Scrunchy Ombre Arm Warmers


Knitting pattern PDF download from Knit Picks.  Also available as part of the Knit Picks Under 100 Knit Collection book and ebook.


The Scrunchy Ombre Arm Warmers combine two of any knitter’s favorite things: 1) using up those tiny balls of leftover sock yarn and 2) stripes. By creating a stripe patterning that repeats and overlaps, there are not only less ends to weave in but it also opens the possibilities for endless color gradients. These simple-yet-addictive arm warmers keep your hands warm and your fingers available for knitting. How many colour combinations can you come up with?

This great stashbusting project has a matching hat pattern!  You can find the Sock Stashbuster Slouch Hat here.

Don’t forget to join us in the Aknitica Designs group on Ravelry! It’s a great place to talk over colour choices and give the rest of us inspiration. 🙂

The colours used in my rainbow-like sample are Knit Picks Palette in
Fairy Tale,
Garnet Heather,
Bittersweet Heather,
Turmeric (again),
and Whirlpool.

Sizes:  Hand circumferences are 6.5, 7.5, and 8.5 inches.  They’re designed to be knit with negative ease, which means you’ll want them to be a little snug for the best, scrunchy (and not baggy) fit.

Yarn:   30 – 35 grams / 250 – 300 yards of fingering-weight

Needles:  Size 2 US (2.75 mm) circular needles for knitting in the round.  You’ll need 2 circs (Or Magic Loop or dpn’s if your prefer) for this small-circumference knitting.

Skills Needed:

  • Increasing
  • Putting stitches on waste yarn
  • Sewing in ends
  • Knitting in the round


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