These darling crochet arm warmers look a bit like knit! They feature a feminine lacy edge, and a button detail that gives them a vintage vibe. Make with with or without thumbholes.
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free crochet pattern vintage style arm warmers with button and lacy edge

Happy Friday friends! I hope you have fabulous plans for the weekend. I am feeling fine because I FINALLY finished redesigning my Vintage Style Crochet Arm Warmers to have thumbholes! When The Boy was in the hospital, crocheting helped me stay sane and luckily this project was in my bag so I was able to finish them there. I just love them with wooden buttons.

It occurred to me as I was doing the pattern redesign that you don’t really need the button holes along the sides. Feel free to skip the button hole instructions by working a complete row of sc and sew the buttons on very last. My buttons are functional, but they can be decorative if you prefer. 

VINTAGE-STYLE CROCHET ARM WARMERS  – CROCHET PATTERN

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What you need:
Medium Weight Yarn (Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in Silver and White)
H hook
Darning Needle
12 small buttons

Abbreviations: (American Terms)
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Sk – Skip
St – Stitch
FLO – Front Loops Only

Gauge: 12 sc = 3″

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Vintage Style Crochet Arm Warmers Pattern: 

Right:
Ch 35. 
1. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Hdc 33. Turn. (34 sts)
2. (FLO) Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc in each st across. Turn.  (34 sts)
3. Ch 1. Hdc in same st. Hdc in each st across. Turn. (34 sts)
4. – 11. Repeat rows 2 and 3 respectively until 11 total rows. 
12. Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc in next st. Ch 5. Sk 5 sts, sc in next st. FLO – work a sc in each remaining st. (34 sts)
13. Ch 1. Hdc in same st. Hdc in each st across. Turn. (34 sts)
14. – 23. Repeat rows 2 and 3 respectively until 23 total rows. 
24. Ch 1. Sc in same st. *Ch 1. Sk next st. Sc in next st. Sc in next st* work 3 times. Sc 16. *Ch 1. Sk next st. Sc in next st. Sc in next st* work twice. Ch 1. Sk next st. Sc in last st. (34 sts)
Break yarn, tie off. 

Join yarn at the top (with thumbhole at the top). Sc across the top, working stitches as evenly as possible, achieving 28 sts. Break yarn. Tie off. Your piece should measure approx. 9″ x 7.5 “

Shell Edging: 
Start on long side with thumbhole to your left. 
Join white yarn. Starting in next st,  *dc 4. Sk next st. Sl st in next st. Sk next st* repeat down the side and across the top. Tie off.  

Left Hand: 
Ch 35. 
1. Sc in 2nd ch from hook. *Ch 1. Sk next ch. Sc in next ch. Sc in next ch * work 3 times. Sc 16. Ch 1. Sk next ch. Sc in next ch. Sc in next ch* work twice. Ch 1. Sk next st. Sc in last st. (34 sts)
2. Ch 1. Hdc in same st. Hdc in each st across. Turn. (34 sts)
3. (FLO) Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc in each st across. Turn. (34 sts)
4. – 11. Repeat rows 2 and 3 respectively until 11 total rows. 
12. Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc in next st. Ch 5. Sk 5 sts, sc in next st. FLO – work a sc in each remaining st. (34 sts)
13. Ch 1. Hdc in same st. Hdc in each st across. Turn. (34 sts)
14. – 24. Repeat rows 2 and 3 respectively until 24 total rows. 
Break yarn, tie off. 
Join yarn at the top (with thumbhole at the top). Sc across the top, working stitches as evenly as possible, achieving 28 sts. Break yarn. Tie off.  Your piece should measure approx. 9″ x 7.5 “

Shell Edging: 
Start on the top right of piece. Join white yarn. Starting in next st,  *dc 4. Sk next st. Sl st in next st. Sk next st* repeat across the top and down the side. Tie off.  

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To sew them together, fold the the shells edge over the other edge. Using a darning needle, sew the arm warmers closed in between the buttons. Work down from the top, putting your needle down through both layers and up, all in one stitch. 

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78 Comments

  1. Really like all your patterns very easy to follow. Have a question on this pattern. Almost finished first glove. Making for a friend. Had her try it on to see if it will fit (pinned sides together) Forearm to small but around hand way to big. Any suggestions on making them to fit?

    1. Hi Gwen! They really aren’t fitted, that is for sure, they are just a tube shape. Because they are worked lengthwise, it would be a bit tricky to make them more fitted at the hand/wrist.
      I am thinking you can maybe switch to DC instead of hdc halfway across, this will make half of it wider at one end, does that make sense?
      Could you send a photo so I am sure we are on the same page?
      Bethany (at) whistleandivy (dot) com

        1. Another idea is to simply pleat it at the wrist, like a dress shirt. So make it fit the forearm, make the tube, then sew it sort of cone shaped. This will make the buttons on the bottom/wrist non-functional, so you would just sew them in place, but still keep the look.

          1. Sorry just got back to this. Great idea about pleating. Now just learn how to do that. Going to help watching videos. Thank you, Bethany,

  2. I would like to add length to these. If I double the foundation chain from 35 to 70 and follow the pattern accordingly, will that work or will the count be off?

    1. That counts will obviously be different but it will work! Be sure to work the button holes the same, just work your extra stitches in the middle of the rows.

  3. Thank you for this pattern, I have made myself a pair and an just about to start another for a friend.
    Very easy to understand instructions and they look so beautiful – I chose to make the warmers a deep purple and and red scallops on one hand and green on the other, they look seriously brilliant and I am getting many compliments :)
    Thank you you again Bethany

  4. I’m making these at the moment. On the left hand one you have row 11 as an sc row, and also row 12, when it should logically be a htr row. It looks better doing it as a htr row as the pattern stays consistent.

    1. Sorry that should say hdc – I’m in the UK so have to convert the stitch names! Your sc is what I’d call a double and your hdc is what I’d call a htr.

  5. these arm warmers are beautiful, thanks for the pattern. I’m looking forward to making them for my daughter.

  6. I’m a bit confused. Which row is the button hole row? I’d like to skip it, but not sure which one it is. It’s such a lovely pattern and would I love to make these as gifts.
    Thank you! :-)
    Sandra

  7. hello, i am a little confused about the joining row of 28 sc stitches and then the join by overlapping and sewing together. are those two different options of how to join them?? other than that i love the pattern! thank you. could you help me understand the way to join them more clearly? i would appreciate it. thank you again.

    1. You are simply joining yarn aon the top to work a row of 28 sts. This completes the rectangles, and you can move on to making the shell edging. Afterward, you move on to constructing them by overlapping and sewing.

  8. I chose not to make button holes and then did the right pattern twice. Also, because I don’t like to keep cutting yarn and doing a lot of weaving, I found that once I finished off the right side, I could just fold it over right side facing me and work the scallops through both long ends together in order to join them together. When I got to the end of the long side (top where we keep the thumb hole) I ended there with a scallop, then started working single crochet around the cuff, slip stitching into the shell when done and crossing over to work the shells around the cuff in the SC. Great pattern – love it

    1. Thats half way to a dc. You can sooo do this. It is very very easy. Think of it as making an arm brace and look up videos for the other stitches because if you can hdc they other ones are just as easy 😊

  9. I am working on the left warmer. When following the pattern at row 11 is a sc line then, row 12 is also a sc line then row 13 is a hdc line and then row 14 is another hdc line. If I follow this am I going to get the proper ribbing???
    Just curious as the right hand never has 2 lines the same in a row but the directions for the left does. Thanks

  10. Bethany, Can this pattern be printed? I don’t think I want to sit at my computer and do this from it.

  11. Bethany, I love this pattern. My crochet skills are remedial, but your pattern is easy to follow. I made the right glove twice because I was not making button holes. I made them in black, worsted weight wool, and I substituted the scallops with a row of sparkly, eyelash yarn. They are so cute! The perfect gift.

  12. I made one of the fingerless gloves and for women with bigger hands and fore arm need to add more rows to fit them so the next pair I made it am going to add 2 or 4 more rows