How To Knit Easy Arm Warmers

easy knit hand warmers pattern

If you are a beginner knitter looking for a really easy project, then why not learn how to knit easy arm warmers?

This pattern is a great choice for a beginner, using the basic knitting stitches  – stockinette stitch and garter stitch.

Both pieces are knit flat on straight needles and then seamed to finish.

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What Are Arm Warmers?

Arm warmers and wrist warmers are made to keep your hands warm when you are typing or driving.

Made like sleeves without the rest of the sweater, these are designed to keep your hands warm, while at the same time comfortable too. 

Originally worn mostly by dancers, to keep their arms warmed up during practice, they are great for keeping your arms warm without wearing a bulky sweater.

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What Can I Knit?

If you are a beginner knitter and you are thinking about what to knit for your first few projects, then this pattern will be a good start.

You can also knit a variety of other easy items, including;

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How To Knit Arm Warmers

The easiest way to knit this pair of hand warmers is by using straight needles.

Both pieces are identical, so you just repeat the pattern for the second warmer.

You start by using the basics and create a rectangle, which is then seamed together.

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The Knitting Basics

For this pattern, you will need to know some noobie basics, like…

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Wrist Warmers

The knitted wrist warmers are perfect for the spring weather, as they have been knit with medium weight yarn (04), in Cascade 220 in Lavender Heather 2422 and Drops Kid-Silk- Lavender 11.

I knit with two strands together to give them some texture and they turned out soft and fuzzy.

Using knit and purl stitches, you will create ridges, then continue to knit in stockinette stitch, on straight needles.

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Yield: Arm warmers

How To Knit Easy Arm Warmers

How To Knit Easy Arm Warmers
Make a pair of arm warmers that are really easy to knit for any beginner knitters out there!
Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours
Difficulty Easy/beginner
Estimated Cost $10


  • 1 x Cascade 220 Heather in Heather 2422
  • 1 x Drops Kid Silk - Lavender 11.


  • 5mm (US 8) knitting needles
  • Tape measure
  • Darning needle
  • Scissors


Using two strands together - both of the arm warmers are knit the same.

  1. CO 26sts
  2. P - 2 rows
  3. K - 2 rows
  4. P - 2 rows
  5. K - 2 rows
  6. P - 2 rows
  7. K - 2 rows
  8. P - 2 rows
  9. K - 2 rows
  10. P - 2 rows
  11. K - 2 rows
  12. P - 2 rows
  13. K - 2 rows
  14. P - 2 rows
  15. Work in st, st (Starting with a K row - for 4 rows)
  16. P - 2 rows
  17. Work in st, st (Starting with a K row - for 4 rows)
  18. P - 2 rows
  19. Work in st, st (Starting with a K row - for 4 rows)
  20. P - 2 rows
  21. Work in st, st (Starting with a K row - for 4 rows)
  22. P - 2 rows
  23. K row
  24. P row
  25. P row
  26. P row
  27. K row
  28. P row
  29. P row
  30. P row
  31. K - 2 rows
  32. P - 2 rows
  33. K - 2 rows
  34. P - 2 rows
  35. Cast off.

Making up

Stitch the side seam - using the invisible seaming method, and you should see the join look neat.

Weave in any loose ends.


This pair of arm warmers knits up quickly in medium yarn, and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

You are welcome to sell items knit from this pattern, I just ask that you give pattern credit to Handy Little Me and link to in any listings. Thank you!

Size - Women's small/medium

(You can add or remove sts if you need to alter the size)

Length = 9 inches

Width (laying flat and unstretched) = 3 inches

Gauge = 12 sts in 12 rows in 2 inches.


CO - cast on

Cont - Continue

K – knit

P - purl

PM - Place marker

St(s) – stitch(es)

St, st - Stockinette stitch

Rep - repeat

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