Crisp Weather DIY: Crocheted Matching Wrist & Neck Warmers
Guest post by Ashley @ ahomebeautiful…
I’m so excited to share something warm and fuzzy with an audience who really needs it! Although, California’s desert climate gets surprisingly cold in the winter months. (Yes, we have a winter! It’s grey and cold and it even rains.) I love the California sun but nothing compares to the gorgeous crisp air of fall I miss most of all about my native roots back east. My husband and I just spent a weekend enjoying the most beautiful fall weather in NYC, strolling through Central Park and a few Brooklyn vintage markets (stay tuned for goodies from this latest Treasure Hunt on my blog), and visiting family and friends. The weather was just right to sport my latest handcrafted style creation! A perfectly fitting time to guest spot on Makie’s awesome blog. I hope all of Makie’s lovely east coast and upper midwest readers enjoy my cool weather style!
For any of you who know how to crochet a simple single crochet stitch this will be a super easy project. The directions will be relative based on what size you want to make to fit your own hands and neck but this should give you a good starting point.
Here’s how I made these adorable accessories:
1. For the wrist warmers, I cast on about 20 stitches. I single crocheted evenly until I had about a 5″ by 10″ inch rectangle. Before ending my last stitch I wrapped the piece around my hand to make sure it would fit. Snug is okay because it will stretch a little bit. Instead of finishing off your stitch, fold the rectangle in half, – short end to short end – and single stitch crochet through both holes of each short side. This creates the ridge on the side. Skip over a place for your thumb by only stitching through one side (I chose to do this on the side that would be on the top of my thumb when I’m wearing them), then finish the rest of the edge stitching through both edges and then finish off your last stitch and weave the tail into the edge to hide it.
2. For the neck warmer, cast on about 25 stitches (or less…I have a tall neck). You may need to experiment with a 4 inch test square to get your correct gauge. Single crochet a long rectangle. My neck warmer ended up about 6 inches tall and 18 inches around (measure your neck and then add about several inches for overlap and for it to stretch over your head). Once my rectangle was ready, I experimented with several ideas for how to connect it as a neck warmer. My piece was laying really well with a slight overlap. I didn’t line the edges up perfectly when I attached the buttons because it sits in a way where it creates a notch that falls just right on my neck when worn to the right side. I attached the three leather buttons by threading a long piece of my yarn through each and threading it through both layers of the neck warmer and tying the back in knots and trimming the yarn tails.
3. Wear your matching wrist and neck warmers separate or together. The neck warmer looks great with a simple boat or neck shirt and fantastic peeking through a standard trench. The wrist warmers work with any length sleeve and were a perfect subtle matching addition to the neck warmer with my black trench. Make your neck warmers in basic colors to wear with everything or flashy colors to spice up your basics. A warm red or orange (my favorite color that I’ll definitely be making this in) would be the perfect fall accessory to complement the breathtaking fall foliage.
Enjoy the beautiful details of this season and keep it warm and fuzzy!
xo Ashley @ ahomebeautiful
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