I'm not what you would call a Clothes Person, and very very rarely consider buying new clothes. Most of what I plod about in these days is second hand/thrifted/old. I get soo narked at how much Nice Clothes cost and generally feel that my modest disposable income can be put to better use. And I am just not particularly bothered by what I look like I guess, never have been.
that's not to say I don't like to look at other pretty people wearing
Nice Clothes, because I do really enjoy browsing Nice Clothing
catalogues. In particular, I'm talking about the beautifully styled and
photographed booklets provided by the likes of Boden, Toast and Joules.
The latest Autumn/Winter clothing catalogues that've been plopping
through my letter box this past month have provided me with a great
deal of inspiration, and (I confess) something of The Wanties.
of the things which immediately caught my eye and made me drool with
desire are these Wrist Warmers.....these images are all
from the Joules catalogue and OH I do love-love-love-LoVE these little
Me WANtiE some of those!!!!!
These Joules Wrist Warmers are charmingly called "Chocatoodles" and when I found that out it made me want them even more than before.
I think they are maaaarvelous.
But they cost £15.
And besides, I had this idea that I could perhaps have a weeny little go at making my own.
Crocheted of course.
So with my stash of beautifully soft Baby Cashmerino in-the-bag, last weekend I gave the idea a whirl.
And do you know what??
They turned out just great!
They were very, very simple to make. I chose to crochet in htr (half treble) stitch, working two rows of each colour. SImple rectangles, thats all, folded in half and stitched down the length.
Easy-peasy.The hole for the thumb is created when you stitch up the side seam, as all you do is leave a gap. Couldn't be easier. I then chose to edge the thumb-hole with a row of single crochet.
Oh, and I added a very neat little scallopy border to the top and bottom edges too, just to give them a certain Finish.
I'm now about to begin production in smaller sizes to warm the wrists of the Little People who astonishingly adored these particular creations and are begging for me to make them some of their own (eh-hem, I do have to contemplate buying black yarn to make red-and-black striped ones for Little man, Dennis-The-Menace style. But I think I can cope with that just this once).
So I feel extra proud of these wrist warmers as they have the LP Seal Of Approval.And thats worth a lot.
Edited to add :: awwwww thanks SO MUCH for all your lovely comments :o)!!!!
A couple things if you are planning on giving this a go for yourself....
As a rough guide...I used a 3.5mm hook (the Baby Cashmerino is somewhere between DK weight and 4ply), and made a foundation chain of 35 stitches to start. Don't make your own starting chain too loose for your own arm/wrist (I thought mine was a bit on the tight side at first, but as I worked the rows, it loosened up nicely :: nothing worse than baggy-saggy mitts!!)
I've also written out my edging pattern for you...I've called it Bobble-shell edging, and you can find it in my sidebar listed as a page, or click here. Hope this is helpful.