My mother is a knitter. She taught herself to “clickit” while tending a fire lookout post-graduation, in the Coast Range where memories of the great Tillamook Burns were still very fresh. Some of my most treasured things are the lace-weight wool blankets she has knit for each of our little girls (woolies are used year round!), the “Mary Jane” booties for the same girls, and the custom socks she makes for me.
I can’t describe myself as a knitter. I do knit, but not terribly fast, or terribly well. I’m fine with the very simple projects, and much prefer to work on double-point needles than on the long single-points, because I get impatient with having to turn my work around. I can’t even say I find knitting terribly relaxing. I tend to get myself wound up, and stay up far too late working rows, just to Get It Done.
I lack patience. I’ve never been able to finish more than one sock of a pair. Unfortunately, the market for Handknit Sock is not so large as that for Handknit Socks, Plural.
Things like wristers and legwarmers are ideally suited to my limitations.
I found very basic instructions on another blog (and I dearly wish I could remember which!), intended for little girl legwarmers with a cute little frill at the bottom. Immediately, I saw a solution to a problem I’ve had: I made legwarmers for my little girls back a few months, and attempted some for my big girl.
It did not go as planned:
I think it’s safe to say I had the concepts of increase and decrease down, but the execution was seriously flawed. The end result was an item that could gently warm an artichoke, but bore no resemblance to the project I had planned.
The frilled wristers went much, much better.
Using double-point needles, cast on about 40 stitches… I think I actually did 13, 13, and 14 for the distribution.
Knit 2, purl 2 until the body is as long as you need.
I went my own path on the frill (because I rebel in small ways… which may be why my knitting projects oft go astray. Knitting is not conducive to rebellion in the early skill stages.) The first row of the frill, I increased one for every knit and every purl. Second row, I knit 4, purled 4 all the way around. Third row, I increased one for every knit stitch, and worked the purls as-is (as-was?) Fourth row, I knit 8, purled 4 all the way around, and then I cast off.
Next on the agenda, a set of frilled leg warmers for the Spicy Child (red and white!), and some soft green or grey wristers for me. I love it when something so simple makes my kids do this: