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Fun with Stripes

Hey, all, thanks for the great response yesterday to my request for test knitters! I have all I need right now, but I love how quick so many of you were to volunteer! So nice. I can’t wait to see how my pattern looks flying off of your needles – I hope it’s as much fun for you to knit as it is for me to anticipate!!

Striped Wristwarmers, at Polka Dot Cottage

So today, I have something new to share: Striped Wristwarmers!

These babies knit up in just a few hours. They make an excellent weekend project. (Hello, holiday gifting? you could whip up a nice little pile of these for everyone on your list!)

You can use double-pointed needles, or a knitting loom – whichever you like. (Because it’s a pattern that is written in the round, it’s the same for both needles and loom, and no translation is necessary.)

Striped prototype, at Polka Dot Cottage

I did something with this ebook that I have been thinking about for several months: I am releasing two versions.

There is the usual thing I do – the pattern + tutorial with gobs of step-by-step photos.

And there is something new – a “Just the Pattern” option. Just the Pattern is for those of you who are familiar with the techniques and can get by with nothing more than the written instructions. If you understand knitspeak and you know how to cast-on, knit, purl, and bind-off, you could probably get by with Just the Pattern. The biggest benefit of this option is the price, which is about a third of that of the full-blown tutorial.

I plan to make Just the Pattern options for all of my yarn-based tutorials, as time allows, so keep an eye out for those!

Anywho, if you’re in the market for a funky pair of stripey fingerless gloves to keep your spirits up this winter, I’ve got you covered:

Enjoy! And do feel free to give me your feedback 🙂

Oh, I almost forgot! If you buy the pattern, but later decide you wanted the tutorial too, it’s not a problem. The Just the Pattern PDF includes a coupon code that will give you a discount on the purchase of the full-blown version so that it all evens out. You shouldn’t have to pay twice for the pattern portion!


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4 thoughts on “Fun with Stripes

  1. Just out of curiosity, did you knit these with needles or a loom? In a previous post I mentioned just not getting the hang of knitting with needles (for over 10 years of trying), despite having worked with the loom for a while. I took your suggestion and visited a site you mentioned and it has finally clicked (thank you, thank you, thank you!). Haven’t really made anything other than swatches so far and I still have a lot to learn. Wish I could have thrown in my chance to get your sweater pattern yesterday, but I doubt I could whip up a sweater anytime soon. 🙁

    1. I used needles for these.

      I did do a few sample rows on a loom, but I got frustrated with how long it was taking. These days, I knit much faster with needles than with a loom (never thought I would say *that*!)

      I’m glad to hear that website helped! I think they key for me might have been deciding to try Continental style. I hadn’t realized there were two different ways before that, and continental just seems so much easier.

      My thoughts on beginners knitting projects that seem too advanced: do it! If you want it enough, you’re going to be motivated to work on it. And you’re going to learn all of the techniques you need as you go along. (YouTube is great for that) You’ll probably make a few mistakes, and you may end up with a wonky piece at the end, but it will be a great learning experience, a super confidence-builder, and hey, you can at least wear it around the house, even if it’s not quite “going out” material 😉

  2. These look cute!!I am also much faster on needles than loom these days!!! I might have to pop out some of these for gifts!!

    1. Cool! Thanks 🙂

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