Stay warm and chic with a pair of knitted wrist-warmers

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If you cast your mind back to the clothes your grandparents wore, you may remember much-darned socks, trilby hats and perhaps even wristers, also known as wrist-warmers.

These were the woollen items made to cover the lower arms and loop over the thumbs for added warmth - they bridged the gap between gloves and the beginning of coat sleeves.

In those days, wrist-warmers were typically made in utility colours such as khaki so didn't look especially attractive, but they certainly did a good job at keeping wintry draughts from blowing up sleeves on particularly cold days.

You may be wondering why we are giving you a clothing history lesson at this point. Well, it's because we've noticed that wrist-warmers have made a huge comeback and are being sold on the high street as a winter must-have.

Of course, we think you can get a much more personal result by eschewing purchasing them in favour of getting out some super-soft wool and making your own - we recommend Tumble, a soft and lofty yarn comprising of 90 per cent alpaca and ten per cent cotton.

Wrist-warmers are very quick to stitch up of an evening and you can find a stylish pattern in our Tumble brochure to get you going. All you'll have to do is a few short stretches of knitting and purling to create your ribbing and you'll have the finished garments in no time.

They look great in a single colour, but why not mix two for extra personality? You could even stitch in patterns if you'd prefer.

Although you're likely to have finished your knitting for Christmas gifts, wrist-warmers make an ideal present at any point during the winter - or you can just make a few pairs for yourself.

They are particularly good for people who work from home - you'd be amazed how chilly hands get at the computer all day - and those who take public transport and so have to take gloves on and off several times each morning and evening.

Why not give some a try and enjoy the re-emergence of this useful winter warmer?

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