I think that one of the great things about crochet is that each person who crochets does something different with their work. That’s why I think there is value in each of us sharing our work with others. Wednesday mornings is when I showcase some of the things that I’m working on with my crochet. This week I want to showcase my sexy arm warmers.

They’re super simple to make although I’m working on the details of them. Basically I just take a pair of fishnet tights and cut off the toes then cut the length of the armwarmer that I want. After that I do crochet work on both the top and the bottom to add some feminine finishing touches to the piece.

This project solves a few crafty issues I’d been trying to resolve:

  • It gives me a use for my used tights. I wear fishnet or patterned tights about five days out of the week. I buy cheap ones. As a result, I often have a pair of tights that are torn and ready to be thrown away. I wanted to find a use for them but hadn’t until I decided to make sexy arm warmers.
  • I love wearing gloves but have hesitated to crochet myself any because frankly I just don’t want to deal with the finger part of it. Yes, I’ve saved a few fingerless glove patterns. However, they still require making a thumb piece and I haven’t wanted to tackle it yet. I doubt it’s too hard – it just seems tedious and I haven’t done it yet. This is a way to start making my own glove-type items without having to deal with that problem at this time.
  • I always need more projects for using up small amounts of leftover yarn. This is one of those projects since I’m not adding an extensive amount of yarn / crochet thread for each pair.

The photos in this post are of the first pair that I did. I have some details to work out in future pairs. For example, I have to figure out how to better measure the crochet additions so that they fit tightly but not too tightly around my arm and wrist. Second I want to play around with different types of designs for the edging. My default design is always shells. They’re easy to do and I love how they look. However this small project that will be ongoing for me gives me a really great opportunity to take advantage of different types of edging designs and I want to make sure to do that. And third, I want to play around with the different effects of various yarn types against the fishnet. Here I used pink 4-ply crochet thread (from one of the yard sales I visited on my trip). Currently I’m working on using some really fuzzy yellow yarn that came in a yarn lot I got awhile back. So that’s just a matter of playing with the different options and seeing what I like and don’t like.

I am working on launching my own Etsy store in the next couple of months. I want to have specific product lines that I offer and I am thinking about offering these as a line once I get the details down. (And for sale items I’d use new unworn tights, not my own used tights, of course!) Is this an item that you think would do well on Etsy? If not, what would you change? Just gathering some thoughts!


Note: I’ve added this post to Tami Ami’s WIP Wednesday, Ambassador Crochet’s WIP Wednesday and Every Day Crochet’s WIP Wednesday. Head to all three to check out the other great things that people are working on this week!


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  1. Marie/Underground Crafter Reply

    Cool. My grandma used her old nylons to stuff crochet teddy bears (what we would probably now call amigurumi). It was great because when you had a darker color yarn, you didn’t have to worry about the white stuffing poking out (she only used those dark brown stockings). I love that you’ve made creative use of something rather than toss it out!

  2. Your arm warmers really are sexy. They make me think of Abby on NCIS.

  3. What a great idea!!! Those are awesome. They look very flapper to me!

    • Kathryn Reply

      @Tami – I hadn’t thought of that but you’re right! Thanks!

  4. Your armwarmers look very pretty – a great recycling idea. You could probably make a scarf out of the fishnet tights too. :)

    • Kathryn Reply

      @Debiy Y. – I’ve actually been working on a scarf design but I can’t quite get it to look the way that I want. Instead of been thinking about turning the tights into a cowl by adding crochet work to the top and bottom. Working on it …

  5. What a cute idea! Now I know how to take care of my torn fishnets…

    • Kathryn Reply

      Thanks to @Calophi, @Paula, @Christina for the support on this project. Glad other people like them too!

  6. such a great idea with the tights! I have seen those with the body crocheted too, but they look much finer the way you did them!

  7. They’re fabulous. And fabulously sexy. Do you knit too? (hopefully I didn’t just type a swear word on your blog!). If so, the Toasty wristwarmer pattern on Ravelry is thumb and fingerless (and much more practical, if you ask me)…

    • Kathryn Reply

      @Tania – I don’t knit but I’m not an anti-knitter so you’re welcome to say that word here. :) If I ever do start knitting I’ll keep that pattern in mind!

  8. Er, I mean practical because you don’t have to take them off before you wash your hands and get all the knitted finger bits wet…

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