Anthracite Wrist Warmer Knitting Pattern

By Jenn Wisbeck

Copyright 2011 Midnightsky Fibers

Smashwords Edition

Perfect wrist warmers for when you need to quickly slip a pair on and off and still need to be able to use your fingers. Contrasting hems add interest to otherwise simple wrist warmers.

Vintage inspired lines and detailing but minimal shaping makes it so these will fit a variety of sizes. Special care is taken in the shaping of the hems to prevent flaring. Knit from the top down, the wrist warmers are worked in the round until the bottom hem.

Anthracite, aka “hard coal” is black and burns slowly with intense heat. Coal companies used to brand the coal with paint as a marketing gimmick.


Intermediate- hems, increasing, decreasing, provisional cast on


Women’s size large or men’s size small. Finished size 8 inches around and 6 ½ inches long after blocking. Thumb opening up to 2 ¾ inches around.


150 yards Main Color; 50 yards Contrast Color. Sample knit using 1 skein each O-Wool Classic 2-ply (100% organic merino wool; 50 grams/skein; 198 yards/181 meters) colors 4303 Evergreen (Main Color) and 4112 Rust (Contrast Color)


-1 set of five US #1/2.25mm double-point needles or size to get gauge

-1 set of five US #0/2mm double-point needles or size to get gauge

-Tapestry needle

-Stitch holders (2)

-Stitch markers (4, helpful to have 2 of each of 2 different colors)


6 stitches and 9 rows per inch in st st.


Hems: It is not enough to simply switch to smaller needles to knit hems- flared hems are still often the result. This is solved easily by increasing or decreasing a few stiches before the hem so you have fewer hem stitches (which is what this pattern does). When seaming the finished hems be sure to take your time to line up the hem edges so you are stitching through the same row of stitches all across your hem to give an even, finished appearance to the hem and avoid puckers, flaring, and twisting.

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