Men’s Wrist Warmers – Free Pattern
The Richard wrist warmers (named after my very supportive husband) are a more masculine version of our Susan Wrist warmers. These men’s wrist warmers are a great gift idea, and a good way to use your scraps or bust that stash!
Do you remember our Susan Wrist warmers?
Where the Susan Wrist warmers uses the sedge stitch the Richard wrist warmers use the crunch stitch. We released the pattern for those over a year ago now. You can find the free pattern for those here or by clicking the photo at the bottom of this page.
These men’s wrist warmers are constructed in exactly the same way but instead of using the sedge stitch I went for a more masculine looking crunch stitch.
The Richard Wrist Warmers
Don’t get me wrong, they the Susan and Richard wrist warmers are unisex really – I just wanted a reason to try them out with a different stitch LOL.
You may recall, if you have read about the Susan version, that I made the Susan version with the intention of gifting them to the ladies that worked for my husband last Christmas. They got theirs and loved them. The men then got jealous and asked to try on their gifts. They loved how they felt and that they could still use their phones etc whilst wearing them. Dan and Alex asked me to make them a pair but make them look a ‘bit more manly’ than the pink and gold versions. They ‘advised’ of their favourite colours to wear and sent me on my merry way to get my hooks out again. Luckily, the local yarn store was 2 minutes from the office and a 5 minute walk from home.
So yes, the Richard wrist warmers have been waiting their turn for release since December last year!
What I can unequivocally say is that both lads are still wearing their wrist warmers and they still look great after a year and despite Dan having 2 small children at home!
I believe that Sara also made a few pairs of these last year as gifts for her brothers and other family members which went down a treat.
PDF Pattern links:
As always, you can find a very reasonably priced pdf version of this pattern in all of our stores:
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If you prefer video tutorials instead of written patterns Sara recorded a full video on how to make these men’s wrist warmers on our YouTube Channel. The left handed version will go up very soon!
- You can use any size yarn for this. Thinner yarn will use more. I used approx. 110 yards of Stylecraft Aran (#4 weight yarn) with no cuff. You can use any yarn with the appropriate size hook.
- Hook recommended for the yarn used
- Stitch markers (optional)
- Tapestry needle
Not important for this project as you create the length required with your chains and work to the desired width.
My finished gloves were 8.25’’ tall and 4’’ wide and fit a medium man’s hand. You will need a couple of measurements to get the perfect fit (although I have given a rough guide below). If you can get them you will need these three measurements:
- dc–double crochet
- hdc – half double crochet
- sc–single crochet
- ss–slip stitch
- FPDC – Front Post Double Crochet
- BPDC – Back post double crochet
- * to * – repeat from * to *
- Written in US terms
- Ch1 does not count as a st
- You will need to know the measurements for length, width and distance from the top to the part of your hand where you thumb starts to get a great fit! (see photo above for more information)
- The figure photos are from our Susan wrist warmers but the same principles apply here!
Note: these wrist-warmers are made as a rectangle and then the sides sewn together with a gap for the thumb.
Row 1 Ch in multiples of 2 until you get the desired length of the wrist-warmer minus 1.5’’ (this is made up with the cuff later). Then ch an additional 1. Sc in second ch from hook and each st across.
Fsc in multiples of 2 until you get the desired length minus 1.5’’.
I fsc 32 to start (but I would do 34 or 36 for a large size and 28 or 30 for a small if you don’t have the measurements you need)
Row 2 Turn. Alt ch2 in first st (this is made up of a sc and a ch) Ss in next st, *hdc in next st, ss in next st* along.
Note: you will end with a ss.
Row 3-32 Repeat row 2 until work is wide enough to go around the knuckles. If your knuckle length is 4’’, your work needs to be 8’’ tall.
For example, to get a 4’’ width I made mine measure 8’’ tall as I worked it. You will then turn the finished rectangle on its side to create the finished item!
Do not fasten off.
Turn your rectangle 90 degrees.
Using a stitch marker mark the measurement from the top of the wrist-warmer to where the thumb starts.
Mark where the thumb finishes with another stitch marker (see pic below).
SS or sew from the top to the first marker.
SS or sew from the second stitch marker to the bottom. Do not FO
To work the Cuffs:
Round 1 Ch1, sc an even number of stitches evenly around the bottom of the glove. SS to join
Note: be careful not to sc too few as this will make the gap for getting you hand in smaller! I find one sc for each row works well.
Round 2 Ch3 (counts as a dc), DC in each stitch around. SS to join.
For Round 3 Ch1, *FPDC around the first stitch, BPDC around the next st* around SS to join
Round 4 Repeat round 3.
Round 5 Repeat round 3.
FO, weave in ends.