Sep 14, 2006
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by Chloe Nightingale


I've always had a thing for fingerless gloves and wrist warmers. When I was a little kid, I always wanted to cut the fingertips off my gloves so I could be like Bob Cratchit from Dickens's A Christmas Carol, but my mom wouldn't let me. Years later, I cut the fingertips off the first pair of gloves I bought in college. I've seen a lot of knitting patterns for wrist warmers, but I haven't seen many crocheted wrist warmers so I thought I'd make these!

Although this pattern is done in Artesano Alpaca, it is easily adaptable to other yarns and is a great way to use up scrap yarns and one-skein impulse purchases.

Materials List

  • MC:  1 skein Inca Cloud Artesano Alpaca (100% Alpaca, 131 yds/120m per 50g skein): color #002 (brown), or approximately 131 yards/120m of any DK weight alpaca
  •  CC1 and CC2:  1/2 skein each of Inca Cloud Artesano Alpaca (100% Alpaca, 131 yds/120m per 50g skein): color #402 (olive green) and color #71 (burnt orange) or approximately 131 yards/120m of any DK weight alpaca or scrap yarn
  • US F/5 (3.75 mm) hook
  • Yarn needle

Finished Size

Wee Wristies: (will fit children and people with small hands, like me)
Normal Wristies: (will fit average-sized wrists)
Big Wristies: (for big people)

The pattern is written for Wee Wristies with changes for Normal Wristies and Big Wristies written in parentheses.


19 sts x 24 rounds of sc = 4" (10 cm)


Fpdc = front post double crochet

The Pattern

The Wrist-bit

Wristies!With MC, ch 26 (30, 34), sl st in first ch to form ring.  

Round 1.  Ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc in each st around, sl st in 2nd ch of ch-2 to close ring. (26 [30, 34] dc)

Round 2.  Ch 1 (counts as first sc), *fpdc around next dc of previous row, sc in next st,*  rep from * to * around, ending fpdc around last dc of previous row,  sl st in first ch to close ring.  

Round 3. With CC1, ch 1 (counts as first sc), *fpdc around post of next fpdc, sc in next st,*  rep from * to * around, ending fpdc around post of next fpdc,  sl st in first ch to close ring.

Round 4.  Repeat Round 3 in MC.  

Round 5.  Repeat Round 3 in CC2.  

Round 6.  Repeat Round 3 in CC1.  

Round 7.  Repeat Round 3 in CC2.  

Round 8.  Repeat Round 3 in MC.  

Round 9.  Repeat Round 3 in CC1.  

Rounds 10-11.  Repeat Round 3 in MC.  

The Thumb-Hole-bit

This section is worked flat instead of in the round.  

Row 1.  Ch 1 (counts as sc), turn, sc in each st to end.  Do not join in first ch.  

Repeat Row 1 until work measures 2.5" (3", 3") or desired length.  

Top O' the Mitt

Round 1: Sl st in first ch of row to join, ch 1, sc in each st around.

Repeat Round 1 for 4 (5, 6) more rounds, ending with sc in first ch, sl st in following stitch.  Fasten off.  


Using yarn  needle, weave in all ends.

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gwerker wrote
on Sep 15, 2006 9:46 PM

So cool! The color changes in the ribbing at the cuff have this neat fair-isle look to them!

Kaity wrote
on Sep 16, 2006 11:30 AM

I love these! I'm definatly making a pair today.

Robyn Waters-Burch wrote
on Sep 19, 2006 4:08 PM

Please sign me up. I would love to knit these. Rob.

Fadgaget wrote
on Sep 19, 2006 8:46 PM

You are GORGEOUS ! and I love your wrist warmers !!! I'm actually planning on making a few myself for upcoming projects....but i wanted to comment moreso because your're lovely and i love fabulous women who can make beautiful art ;)

skamama wrote
on Sep 20, 2006 2:10 AM

Are you available for modelling?

Debby wrote
on Sep 21, 2006 12:25 PM
Great idea!! I love your pattern! You always come up with cool
ideas and great patterns. Your so talented and beautiful, too!
Checked out your myspace site. Your music is great and you have

a lovely voice.

Lisa wrote
on Oct 9, 2006 3:01 AM

Hello, I just love these! Unfortunatley I am a beginner and (kind of) self-taught. I was wondering if you could recommend how or where I could learn more and actually understand all of the abbreviations. Thanks for having a "it's not your grandmother's crochet site" site. I'm also just learning how to sew, so my ideas and imagination are running wild right now. Thanks!!

piccoloplayer145 wrote
on Oct 9, 2006 3:15 PM
cool! how did you learn to crochet?

i only know how to knit but i'm itching to know how to crochet! :)

on Oct 9, 2006 7:31 PM

Hi Lisa - Try yarnstandards.com for a list of the most common abbreviations. I'm working on making this information more accessible on crochetme.com!


Kim, Ed.

Chloe wrote
on Oct 11, 2006 12:36 PM
My roommate in college taught me how to crochet after I got jealous of a hat she'd made. I wanted her to give me the hat (how very rude of me!), but she said she'd teach me to make one myself instead.

She taught me the basics, and I taught myself the rest. Partly by fiddling around and partly from reading good books that focus more on technique and method than patterns. "New Design in Crochet" by Clinton D. Mackenzie is from the 70s -- I got it at a library book sale 5 or 6 years ago -- and it's a wonderful resource. Lots of fun pictures of FOs, too!

Alison wrote
on Oct 26, 2006 3:00 AM
I made them and love the pattern! Thank you so much - you're a true artist.

I'll keep an eye out for your other patterns.

Dharmadog wrote
on Nov 1, 2006 8:23 AM

Thanks for this awesome pattern! I printed it out and took it and some varigated merino sock yarn and my hook on the plane en route to London. It's just getting cool here and when I arrived I had not only jet lag but an awesome pair of cozy wristables! I've been wearing them to all the museums and shopping at Portobello and Camden, and I feel so cozy and cool. Thanks for the fab pattern! I'm off to make your earflap hat pattern next, hopefully it will be done by the time I land back in the States!

Tishana wrote
on Nov 4, 2006 11:39 AM


I make these all the time for gifts! I have never used fpdc or bpdc, tho. I usually make a separate ribbing edge... Very cute these are!

Cal wrote
on Nov 8, 2006 2:08 PM

Ah, great gloves! I intend on trying this pattern asap. Totally off-topic, but is your necklace crocheted too?

Chloe wrote
on Nov 9, 2006 9:55 PM

Yes, it is! Good spot. I need to re-make it because the thread around the clasp snapped just the other day (I did wear it every day for over a year and I tended to tug at it when I was thinking). It's really easy. Just a few rows of sc, a couple ch-picots, and a shell stitch with a few ch sts in the middle for the dangly bit (a Norwegian coin, which is supposed to be good luck in my case).

OneCraftySAHM wrote
on Nov 20, 2006 12:45 PM

LOVE this pattern! So easy and fit perfect! Seriously stylin'! Thanks for sharing!

Dani wrote
on Nov 23, 2006 5:06 AM

I really love these, and would like to make them as gifts for Christmas this year... Only, I do not know what fpdc is! Can you tell me?

Thank you for this site, and for all the wonderful patterns!

Flor wrote
on Nov 23, 2006 10:49 AM

Hi Chloe!

Great pattern, thanks a lot for sharing.

Chloe wrote
on Nov 23, 2006 1:22 PM

FPDC is front post double crochet -- where you work a dc stitch around the middle (post) of the st in the row below (instead of working through the top loops as you usually would). This creates the ribbing effect!

Jeffyyes was kind enough to write out the stitch in more detail in the comments of my flappy hat.

Auntie wrote
on Dec 4, 2006 6:04 PM

I love those and plan to make them in various colors. I play bass guitar for my church and oftne have cold hands. These would be perfect. The only problem I have is: how do you make a fpdc? I have looked at directions and everyone of them is different.

Janice wrote
on Dec 11, 2006 10:41 PM

I had a problem with your pattern. I made these, wore them, and got lots of compliments. The problem is now I have four chicks wanting me to make them a pair too :-)

Chloe wrote
on Dec 25, 2006 9:04 PM
Annie's Attic has a great quicktime video of the fpdc stitch!

I'd post the link, but it keeps flagging my comments with links as spam.

Lorna wrote
on Dec 29, 2006 10:05 AM

I love this pattern, however, I don't understand the thumb hole part. You say it's worked flat, do you just crochet a little flat piece and sew it onto the mit part, and if so, how many chains to start? Does it come out like an actual tube like piece? I just don't get it. Sorry.

Andrea wrote
on Jan 1, 2007 7:57 AM

I made these today. First project of 2007, finished in one day. I used Noro Silk Garden and a 4.50 hook, made the smallest size. They have turned out perfect. Thank you for a great pattern. They will be a gift for someone who has helped me through a difficult 2006.

Chloe wrote
on Jan 6, 2007 2:55 PM
The wrist-bit is done in the round, then, without fastening off, instead of working in the round, turn at the end of each row (w/o doing the sl st) and work back and forth for several rows -- this is where the thumb will poke through -- then, without fastening off, stop turning at the end of each row and start to crochet in the round again to make the top-bit.
Email me if you have any more questions!


Jen wrote
on Jan 7, 2007 11:35 AM

These worked up quickly and turned out beautiful. Even my ridiculously fashionable best friend loves them! (She'll probably hunt me down if I don't make her a pair VERY soon.) Thank you so much for the great pattern! I look forward to trying out the other patterns you have up.

anne wrote
on Aug 11, 2007 11:04 AM

Row 2, thumbhole row.....do you keep turning after you sc to end....thank you for a nice pattern but this thumbhole row has to be clarified better...thank you

saal wrote
on Sep 26, 2007 10:26 AM

One of the few projects I've actually completed. :) Pic. Love the pattern.

krtb60 wrote
on Jan 31, 2008 10:45 PM

Hi....The best way to learn to crochet or even to learn new crochet stitches is to learn it by reading crochet instructions. You can find the at most stores, ex. WalMart, etc. Good Luck, krtb60

krtb60 wrote
on Jan 31, 2008 10:48 PM

I am a new member as of tonight. I have an idea for you to try on the FPDC. First, take a peice of paper and draw four small figure eights in a row to represent stitches. Now draw four more right under the first four. These are a second row of stitches. All are dc. Now while looking at the two rows you have made, just above them make two more of these stitches, starting on the right to left as if you were crocheting. Now the next stitch will be the FPDC as follows.....with your hook in your hand, and the one loop on your hook, first, wrap your hook once, aim your hook to go in behind the dc on the first row of dc on the paper. You will be going right to left behind the stitch and wrapping and pulling up two loops, then wrap and pull up two more loops. completeing FPDC. Of course you know (YO) means wrap......Good Luck I hope this will help! Sometimes if we see it done on paper it becomes easier. Your new friend in crochet, krtb60

Jayde22 wrote
on Feb 7, 2008 5:22 PM

Wonderful Pattern this is exactly what I was looking for! I have been wanting to make some like this for a while.

on Mar 17, 2008 7:54 AM


Just started this pattern. So far, so good!

on Apr 26, 2008 12:19 PM


lwleh wrote
on Dec 1, 2008 2:08 AM

SOOO EASY....I had to look up the fpdc but it was so easy. All the other patterns I have found you have to sew things, this is great.

I posted pics on my myspace. www.myspace.com/lwleh



I used what ever colors I had....the blue and white are worsted weight and the red is left over from another project...it's like really soft...like the natural stuff...but still so easy!

Can't wait go hit the store and make them in several different colors...perhaps some purple ones for my BFF?

Any ThankS!

munchkinmama wrote
on Oct 1, 2009 2:33 PM
Maybe a dumb question, but I will attempt it anyways...
At the very beginning of the pattern...
I understand how to do the Fpdc, then I sc, but I ignore the post directly under the sc, and go on to the NEXT stitch for the Fpdc again, right?

Am I making sense?

on Dec 3, 2009 2:01 PM

Hey! Thanks for the pattern! I am on my second pair. I think I am doing the stitch wrong, because my "ribbing" does not come out vertical, it's totally diagonal! But it looks really pretty any way. I guess I don't understand the instructions. Also, I wanted a "THUMB" in mine,and tried a bunch of things, and the best one was by making a separate piece in the shape of a triangle and sewing it in. They look great!

TriciaR@4 wrote
on Dec 12, 2009 8:34 PM

I know you posted these three years ago now, but I just made a pair in purple (with white and black stripes) for my fourteen-year-old niece. They turned out great and your pattern is very well written. Thanks!!