Hat + Hand Warmers for Beginners | Purl Soho

Many of us probably remember using grandma’s scratchy scraps and old bent aluminum needles to knit our very first scarf, hat or blanket. We were proud enough of our accomplishment to try again, but the project itself is probably forgotten in the bottom of a drawer somewhere. It is our mission at Purl Soho to prevent the sad fate of moth-eaten first projects!

Hat + Hand Warmers for Beginners | Purl Soho

Novice or expert, we all appreciate the pleasure of wonderfully soft merino and warm wooden knitting needles; we all feel inspired by sophisticated, modern design; and we all want to wear or give the fruits of our labor with pride and joy. That’s why Purl Soho has created a kit for first-time knitters that satisfies basic standards of beauty. Our new Hat + Hand Warmers for Beginners Kit equips the fledgling knitter with the supplies and knowledge (from winding into a ball to weaving in ends) to knit up a beautiful set of winter goodies!

Hat + Hand Warmers for Beginners | Purl Soho

Constructed out of simple garter stitch rectangles, these hat and hand warmers are classic, chic and totally easy-as-pie. And in Purl Soho’s gorgeous Worsted Twist, they’re incredibly soft and cozy too! Sized for women and men, each kit includes enough yarn to knit up a hat and a pair of hand warmers.

Hat + Hand Warmers for Beginners | Purl Soho

Designed by Purl Soho designer, Whitney Van Nes.

Share your progress and connect with the community by tagging your pics with #PurlSoho, #PurlSohoBusyHands, #PurlSohoSimpleHandWarmersAndHat, and #PurlSohoWorstedTwist. We can’t wait to see what you make!


Our Simple Hand Warmers + Hat Kit includes enough materials to make an adult-sized pair of hand warmers and a hat (NOTE: the Simple Hand Warmer + Hat Kit is no longer available)…

  • 2 skeins of Purl Soho’s Worsted Twist, 100% merino wool. Each skein is 164 yards/ 100 grams; approximately 328 yards required. (NOTE: We no longer offer Worsted Twist, but choose from one of our other worsted/aran weight yarns.)
  • US 7 (4.5 mm), knitting needles
  • A yarn needle for finishing
  • A Simple Hand Warmers + Hat Pattern, which includes how-to-knit instructions and patterns for hand warmers and a hat

Choose from seven of our favorite colors (shown above, from the top): Toasted Charcoal, Dark Loam, Timeless Navy, Peacock Blue, Super Pink, Ballet Pink and Heirloom White. And get knitting!


20 stitches = 4 inches in garter stitch


Hand Warmers

Adult Small/ Medium (Medium/ Large)

  • Finished Circumference: 5¾ (6¾) inches, comfortably stretching to about 8 (9½) inches
  • Finished Length: 8 (9) inches


One Size

  • Finished Circumference: 17 inches, comfortably stretching to about 24 inches
  • Finished Height: 10½ inches (uncuffed)


If you already have what you need, pick up just the Simple Hand Warmers + Hat Pattern, which includes thorough how-to-knit instructions and two patterns.

Update: New Colors

Hat + Hand Warmers for Beginners | Purl Soho

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September 13, 2017

So what’s new about this kit? The name, of course, but also its earthy new palette, as calm and lovely as a memorable walk in the winter woods. Otherwise, we didn’t tinker with a pattern that wasn’t broken!

Update: ALL Colors!

October 8, 2019

This kit is a classic for a reason but that doesn’t mean we can’t improve on the idea! Each kit still includes two skeins of Worsted Twist 100% merino wool, bamboo knitting needles, and an instructional booklet that guides you every step of the way, but now, instead of just a few Worsted Twist colors to choose from, you get to pick from all of them just choose your favorite and we’ll build it for you!

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