Handwarmer pattern adjustments for kids

Maddie loved the handwarmers I knitted myself so much that I decided to make her a pair too. Manos Silk Blend comes in such a massively generous skein, it was possible to make both sets with yarn left over!

These are such an unphotogenic garment – basically a tube with a hole – but I got Ed to take some snaps anyway to show you just how far this yarn goes. She absolutely loves these and they match her purple coat perfectly. If there’s a plus side to all this rainy nonsense, it’s that she can still wear them a bit longer!

I haven’t gotten around to adding my pattern adjustments to Ravelry, so I thought I’d give it to you quickly here. First, grab this free pattern from the Purl Bee and a skein of Manos Silk Blend in your favourite colour. You’re going to follow the pattern except:

For a woman:

  • Cast on 40 stitches on 3.5mm bamboo DPNs
  • Knit 60 rows
  • Work 11 rows for the thumb hole
  • Knit 15 rows from the top of the thumb hole to the end

For a seven year old girl (these will stretch and grow with her for at least a couple of years):

  • Cast on 35 stitches on 3.5mm bamboo DPNs
  • Knit 56 rows (these cover more arm than the grown up’s at Maddie’s request – you can adjust to your kid’s preference)
  • Work 9 rows for the thumb hole
  • Knit 10 rows from the top of the thumb hole to the end

There’s a kit in the shop here if you want to try these yourself. Enjoy!


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