I surprised myself. I love wearing them! There is something snug and cosy about wearing that piece of fabric at the end of your sleeves partly covering your hands. Like when you're wearing your oversized boyfriend's (or husband, or partner, or whoever else who may want to insert here) jumper and the sleeves fall down on your hands and it feels like a big, warm hug. Know what I mean?
I first fell in love with this pair from the Molly Makes magazine. In the magazine they are made in fine crochet cotton but I wanted warmth so I crocheted them in Debbie Bliss lace-weight Rialto 100% wool. Lovely stuff. Now I've made one, I wish I'd reversed the colours and had the dark colour for the allover and the pale for the underneath layer. I'm also finding when I wear it that the lace at the end tends to curl. I'm not completely satisfied but I'm still in the process of crocheting the second one because it seemed too much of a waste now I've made the first one.
Don't look too close, I've already worn it a few times and it's slightly misshapen and I think the lacy part at the end needs blocking for better looking stitches. I don't like the way the reductions are made (skipping a whole square) which I find too visible (this is not shown in the photo - I hid that part!). If I ever make another pair, I will use a larger crochet for the first part and then move to a smaller (or maybe even change twice) instead of reducing squares. Once I've made the second one, I will wash and block them and hopefully they'll look even better. We'll see.
The Molly Makes wrist warmers are made with lace-weight as I said before and a 1.25mm hook so it's not very quick crochet. Impatient as I am, I wanted a pair to wear TODAY! So last night, I started another pair (free pattern) with a 4.5mm hook and DK wool and this new pair was very quick to make. Just finished them this morning. They only take a couple of hours to make. They are obviously not as delicate looking but they still do the job and the blue goes really well with the dress I'm wearing today as you can see in the photos.
They'll keep my wrists nice and warm
for when I'm tatting too!