Crochet Pattern: Beginner’s Wrist Warmers with Ridges

By Rachel Choi – 125 Comments
For the colder days, here is a pair of wrist warms (fingerless gloves) to crochet. They are designed to fit snug and keep your wrist and arms extremely warm while leaving your fingers free to move around. As a beginner level pattern, you will be crocheting a rectangle that will fold around your arm. The piece will then be sewn shut, leaving a small hole for your thumb. These wrist warmers are fast and easy to crochet! crochet beginner wrist warmers
Skill Level: beginner crochet skill level

Finished Size: 3″ (7.5 cm) wide, 9 1/2″ (24 cm) long – size small
Note:Wrist warmer can also be adjusted using the instructions within the pattern. Wrist warmer should stretch to fit snugly.

Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 200 yards)
Crochet Hook I (5.50 mm)
Yarn Needle
crochet yarn size 4

Crochet Pattern: Wrist Warmers (makes one wrist warmer)
Row 1: ch 41 (or a chain that is the length of your desired wrist warmer from lower arm to palm of hand), sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across: 40 sc
Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in back loop only of each sc across: 40 sc

Repeat row 2, twenty-eight times or until the wrist warmer wraps snugly around your palm, wrist and lower arm. Remember that the wrist warmer should stretch.

Use yarn needle to sew sides of wrist warmer together leaving a 2” (5 cm) hole 1” (2.5 cm) from the end.

If you need help crocheting these wrist warmers, let me know and I’ll be glad to help!

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  1. Alla says:

    Rachel, I’m your fan!
    Thank you for this great pattern, I will definitely crochet these!

  2. Karly Gray says:

    I hope I can do these for my sister in law, who is a mail carrier. She would love them!
    I have ADHD and I am dyslexic, so I have tried many patterns that I just couldn’t figure out =0/
    Maybe you’ll be my crochet Angel =0) lol
    And thank you for sharing!

  3. Renee says:

    Hey Rachel, I Love these, with winter coming I am going to do these in Pink Camo :)Thanks

  4. Faith says:

    Do you think a teenage boy would like these? in a masculine yarn of course?

  5. Debbie says:

    I walk my dogs alot and I must make these!

  6. Sarah P says:

    hey Rachel,
    thanks for this pattern, they were so easy and quick to do and just in time as its getting pretty cold in here now. 🙂

  7. Evelyn L says:

    Hi Rachel,
    I always check your website! I love your wrist warmers. What yarn did you use for the ones on the picture? I love the color!

  8. Teresa says:

    Hi,I just got finished with this pattern and it turned out really nice,well you told me to try this for my leg warmers so I will give it a try,thanks for your response,love your things!!

  9. Shelly says:

    Made this to wear while camping in the cold. They kept my arms and wrists warm and toasty. I am making more to wear when the weather is cooler here in California.

  10. Amarintha says:

    I absolutely love this blog you’re doing. Its been making me able to find easy easy patterns because im a reoccuring beginner (i learned 10 years ago and now im relearning) im making these with some lovely rainbow yarn for myself

    red heart brand, and its the primary rainbow color that i used

  11. Melanie says:

    I made these yesterday and they turned out great. The ribbed pattern is great because it allows the wristers to stretch. Only took me a couple hours, plus the pattern was very simple and relaxing to crochet.

  12. Faith says:

    These were so easy to make have made myself a pair of these I love them and they are easy to make thank you Rachael for such an easy pattern and they work up really fast

  13. Lorelei says:

    Thanks so much for this pattern, Rachel! I have already made 3 pair – each with a different type of yarn. They’ve all turned out great, and I can’t wait to make more to give to my friends and family for Christmas. I’m so glad I found your site. It’s the best!

  14. Emily says:

    I really like your patterns I was just wondering what your policy is on selling completed items from your free patterns. Thanks again

  15. Diana says:

    I used a chunky yarn and LOVE them! I am so new to crocheting and your site makes my projects look so much more advanced! Thank you!

  16. Nikki says:


    I just wanted to say that I made a pair of these wristwarmers………AWESOME!!!!!!!! I did a ch 50 because I have wide wrists and I wanted to make sure they’d be long enough for me. They turned out awesome. I followed the pattern with a US-J size hook and they stitched up in 1 day.

    Thanks for a great pattern. I think I will be making many more pairs of these. I think my next pair I’ll experiment with some self-striping yarn and see what happens.


  17. Miba says:

    Hi, I’m a complete newbie, I’m teaching myself, and this is my first project. I’m using a J hook. The first one turned out great! But I’m having trouble with the second one. I chained the same number on the second one as I did on the first one, I did 38, but the second one is coming out longer? I seem to remember that when I was doing the first one and I was maybe three or four rows in I held it up to my arm and it was fairly long but when I was done with it it was shorter than when I tested it with the first few rows. Does that mean that while the second one is appearing longer at 3 or 4 rows it will be shorter when it’s done too? I don’t want to do the entire thing and have it come out a different length and have to unwind it and do it all over again. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

  18. Tia says:

    This is great. Thaks for sharing!

  19. Chris says:

    In Beginner’s wrist warmers, you said to sc in the back loop only to make it stretchy. If you are crocheting, using a hdc, can you use the back loops only to make that item more stretchy?
    Thanks so much!

  20. emma says:

    I love this pattern! I wnat to make some to match my hat. I only have to balls left, together they make 200 yards. I was wondering if 200 yards makes one glove or 2? the yarn was a gift so I don’t know where to get more.

  21. Sadie says:

    Hi Rachel, I wanted to know if this pattern would be possible without the ridges, or if it would be easier to do it with ridges, I would like to do the easiest. I love your website! I would greatly appreciate it if you would help me with my problem.

    • Rachel says:

      Sadie, the ridges are pretty easy to make. The difference between the wrist warmer with or without the ridges is the loop you insert your hook into to make the stitch. If you do not want to make the ridges, then simply put your hook though both loops instead of just the back loop.

  22. Sadie says:

    Thank you so much for your help!

  23. Sadie says:

    Hi Rachel, how long do you think it would take me to crochet one pair since I am kind of new to crocheting?

  24. Tanya says:

    Love this pattern, thanks so much for posting it!

  25. Emily says:

    Thanks so much for this awesome pattern! I’m only a preteen so I always have trouble finding patterns that I actually understand. Do you have any patterns for super easy beanies(hats)?

  26. Kara says:

    hey could you help me under stand whatsc andchmean, i am sorry i am new and do not know what they mean, thanks!!:) -Kara

  27. Kara says:

    oops i guess i forgot some spaces!! lol! if you cant read what i said above i was just wondering what sc and ch ment thanks!!!:) oh and great job i have been wanting to know how to make these and all the other websites i went to does not have somewhere were you can tell them you need help… so thanks!!:)

  28. Kara says:

    Sorry if i bugg you with all my comments and questions but i have tryed to follow all the other instructions from other websites and i was wondering what happens if it curls? instead of going straight?

    • Rachel says:

      Kara, sc is the abbreviation for single crochet and ch is the abbreviation for chain. Here is the abbreviation list that has links to tutorials if you need it: Crochet Abbreviations

      If your piece rolls up it can be due to a number of reasons. Sometimes it’s because your tension is off (too tight or too loose) or there are too many or too little stitches on a row (often caused by miss counting stitches). If it is due to your tension, you can try and block your work. Here’s a post on that: Blocking Crochet

  29. Erica says:

    Hi Rachel,
    love this pattern. I am making them as Xmas presents for everyone. My question is do you think 28 rows is a little big for a 10 yr old girl? How many rows do you think for a normal 10 year old child. How about a 5 yr old?

    Thank you, I hope you can help me.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Erica, 28 rows maybe be okay for a 10 year old, but probably not for a 5 yr old. The wrist warms actually come out really skinny but stretch a lot so that it fits a lot of wrist sizes. For best fit, try to measure the palm of the wearer’s hand or measure a glove that is their size. It’s hard to say how many rows since I haven’t made a children version of these and wouldn’t want to give you the wrong number.

  30. Karen says:

    Hi Rachel,
    This is my first time to your site and it is great! The layout is easy to navigate. There are hot link tips on everything I need to know. I came looking for arm warmers and found the easy pattern. These will be perfect to give out for the Holidays.


  31. Jeanne says:

    I posted a link to your pattern and your blog on my blog. I made a pair of these for a friend, but can’t post a photo, in case she reads my blog. But thanks for the pattern. I’ve looked at a lot and these seem to be the best choice when you aren’t sure of the recipient’s hand size. Lots of flexibility here. I added a picot-based edging on both the bottom and the top, and another two rounds of ribbing around the thumb opening.

  32. Christina says:

    I think I’ll attempt to make a few pairs of these before this winter! Thanks Rachel! 🙂

  33. Virginia says:

    I don’t have a yarn needle is there any other way to attach the warmers?? :/
    I would like to make these… so if anyone could help that would be great!

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Virginia, you can slip stitch the ends together instead of sewing them together. Just hold the ends together and make slip stitches that go through both sides of the fabric.

  34. Gayle says:

    Just have one done and starting on the other. Its for my niece for Christmas to go with her brim hat and scarf I made her. It turned out great and quite quick to crochet. Thanks girl. Good pattern and warm.

  35. Virginia says:

    Thanks a lot Rachel!!
    I’ll be sure to remember that when I finish up!!

  36. Sunshine says:

    Hi Rachel

    I love this pattern! I’m making them for my mom for Christmas. I just have a question (well its not really a question) I wanted to make them in turquoise and light pink, but I have no idea on how I should combine the colors. Do you have any suggestions? I was thinking stripes or turquoise with pink edging, but what do you think?

    Thanks again for a great pattern!

    • Rachel says:

      Sunshine, you can do either or both! One thing about stripes is that you will have to change colors. If you’re not sure how to change colors here’s a tutorial: How to Change Colors in Crochet . The edging can be very simple, like a row of single crochet on the edges when you’re done. Or you can use an edging pattern like this shell one: Basic Shell Edging Crochet Pattern (you can either crochet it on or crochet it separately then sew it on).

      Have fun getting creative!

  37. Sunshine says:

    Thanks for replying! I decided to do turquoise with pink crab stitch edging.

  38. Sunshine says:

    The gloves came out beautiful! I gave them to my mom for Christmas and she loves them! I have to make some for myself!

  39. Jenny says:

    These were a hit, looked good and were so easy to make. Thank you!

  40. yada yada yada says:

    I’m so very confused I don’t speak in crochet.. what does any if this mean

  41. ashley says:

    thx alot for this pattern it came out great they are awesome i put stripes in them and they are so cool i am thinking bout selling them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  42. Nakisha says:

    I’m new to crochet, but know all basic stitches. When I sew the ends shut, is that with yarn or thread?

  43. Trish says:

    How are the thumbholes made?

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Trish! The side of the wist warmers are sewn at the end, and it leaves a hole for the thumb. So part of the side if not sewn, therefore making a hole for the thumb.

  44. Trish says:

    Sweet! I got one done! Thanks!

  45. Valerie says:

    Hey what if I wanted these to be more like fingerless gloves and not mittens? can you tell me how i would make the individual finger holes?

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Valerie, I would consider these fingerless gloves already. If you want to add individual finger holes it might make it a little bulky. But you can do so by try on the glove and marking on the row your fingers stick out where you want to make the joins between the fingers. Once you make the join between each finger you’ll have finger holes and you can crochet around each to make them longer. Have fun!

  46. Valerie says:

    Rachel, thank you for getting back to me. I only wish to have the individual holes, not any length on them. I had seen some that were like yours but they where called open mittens. I love them and like I said just want to add the holes to make them like gloves only fingerless. One more thing I tried to subscribe and it never sent me a confirmation email. It will not let me reenter my info on here to try again. Any advice? Thanks so much again for getting back to me so quickly.

    • Rachel says:

      Hmm..try checking your spam folder and if you don’t see it in there, you can wait 24hrs and try again using the subscribe box. The system does show that it sent a confirmation email to your email.

  47. Martha says:

    How do I sew the two sides together exactly?

  48. Martha says:

    Ty so much for the fast reply. I am trying to make 7 pairs of these for my 6 kids and myself before it gets too cold. I told my mother I was making them and now she wants one too lol.

  49. Marie says:

    Thanks so much for a simple, yet wonderful looking pattern for fingerless gloves. I had planned on making several as gifts this Xmas, & actually tried another pattern which was horrible. I think yours will work perfectly since it can be “fitted”.

    Will let you know how it goes!


  50. luz gomez says:

    how do i back loop

    • Rachel says:

      Luz, there is a link to the back loop tutorial in row 2. Just click on the blue words and it’ll bring you to the page. Let me know if you need more help.

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