Embellishing Hand Knits Part Two: Embroidered Hand Warmers

3 April 2024
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Embrace the cozy charm of these embroidered hand warmers, the perfect blend of warmth and style. Quick and simple to knit, these accessories are an excellent canvas for you to express your creativity using embellishments.

The hand warmers are worked flat, with seams sewn after the fact to make the embroidery easier. Follow the patterns as given below, or explore your own designs.

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This project is an ideal way to experiment with embroider and embellishment of knit fabrics.

To learn about the various stitches and techniques, visit Part One of this series here.


Palm circumference: 16.5 (18, 19, 20.5, 21.5) cm /6.5 (7, 7.5, 8, 8.5) inches

Length (cuff to upper edge): 18 (19, 20.5, 21, 21.5) cm/ 7 (7.5, 8, 8.25, 8.5) inches / or adjust to preference.

Choose the size closest to your actual palm circumference. If between sizes, go up.


24 & 32 rows = 10 cm/4 inches in stockinette stitch


Needles: 3.75 mm / US size 5 for working flat


DK weight yarn

1 ball (approximately 150-200 m/165-220 yds) MC

Short length (10−12 metres/11−13 yards) of each of four contrast colours

 Suggest: Sweet Georgia Yarns Superwash DK; 256 yds/234 meters per 115g skein; 100% Superwash Merino wool.

Colours as shown: MC – rust; Colour 1 – dark green; Colour 2 – light green; Colour 3 – orange; Colour 4 – purple


Tapestry needle

Small quantity of felt (approx. 4 × 6.25 cm [2½ × 1½ inches]). Commercial wool felt was used in the sample.


Hand Warmers Flat

All photos and illustrations credit Fiona Ellis.

Copyright © Fiona Ellis except as indicated.

About Fiona Ellis

Fiona Ellis learned to knit from her Grandmother at a very early age. She went onto to study Fashion at DeMontfort University (Leicester UK) where she specialized in knitwear design. She has been designing professionally since graduating in 1993. Her original designs have been sold to major fashion houses in New York, London & Paris for mass-market production and have been widely published through premier knitting magazines and in yarn pattern booklets for many yarn companies. She is the author of the books Inspired Cable Knits, Knitspiration Journal and Inspired Fair Isle Knits & is also an instructor at Craftsy. You can find out what she is currently doing at www.fionaellisonline.com.

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