Thursday, December 13, 2012

Kirby Armwarmers


In honor of Kirby, I made these armwarmers. I think he(she?) is probably one of the cutest characters made even if he was originally just for testing. And really, who doesn't go on a rampage when their cake gets stolen?!
When I decided to make Kirby inspired armwarmers I knew that I wanted them to be long. New England has a tendency to be cold. I also knew I wanted to make them a little thick. Worsted weight yarn would be best for that. To be honest though, I would use a lighter weight next time. I think it would make the process much easier.
Making the design was easy enough. Actually making the armwarmers, maybe not so much. There was a lot of unraveling and re-knitting involved. I originally was using the stranding method, then, realizing it wasn't working, settled on intarsia. Thinking on it afterwards though, double knitting might have been best for some elements.

These armwarmers are knitted flat. A seam is stitched on the side to make a tube with a hole for the thumb. The finishing is fairly simple.
This design makes an armwarmers that has an eight inch forearm circumference and is about 12 inches long. The pattern itself is worked over 25 stitches. A stitch marker can be used to make knitting easier.

Materials

  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker
  • US #4 straight needles
  • 1 ball each of Bernat Satin worsted weight in light blue, antique rose, snow, ebony, and sea shell
  • 1 ball each of Impeccable worsted weight in rouge and royal

Instructions

Gauge 23 st x 27 r = 4in please take the time to check your gauge.
Remember that the first stitch in every row is slipped.
CO 48 sts
2 x 2 rib for 1” (K2,P2)
St st for 8” on last row place marker for 25 st pattern and end with a wrong side row.
Work Kirby chart for either the right or left hand (intarsia). For left hand chart, Kirby is first 25 sts. For right hand chart, Kirby is last 25 sts.
2 x 2 rib for 1/2”
BO and weave in all ends
Sew side together with mattress stitch leaving a hole for the thumb.









































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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