Wrist warmers that I actually like

I’ve never been a fan of wrist warmers (or is it wrists warmers). In fact, for the longest time I did not understand the purpose. After all, I am from New York and if it was cold enough to need help warming my wrists, then it was probably time for gloves. Admittedly, they can be very useful to smokers, who, now that we know the horrors of secondhand smoke, have been kicked to the curbside to enjoy their nicotine fix. But, apart from these poor souls, I just did not see the point.

coldburrAnd then I moved to Arizona.

Why would I need to keep my wrists warm in the desert? Because the desert gets chilly. In fact, it’s  72 degrees right now and it is only going to get cooler. No, seriously, look at the screenshot to the right. I’m not kidding. When the sun is out, it’s hot! But when the sun goes down it becomes brisk.

I decided that I would give these wrist warmers a try after realizing that if I wanted to meet my crocheting and knitting goals for my store, I would have to do some of it outside. I got a really good deal on Bernat Handicrafter Cotton yarn and it seemed like a waste to just make washcloths. I also found a simple pattern. This pattern is really easy to work up, but of course I had to make changes to them so that they are  more my style. Those changes include varying the half double crochet stitches (hdc) and  double crochet stitches (dc), as well as the use of bigger and/or smaller hooks as needed.

Wrists Warmers by Artfully WovenI began crocheting a green pair but I made it half-way through the pattern only to realize that my big hands and long fingers were not going to fit in them. Of course, The Tornado claimed them as soon as I mentioned that they were to small. I’m grateful because she makes a much better hand model! for my next pair, I went up a size in each hook and loosed my tension a little. I also chose a variegated yarn of blues- my favorite colors. And now I love them. I want to wear them all the time. They are warm and comfortable and I’m so annoyed that I waited so long to try them.

 

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