How To Knit Easy Arm Warmers


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

This easy knitting 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.

Scroll down to view the free pattern or grab the ad-free printable PDF pattern in my shop here.

easy knit hand warmers

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 fun 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 following the pattern to create a rectangle, which is then seamed together.

hand knit arm warmers
knitted arm warmers in garter stitch and stockinette stitch

The Yarn I Used To Knit The Wrist Warmers

I knit the wrist warmers 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.

woman wearing arm warmers and picking flowers

The Easy Arm Warmers Knitting Pattern

Purchase the inexpensive ad-free, PDF printable pattern in my shop here.


The arm warmers knit up quickly and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

Tip – you can leave a thumb hole when you seam if you want to make them into fingerless mitts.

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Skill Level – Basic

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 = 16 sts in 26 rows in 10 x 10cm/4 x 4 inches.

arm warmers knitting pattern

The Supplies You Need



  • 5mm (US 8) knitting needles


Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations List

  • 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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Pattern Instructions

Using two strands knit together – both of the arm warmers are knit the same and knit flat on straight knitting needles.

  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.

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