Granny Stripe Handwarmers

Granny Stripe Hand Warmers

These hand warmers are a fantastic first project – you only need to master two types of stitch (chain and treble crochet) and you can make them. The addition of a crochet circle and chunky button gives a pretty finishing touch.

To make these hand warmers you will need one 50g ball of Double Knitting yarn, a 4mm crochet hook, two stitch markers and a button to co-ordinate with your choice of yarn. You’ll also need a chunky needle with an eye big enough for the yarn.

Although we’ve written lots of instructions for our workshops, this is the first time we’ve turned them into a web based tutorial – so if you find you need any clarification, do let us know!

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These instructions are made using UK Crochet Terms.

Step One: Make a Foundation Chain and Measure to Fit

The hand warmers are going to be made as a flat rectangle and then sewn together when finished.

  •  Make a slip knot in your yarn leaving a long tail (this will come in handy later);
  • Make 30 chain stitches;

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  • Hold the line of 30 stitches and measure around your hand;

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  • If the chain fits easily around your hand without being too baggy – great! If it’s too short add 3 chain stitches and try again until it’s the right length. If it’s too long, remove your hook and pull back 3 chain stitches.
  • Because of the pattern we’re going to be using, it’s important that the base chain is a multiple of 3.
  • Make a note of how many chain you need – so that you can make your second hand warmer the same!

Step Two: Make a Row of Treble Crochet

This row will form a neat cuff to your hand warmers

  • Onto the foundation chain you made in step one, add an extra three chain

Why add an extra three chain? Crochet stitches are quite tall and always worked from the top, so to get your hook to the right place a number of chain stitches are used. These 3 chain will count as the first treble on this row.

  • Place a stitch marker in the 3rd chain you’ve just made – this will help you later;
  • You will now be working back along the foundation chain;
  • Make a treble crochet in the 4th chain from your hook;
  • Make a treble crochet in each of the chain stitches on the foundation chain.
Working Treble Crochet along the foundation chain.

Working Treble Crochet along the foundation chain.

Step Three: The First Row of Treble Clusters

These hand warmers are made using clusters of three treble crochet – it gives them a lovely texture and an open appearance to the work.

  •  Make three turning chain (these will count as your first treble) and place a stitch marker in the third chain.
Add 3 chain and place a stitch marker in the third chain.

Add 3 chain and place a stitch marker in the third chain.

  • Turn your work, you’ll now be working back across the row of trebles you made in Step Two;
  • Make one treble crochet into the same space (the last treble crochet of your second row);
  • Miss two treble crochet from your last row;
  • In the next treble crochet, work three trebles;
  • Miss two treble crochet from your last row;
  • In the next treble crochet, work three trebles;
  • Continue to work across the row;
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Keep working rows of treble crochet clusters

  • When you reach the far end of your row, work two treble crochet into the chain stitch you placed a stitch marker in during Step Two. Remove the stitch marker.

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    Work in clusters of three treble crochet until you reach the end of the row and then work two treble crochet into the stitch with the stitch marker.

Step Five: Keep Working Rows of Treble Crochet Clusters

  • Make three chain (these count as your first treble). Place a stitch market in the 3rd chain;
  • Turn your work, so that you are now working back across the row you have just made;
  • Make one treble crochet into the very first treble of the row below;
  • Make three treble crochet into the first space between two treble clusters in the row below;
  • Continue to work across the row, creating 3 trebles in each space;
  • When you reach the end of the row, make two treble crochet into the chain you marked with a stitch marker in the row below.

It’s all about the beginnings and the ends!

The start and end of each row is very important – these will make the sides of your work and they’ll need to be straight. At the end of each row, just take a good look at your work and check that the sides are even – it’s always best to spot a mistake early. This pattern has a good rhythm to it – one row starts with the turning chain and a treble crochet (so, two stitches) whilst the following row starts with just the turning chain (so, just the one stitch).

Step Six: Keep Going!

Keep going, repeating Steps 4 and 5 until you have 17 rows of treble clusters, plus your initial row of trebles (so 18 rows in total).

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Keep working rows of treble crochet clusters until you have 17 rows of clusters.

Step Seven: Finish with a Row of Trebles

This row is similar to your first row and will give a nice neat top edge to the hand warmers.

  • Work three turning chain;
  • Work one treble crochet into each of the trebles in the row below (note, into the actual treble stitches, not the spaces between them).
  • Finish the row with one treble into the chain you’ve stitch marked in the row below.
  • Trim your yarn, leaving a long tail and thread the tail though the working loop.
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By working the final row as treble crochet it will give the hand warmer a nice neat top edge.

Step Eight: Sewing Up

To sew up your hand warmers, you’ll need a needle with the eye large enough to fit the yarn.

  • Fold your crochet rectangle in half, with the row of plain trebles forming the top and bottom.
  • From the top of the hand warmer(1), using the tail you left when you finished the crochet, sew down 3 rows of crochet (2).
  • Now leave a gap for your thumb, I have left 4 rows, but you can leave a smaller or larger gap depending on preference;
  • From the bottom of your crochet (4), using the tail you left at the start, sew up to the bottom edge of the gap (3) you have left for your thumb. Use small neat stitches.
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Sew up the hand warmer first from point 1 to point 2, then from point 4 up to point 3.

Step Nine: Decorating!

You’re almost done! If you’d like to add a touch of detail to your hand warmers, you can add a crochet circle and a co-ordinating button.

To make a circle

Make 6 chain and form into a circle using a slip stitch;

Make 3 chain (these count as your first treble);

Place a stitch marker in the 3rd chain;

Work 16 treble crochet stitches into the middle of the 6 chain circle;

Finish the circle with a slip stitch into the chain with the stitch marker;

Sew in ends;

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Once you’ve made your circle you can choose a coordinating button.

To add the circle and the button to your hand warmer, decide where you’d like them to be attached. Then, depending on the size of your button sew onto the hand warmer either using yarn or a co-ordinating colour of cotton thread. Sew in all ends.

A different decoration that can look very pretty is threading ribbon or lace in and out of the treble clusters of one row, and then finishing with a bow.

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The finished hand warmer – all sewn up!

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The soft yarn makes the hand warmers fit well to the shape of your hand

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We’ve chosen spring green for our hand warmers – perfect for a time of year when the weather can be sunny one moment and chilly the next!

And you’re finished! Now all you need to do is make the matching pair in exactly the same way.

We’ve done our very best with these instructions, but if you’ve got any questions please shout and we’ll do our best to help you out.

Jo and Karey x

PS – we’ve added a link to the chart for this pattern here:)  : Granny Stripe Handwarmers Chart

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