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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Mary Jane Slippers – Another pattern favorite!

Last time, I featured my favorite pattern. But if your feet were jealous, fear not! 😉

This pattern is by Lisa Gutierrez, titled Mary Jane Slippers, and they are delightful. They are very comfortable, you can customize them with contrasting colors and buttons, and the weave of stitches under the sole of your foot feels like a continuous massage as you walk. Like, I said, delightful! And even better, it’s free.

You will need a small amount of worsted weight yarn, around 3 oz., plus a little bit of contrasting yarn for the last two rounds and closure. While you can alternatively permanently attach the strap, it looks really nice with a neat button. It’s a great way to use up those few neat-looking buttons you’ve had sitting around, waiting for the right project.

Here is my version of her slippers:

Mary Jane Slippers made in some of my favorite colors.

Mary Jane Slippers in some of my favorite colors.

I found Lisa’s pattern easy to follow. It’s a pdf with excellent pictures detailing each step. A few alterations you can make if you are feeling playful or creative (imagine that, us, creative?) are:

  • Instead of working the strap across your foot as a loop, just permanently attach it. You could leave the button off this way if you wished.
  • For the bottom of the slipper, try holding stretchy .5mm or .7mm bead and jewelry cord (like Stretch Magic, which is what I happened to have around) with the yarn for the middle of each of those rows. The only downside to these slippers is they can be slightly slippery on hard smooth floors, and I think this would eliminate that potential problem.

Enjoy the pattern. Let me know what you think of it!

~Rae

My Very Favorite Pattern

While there are a few patterns I really enjoy, this is one I’ve made repeatedly to the point of memorizing it. I found it on Ravelry.com, which is an excellent resource if you haven’t discovered it yet. There are many ways to refine your searches, including sorting for free patterns only, of which there are plenty. You do need to create a free, simple account, but it’s well worth it because you can save patterns you like to your library for later.

So, my favorite? The Hermione Shell Mittens by Andrea Denby. It is free, Andrea’s pattern is clear and concise, and everyone who has seen a pair has asked me for them. For yarn, I use a double strand of Loops and Threads Woolike from Michaels. It’s incredibly soft, and using two strands together makes it just right for the weight suggested in the pattern.

These are wonderful if you work in a cold office or spend time in a chilly school or library, or for in-between weather. Any task where your hands get chilly but you really need your fingertips, really! Like, say, crocheting on a cold day?

My version of the Hermione Shell Gloves, original pattern by Andrea Denby.

My version of the Hermione Shell Gloves.

The gloves in the image above are slightly different from the original pattern – I worked a couple of extra rows in the wrist to make it longer and even warmer. Some people loved the longer version, while others found it annoying to have it go so far down on their arm. As long as you stick to the right multiple, you can adjust the circumference of the glove if needed. If you are making them for a gift, when in doubt, ask about the length! Better that they find out the surprise than your work go to waste in the back of a closet.

The pattern is worked as one piece from the wrist up through the thumb hole and over the hand and fingers, then the thumb is added on at the end. You can also remove one repetition of the pattern that is worked in the round (by subtracting 8 from the beginning chain) to make them fit a grade-school-aged child. My kids love them, too!

Try them out, and let me know what you think!

~Rae