AKA, wrist cozies! :) Once again, all appropriate props must be distributed to Ravelry the Great, for leading me to Mimsie's Swatch Bangle pattern. The idea is simple. Basically, you take a plain ol' bangle (the least expensive the better, if you ask me), knit a swatch big enough to wrap around said bangle, wrap, seam, et voila! I love chunky jewelry, I love snuggly sweaters, I love cables, I love classic neutrals, I love quick knits, and I love...these:
This is the perfect project if you're itching to exercise some creative freedom- you pick the size and width of the bangle, you pick the type of yarn, and you pick the stitch pattern. I wanted cables, so I consulted Barbara Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, picked out several cable patterns that would fit and went to town with some GGH Bel Air (this yarn is so soft- it's not even funny). I made all four bangles using one ball and I still have some yarn leftover! I would have made others, but I ran out of bangles and haven't had time to get more.
Coming to you as a girl who enjoys neither swatching nor seaming all that much (two main components of this project), I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun I found these were to make. I guess a little bit of instant gratification, especially around the holidays, really goes a long way. :)