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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
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 = 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
Foundation: 30 ch, join with a sl st to make a ring (try not to twist chain)
Round 1: 3 ch (counts as first tr), tr into each ch around, join with a sl st to top of ch-3. (30)
Rounds 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
Round 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)
Round 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)
Round 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
Round 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)
Round 12: Repeat round 10.
Switch to colour A
Round 13: Repeat round 11
Round 14: Repeat round 10
Switch to colour B
Round 15: Repeat round 11
Round 16: Repeat round 10
Switch to colour C
Round 17: Repeat round 11
Round 18: Repeat round 10.
Switch to colour A
Round 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. (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