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Honeycomb Wrist Warmers

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This was originally made for a Pushing Daisies project on Ravelry, but will now be available to all. Happy knitting!




Yarn: Rubin, wool, DK weight 8 ply
Colours: MC: Black, CC: Purple
Needles: 3mm (US 2 1/2)and 3,5 mm (US 4)


Abbreviations:

MC: main colour
CC: contrast colour
CO: cast on
K: knit
P: purl
st(s): stitch(es)
S2: slip two stitches purl-wise
BO: bind off/cast off


I've used Rubin, a Norwegian yarn (see link on ravelry: Here). If choosing another yarn, make sure to use the needles suggested for that yarn, and to increase/decrease the number of stitches as needed.

I needed less than 1 skein (50g) purple and a bit more than 1 skein black. To avoid beginning on a second skein black, you can knit the ribbing in stripes with purple and black.(If you're familiar with the provisional cast-on method, that could be an idea to use to make sure you don't run out of yarn by making the ribbing too long.)

The pattern is easy to accommodate different sizes. Make them as big or as small as you like, just make sure to have the number of stitches dividable by 6. The pattern here is made for a medium large woman's hand, but the fabric is very stretchy.

About the thumb: The directions for the thumb are written in two parts, make sure you read all of it before you cast on. In this pattern the thumb is knitted like the rest, but that's optional. For narrow or large thumbs you might want to decrease/increase the number of stitches of the thumb to an amount which then doesn't work with the pattern (as in, not dividable by 6). If so, you can do as follows:

- P 2 rounds with MC, K 5 rounds with CC without slipping stitches, K 1 round with MC, P 2 rounds with MC, K 1 round *K1,P1* ribbing with MC, then bind off.


Begin:

With MC, CO 54 sts on needles 3mm (US 2 1/2), join the ends without twisting and start knitting a *K3,P3* ribbing. Put a stitch marker in at the beginning of the round.

When work measures 4 cm (or longer, if you prefer), switch to needles 3,5 mm (US 4)and P 1 round.

Begin pattern:

Rounds 1-5: With CC, *K4, S2, repeat from *.
Round 6: With MC, knit 1 round.
Rounds 7-8: Still with MC, purl 2 rounds.

Rounds 9-13: With CC, K1, S2, *K4, S2, repeat from *. End round 13 with K3.
Round 14: Same as round 6.
Rounds 15-16: Same as rounds 7-8.

Repeat rounds 1-16 three times.

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Thumb, part 1:

In the forth repeat of the pattern, knit pattern rounds 1-6. Halfway through round 7, put 8 sts on waste yarn and CO 8 new sts over them. Continue knitting in pattern.
(I picked 8 sts symmetrically over a S2 because I think it looks neater later on.)
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When you have done 5 full repeats of the pattern, do as follows:

With MC, knit *K3,P3* ribbing for 5 rounds, then BO.


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Thumb, part 2:

Place the 8 sts from the waste yarn on needle 3,5 mm and pick up another 10 sts from around the hole. (Total number of stitches is now 18.) Twist the stitches the right way (may vary on your method of picking up sts) so the sts don't leave any holes when they're knitted.

With MC, P 2 rounds.

Knit rounds 1-8 of the pattern.

With MC, knit 1 round of *K1,P1* ribbing. Bind off and weave in all ends.
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Knit the second wrist warmer the exact same way.

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