Catherine Wristies06.Apr.14 / Kirsten Ballering
Today I want to share with you the pattern for the Catherine Wristies. They match the Catherine cowl perfectly and make a great pair!
Materials and preparation
- Colour A: 717 x 1 ball
- Colour B: 653 x 1 ball
- Colour C: 510 x 1 ball
- Colour D: 654 x 1 ball
Shop the yarn
You can find Cotton 8 at Scheepjes retailers, or webshops such as:
3.5mm (US size E/4).
approx. 18cm (7in) in height, fits wrist circumference of 21cm (8.25in).
Gauge is not critical for this project.
In the tutorial for the Catherine Cowl I included a photo tutorial on the Catherine wheel. You can follow this tutorial (including colours). The only thing that differs is the starting chain. For the wristies you start with 49 chains (48 + 1 turning chain), and you’ll end with 49sc in Row 1.
If you’d like your wristies larger in circumference, you can add a multiple of 8 stitches (so 48+8, 48+16 etc). The other way around, making the wristies smaller, works exactly the same. Keep in mind that this stitch doesn’t stretch very much! The chain circumference (without stretching it) is pretty accurate for how wide your wristies will be.
Follow the Catherine cowl tutorial until your wristies are approximately 10-12cm (4-4.75in) in length. This depends on your personal preference and wrist shape. For me, this took 6 rows of complete wheels (+ the first row of half wheels). If you reached this length, you can follow the Cowl tutorial for the top row, where you’ll secure the top side half wheel-row. Now you’ll have a piece with straight edges, and we can continue with the edging!
Please note: unless otherwise indicated, crochet through both loops.
Row 1 (RS) Join Colour B with a ss in the first st. 2sc in first st, *3sc in ch-sp, 1sc in eye of dc7tog, 3sc in ch-sp, 1sc in sc of previous row; repeat from * to end, finish with 2sc in last st, cut yarn. [48 sc] (photo 1)
Row 2 Join Colour B with ss in first st, 2sc in first st, 1sc in each st to end, cut yarn. [49 sc] (photo 2).
Row 3a To make a double edging, you need to make two separate rows: one in the front loop, and one in the back loop (cutting yarn after every row). I think it’s easier to start with the back loop so you can see the front loop afterwards. Join Colour B with a ss in back loop of first st, 1sc in back loop of each st. [49 sc] If you do so, you’ll see a row of loops in front of this row (photo 3, arrows). Row 3b Join Colour B with a ss in front loop of first st, 1sc in front loop of each st. [49 sc] (photo 4)
Now you have 2 separate rows: the front loop row and the back loop row. The instructions for these rows are indicated separately in the remaining pattern instructions.
Row 4 (everything is worked in the back loops only)
Back loop row: Join Colour B with ss in first st, 1sc in each sc across, cut yarn.
Next, join Colour C with a ss in first st, 9sc, 30hdc, 10sc, cut yarn. [49 sts] (photo 5, the arrow indicates where the hdc begin)
Front loop row: Join Colour C with ss in first st, 9sc, 30hdc, 10sc, cut yarn. [49 sts]
Back loop row: Join Colour D with ss in first st, 1sc in each st across. [49 sc] (photo 7)
Front loop row: Join Colour D with ss in first st, 1sc in each st across. [49 sc] (photo 7)
Back loop row: Join Colour A with a ss in first st, 1sc in next st, (1hdc, picot, 1hdc) in same st, 1sc, *1ss, 1sc, (1hdc, picot, 1hdc) in same st, 1sc; repeat from * another 10 times, 1ss in last st, cut yarn (photo 8-9).
The spikes on both rows look best if they’re not lined up, so the front loop row is out of phase with the back loop row.
Front loop row: Join Colour A with a ss in first st, (ch2, picot, 1hdc) in same st, 1sc, *1ss, 1sc (1hdc, picot, 1hdc) in same st, 1sc; repeat from * another 10 times, 1ss, 1sc, (1hdc, picot, 1hdc) in final st, cut yarn (photo 11).
I absolutely recommend wet blocking for the wristies at this point, before sewing them up. Have a look at my blocking tutorial here.
Now you need to join the edges. I joined them until the top red row (photo 13, arrows). This place might be different for you, but you need to join the wristies until they fit over your hands and the edging is around your knuckles. Finally, weave in the remaining ends.
That’s it! Enjoy your matching pair of wristies and cowl!