Oh, I am so excited! I’ve been waiting to tell you about these for what seems like forever. Yes, it’s my first “published” pattern, the Scrunchy Ombre Arm Warmers.
Knit Picks had the brilliant idea of publishing a collection of quick-knit projects that can use up stash yarn. Every pattern in it takes less than 100 grams, and mine takes only about 30-35 grams total.
You can even use those teeny, tiny, looks-too-small-to-be-part-of-anything balls of sock yarn in these arm warmers. Trust me. I’ve been experimenting.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I have a weakness for arm warmers. I love having warm hands, but I don’t love having my fingers covered when I want to knit or drive or type.
I think they’re great for wearing under long sleeves for a little extra warmth or for wearing with short sleeves to make my favourite t-shirts last a little bit longer in the fall.
Plus, they’re so wonderfully simple to knit — especially these ones. All the detail here comes from the fantastic colourways; the structure itself is quite basic.
Once I began playing with the colours, I realized there were so many possibilities.
I love the Ombre striping you’ll see on the Knit Picks sample. Overlapping similar hues of different tints from light to dark (or vice versa) creates a lovely effect. (And I’m very curious to try such a thing with a grey or black background as a variation.)
My favourite so far, though, has to be these ones that I made up from my own stash of Knit Picks Palette. I’ve listed the colours I used at the end of this post.
But, I really want to see what you will come up with. What amazing, flashy, subdued, classic, or crazy colour combination will your stash make?
In order to find out, I’m throwing a party. It’s a knitting party, and there will be friendly conversation, laughter (I hope), and prizes.
It’ll be very easy to attend, and there’s no particular dress code. Simply show up on Ravelry in the Aknitica Designs group, or on Facebook at the Aknitica Designs page, anytime you want, starting today, December 30th, until Friday, January 31st.
Show us your arm warmers — before, during, and after — and you’ll be entered to win a prize!
I have one ebook version of the book, the Under 100 Knit Collection, to give away, and one print version.
The ebook will be given away with a random draw this Friday! Just post a photo of the yarn you’re thinking of using in the Ravelry group, and you’ll automatically be entered to win it. I’ll post the winner in the same thread, then the lucky recipient will get the ebook as soon as I get her/his email address.
Head on over to the Ravelry thread to see about winning the print copy. And show us your yarn!
Knit Picks Pallete yarn in Turmeric, Pimento, Fairy Tale, Garnet Heather, Currant, Urchin, Bittersweet Heather, Sky, Turmeric (again), Edamame, Whirlpool.
The purple colours are:
Knit Picks Palette Yarn in Fairy Tale, Bittersweet Heather, Eggplant, Urchin, Pennyroyal, Fairy Tale.
These simple ones are knit in Knit Picks Palette in Midnight Heather and Clarity, with Masala as the orange accents.
So, what yarn will you knit them in? I look forward to chatting with you in the Aknitica Designs Ravelry group!
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