Free Crochet Pattern - Shell Wrist Warmers

Free Crochet Pattern - Shell Wrist Warmers

Jeanette Sloan Baby Alpaca DK

I was recently sent some Jeanette Sloan yarn to review by the lovely people at Black Sheep Wools. Despite being in the middle of a heat wave here in the South of England the first thing that came to mind was wrist warmers...

I've been wanting to make some for a while now and when I felt this beautfiful yarn I knew it would be perfect.

The yarn they kindly sent was Jeanette Sloan Baby Alpaca DK, it's wonderfully soft but what impressed me the most were the colours. The package contained three 50g balls in the shades chartreuse, fucshia and menthe. I knew from the moment I saw them that they would work brilliantly together.

This yarn is simply lovely to work with, it shows the stitches well and has a nice amount of stretch to it. I can't say yet how hardwearing it will be but I will admit I've been stroking these warmers a fair bit (hello, my name is Emma and I'm a yarn stroker) and as yet I only have a very slight halo of fuzz (is that a technical term?). It is also very warm so perfect for this type of project. 

Now I'm not wishing away the sun just yet but I will look forward to wearing these come the cooler months (which let's face it will probably be by mid August). 

If you'd like to have a go at these I've written the pattern up below and I've noticed that the Jeanette Sloan Baby Alpaca is currently on offer over at Black Sheep Wools. :))


Although the warmers do not have thumb holes I found there was enough stretch in the ch-5s to be able to slip my thumb through easily.


Yes it was a very good idea, until I had to wear them in my stifling hot summer house for some photos!


Wrist warmers and ice-lollies, nothing odd about that around here ;)



Crochet Shell Wrist-warmers Free Pattern | Lululoves Blog

Crochet Shell Wrist Warmers

This pattern is written in UK terms

These wrist warmers are worked in the round with no stitch increases. I would say these fit an average female hand but make sure the initial ch-30 will stretch over your hand once joined. If you need to make the warmers wider I recommend trying larger hooks or thicker yarn. You can make these as long as you like by repeating rounds 13 & 14 until you have the desired length.

Yarn: Jeanette Sloan – Baby alpaca DK

Colour A: Fucshia (3340)

Colour B: Menthe (8217)

Colour C: Chartreuse (9517)

Stitches/Abbreviations used:

Stitches = St/s

Chain = Ch

Slip stitch = Sl st 

Double crochet = Dc (US = SC)

Treble crochet = Tr (US = DC)

Raised treble front = RtrF (US = Front Post Double Crochet FPDC) Yarn over, insert hook around the post of the stitch you are working, from the front of your work, yarn over, pull loop back through, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops (as you would a normal tr)

Raised treble back = RtrB (US = Back Post Double Crochet BPDC) Yarn over, insert hook from back of work around post of stitch you are working, yarn over, pull loop back through, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops (as you would a normal tr)

Hooks: 4mm and 4.5mm (shop my favourites here)


Make two

Foundation: 30 ch, join with a sl st to make a ring (try not to twist chain)

Rnd 1: 3 ch (counts as first tr), tr into each ch around, join with a sl st to top of ch-3. (30)

Rnds 2 - 7: 3 ch (I count this as a RtrB), *RtrF, RtrB* repeat from * to * around, join with a sl st to top of ch-3. (30)

Switch to colour B and a 4.5mm hook

Rnd 8: Join new colour to any st, 3 ch, 4 tr into same st, *skip next 4 sts, 5 tr into next, * repeat around, join to top of ch-3 with a sl st. (6 5-tr shells)

Rnd 9: 1 ch, dc into space between shells, * 5 ch, dc into space between shells,* repeat from * to * around, join with a sl st to first dc.(6 ch-5 loops)

Rnd 10: Sl st across to 3rd ch of next ch-5 loop, 3 ch, 4 tr into same st, * 5 tr into 3rd ch of next ch-5 loop,* repeat from * to * around, join with a sl st to top of ch-3, Tie off yarn. (6 5-tr shells)

Switch to colour C

Rnd 11: Rejoin yarn between any of the 5-tr shells, 1 ch, dc into same space, *5 ch, dc into next space between shells,* repeat from * to * around. (6 ch-5 loops)

Rnd 12: Repeat round 10.

Switch to colour A

Rnd 13: Repeat round 11

Rnd 14: Repeat round 10

Switch to colour B

Rnd 15: Repeat round 11

Rnd 16: Repeat round 10

Switch to colour C

Rnd 17: Repeat round 11

Rnd 18: Repeat round 10.

Switch to colour A

Rnd 19: Join yarn to any stitch from round 18, 1 ch, work 1 dc into each stitch around, join with a sl st, finish off, weave in ends. (30 dc)

If you try these and have any queries please feel free to email me and I will do my best to help.

Bye for now. Em xx

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Comments (27)

  • Ana


    15 July 2013 at 13:59 | least the colors and very suited for summer time ;) and the pattern is beautiful!
  • Lyndsay


    15 July 2013 at 20:59 |
    These are SO cute! They will be perfect for Autumn when the temperature cools down, thank you for sharing the pattern.
  • Heather


    16 July 2013 at 07:35 |
    They're just lovely. You're right, the colours look so pretty together. Funnily enough, I've also been crocheting wristwarmers. Contrary folk aren't we?!!

    Enjoy the sunshine.

    Heather x
    • Lululoves


      16 July 2013 at 08:07 |
      Ah great minds - Thank you :)) At least we'll be prepared for the cold - unlike this heat which has knocked me for six. Em xx
  • mrsbrownmakes


    16 July 2013 at 12:42 |
    I love the picture with the ice lolly. If I put them on my to do list now I may be in with a chance of making some before winter! x
  • Rachel


    19 July 2013 at 13:33 |
    These are fabulous ! Well done you and thank you for a lovely pattern!! We will probably need these sooner than we think!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Rachel x
  • Jeanette Sloan

    Jeanette Sloan

    23 July 2013 at 13:28 |
    I know it's hot but I absolutely love what you've done with my yarn. Beautiful design, great styling and I particularly love the lolly!
    • Lululoves


      24 July 2013 at 08:54 |
      Thank you Jeanette, your yarn is absolutely gorgeous and was a pleasure to work with. Em xx
  • wendy


    25 July 2013 at 18:45 |
    these are so fab I almost wish it were cold enough for me to need a pair! Pinned for winter...
  • meemaw crochets

    meemaw crochets

    08 October 2013 at 12:16 |
    Thanks for the pattern:) Can't wait to make these for winter! Luv your pics too!
    • Lululoves


      08 October 2013 at 17:06 |
      Thank you xx
  • fariba


    20 November 2013 at 07:27 |
    It's very pretty pattern ,Thank you soooooo much
  • Candy


    21 November 2013 at 22:07 |
    I love them. I want to try to make a pair for my granddaughter. I know she will love them too!
    Thanks for sharing.
  • Miliezebomb


    22 November 2013 at 12:49 |
    Juste finished a pair! For a Christmas' gift... Thanks a lot for your pattern, very simple and lovely! One evening was enough for both.
  • Cherri Williams

    Cherri Williams

    30 November 2013 at 22:28 |
    Thanks so much for this delightful pattern. Made one set yesterday. Will be making more as Christmas gifts. Would love to post a pic but can't see how
    • Lululoves


      03 December 2013 at 09:52 |
      Thank you - I'd love to see them. You can share photos over on the Facebook page or email me. Em xx
  • Tonya


    12 December 2013 at 05:21 |
    I love these! They are sooooo cute. I just have to make some right now for Christmas presents. Thanks for sharing this!!
  • Jenny oliver

    Jenny oliver

    02 June 2014 at 18:32 |
    These are lovely! Thank you for posting. Would you give permission for these to be made and sold by me for charity please? Thanks Jen
    • Lululoves


      27 June 2014 at 11:38 |
      Hi Jenny, Of course, please do. Em x
  • Angelica


    10 September 2014 at 19:11 |
    Wow! Awesome patter, love and want these fingerless mitts before winter starts! ;)
  • Lisa


    01 October 2014 at 20:02 |
    Hi! These are so beautiful. I was looking at your pattern yesterday because I wanted to make a pair for myself and my 6 y/o daughter asked me if I could make her a pair. Would you know how many chains I would use for a little girl? I am new to crocheting. Thank you for sharing your pattern. I can't wait to try it.
    • Lululoves


      27 January 2015 at 10:14 |
      I would just try working your chain until it fits comfortably around her wrist. xx
  • Alka


    24 December 2014 at 05:37 |
    Just made myself a pair! Fun pattern. I see myself making a bunch of these :)
  • Sarah


    26 January 2015 at 22:56 |
    Thanks for the pattern! Just wanted to let you know though that your US abbreviations are incorrect.
    • Lululoves


      27 January 2015 at 10:12 |
      I'm so sorry, which ones have I got wrong? Em x
      • Sarah


        27 January 2015 at 17:50 |
        My apologies! Your abbreviations are fine. Was a bit confused at first reading your pattern. The only changes I had to make were chaining 2 instead of 3 for a US Double Crochet, I thought a chain 3 would be too tall. Again thanks for the pattern, finished the arm warmers last night and they are great!
  • Linda


    12 October 2015 at 13:00 |
    Pleas explain the wrist cuff portion of the mitten. I am a little more than a beginner and did not understand the rib portion of the warmer

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