got it figured out. I hope everyone enjoys their hand-made Christmas presents! Very special!

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  34. Hi Kris - I am a beginning knitter and your simple and pretty pattern made me feel accomplished! I do have one question - why do you sew them with the right side out and not the wrong side out and then turn them right side out? (and do you use a running stitch with the yarn for the sewing?

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    1. Thanks for your question! I use yarn with a yarn needle to do an invisible weave stitch and for that you need the right sides facing out. It is also called a mattress stitch and here is a tutorial for it: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring04/mattress.html

      But you can sew them up whatever way works best for you!
      I'm really glad you liked the pattern!

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  35. Hi Kris!

    I love this pattern and am really excited to get started. I'm a beginning knitter
    and I have a question about the gauge that you quoted in the pattern which is 17 sts = 4in. According to the web site for the yarn that you used and the needle size, it should be 20-22 sts = 4in. The yarn I bought is similar to what you used,
    but again it is 20-22 sts = 4in. I'm not sure if I should use a bigger needle than
    what is quoted in the pattern? Any suggestions?

    Thanks, Rosanne

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    1. Hi Rosanne! The gauge that they quote on the yarn is an average. When I write a gauge for my pattern, I base it off how many stitches I make per inch. I am a loose knitter, so I get less stitches per inch than what the label says. The best thing to do is to knit a test swatch with your needles and the yarn to see what your gauge is, and if it doesn't match the gauge in my pattern, you can go up or down a needle size until it matches.

      The other thing you could do, if you feel confident enough, is knit a test swatch to see how many stitches you make in an inch, and then use the measurements of the pattern to find out how many stitches to cast on. For example, if you knit 5 stitches per inch, you would times that by 8 (because the wristers are about 8 inches wide before they are folded in half), and then cast on 40 stitches and continue with the pattern to make them the length you want.

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  36. Hi Kris,
    Thanks so much for your help! You have answered all of my questions. You truly are an angel to spend
    so much time helping others!

    Thanks again, Rosanne

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  37. Thanks for the inspiration: http://www.domesticslice.com/last-minute-fingerless-gloves-knitting-pattern/

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    1. I took a look at them, I love the colour you chose.

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  39. I really enjoyed knitting these. I was looking for a simple pattern that I could knit while in front of the computer, but that still looked nice. This hit the spot. I wrote about it on my blog and linked back to your page, so thanks for the inspiration! http://fanofstuff.com/fingerless-gloves/

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  40. I just came across this pattern. I have never made fingerless gloves & I am so excited to get started on these! I live in Arizona where we don't have much of a winter, but still need a little something sometimes to keep our hands warm. A lot of patterns online require payment so I'm thankful that you have been generous enough to share your enjoyment for free :)
    Thanks again!
    ~Mischa in Arizona

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    1. I hope the pattern works out well for you, Mischa!

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  41. Absolutely loved these fingerless mittens. Once I got the pattern down it was very easy. I made a pair for my neighbor and can't wait to give them to her!
    Thanks again!
    ~Mischa

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  42. Just found this fingerless gloves pattern. I wonder whether you change needles to a larger size - 4mm for the stocking stitch section.
    Joy

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    1. Hi Joy-I didn't change needle sizes for the stocking stitch section.

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  43. I am a new knitter Kris......what size US of knitting needles are the 3.5mm? Also my son-in-law wears a large......should these fit him? Thanks, Dorothy

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    1. Hi Dorothy! 3.5mm are US size 4, I believe. For large, you could try casting on 8 more stitches than the original. That would give these a bit more room. I hope it works out for you!

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  44. Thanks Kris! Take care and Happy Holidays! Dorothy

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  45. Hi Kris, I love this pattern and I also have one that has a thumb which is easy to do too.
    I'm making some for 5-8 year old girls and have put fun fur on the bottom cuff, looks really cute!

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    1. Awesome! The fun fur would look great. I'm sure the girls will love them!

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