I finally finished these simple arm warmers. I didn't use a pattern here, just kept trying them on my wrists as I went. Each row is double-crochet, with 3 rows of 2 decreases toward the wrist, and the same number of increases back out to the hand. I decided against an added thumb so it wouldn't add bulk when picking wild berries or carrying a hiking stick.
These are a gift, though I put off giving them to her for a few months because I thought I was going to sew on some tiger eye beads. A coworker passed on some suede yarn, and I thought that would make a nice trim on the arm side. I finally sat down to add these details, and my boyfriend Scott said, "I feel like you're just adding things you like." He was spot on, because Katelyn likes simple, sporty clothes. (Though she'll definitely still like this funky color combination.) I'm the one who likes intricate details.
The recipient of these warmers is one tough woman. Last summer, she deftly maneuvered the moving truck as we transported all of my stuff into her old apartment and her stuff into her new apartment, all in one day. She's an avid hiker, scholarly amateur botanist, and amazing ice skater. We're planning a trip to the Grand Canyon in early May, and I know she'll push all of us to hike further and faster.
These wristlets are just as tough as she is, made of sock yarn in wool and nylon. They're a little more airy because of the double-crochet stitch, so they should work well for early spring.
Update: Here are some fun shots from downtown Chicago's St. Patrick's Day celebration this year.