There is a magical moment when you learn to knit, when the awkwardness melts away, the stitches become easy, and you know… You’re a knitter! Thanks to our new Hedgerow and its festive, nubbly color-party, our Flip Side Hand Warmers bring you back to this moment, the classic first-knitting-project with a sprinkling of magic all their own!

Flip Side Hand Warmers | Purl Soho

The pattern itself is first-day-of-knitting easy: a garter rectangle you seam up, leaving a hole for your thumb. (Hello, thumb!)

Flip Side Hand Warmers | Purl Soho

But with three colorblock options for jazzing up these easy-peasy mitts, the Flip Side Hand Warmers are I’ve-been-knitting-for-years beautiful!

Flip Side Hand Warmers | Purl Soho

The truly marvelous thing about these hand warmers is how they let our wonderful new Hedgerow shine! Each delightful nub of color getting to be the star of its own little purl bump!

Flip Side Hand Warmers | Purl Soho

Made in County Donegal by one of the county’s last producers of traditional tweed yarns, Hedgerow’s 93% merino wool, 3.5% cashmere, and 3.5% mulberry silk mixture makes for a slightly softer hand than a classic Irish wool.

Flip Side Hand Warmers | Purl Soho

Still nice and toothy, Hedgerow’s two loosely spun plies knit into a sturdy fabric with beauty both rustic and playful.

Flip Side Hand Warmers | Purl Soho

Hedgerow comes in a palette of seventeen super inspiring colors, each its own little celebration, from the deep notes of Purple Urchin (above) to festive Fuchsia Rose (below)!

Flip Side Hand Warmers | Purl Soho

All you need for your own Flip Side fun is your favorite pair of Hedgerow colors. Pick up one skein of each, and get the party started!

Flip Side Hand Warmers | Purl Soho

Originally designed for Purl Soho by Whitney Van Nes; this colorblock version was designed by Gianna Mueller.

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

Materials

Flip Side Hand Warmers | Purl Soho
  • Main Color (MC): 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Hedgerow, 93% merino, 3.5% cashmere, 3.5% mulberry silk. Each skein is 243 yards/ 100 grams.
  • Contrast Color (CC): 1 skein of Hedgerow.

NOTE: This is enough yarn to make 2 pairs of Adult Small/Medium hand warmers in any style!

Style 1

  • MC: Approximately 55 (80) yards required. We used Heirloom White.
  • CC: Approximately 60 (85) yards required. We used Purple Urchin.

Style 2

  • MC: Approximately 60 (85) yards required. We used Heirloom White.
  • CC: Approximately 55 (80) yards required. We used Fuchsia Rose.

Style 3

  • MC: Approximately 90 (130) yards required. We used Heirloom White.
  • CC: Approximately 25 (35) yards required. We used Persimmon Red.

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GAUGE

20 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch

SIZES

Adult Small/Medium (Adult Medium/Large)

  • Finished Circumference: 6 (7) inches, comfortably stretching to approximately 8 (10) inches
  • Finished Length: 8 (9) inches

Samples: All of our samples are the Adult Small/Medium size.

PATTERN

BEGIN: ALL STYLES

With Main Color (MC), cast on 40 (45) stitches. We used a basic Long-Tail Cast On.

KNIT RECTANGLE: STYLE 1

Palms one color, backs another color.

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Row 1 (wrong side): Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back, knit to end of row.

NOTE: Use a removable stitch marker, safety pin, or piece of scrap yarn to mark the next row as a right-side row.

Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 3 (3½) inches from cast-on edge, ending with a wrong-side row.

Cut MC.

Next Row (right side): With Contrast Color (CC), knit to end of row.

Continuing with CC, repeat Row 1 until piece measures 6 (7) inches from cast-on edge, ending with a right-side row.

With wrong side facing you, bind off knitwise, leaving a one-yard tail for seaming.

Go on to Seaming section, below.

KNIT RECTANGLE: STYLE 2

Left halves one color, right halves another color.

Flip Side Hand Warmers | Purl Soho

Row 1 (wrong side): Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back, knit to end of row.

NOTE: Use a removable stitch marker, safety pin, or piece of scrap yarn to mark the next row as a right-side row.

Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 1½ (1¾) inches from cast-on edge, ending with a wrong-side row.

Cut MC.

Next Row (right side): With Contrast Color (CC), knit to end of row.

Continuing with CC, repeat Row 1 until piece measures approximately 4½ (5¼) inches from cast-on edge, ending with a wrong-side row.

Cut CC.

Next Row (right side): With MC, knit to end of row.

Continuing with MC, repeat Row 1 until piece measures 6 (7) inches from cast-on edge, ending with a right-side row.

With wrong side facing you, bind off knitwise, leaving a one-yard tail for seaming.

Go on to Seaming section, below.

KNIT RECTANGLE: STYLE 3

Stripe along pinky-edge.

Flip Side Hand Warmers | Purl Soho

Row 1 (wrong side): Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back, knit to end of row.

NOTE: Use a removable stitch marker, safety pin, or piece of scrap yarn to mark the next row as a right-side row.

Repeat Row 1 until the piece measures 2½ (3) inches from cast-on edge, ending with a wrong-side row.

Cut MC.

Next Row (right side): With Contrast Color (CC), knit to end of row.

Continuing with CC, repeat Row 1 until piece measures approximately 3½ (4) inches from cast-on edge, ending with a wrong-side row.

Cut CC.

Next Row (right side): With MC, knit to end of row.

Continuing with MC, repeat Row 1 until piece measures 6 (7) inches from cast-on edge, ending with a right-side row.

With wrong side facing you, bind off knitwise, leaving a one-yard tail for seaming.

SEAMING: ALL STYLES

NOTE: These how-to photos are from our Simple Hand Warmers + Hat Pattern. Different yarn, same idea!

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Orient piece with cast on tail at bottom right corner and bind off tail at top right corner, then fold in half, wrong sides together and aligning the bind-off edge with the cast-on edge. Thread bind-off tail onto a tapestry needle and sew edges together using a whipstitch for 2 (2¼) inches. Sew the last stitch twice.

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Weave the needle along a selvage for 1¾ (2) inches. This will be the thumb opening. Sew the next pair of cast-on and bind-off stitches twice.

Continue to sew the two edges together until you reach the end, sewing the last stitch twice.

Cut yarn.

NOTE: For Style 1, seam the second hand warmer for 4¼ (4¾) inches, weave along the selvage for 1¾ (2) inches, and continue to whipstitch to the end. This will ensure you have identical left and right hand warmers!

FINISHING: ALL STYLES

Weave in all the ends and make another hand warmer just like the first.

Gently wet block your finished hand warmers!

Flip Side Hand Warmers | Purl Soho
Flip Side Hand Warmers | Purl Soho