Unwavering by Hunter Hammersen


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June 2018
both are used in this pattern
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches = 4 inches
in blocked ribbing (see notes for more details)
225 - 300 yards (206 - 274 m)
Written in four sizes and three gauges to fit most anyone (see notes below for more).
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This pattern (along with most of my earlier work) was retired in the summer of 2022. However, it may be available for a few days once or twice a year. Read on for details!

In the summer of 2022, I realized that maintaining a back catalog of hundreds of patterns was kind of overwhelming. I couldn’t do it and still release new things. So I took my old patterns down so I could keep doing new work.

Since then, a handful of my favorites have come back, and lovely new things have come out. But the vast majority of the old patterns are retired and will no longer be generally available.

However, enough folks have asked about some old favorites that I’m planning to make many of the retired patterns available for a few days once or twice a year (most likely in late spring and then again in the fall around Thanksgiving).

  • If you see the buy buttons on this page, you’ve caught it on one of the days it’s available, and you’re welcome to grab it!
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Unwavering adjective continuing in a strong and steady way

This is a companion to Wavering (the hat in the picture at the bottom of this page).

I tried. I really did. I tried to be done with this awesome little stripe when I finished the hat. But I was having too much fun and I wasn’t ready to be done. And I firmly believe accessories are more fun when they come in sets, so here we are!

These cuffs use the same stripe technique as Wavering (technically it’s colorwork…but you only do three tiny stitches of the contrast color on each row, so it’s about as easy as it can be, plus there’s a detailed tutorial to walk you through it step by step if you’re feeling nervous) and add in the most satisfying thumb gusset I think I’ve ever seen. The result is a cuff that’s adorable, comfy (all that ribbing means it really hugs your hand), and fun to knit (that stripe really is satisfying).

The hardest part will be picking your colors. Team colors? House colors? School colors? Something to match your favorite coat? Flip around whatever you used for the hat to make a perfect set? Use up the last tiny bit of that super precious yarn as the stripe (you don’t need much)? The possibilities are pretty much endless!

The cuff is written in four sizes (castons of 45, 49, 53, and 57 stitches), and you should feel free to adjust your gauge a bit to fine tune the fit of the cuff. Just be sure that you’re working at a gauge that gives you a fabric you like with your chosen yarn!

I recommend working at something around 6.5, 7, or 7.5 stitches per inch, and I’ve included a table to help you figure out what gauge you’ll want to use for your size. With that range of sizes and gauges, the cuff will fit a hand or wrist between 7 and 10.25 inches (with lots of points in between).

This cuff uses between 175 and 225 yards of the main color (that’s the gray in the pictures), and about 25-30 yards of the contrast color (that’s the orange in the pictures). I got the cuffs, the hat, and a pompom out of one skein of each of the yarns (with quite a bit of the contrast yarn left over).

This is perfect for you if:

  • You simply must know how that stripe works
  • You’re as hopelessly taken with that thumb gusset as I am

It’s not for you if:

  • You don’t like charts (the pattern uses charts)
  • You hate swatching (you need to swatch to check your needle size)