Powerful Wrist Protection by Catherine Stinson

Powerful Wrist Protection

September 2004
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch with 2 strands held together
US 5 - 3.75 mm
230 - 460 yards (210 - 421 m)
6 (6½, 6¾)" around
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Errata available: knithappens.com web.archive.org

Pattern description from Stitch ‘N Bitch: “Everyone says that your very first knitting project should be a scarf. It’s true that your first project should be a rectangle of a single color, but that doesn’t automatically mean a scarf. Use your imagination a little, and you’ll see that there are all kinds of things that are made out of rectangles. Wristbands are small rectangles, which makes them a great first project. If they put their minds to it, even the greenest beginners can, in one day, finish a rectangle big enough to go around their wrists, so that cathartic moment of finishing a project comes quickly.
These wristbands are a little fancier and use smaller needles than most beginners can handle, but they’re still pretty easy. I came up with this idea out of pure laziness. I had set out to make arm warmers, but after I got a few inches around, I was bored, so they became really short arm warmers. A start pattern and geek pattern are given, but they can be personalized, if you don’t want to advertise your geekiness (or lack of star quality, poor thing).”

Size: Small (Medium, Large) Finished measurements: 6 (6½, 6¾)“ around

Skills: Cast on, knit, purl, intarsia, read chart, bind off, sew seam


  • Katia Mississipi 3 (60% cotton/40% acrylic; 50g/230yds) GEEK
  • MC: #759 Yellow
  • CC: #760 Olive Green STAR
  • MC: #750 Light Blue
  • CC: #733 Orange
  • US 5 (3.75mm) knitting needles, or size needed to obtain gauge

Note from Stitch ‘n Bitch: “Wristbands are k with 2 strands of yarn held tog throughout. Instead of using the intarsia method which these charts call for, you can cheat and carry the contrasting yarn behind the work when not needed. It’ll make this project much easier to do.”

Pattern on pages 185-186.