Pattern: Old-Freshened Cuffs

The old-fashioned look of gingham is given a fresh new feel in these lovely wristwarmers. The top and bottom are exact reverse images of each other, and in fact, the wristwarmers can be flipped upside-down if you want the opposite colour on top – or wear one upside-down and one right-side up, whatever strikes your fancy! The bamboo yarn used to make the model wristwarmers shown here gives a fabric with a lovely softness, shimmer and drape, without being too hot; but any fibre will work nicely, depending on how cold you expect it to be!


    Pattern gives instructions for three circumferences (small, medium, large) and two lengths (short, long), for a total of six sizes. Model shown is size long medium.
    • Short small: 5” length, 6” outer circumference
    • Long small: 7.25” length, 6” outer circumference
    • Short medium: 5.75” length, 7” outer circumference
    • Long medium: 8” length, 7” outer circumference
    • Short large: 5.75” length, 8” outer circumference
    • Long large: 8” length, 8” outer circumference
    The fabric is fairly thick, so the inner circumference is approximately 0.75” smaller than the outer.

    Skill requirements

    • Long-tail cast-on
    • Working in the round
    • Chart reading
    • Knitting, Purling

    Materials needed

    • Yarn: Fingering weight, as follows (all yardages are approximates) - model used S. R. Kertzer "On Your Toes Bamboo", 75% bamboo/25% nylon, 328yds/100g, colours ON260318 (green) and ON260191 (purple)
      • Short small: 60 yards of each colour
      • Long small: 80 yards of each colour
      • Short medium: 82 yards of each colour
      • Long medium: 110 yards of each colour
      • Short large: 95 yards of each colour
      • Long large: 125 yards of each colour
    • Needles: 2.75m DPNs
    • Stitch marker, or whatever you use to mark for beginning of rounds


    • 36 sts and 41.5 rows = 4 inches in stranded pattern

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