Striped wrist warmers free knitting pattern

Whether you are new to knitting, or in the mood for a fast and easy knitting project, a pair of wrist warmers is a lovely and satisfying garment to knit.

Whilst some wrist warmers are knit in the round, the easiest way is to knit them flat – simply craft up a rectangle and sew the seam together to make a mitten. You can leave a hole for the thumb or sew up the whole thing and create a snuggly sleeve extension for extra warmth on those autumn and winter strolls.

Here we have a free knitting pattern for some striped wrist warmers for you to try out. We have used a plain aran thickness yarn and contrasted it with a self striping yarn – this gives a really interesting and eye catching effect, and yet this is really a very easy knitting pattern.

Read on to find out more and to get the free wrist warmers knitting pattern. Article may contain affiliate links.

Striped Wrist Warmers Knitting Pattern

Materials needed to knit the wrist warmers:

  • Pair each of 5mm and 6mm straight knitting needles.
  • 50g of aran/worsted yarn – approx 25g each of two colours.  The contrast colour uses up more yarn than the main shade.  Chunky yarn would also be suitable for this design.

The yarns used to knit the mittens shown in the photos was Lion Brand Wool Ease and an unbranded self striping yarn from a discount store. If you live in the UK, a good place to buy the fantastic Wool Ease yarn is here at Deramores.

You can use any aran/worsted or chunky yarn to knit these wrist warmers. Your contrast yarn could be self striping or plain, both is ok. Feel free to be creative with your knitting project.


Make two

With 5mm knitting needles and ribbing colour cast on 28 stitches.

Work 8 rows of 1 x 1 rib – (K1,P1) across each row.

Switch to 6mm needles.

Commencing with a K row (rs),  work stocking stitch (K right side rows, P wrong side rows) for 2 rows.

Add in the contrast yarn, and work 2 rows of stocking stitch.  Do not cut the ribbing yarn – carry both colours up the work as you knit.

Now work stocking stitch, 2 rows of each colour, until piece measures cm from cast on edge.  Finish with 2 rows of the ribbing colour.

Switch back to 5mm needles and with the self striping yarn work 2 rows of garter stitch (k every row). 

With the ribbing yarn, k 2 rows. Cast off in k using the contrast yarn..

To finish your wrist warmers

Sew up the side seam, leaving a space for the thumbs.  You can alternatively not leave a thumb hole and use the mittens as lovely, cosy extensions of your sleeves.

Sew in loose ends.

Thanks so much for visiting The Knitting Times today. Please check back soon for more free knitting patterns!

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