Flux Hand Warmers by Martina Behm

Flux Hand Warmers

Knitting
March 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
110 - 200 yards (101 - 183 m)
To fit hand circumference above thumb: 16 (18, 20, 22) cm [6¼ (7, 7¾, 8¾) in]
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The Flux Hand Warmers are the first pattern in the mystery techniques knitalong, Confident Knitting. You can find out more about Confident Knitting in this blog post: Confident Knitting

You can purchase a print and ebook copy of Confident Knitting for £20+shipping from our online shop. The ebook only version is £19.99.

SIZES
Small (Medium, Large, XL)
To fit hand circumference above thumb: 16 (18, 20, 22) cm [6¼ (7, 7¾, 8¾) in]
Actual wrist circumference: 12.5 (14.5, 16.5, 18.5) cm [5 (5¾, 6½, 7¼) in]
Actual hand circumference above thumb (rib, unstretched): 10.5 (12, 14, 15.5) cm [4¼ (4¾, 5½, 6) in]
Length: 15.5 (16.5, 18, 19.5) cm [6¼ (6½, 7¼, 7¾) in]
Shown in size Medium on hand circumference 18cm [7in].

YARN
Schoppel Wolle Zauberball Crazy (4ply/fingering weight; 75% superwash wool, 25% biodegradable nylon; 420m per 100g ball)
Garden Party / Gartenparty 2355; 1 x 100g ball in all sizes

Approximate yardage
100 (120, 150, 180) m [110 (130, 160, 200) yds]

NEEDLES AND NOTIONS
1 set 2.5mm [US 1.5] circular needle, 80cm [32in] long, or double-pointed needles, or one size smaller than size needed to match tension, or your preferred needles for working small circumferences in the round
1 set 2.75mm [US 2] circular needle, 80cm [32in] long, or double-pointed needles, or size to match tension, or your preferred needles for working small circumferences in the round
A small quantity of smooth waste yarn of approximately 4ply weight
2-3mm crochet hook
Spare double-pointed needle or cable needle
Stitch markers, Tapestry needle

TENSION
30 sts and 42 rounds to 10cm [4in] over stocking stitch worked in the round, using larger needles, after washing and blocking
36 sts and 40 rounds to 10cm [4in] over twisted rib worked in the round, using larger needles, after washing and blocking

SPECIAL TECHNIQUES
Photo tutorials for the following techniques are included in the pattern:
Crochet provisional cast-on method
Folded hem

The following video tutorials will be found on our website at http://www.acknitwear.co.uk/confident-knitting
Folded hem
Stretchy cast-off method

PATTERN NOTES
These hand warmers start with a crochet provisional cast on, and the inside edge of the folded hem is worked with smaller needles. A turning round with yarn over holes is worked to form the picot edge (a knit or purl round may be chosen instead), before larger needles are used to complete the outside edge of the folded hem. A joining round completes the folded hem before the wrist is knitted in stocking stitch. A thumb gusset uses purl stitches to give a textural contrast to the hand and then the thumb stitches are left on a holder before the hand is completed in twisted ribbing. Finally, the thumb stitches are worked in twisted rib to complete the hand warmer.

The pattern is provided in four sizes, but if you wish to make further adjustments it will be straightforward to add or remove an even number of stitches to give a smaller or larger hand circumference. You can also very easily add length by changing either the plain rounds worked at the wrist, or the rib rounds worked at the hand, or both.

KNITALONG
You can find lots of friendly knitters to knitalong with while you try the folded hem, over at The Knitalong Hub.