I wanted a simple, little project that I could do sort of mindlessly while watching tv and these handwarmers were just the ticket. They come together in just a couple of evenings and you can have fun with whatever color palette you want. It’s a great stash buster.
I kept mine to four colors, but would have really liked to have one more light grey after the white for a more gradual increase. If you decided to add a fifth color, knit each one just over 1.5 inches instead of the 2 used in the pattern. Or do each one 2 inches and have three colors before the thumbhole for a longer cuff.
Now that I’ve knit these up, I have an idea for a pair of ombré mittens bouncing around in my head…time to hit the yarn shop.
Knit Ombré Handwarmers
These handwarmers are 8 inches long and will fit someone whose hand is about 7 inches around just below the fingers. (Here are cast on amounts for different size hands, 6 inches – 36 stitches, 6.5 inches – 39 stitches, 7.5 inches – 45 stitches, 8 inches – 48 stitches)
- worsted weight yarn in four colors (or more if you wish, but I’ll give color change instructions for four). This is a good scrap project, I think I used less than 1/4 a ball of each color.
- four size 3 double-pointed needles (or size needed to get gauge)
- stitch marker
- tapestry needle
Gauge: 6 stitches and 8 rows per inch (Yes, this is a tight knit for worsted weight yarn, but I wanted a dense fabric
- knitting in the round on four needles
- basic decreases
- k – knit
- p – purl
- k2tog – knit two stitched together, 1 stitch decreased
Cast on 42 stitches in the lightest color. Divide between three needles. Join together to knit in the round being careful not to twist. Place a stitch marker between the last and first stitch.
Knit 2 inches in the lightest color.
Change to the next darkest color. Knit one round. On the first stitch of the next round pick up the light colored stitch from the row before and knit it with the next stitch on the needle.
This will give you a jogless stripe. Continue knitting until you have 2 inches in that color.
Change to next darkest color. Knit until end of round. Turn the knitting and purl back the way you came. (You are now working flat to create the thumbhole. You can do this right on your double pointed needles.)
Work in stockinette for 1.5 inches. On the next knit round, join back into the round and knit that color for another .5 inches. (A total of 2 inches in that color.)
Change to the darkest color. Knit one round. On the first stitch of the next round pick up the light colored stitch from the row before and knit it with the next stitch on the needle. Knit for 1.5 inches.
Next round: k2tog, k19, k2tog, k19 (40 stitches).
Knit a round.
Next round: k2tog, k18, k2tog, k18 (38 stitches).
Knit until that color is 2 inches long.
Weave in ends.
Note: The cuff on these is not tight to the wrist. If you want it tighter, cast on a few less stitches and then increase up to the amount needed right before the thumb.
© 2005 – 2013 Kathy Lewinski & Susan Cornish