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Hocus Pocus Wristlets

By: Laura Bain for Red Heart

Knitting is like magic. A single long piece of yarn is transformed into a beautiful new accessory or article of clothing. Create something magical with these Hocus Pocus Wristlets. This fingerless gloves knitting pattern is quite simple and is sure to be some easy knitting for beginners wanting to broaden their horizons and learn how to knit wristlets. These beautiful knit accessories are sure to dazzle your friends. Everyone will wonder where you bought them. Just remember, a good magician never reveals his/her secrets. When it comes to patterns for gloves, this is a pair you don't want to pass up.


Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch


  • RED HEART® Reflective™: 1 ball 8532 Purple (Art. E820, available in solids 3.5 oz (100g) 88 yd (80m) ball)
  • Susan Bates® Knitting Needles: 5.5mm [US 9]
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle

GAUGE: 15 sts = 4” (10 cm); 18 rounds = 4” (10 cm) in Stockinette st worked in rounds (knit every round). CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

Each wristlet measures 5” (12.5 cm) long x 6” (15 cm) circumference (at widest).

k  = knit
k2tog = knit next 2 sts together
p = purl; st(s) = sttich(es)
* = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated

Special Stitch:
kfb (Knit into front and back) = Knit next st but do not remove from needle, knit into back loop of same st and remove from needle

Note: Each wristlet is worked in rounds beginning at the lower (wrist) edge. Stitches are bound-off and then cast-on again to create the thumb opening.

WRISTLET (make 2)
Cast on 24 sts. Place marker for beginning of round. Join to work in rounds, taking care not to twist sts.

Lower Ribbing
Rounds 1–5: *K2, p2; repeat from * around.

Body of Wrister
Work in Stockinette st worked in rounds (knit every round) until piece measures about 3½” (9 cm) from beginning.

Shape Thumb
Round 1: Knit to last st, kfb—25 sts.
Round 2: Kfb, knit to end of round—26 sts.
Rounds 3 and 4: Repeat last 2 rounds—28 sts.
Rounds 5 and 6 (Create Thumb Opening): Knit to last 2 sts, bind off last 2 sts and first 2 sts of next round and remove beginning of round marker; knit around again to beginning of bound-off sts, cast on 2 sts over the bound-off section, replace beginning of round marker—26 sts.
Rounds 7–10: Knit.
Round 11: Knit to last 2 sts, k2tog—25 sts.
Round 12: K2tog, knit to end of round—24 sts.

Top Ribbing
Rounds 1–5: *K2, p2; repeat from * around.
Bind off.

Weave in ends.

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