These Cuffed Hand Warmers tickle my fancy with their trompe l'oeil cuffs. As if the sleeves of a beautiful, cozy sweater were hanging down past your wrists, the effect is a refined kind of slouchy.

I love also the textural play of two yarns who, once strangers to each other, come together here in a beautiful friendship! A similar icy blue color may have been their conversation starter, but as the two yarns got chatting, they realized that what makes each different is also what makes each so special.

For the outer cuff I used Purl Soho's own gorgeous Super Soft Merino. As soft as a bunny rabbit's tail and as cozy as a featherbed, Super Soft Merino is bewitchingly lovable. And in the color Desert Sky it takes on a level of elegance that perfectly segues into Alchemy's Kozmos.

Kozmos is a complex brew of silk, mohair, wool and cotton. Lovingly hand dyed by the color mavericks of Alchemy, each skein tells a multi-layered story. And when a touch of enigmatic Kozmos pokes out from under the friendly comfort of Super Soft Merino things definitely get interesting!

If you'd like to play matchmaker with these two beauties, get started right here! -Whitney

 

The Materials

  • 1 skein of the Main Yarn: Purl Soho's Super Soft Merino, 100% merino wool. This color is Desert Sky.
  • 1 skein of the Contrast Yarn: Alchemy's Kozmos, 30% silk, 26% mohair, 15% wool, and 31% cotton. This color is Pale Blue Eyes.
  • Cotton thread to match the Main Yarn. A good choice for Super Soft Merino's Desert Sky, would be Gutermann's Cotton Thread #7670.

 

The Pattern

Gauge

5 3/4 stitches = 1 inch in garter stitch with the Contast Yarn and the smallest needles

3 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch with the Main Yarn and the largest needles

Finished Size

Hand Warmer: 7 inches around the palm, measured above the thumb and 8 1/3 inches around the palm, measured below the thumb

Cuff: 7 3/4 inches long

 

Knit the Hand Warmer

With the Contrast Yarn and the US #4 double pointed needles, cast on 48 stitches.

Place a marker (optional) and join for working in the round being careful to not twist the stitches. 

Round 1: Knit.

Round 2: Purl.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until piece measures 2 3/4 inches from the cast on edge, ending with Round 2.

Next Round: K19, loosely bind off 10 stitches, k18. (38 stitches)

Next Round: P18, purl into the front and back (pfb), now pfb into the first stitch on the other side of the thumb hole, purl to the end of the round. (40 stitches)

Next Round: Knit.

Next Round: Purl.

Repeat the last two rounds until piece measures 4 3/4 inches from the cast on edge, ending with a purl round.

Bind off loosely in knit.

Weave in the ends.

Knit the Cuff

With the Main Yarn and the US #11 double pointed needles, cast on 28 stitches.

Place a marker (optional) and join for working in the round being careful to not twist the stitches.

Round 1: *K2, p2, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat last round until piece measures 2 3/4 inches from the cast on edge.

Changing to the US #10 1/2 double pointed needles, repeat Round 1 one time.

With a removable stitch marker, safety pin or piece of scrap yarn, mark a stitch from the round right below the needles.

Continue to work in the 2 x 2 rib pattern until piece measures 7 3/4 inches from the cast on edge.

Bind off loosely in pattern (use the US #11 needle to bind off, if you like).

The cast on edge of the cuff is the top (palm-side) and the bind off edge is the bottom (wrist-side).

Weave in the ends.

Sew the Hand Warmer to the Cuff

Thread a piece of scrap yarn onto a tapestry needle and weave it through the round where the marked stitch is located.

Tuck the cast on edge of the hand warmer into the top of the cuff.

Roll up the bottom edge of the cuff...

...until you reveal the round marked by the scrap yarn.

Pull the bottom edge of the hand warmer up over the fold so it meets the scrap yarn round.

With the cotton thread and a sewing needle, sew the cast on edge of the hand warmer to the scrap yarn round of the cuff.

As you're attaching the two pieces, don't sew all the way through the Main Yarn of the cuff. Instead, push your needle through the middle of the yarn, across the knit stitches, like this:

And through the purl bumps, like this:

Once you've finished sewing the hand warmer to the cuff, remove the scrap yarn, turn your Cuffed Hand Warmer right side out and make another!