Designer in Residence for the Yarn Crawl!

The Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl is quickly approaching. Hurrah! And I’m thrilled to confirm that Susan Crawford, the Designer of the Month, will be at GTS on Saturday (for the yarn crawl). She will be bringing along a wee trunk show of her latest yarn on the market, Fenella. This has most recently been featured in Pom Pom Quarterly. She will also be available to sign books for those of you interested in purchasing one of this lovely lady’s publications. She will be such a treat to have in the shop for the day, I’m really looking forward to it!

Yes, the weekend holds promise of great fun. So before you do a tour of Edinburgh’s yarn shops, you may want to break up a bit of that stash. There is still time, dinnae fash! If you have just a wee bit of yarn left over from that fabulous shawl or garment, you can whip up these hand warmers quite quick. I had some Ginger’s Hand Dyed Splendor 4ply left over from a couple shawls, and these wee handwarmers don’t take much!


Seaside Stripe Handwarmers

These hand warmers are essentially a tube, knit in the round. You can do this on either double-pointed needles or using magic loop. This is a great stash buster, and a great way to use up those luxury leftovers. Do you have just a little bit left over from a hand dyed shawl? That was exactly what caused me to create this project. The colours I used just made me think of a day at the shore…with ice cream.


Materials Used:

Ginger’s Hand Dyed Splendor 4ply in Barbapapa, approximately 10 grams (colour A)

Ginger’s Hand Dyed Splendor 4ply in Breakfast With Ginger, approxmimately 15 grams (colour B)

-3.0mm needles (either double-pointed for in the round, or long circular for magic loop)

-Darning needle

-1 stitch marker


Using colour A, cast on 48 stitches using a stretchy cast on. I used the twisted German cast on. If you have larger hands or want these to be a bit looser, simply add a few more stitches to your cast on.


Join in the round and work in stocking stitch (knit every round) for a total of 27 rounds (approximately 7.5cm)

Change to colour B for 1 round

Change to colour A for 1 round

Change to colour B and knit for 36 rounds (approximately 10cm). Bind off loosely. You may want to bind of with a needle that is a couple sizes larger than what you used for the main body of the handwarmer.


Shown in colourways: Changin’ the Brief and Gorblimey.


Make 1 more hand warmer the same way. And if you suffer from 2nd item syndrome, why not try doing them two at a time (TAAT)?!


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