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Most people starting out in knitting very sensibly want to start out with something simple but functional. The old standby of a garter stitch scarf is OK but can be disheartening. A decent scarf needs to be about six feet long which feels like an endless task when you’re a beginner, also, as you knit you improve so one end always looks drastically different from the other if it’s a first project! These handwarmers are nice and easy small projects. I’ve seen them made with loads of mistakes in them, then get claimed by a teenager who proclaims them as ‘cool’. I start everyone I teach off on this. A 50g ball of wool and a basic grasp of the principles of knitting is all you need to make a pair.
Here’s how it’s done
Easy hand warmers
Using 5mm or 5.5mm needles cast on twenty five stitches. Knit (using the knit stitch only) until you have a square that is almost big enough to wrap around your hand (about 44 ‘rows’ or 22 ‘ridges’) then cast off.
Fold the square in half (top to bottom) so that the ‘stripes’ run from your fingers to your wrist and sew up each side leaving a gap in the middle for the thumb.
(Here it is in ‘knitting speak’
Row 1; K to end
Row 2; K to end
Rows 1&2 make garter stitch, cont in garter stitch to required length (approx 44 rows)
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