Thursday, December 20, 2012

Ruffle Armwarmers

These ruffled arm warmers are a modified version of the KnitPicks ruffled wrist warmer pattern. I liked the yarn that they used in the pattern and the ruffle at the end. From there however, I wanted to change the way it looked on my arm by changing the length and the middle design.
The original pattern states that it is suitable for a beginner. I would have to say that probably isn't the case. There are a number of techniques used that I don't think I used as a beginner. There's a three needle "bind off", YO, and central double decreases and a picot bind off to name a few.

Materials

MC sport weight yarn 200 yds
CC DK weight yarn 200 yds
US size 4, 5, 6 DPNS (5 each)
Tapestry needle

Guage

24 sts/30 rows = 4 inches in St st in main color. These armwarmers fit a wrist 6 to 8 inches around.

Pattern

Using the KnitPicks pattern here, follow the instructions for the ruffles in both colors stopping with that pattern at the end of the main color ruffle before the St st begins.
K plain for 4 rounds instead of the 2 in the pattern.
 Attach the ruffles with a three needle bind off except do not bind off of course. To do this, insert the CC ruffle into the hole of the MC ruffle, lining up the needles and stitches. Knit two together using one st from the MC and one from the CC. Repeat all the way around.
Knit for 3 rounds
Rnd 4: p
Rnd 5: *YO, K2tog; rep from*
Rnd 6: p
Rearrange the stitches on three needles 12, 12, and 12
Knit three rounds
Rnd 4: k across
Rnd 5: k needle 1; K2, YO, K3, Sl 1, K2tog, PSSO, K3, YO, K1; k needle 3
Rnd 6: k across
Rnd 7: k needle 1; K1, P1, K1, YO, K2, Sl 1, K2tog, PSSO, K2, YO, K1, P1; k needle 3
Rnd 8: k needle 1; K1, P1, K9, P1; k needle 3
Rnd 9: k needle 1; K1, P1, K2, YO, K1, Sl 1, K2tog, PSSO, K1, YO, K2, P1; k needle 3
Rnd 10: k needle 1; K1, P1, K9, P1; k needle 3
Rnd 11: k needle 1; K1, P1, K3, YO, Sl 1, K2tog, PSSO, YO, K3, P1; k needle 3
repeat rows 4 - 11 two more times.
K 3 rounds
Rnd 4: P
Rnd 5: *YO, K2tog; rep from *
K 4 rounds
BO using the picot bindoff from the KnitPicks pattern
Weave in ends and block.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

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