Free Pattern: Lace Shell Fingerless Mittens

by Rae

I was playing around with multiple fingerless mitten patterns today, and ran into trouble with each one. There are so many good ones out there, but I was being picky: I wanted something worked in worsted weight, warm, fingerless, and quick! A couple of hours later, I’d pieced together a pattern. I’m super excited that it meets all four wishes!

These make a great last minute gift. Despite the holes from the lace pattern, they are surprisingly warm.

Quick fingerless mittens.

Quick fingerless mittens.

Materials:

H hook if you crochet loosely, or I hook if you find most specified pattern hook sizes work for you

Worsted weight yarn of any color (I use Caron Simply Soft), it doesn’t need to be acrylic, but should be reasonably soft

Needle to weave in ends

Instructions: 

The gloves are worked in the round. The pattern is the same for the right or left, so just make two (and flip one over!) To change size, add or subtract 4 to the initial foundation. For lesser size adjustments, try going up or down a hook size. As written, these fit a woman with average size hands. If you are unsure of size, try pulling the work over your hand (or the hand of the recipient) a few rows into the pattern. It should pull over without a struggle, but not be so loose it slips on and off, either.

Stitches used: fsc (foundation single crochet), ch (chain), sl st (slip stitch), dc (double crochet) (US)

Make 2.

Round 1: fsc 24, sl st to 1st fsc, avoiding twisting the chain

Round 2: ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), dc, ch 2, 2dc, {sk 3 sts, 2dc, ch2, 2dc} around. Sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 3: Sl st to next ch 2 sp and ch3 (counts as 1st dc), dc, ch 2, 2dc, {sk 3 sts, 2dc, ch2, 2dc} around. Sl st to top of ch 3.

Rounds 4-9: repeat round 3

Round 10: Sl st to next ch 2 sp and ch3 (counts as 1st dc), dc, ch 2, 2dc, {sk 3 sts, 2dc, ch2, 2dc} around, ch 1, dc between shells of prev round, ch 1. Sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 11: Sl st to next ch 2 sp and ch3 (counts as 1st dc), dc, ch 2, 2dc, {sk 3 sts, 2dc, ch2, 2dc} around to 1st ch 1 sp. (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch 1 sp, sk dc, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch 1 sp. Sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 12: Sl st to next ch 2 sp and ch3 (counts as 1st dc), dc, ch 2, 2dc, {sk 3 sts, 2dc, ch2, 2dc} leaving last 2 shells unworked. Ch 1, sk 2 shells, sl st to top of ch 3.

Round 13: repeat round 3

Finish off. Weave in ends.

Happy Holidays!

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