|Knitting Spring: Wristers for Those with Cold Hands
This winter when the snow outside our house remained packed
piled as high as our mailbox, when many of my fellow Iowans were
ordering seeds and planning their gardens, my craving for spring and
color led me to dye a vast amount of wool. (See Knitting Spring.)
My oldest daughter Meera (of Road
Scarf), and her friend who helped with the Kool-Aid dyeing took
some yarn home with them. I sent a package north to my friend Vicki in
Minnesota, where winters are even longer. Still I remained a woman who
could count her worth in wool.
The deep wicker basket I filled with my hand-dyed skeins held
position of prominence in our living room. Its colorful contents were
visible from my knitting throne. The rich oranges, yellows, reds and
pinks and greens called out, "knit me."
I had planned on knitting a shawl – I still do – but after
my beautiful bundles of LB 1878, the hanks seemed the perfect amount
for a pair of wristers. Since I began making these topless, fingerless
mitten-gloves years ago, there’s always been a pair on my needles. For
good reason, too. My own cold hands had started me knitting them. But
every time I wear my wristers, someone asks me: could I make them a
pair? A lot of people in this world have cold hands.
I have knit wristers for my friends and my three daughters and
of their friends. And even their friends' mothers. Embroidered, beaded,
and ruffled, with fingers and without. In cashmere, wool, cotton and
even a pair in acrylic baby yarn. Those were for my youngest daughter,
Lelia, who plays clarinet in the marching band. The bright white
wristers match the school’s uniform and kept her hands warm on frosty
fall days and nights when the marching band marches.
Knitting wristers with wool still fragrant with fruity summery
of Kool-Aid. was a fast, practical commitment to positive thoughts
about warm weather. Spring and summer wristers, knit from LB 1878,
would be light enough to slip on before heading out on a cool morning
to sip coffee in an outdoor café. Perfect for beating the chill
early morning walk. Or a visit to the Farmer's Market. You could wear
these wristers instead of pulling your sleeves down and warming your
hands that way.
Wristers are for sharing. And so there's a pattern here for
one I used while waiting for the trees to bud. And the snow to vanish
for good. Knitting Spring Wristers for those with cold hands. And warm
You can knit them in a stocking stitch, a rib or with a touch
lace. The pattern will have directions for all ways. The lace will make
them even lighter and because they are a rib-type lace, and give them a
stretch as well. The rib ones will cling nicely to your hand, fitting
like a glove. You can embroider on the Plain Janes (stocking stitch) to
make them a bit fancier. Or let them sparkle in their simplicity. Your
Note: Wristers are not yarn hogs. Hard to believe how little
takes to make a pair. If you choose LB
1878, you will have lots left
over. Enough for a summertime shawl. Stayed tuned for next months
essay: Knitting Spring Shawl.
If you don't want to dye your own LB 1878, you may want to use new Sock-Ease
instead. It comes in 7 great colorways.
Wristers (wrist warmers, wristlets, etc.) are mittens that end
around the knuckles. If you would
prefer to make them in a worsted weight, you can take any mitten
pattern and knit the body for two inches above the thumb hole. Some
the thumb hole open. You may do that or knit the thumb for an inch or
to desired length.
addition to the Knitting Spring Wristers, here are some more wrist
warmer patterns that you might like:
|Wristers are portable, quick and
fun to knit. You may find you can't
stop making them. So what do you do after you have knit a pair for just
about every one of your pals and their friends and relatives? What do
you do when there's the will, the want, and the yarn to knit mountains
You know answer.
Start a pair of wristers for the friends you haven't met. Or
never will. They make a great charitable donation for wherever cold
hands are found. Share the warmth.
Michelle Edwards is the author/illustrator of A KNITTER'S HOME COMPANION and many award-winning children's books including CHICKEN MAN and STINKY STERN FOREVER. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys talking about books in schools throughout the US and beyond. Her newest book, <em>Room for the Baby</em>, will be available from Random House in Fall 2012. Visit Michelle Edwards at <a href='http://michelledwards.com/' target='_blank'>her website</a> or on <a href='http://www.facebook.com/michelledwardsbooks' target='_blank'>Facebook</a>.