Redo #6

This is the first completed Hurry Up Spring Armwarmer. I haven’t sewn in the ends yet, and it’s hard to take a decent photo of your right hand. It’s fuzzy, but the colours are more or less right.


The observant may notice the purple at the top, which I didn’t think was going to make it in. You may wonder if I cheated somewhat to get the purple in, and you’d be dead right.

Armwarmers cheat.

I ripped it back yet again after Mandy enlightened me on the better way to do a thumb gusset. Mandy is a knitter of gloves and amazing colour work who hosted our monthly knit-together on Saturday morning. I ripped the armwarmer back a sixth time when I found the gusset was far too small, and decided there was too much orange, so it got cut out. This was a preemptive strike before it snapped on me in protest, like the green lower down. I also got fed up of the yucky yellow-into-green colour further up, and cut that out to get to the purple sooner. Spit-splice is a wonderful thing.

I made a lot of changes to get this armwarmer the way I wanted. First off, I did the cast on and a couple of rows of ribbing in size 8 needles, more or less what was needed to get gauge. Then I switched to size 7 needles because I have skinny wrists. I went back to the eights when I started the thumb gusset at row 30 on the chart.

The increases for the thumb gusset were done by putting a backwards loop on the needle (Mandy’s suggestion), instead of knitting in front and back of a stitch, or picking up the loop below. Neither looked good in my opinion, both left holes. I worked a knit plain row after each increase row, which was left out of the book but should have been included according to the designer. I increased several more stitches than the thirteen suggested for the gusset because it was looking too tight.

These modifications may not be good for you, bear in mind I knit with an evil amount of tension. Think guitar string tension and you’re getting there. I also have a great preference for the colour purple and small wrists.

My other FO of 2005 is the Hemp socks:

Hemp socks.

The wool/hemp/mohair yarn from DZined made it through an accidental machine-washing intact, and I love these socks.


  1. The socks look wonderful. Did you reinforce the heel and/or toe? A local craft shop has wool/hemp blend yarn in natural. I bought some to dye & knit into socks after seeing yours.

  2. Hey Ali! I love the armwarmers and the socks look very comfortable. I just finally got over my fear of dpns and started practing with them this weekend. They aren’t so hard after all!

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