Bangle wristwarmer tutorial

Bangles stacked

I love wristwarmers and wear them on all but the hottest days of
summer. They lend a t-shirt and jeans a note of funk and cool, and they
really do keep you a bit warmer when it’s nippy outside. When we were
visiting San Francisco a couple of years ago, our friends told us about
the scarf phenomenon. Since the city gets chilly spells even in the
summer, locals travel armed with scarves (as in real woolly scarves),
ready to sport them at the first sign of fog and wind. I’m not sure how
true this is, but I did keep noticing people walking around with
scarves…in July!

I wouldn’t say the climate here is very…er…California, but, as I
learned very early on during a midsummer picnic that regrettably
involved blue toes, Finland is cold. Wristwarmers, and socks for that
matter, are always in order.

When I finally got my hands on this local wool from Taito Pirkanmaa, the wristwarmer urge took over.


Now, because I am so enamored with this particular accessory, I already
own two pairs, not to mention the pair-to-be in the project queue, and
I wanted this set to be a little different. So, in honor of Finnish
weather, which isn’t always kind, but does make it possible to wear
handknits year-round, here’s a bangle wristwarmer tutorial.

Bangle wristwarmer instructions

Knit bangles

This project calls for such a small amount of yarn that it’s great for
using up any leftovers you might have—mixing and matching colors and
textures will only make it more interesting. If you’re new to knitting,
this is a great way to practice working in the round.

1. Start off by checking your gauge in stockinette stitch (knit one
row, purl one row, repeat) to determine how many stitches you should
cast on for your desired circumference. I made mine 9 1/2 inches (24
cm) around—I doubt wrist sizes vary much, but, if it helps, mine
measure in at just under 6 inches.

2. Cast your stitches loosely (to ensure that the bangles will be
stretchy) onto three double-pointed needles. Knit every row (this is
stockinette stitch in the round) until you’re happy with the width, and
then cast off loosely. I chose stockinette stitch for this project
because of its tendency to curl. This gives each bangle a thicker,
rounder appearance.

3. When you’re ready to make your next bangle, cast on as before, but
slip the first finished bangle onto the needles before you complete the
round. Like this:


4. Once you’ve completed a round, the bangles will be interlocked.

Knitting 2

5. Continue until you're happy with the length. If you want more bangles, it's always easy to add on later.

I bet these would look great with in fuzzy angora, or a soft,
chunky wool. Sometimes I wear both chains on one wrist for more of a
jewelry effect. And if you live in San Francisco, the method of
interlocking rounds could also yield a great scarf!  

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