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Crocheted Simple Striped Arm Warmers

As I was posting the pictures and pattern for the Simple Striped Arm Warmers I was knitting last week there were a few requests for a crocheted version.

Since I like to be an equal opportunity stitcher when I can be (I did grow up crocheting, after all) I thought I’d oblige.

crocheted simple striped arm warmers

Make them as long or short as you like.

Sorry the one in the picture is just barely big enough to cover my hand, that is as far as I got before my wrists started hurting. 🙁 Sadly the repetitive motion of crochet can quickly sideline me. Happily I’m smart enough to listen to my body and stop when it tells me to.

I learned that lesson the hard way and now know that if I push through I won’t be able to crochet OR knit for several days. I hope you remember to take breaks, too!

Since this is a crocheted version of my knit arm warmers I again used Mirasol Tuhu yarn. As with the knit version I suggest you divide the balls in half before you start so you can ensure you have enough yarn for both arms.

Crocheted Simple Striped Arm Warmers Pattern

Size: 7 1/2″ circumference x desired length

Materials: 2 hanks Mirasol Tuhu yarn (50% Baby Llama, 40% Merino Wool, 10% Angora with approx 109 yards per 50g).

I used colors #2003 – Aquamarine and #2007 – Fawn.

Hook: G or size needed to obtain gauge

Gauge: 4 single crochet x 5 rows = 1″ in the round

Abbreviations: Ch-Chain, SC-single crochet, HDC-half-double crochet

NOTE: I suggest you either divide the balls in half before you start crocheting. This will help ensure they come out even and you don’t run out of yarn on your second arm warmer.

NOTE: Project starts at the fingers and progresses toward the cuff.

NOTE: US crochet terms.

Stripe Pattern: 2 rows color A, 2 rows color B, repeat

The Pattern:

Right hand arm warmer

Chain 30 loosely

Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist chain. Place marker for beginning of round

Single crochet in each chain around

Single crochet in each sc around

Keeping stripe pattern correct, continue working in single crochet until 8 rounds have been worked, or desired length from starting chain to thumb.

Make Thumb Hole:

Sc 19, half-double crochet in next sc, ch6 loosely, skip next 6 sc, HDC in next sc, sc to end.

Next round: sc in each stitch (sc, ch, hdc) around.

TIP: Try on the mitt to make sure you like that thumb hole. Make it bigger by adding more chains and skipping more single crochet on the body. In that case you might want to shift it in one direction or the other to keep the seam at the bottom of the hand. The goal of the HDC on either side of the thumb hole is to act as a sort of gusset and give the fabric a little more height. I did NOT work the HDCs and feel the stitches next to the hole are getting strained. But I couldn’t test the theory because my wrist were getting sore. So let me know if it works. 🙂

Resume working cuff/arm.

Keeping stripe pattern correct, continue working in sc until piece is desired length.

I was thinking it might be attractive to finish the openings with a crab stitch (reverse single crochet). Or you can work a chain lattice trim on the arm edge. I’m sure you’ll think of something that fits your personality!

Left Arm Warmer

Work as for right reversing shaping.

The thumb hole should be worked after 3 or 4 sc on the target row. Try the mitt on and count stitches to find your ideal placement. 🙂

Weave in ends. Wear with flair.

Change the size by adding or subtracting stitches from your foundation chain. Be sure to keep your foundation chain loose or your fingers will be restricted, which won’t be much fun.

Add the pattern to your Ravelry queue here.

Find the knit version of the Simple Striped Arm Warmers here.

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