How to Make Wrist Warmers from an Upcycled Sweater

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How to Make Wrist Warmers from an Upcycled Sweater

Today I am going to show you how to make wrist warmers from an old sweater … and you don’t even have to know how to knit and crochet to make them! I thought of this after my well meaning husband decided to help me out by doing some laundry, including my cashmere sweater. Well, needless to say it wouldn’t have even fit my daughters after it came out. But I really liked the felted look of the fabric and wanted to salvage it in some way (if you want to read more about what felting is and why it happens, click here). Since the only part of my body that could still fit into it was my hands … wrist warmers it was!

How to Make Wrist Warmers

To make the wrist warmers, I cut the arms off my sweater at about the mid-forearm. You can cut yours at whatever length you prefer. Since my sweater was so felted, I didn’t really have to worry about the pieces unraveling. But if you are using a regular old unfelted sweater, you might want to fold the cut edge under and stitch around to keep it from unraveling and to finish off the edge nicely. That’s it! You don’t even have to do anything else unless you would like a little extra embellishing or trim.

Crochet Wrist Warmers

I played around a little bit with some edgings and ultimately decided I’m a plain Jane kind of girl. Just a few rows of single crochets around the bottom edge for me …

Crochet Wrist Warmers

If you are going to add a crocheted edging, blanket stitch around the edge or use a Sharp Crochet Hook to stitch around as I did in my Quick and Easy Blanket Edgings post here. As I mentioned, I ended up settling on a few rows of single crochets as my edging, as shown above. But if you like the shell pattern I tried out in my experimentation, here is how to do it …

When you are stitching around to prepare your edge try to work in a multiple of 4. Click here to reference Crochet Abbreviations or here to reference Crochet Stitch Symbols.

 Shell edging: *1 sc, skip 1, 5 dc in next, skip 1, repeat from * around.


shell border stitch chart symbols

So what do you think?

Pretty fun, huh. And a great way to get another life out of an old sweater that would otherwise be thrown away.

10 Responses to How to Make Wrist Warmers from an Upcycled Sweater

  1. Mayte February 27, 2014 at 1:58 am #

    Precioso me gusta muchisimo

    • Kara February 27, 2014 at 9:35 am #


    • Nonie Johnson November 1, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

      If you like your sweater so much why not make more from the bottom ribbed part of sweater?. Just a seam up the side to make it round. We also like to make mittens recycling our sweaters. Thanks for this idea

  2. Dina February 27, 2014 at 9:14 am #


    • Kara February 27, 2014 at 9:35 am #

      So glad you like it!

  3. Laura February 27, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    Great idea to make the wrist warmers! Take the idea further and make a cashmere throw. Cut large squares/rectangles and crochet around the edges. Sew together (you will need some from other cashmere sweaters/ scarves. You might even be able to incorporate the recycled cashmere scraps into your wool felting projects??? Just a few thoughts. I enjoy reading your blog ideas.

    • Kara February 27, 2014 at 9:34 am #

      Wow!! That’s a great idea!!

  4. Mary Ylisela February 27, 2014 at 11:21 am #

    Kara, this is a fantastic upcycle idea! Thank you for sharing. You’ve inspired me to dig through my stash of never-worn sweaters.

  5. Marilyn September 9, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

    This is such a great way to upcycle an old sweater…I LOVE the pink! GORGEOUS!

  6. Jay September 10, 2016 at 6:33 am #

    Larger. Sweaters can also be used as leg warmers or boot cuffs. Sleeves worn out? Remove sleeves for a vest. Or crochett new colorful butterfly type sleeves

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