Lovisa Armwarmers

Published on Saturday March 7th, 2009

A quick and easy remedy against a chilly spring, these armwarmers can be readily knit from stash oddballs or leftovers from other projects. A dash of stranded colorwork and a faux button detail add eye-catching style. Download the PDF here: Lovisa Armwarmers

I used two different alpaca yarns, Frog Tree Alpaca Sportweight (the natural color) and a skein of unmarked burnt-orange I bought at La Droguerie in Paris. Both have been in the stash for some time. The buttons were leftovers, too–from one of the first baby sweaters I made when I learned to knit. They were supposed to go on a matching cap that I never made. My Lovisas have already seen a lot of wear, since they let me bring my 3/4-length shirt sleeves back into wardrobe rotation. The garter flap above the thumb keeps them nicely in place, but it’s easy to slip my thumbs out and free my hands, too, which isn’t true of my other fingerless gloves and is turning out to be a useful feature. I’m planning other color combinations. Who doesn’t have an odd 50 or 100 yards of sport or DK leftovers lying around in every shade? I’m never able to bring myself to throw them away. I could see following the same recipe but making stripes if I’m not in the mood for stranded colorwork, or if I have even shorter bits to use up. Before you go off to paw through your own stash, a few doggie outtakes:

17 Comments to “Lovisa Armwarmers”

  1. Monika Comment Says:

    Oh, thanks for the lovely pattern! That’s just enough stranded knitting I can handle. I love the button placement too!

  2. bells Comment Says:

    they look fabulous. What a quirky knit, the colorwork, the buttons, the lot. You do come up with some beautiful designs.

  3. Mick Comment Says:

    Thanks so much for the pattern! I really love these; they’re so simple, but really stunning too.

  4. gleek Comment Says:

    so pretty, sarah!

  5. eileen Comment Says:

    thanks for the pattern–your armwarmers look great!

    on a totally different note, you have my mug! la baleine! I don’t think I’ve ever seen another one. I love that mug.

  6. Fresh Tea Comment Says:

    Thanks for the lovely pattern.
    Finally something to knit for myself – Yeah!

  7. Anne Comment Says:

    They look really great – and so very practical too, especially this time of year with such changeable weather.

    Love the “helper” doggie outtakes. 🙂

  8. LizKnits Comment Says:

    They are really lovely… thanks for sharing!

  9. tiennie Comment Says:

    You always knit such lovely items but I especially love your photo shoots! Thanks for the pattern!

  10. Lisa Comment Says:

    Gorgeous! They seem like the perfect little things to transition into Spring.

  11. victoria Comment Says:

    Sarah–love those wristwarmers! And I love your fairisle hat that you knit from Janine’s class–it turned out beautifully! I sat behind you in that class and I remember how pretty your colors were…I’ll be checking your blog more often to see all of your lovely work!

  12. whitney Comment Says:

    Lovely armwarmers! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern.

  13. Barb Comment Says:

    These are great! Thanks for sharing all the patterns.

  14. Barbara Comment Says:

    I’m curious what kind of cast on you used for the extra 20 stitiches in the hand. thanks!

  15. Holly Comment Says:

    I just made two pairs as last minute Christmas gifts, and they’re so sweet, I’m knitting myself a pair, too!
    Love the small details that keep them interesting while knitting, and really nice when finished. Thanks so much!

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  17. Sarah - Crafts From The Cwtch Comment Says:

    Love these – absolutely gorgeous! 🙂