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.
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 …
If you are going to add a crocheted edging, you can first blanket stitch around the edge or use a tool to prepare the edges as I did here to crochet on fleece blankets. 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 …
Shell edging: *1 sc, skip 1, 5 dc in next, skip 1, repeat from * around.
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.