Lately I have been exploring hand warmers-- the fingerless glove idea. So far I have tried knitting them:
So, now I know that 50g is not quite enough for a pair. I made sure that I had lots of this oatmeal colored yarn before I started. It is one of my favorite yarns, Lima, by Rowan. They are quite plain, again 32 stitches around on 4mm needles, in stockinette stitch.
here. The two on the bottom are the same number of stitches, but on different size needles, 2mm and 3mm. I think I will make them in a fuzzier yarn. This was the Koigu KPM
They were made by Brenda Abdulla( her etsy shop, her website,). She does a lot of upcyled clothing, or eco-fashion! I found this photo very inspirational, for many reasons:
1. I like the combination of textures and colors
2. I really like the idea of using pieces of other felted garments
I dumped out my stash of felted wool sweaters:
I decided to try just sewing the wool with a plain seam along the side and turn it inside out. Basically this is a tube with an opening left in it for the thumb.
Because it was an unfinished edge of wool felt, I decided to make it more finished by adding a crocheted edge around the bottom opening. I used quite a small crochet hook and fine yarn, so I was able to just poke it through the felt every few millimeters, and then after this base round, I just did one row of single crochet.
I quite like the effect of this, and I think it would be really fun to do a wider crocheted edging. The handwarmer came down quite far on the fingers, so I will make the opening closer to the edge if I want a wider crochet edge.
However, there is a small issue regarding the recyled sweater version, and that is that many people find that type of wool a bit itchy when worn that close to the skin.
I tried a third pair, using only cashmere recyled wool, and I think they are less "itchy". I didn't take a photo of them because I washed them, hoping that the seams would flatten out a bit. As you can see they stretch out a bit when joined by machine zig-zag stitching. I like the way that Brenda Abdullah incorporated the contrasting seams into her design, but I want to be able to make them lie more flat. Any ideas????
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