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Crocheted Striped Hand Warmers

I've knit lots of hand warmers for the Purl Bee, but this is actually the first time I've crocheted a pair. What an oversight! The tight, durable fabric created out of single crochets is the perfect cold weather defense. Plus, there's a looseness and spontaneity to crocheting that I love. To embrace this freedom, I decided to follow my fancy with some no-sense striping, a bit of pink here, a dash of olive there, color everywhere!

And with Koigu's new KPM Needlepoint yarn all of this striping is actually possible without breaking the bank. Each mini skeins is 11 yards and only a few dollars, so you can indulge in all sorts of whimsical color play and creative experimentation. With over a hundred colors to choose from, treat yourself to a cozy afternoon with whatever colors are on your mind!

 

The Materials

  • 1 skein of Koigu's KPM, 100% Merino Wool. This color is #2390.5.
  • 7 skeins of Koigu's KPM Needlepoint Yarn, 100% Merino Wool. From the top, I used one skein of #0, two skeins of #2100, and one skein of each of the following: #2335, #2200, #1155, and #1110. In the pattern I call these colors: WHITE, YELLOW, OLIVE, ORANGE, PINK, and RUST.
  • A size D crochet hook

NOTES ON THE MATERIALS:

  • To make a pair of basic hand warmers without stripes you only need one skein of the KPM. You could also use 1 skein of the KPM Needlepoint Yarn to crochet the hand warmers together with a contrasting color.
  • To create your own stripe patterns keep in mind that each skein of KPM Needlepoint Yarn makes 7 rows as long as you don't cut extravagant tails. Keep them about 2 inches long to be on the safe side.

The Pattern

Gauge

7 3/4 single crochets = 1 inch

Finished Size

6 1/2 inches in circumference, unstretched, and stretching to up to 8 inches in circumference.

6 3/4 inches long.

The Basic Pattern

Foundation Row: Chain 51 stitches. Inserting hook into 2nd chain from hook...

...make 1 sc into next 50 chain stitches.

Turn the work.

Row 1: Ch 1, insert hook into 2nd stitch from hook...

...and make 1 sc into next 50 stitches, making the last sc into the ch from the previous row.

Turn work.

Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 6 1/4 inches from the Foundation Row.

Cut the yarn and pull it through the last stitch. If you didn't weave in the ends as you crocheted, you can do it now.

Make a second piece just like this one.

Stripe Sequence

If you'd like to follow the stripe sequences exactly as I did them, here they are. (Remember to leave short 2 inch tails so that you'll have enough yarn for all these stripes! Also, you'll save yourself a lot of trouble if you crochet over the ends as you work rather than weaving them all in at the end.)

Each side will look slightly different. Here's my preferred side of Hand Warmer #1 (the Foundation Row is at the bottom of the photo):

And here's Hand Warmer #2:

How to Change Colors

To change colors, crochet to the last stitch on the row. Start the last stitch by inserting the hook into the chain from the previous row and pulling a loop through.

Now, with the new color, finish the single crochet by bringing a loop through the 2 stitches on the hook.

Turn the work and continue with a chain 1.

How to Crochet the Hand Warmers Together

Choose your favorite side of the hand warmer and also choose the yarn you want to use as the edging.

With your preferred side facing you, insert the hook into the top right corner. Chain 1 and make a sc into the same space. Then make 45 more single crochets across this side of the work.

Connect the end of this row with the beginning by making a single crochet into the first stitch of the row.

Now crochet the two sides of the hand warmer together. Insert your hook through both layers of the fabric and make 22 single crochets up the side (3 inches).

Start the thumbhole by making 18 single crochets (2 1/2 inches) along just the layer of the hand warmer that is closest to you.

Connect the two sides by making a single crochet in the same place as the last single crochet and also through the other side of the hand warmer, making sure that you line up the corners of the fabric as you do this.

Turn so the other side of the hand warmer is facing you.

Make 18 single crochets along this second side of the thumbhole.

Cut the yarn, pull it through the last stitch, and use the tail to sew closed the gap at the bottom of the thumbhole.

Now rejoin the yarn at the top of the thumbhole by inserting the hook through both layers of fabric. Chain 1 and make a single crochet into the same space. Connect the two layers by making 10 more single crochets to the end of the row.

Complete the hand warmer by making 46 single crochets around the remaining edge. Cut the yarn and pull it through the remaining stitch. Use the tails to close any gaps in the edging and weave in whatever tails remain.

Crochet the second hand warmer together in the same way and you're all done!

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22 Responses to Crocheted Striped Hand Warmers


  1. Pam G. says:

    Love them and love the colors. I have been on an handwarmer knitting craze lately-how about an easy knitted version-I absolutely cannot crochet.

  2. petra says:

    ah, beautiful. I started them immediately with scrap yarn leftovers from my Koigu sock knitting adventures. Perfect gift for my mum's birthday in two weeks.

  3. Laurence says:

    Love the colors and the pattern! Is there any way I could knit these hand warmers instead of crocheting them? I guess I would need to work in the round, but could you recommend a needle size? How would I need to adapt the pattern to circular needles? Thanks so much for being so creative and sharing all these projects.

  4. KnitPurlGurl says:

    So cute!

  5. Eva says:

    @ Laurence – You could knit them flat and seam them; a lot of handwarmers are knit that way. I would be willing to bet that a quick peek on ravelry would reveal some patterns that are constructed that way, and then you could adapt them for the striping.

    @ Whit – Could you tell me where that teacup is from? I love its shape!

  6. Kim says:

    Thanks for the super cute pattern! I love the colours and am happy to see more crochet!

  7. purl bee says:

    Hi Eva-

    The teacup is from the amazing ceramicist Mardi Wood. Here is some more info on her:

    http://www.mardiwood.com/node/13

    Thanks!

    - Molly

  8. Meredith says:

    Hi there! I'm new to crochet and I think this would be a great starting project (the basic one- without stripes that is). But i have a question- when starting a new row, do you have to chain one and start with the second stitch everytime or just the once?

  9. BarbaraVE says:

    Please, please tell Meredith that for single crochet it is NOT usual to skip the first stitch of the row and work into the turning chain!

    As a teacher of the CYC's crochet teaching certification program, I am concerned that those unfamiliar with crochet will think this is the usual way to work. For single crochet, the norm is to work into every stitch and to ignore the turning chain.

    For double crochet and taller stitches, the method described in this tutorial IS the usual way. For these taller stitches, one has to work into the turning chain to make straight edges–if you don't, the turning chains create a scalloped edge. But for shorter stitches like single crochet it is easier, and usually doesn't matter, if you just ignore the turning chain.

  10. LisaMarie (Cake It Or Leaf It) says:

    I love these, they are so cute and simple…. I've made them my new crochet project. Thank you for sharing.. :D

  11. Eileen says:

    Thanks for a great pattern! I am workng on them now and they are a great intro to crochet. I thought I would just pass on that the stripe sequence doesn't print completely because it is in a text box that is larger than the page. I had to copy the text box and put it on 11×17 paper in order to get the whole sequence. I was glad to figure it out, though, because I was getting worried my hands would ever fit in to the little rectangle I made!

  12. purl bee says:

    Hi Eileen-

    Thank you for your comment. Sorry to hear you had trouble printing it out. It sounds like you worked it out but for anyone else with a similar issue you might want to click “scale to fit” in your print options and see if that works.

    Enjoy the pattern!– Molly

  13. KellyMc says:

    BIG thanks to Molly for a super cool crochet pattern! I'm a crocheter and am always really excited to see a crochet pattern on Purlbee! Love, love, love! Hope to see many more!

  14. Laura says:

    How to make the prettiest things with a bit of yarn and a crochet hook! You have wonderful recipes for making one feel good, and the patterns are great too :-)

  15. Jan says:

    Great photos! I've been crocheting for years, and if I'm not careful I can make the nicest angled sides you ever did see! My first afghan (rows and rows of double crochet) almost had scalloped edges because I didn't always make that last stitch in the row.

  16. purl bee says:

    Hi Kelly-

    Thanks so much for the nice comment. But just wanted to clarify that Whitney designed this pattern… I can't crochet at all!

    Thank you!

    Molly

  17. Linda L. says:

    If you hadn't already said you were a knitter, I would have known when I read:

    “How to Change Colors To change colors, knit to the last stitch on the row.”

    I'm pretty sure it would work better if you crocheted to the last stitch instead of changing to knitting!! Great pattern and very timely since I'm looking for something small and easy for a gift for next week. Thanks.

  18. purl bee says:

    Hi Linda,

    Ha! You're right, knitting was my first love, but crochet is also near and dear. I hate to give the impression that I'm like an evil stepmother to it!

    Anyway, thank you for pointing out the error. I'll change it right now!

    Whitney

  19. Monica says:

    Such a nice idea! I'm starting to crochet some of this kind of hands warmers because I have some clients who live or work on very cold weather.
    Thanks for sharing your idea and expirience.
    Greatings from Venezuela!

  20. Leda Albuquerque says:

    Perfect! I loved to crochet it.
    For a mild winter as we have in Brazil, these hands warmers are perfect.
    Your projects are great.

  21. Jill says:

    Can I ask, are the instructions using US stitches – in other words in UK stitches I should be using double crochet for this pattern? Many thanks.

  22. purlbee says:

    Hi Jill,

    Yes, the instructions use US crochet terms. And, yes, in UK terms the stitch used here is a double crochet.

    Thanks for asking and please let us know if you have any more questions!

    Whitney

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