Super Soft Merino Hand Warmers

I have peeked in the beautifully decorated shop windows and read what-feels-like hundreds of gift lists on the blogs, but no matter how short I am for time, I always do my darnedest to make a handmade gift first. As the clock ticks down though, stock in speedy projects definitely starts to rise!

These Hand Warmers were born out of a sobering look at the calendar. They truly knit up in a jiff. You can easily have several pairs finished before getting yourself in and out of the crowds and check out lines.

Recognize the yarn? Yes, it's Purl Soho's very own, very new, very exciting Super Soft Merino! Our beautifully lofty, luxuriously soft yarn comes in a palette of vibrant, charismatic colors, including this incredible Clementine Orange. As soon as I finish typing this, I am off to the races to make even more Super Soft Merino Hand Warmers in a whole rainbow of colors!

May your holiday season be filled with super soft, swift knits!



To make one pair of Super Soft Merino Hand Warmers:


5 stitches = 1 inch in 1 x 1 rib un-stretched


9 inches from cast on edge to bind off edge

6-inch circumference, un-stretched, to fit most women


Beware: I used every last inch of this skein of yarn, so cast on leaving a conservative tail and be sure you are on gauge and not knitting any tighter, because you may run out of yarn if so.



Cast 28 stitches onto three double pointed needles.

Join for working in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.

Round 1: *K1, p1, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Round 1 until piece measures 5 inches from the cast on edge.

Increase for Thumb Gusset

Increase Round: [K1, p1] 7 times, place marker, m1R, k1, m1L, place marker, work in rib pattern to end of round. (30 stitches)

Next Round: Work in rib pattern to first marker,  knit to next marker, work in rib pattern to end of round.

Increase Round: Work in rib pattern to first marker, slip marker, m1R, knit to next marker, m1L, slip marker, work in rib pattern to end of round. (2 stitches increased)

Repeat last 2 rounds two more times. (36 stitches)

Work Top of Hand Warmer

Next Round: Work in rib pattern to first marker, remove marker, k9, put previous 9 stitches on a holder or scrap yarn, remove next marker, work in rib pattern to end of round.  (27 stitches)

Next Round: [K1, p1] 7 times, purl 1 front and back to bridge the thumb hole gap , work in rib pattern to end of round.  (28 stitches)

Work five rounds in rib pattern.

Bind off loosely.

Finish the Thumb

Distribute the 9 stitches from your stitch holder or scrap yarn onto three double pointed needles.

Next Round: Join yarn and knit all nine stitches, pick up one stitch from the base of the thumb. (10 stitches)

Knit two rounds.

Bind off loosely.

Make One More

Weave in ends and make another for a pair.

Click here to add a comment

16 Responses to Super Soft Merino Hand Warmers

  1. nancy says:

    I have been looking for a quick simple pattern for fingerless gloves and finally found it, can't wait to start these after the holiday ruckus. Thank you for sharing this pattern, wishing you and everyone at purl a healthy and happy 2013! xoxo

  2. Ann Marie Joyce says:

    Just wanted to let you know that one skein did not make 2 hand warmers (at least for me) I ran out with 6 rows left for the hand and thumb to finish so I had to order another skein.

    I know I could make them shorter the next time, but if I went down a needle size do you think that would solve it?

  3. purl bee says:

    Hi Ann Marie,

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the pattern. I think I will make a note above so other people don't run into the same problem. I am so sorry you had to order a second skein. I do hope you like how they turned out. Going down a needle size would actually use up more yarn, going up a needle size might have saved you, but that's a tough call to make over the inter-web.

    Thanks again for checking in with us on this.

  4. Claire says:

    Hi. Thanks for sharing this pattern with us! I have a skein (and some change) of the Super Soft Merino and a pair of DPNs, but they are size 11, not 10.5. Could I use my size 11 DPNs with pretty much the same result? I'm a pretty new knitter, so I can't really visualize how much of a different there'd be between 10.5 and 11 DPNs.

  5. purl bee says:

    Hi Claire-

    It might work, you just have to knit a swatch to see what your gauge is. In general, needle sizes are just suggestions because everyone knits differently. The most important thing is to get the correct gauge using whatever needle size works for you!

    Thank you for your question!

  6. Thuy says:

    Hi. I really love this simple design which i think i would be able to knit these beautiful hand warmers. Im just a beginner so i dont know how to work with gauge. I just want to ask which needle size should i use for the yarn i have which is 8ply 100% pure new wool. On the yarn label it says needle size 6 US, 22 stiches and 30 rows for 10x10cm. Thanks very much for your help.

  7. purl bee says:

    Hello Thuy,
    The yarn you describe is much thinner than the yarn we used here. You would be getting 5 1/2 stitches to the inch in stockinette stitch on US6s and the yarn we have used is closer to like 3 1/2 stitches to the inch in stockinette stitch on US10 / US11.

    A lot of modifications would need to be done in order to work your yarn with this pattern. Unfortunately, at this time, we do not have the re-sources to re-work this pattern for you.

    If you are curious about gauge, we have a tutorial about swatching right here:


  8. Kel says:

    So cute! Must make… But, could you suggest any other yarns I could use? I'm not a big fan of wool yarns.(Though they are luxurious…) I also have a skein of Lion Brand Homespun. Would that work? Thanks!

  9. purl bee says:

    Hi Kel-

    We don't carry anything else that is comparable in weight to this yarn but if you can get the same gauge in the Homespun then it will work just fine!

    Thanks for getting in touch!


  10. JRR says:

    I tried to approximate the thickness of the yarn in the pattern by doubling the yarn I had, but it seemed like it would be too stretchy and bulky that way. I went down to one strand and made a handwarmer that fits well but is not as thick, so it won't keep the cold out as well as the one in the pattern. If you're looking to use what you have, though, and don't need it to be quite as warm, I'd recommend it. I used Di-ve Butterfly, 50g=121yds, and 10.5 needles. I made the first one in a maybe 3 hours, and am forcing myself to get back to work instead of starting the second one right away!

  11. Connie says:

    Question about finishing the thumb part. It says to knit the 9 stitches along with picking up a 10th. Then it says to knit two more rounds. Perhaps I'm interpreting incorrectly but wouldn't that give you a different pattern? Should that have been work 2 rounds in rib pattern? Thank you.

  12. purl bee says:

    Hi Connie-

    Good question, but pattern is correct. The thumb on these is in stockinette, not ribbed.

    Thank you for writing in!


  13. Kim A says:

    I love this pattern! How would I work it so that it becomes mittens?
    Thank you for sharing!

  14. purl bee says:

    Hi Kim-

    Unfortunately we don't have the resources right now to add a mitten option to this pattern but please check out all of our mitten patterns here:

    Thanks for getting in touch!


  15. Shana says:

    How can I size these up for a large man’s hand? Thanks!

    • Molly from the Purl Bee says:

      Hi Shana-

      These are pretty stretchy and forgiving so they might fit a man with smaller hands without any adjustment. But if you’d like to make them a bit bigger I’d try casting on 2 more stitches and just following the pattern as written. Every time you see a stitch count just make sure to mentally add 2 to the total number. You will also need to get another skein of yarn because these took every last bit of the skein.

      Thank you!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

+ 2 = five

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>



Subscribers receive a FREE premium Purl Soho Pattern of your choice (up to a $15 value!). learn more