This adorable candy corn handwarmer knitting pattern makes the most adorable hand sized candy corn that you can fill with rice, heat and tuck in your pockets to keep you toasty warm this Halloween!
I really really thought I was finished with Halloween ideas this year. I really did. And then I thought about making some candy corn handwarmers and I just had to make them happen. They are seriously the cutest things ever.
These cute knit handwarmers are filled with dried rice and can be (carefully) microwaved until they get warm and then tucked into your pockets to keep your hands toasty this Halloween.
I mean, hopefully we don’t get an actual six inches of snow this year like we did last year, that was a little much! But it does tend to be chilly in the Midwest at Halloween so these will be super handy!
Did I mention they’re super quick to knit since they’re pocket-sized? Projects like this make me wish all my projects were pocket-sized because it’s so satisfying to have a perfect finished product so quickly. (Spoiler alert, that’s why I like hats!)
I would recommend that you choose a natural fiber to knit these in, rather than acrylic, because I don’t know what will happen if you put acrylic in the microwave even for a few seconds. Better safe than sorry, I think!
If you’re looking for more handwarmers I also have these heart shaped cuties!
Tips and Tricks for knitting handwarmers
- Use a natural fiber like wool, alpaca or cotton, not acrylic, you don’t want it to melt!
- If you knit loosely, size down your needles. You want a dense fabric so the filling doesn’t leak out between stitches.
- Block your shapes before assembling your handwarmers for best results.
- When heating your handwarmers in the microwave, heat in short 5-10 second increments, and NEVER walk away while heating, let’s not start any fires, ok?
- To make the assembly step easy, you can pin the shapes together so they don’t shift while you sew.
Candy Corn Handwarmers Knitting Pattern
Gauge: 20 stitches = 4 inches
Finished Size: approx 2 1/2 inches x 3 inches x 1 inch
- Natural fiber (not acrylic) Worsted weight yarn in white, yellow and orange
- US 7 12” straight knitting needles
- US 7 double pointed needles
- Yarn needle
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Candy Corn Handwarmers Instructions
Knit Candy Corn Shape (make 2):
Cast 2 stitches onto your knitting needles with white yarn
Row 1 (WS):p2
Row 2 (RS): k1, m1L, k1 (3 stitches)
Row 3 and all odd rows: purl all stitches
Row 4: k1, m1R, k1, m1L, k1 (5 stitches)
Row 6: knit all stitches
Row 8: k1, m1R, k3, m1L, k1 (7 stitches)
Switch to orange yarn before row 9.
Row 10: knit all stitches
Row 12: k1, m1R, k5, m1L, k1 (9 stitches)
Row 14: knit all stitches
Switch to yellow yarn before row 16
Row 16: k1, m1R, k7, m1L, k1 (11 stitches)
Row 18: knit all stitches
Row 20: k1, m1R, k9, m1L, k1 (13 stitches)
Row 22: knit all stitches
Row 24: knit all stitches
Row 26: ssk, k9, k2tog (11 stitches)
Row 28: knit all stitches
Row 30: ssk, k7, k2tog (9 stitches)
Switch to orange yarn before row 31
Row 32: knit all stitches
Row 34: ssk, k5, k2tog (7 stitches)
Row 36: knit all stitches
Switch to white yarn before row 38
Row 38: ssk, k3, k2tog (5 stitches)
Row 40: knit all stitches
Row 42: ssk, k1, k2tog (3 stitches)
Row 44: ssk, k1 (2 stitches
Row 45: p2, lift second stitch on the left needle up and over the first and off the needle to cast off one stitch. Then cut the yarn and pull through the last stitch to end.
Weave in ends on the wrong side. If you choose to block your shapes, it may make assembly easier.
To Assemble the Handwarmers:
Fold one finished candy corn shape along the middle of the yellow section, wrong sides together.
You may pin it together. Thread some yarn on a yarn needle and use it to carefully stitch the two hearts together along the edges using the matching color for each section.
I used a basic running stitch with VERY small stitches (so the rice won’t leak out). Stitch around 80% of the candy corn shape, leaving about 1 1/2 inches open along one straight edge to fill the handwarmers.
Use a spoon to fill your handwarmer with dry rice. When it is full of rice, continue sewing with the yarn needle to close the opening.
Tie a small, secure knot after each color of yarn and bury the yarn tail end inside the middle of the handwarmer (you can do this by sticking the yarn needle all the way through the middle and out the other side, then trimming the yarn close to the surface. As you handle the handwarmer, that yarn tail will be pulled back into the center and remain hidden.)
Repeat with the other candy corn shape to make a second handwarmer.
To warm your handwarmers, heat them in the microwave for short 5-10 second increments until they are warm but not hot.
Watch carefully, check their temperature frequently and never leave them unattended in the microwave. Never get handwarmers wet or heat to a temperature hotter than you can hold comfortably with bare hands. Be careful not to burn yourself.
Do not give hot handwarmers to children.
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