|More fingerless mitts!|
Actually, two finished items:
a pair of fingerless mitts.
It feels like a long time since I have blogged a finished item from my own hook.
These mitts began life back in December as a potential hospital project. The skeins sat in their bag patiently waiting until, one day, I needed another 'take-along project' and there they were, all ready to go, saying "Pick us!" so I did.
The mitts were a perfect take-along project due to their size and a familiar pattern, "Easy Crochet Wristers" by Kim Kotary. It is such an easy and relatively quick pattern that I had already made 5 pairs before these but, this time, I modified the original pattern to suit my daughter.
|These mitts are for my daughter's hands and she is kindly modelling them. |
Short rows were added between the thumb and fingers.
I added an extra 27 rounds between the cuff and thumb gusset, and short rows for extra shaping and to lengthen the palms.
I like this pattern because it uses sock yarn which is sturdy but also fine (4 ply equivalent in Australia; 'fingering' weight in USA). These wristers take a little longer to make, but their fine weight makes them very easy to wear without bulk.
|Finished length: 25 cm from fingers to cuff.|
Learn more about the purple mitts in their Dating Profile!
"Easy Crochet Wristers" by Kim Kotary, free pattern (LW1919, WR 1919) published by Red Heart Yarn: http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/easy-crochet-wristers
Difficulty rating: easy
I used Moda Vera "Noir" sock yarn, 75% wool, 25% nylon, 400 m per 100g skein
Colour: D5-01 Mgt Blue (Magnetic Blue)
Purchased in Winter 2011
The pattern suggests Red Heart "Heart & Sole" sock yarn
Each glove used 26 grams = 52 grams / 208 metres of yarn int total for the pair.
I used a 3.00 mm aluminium hook ('Pony' brand with blue plastic handle).
The pattern suggests a 2.75 mm hook but I found it too tight for my yarn choice and the resulting wrist band was too small. It would fit a young child but not an older child.
Same Pattern: Different Colours
These were all made using different colours of 'Noir' sock yarn.
Some have modifications to the original pattern.
|This is the first pair of 'Easy Crochet Wristers' I ever made|
using a 2.5 mm hook but they were small, suitable for a child.
This photo shows that the top ribbing doesn't quite cover the palms.
Colour #07 Purple Mix
|These wristers are larger (made with a 3 mm hook) |
and have been modified for extra coverage.
(back of hand shown)
The ribbing is longer at the wrist and fingers.
Short rows add more coverage to the palm.
Extra rounds make the thumb longer.
|The standard pattern with a 3 mm hook|
fits a woman's hand.
Colour #80251598 Black Mix
Other Crochet Wrister Patterns
As I did a search to add the pattern link here, the Red Heart (USA) web site offered more free patterns for long crocheted wristers made with other yarn weights and hook sizes. I haven't tried these patterns but will list them here for future reference. I have not had any experience with these patterns so can neither recommend nor criticise them.
Easy Crochet Wristers by Andee Graves
Pattern code LW3497
Difficulty rating: easy
Yarn: Red Heart Shimmer (#4 medium weight)
Hook: 5 mm
This pattern has the same name but the wristers are longer than Kim Kotary's pattern that I used. They are described as lacy and elegant.
Long Lacy Wristers by Kimberley K McAlindin
Pattern code WC2144 (2010)
Difficulty rating: intermediate
Yarn: Aunt Lydia's Bamboo Crochet Thread Size 3
Hooks: 4 mm & 3.5 mm
Made of crochet mesh, these wristers extend above the elbow and include black elastic in the notions list to keep the cuff from falling below the elbow.
Wristers Made Easy by Becky Barker
Pattern code LW3329
Difficulty rating: easy
Yarn: Red Heart With Love (#4 medium weight)
Hook: 6 mm
With a 6mm hook and just 21 rounds of double crochet stitches (USA single crochet) joined to a simple cuff, these wristers look very quick to make.
If you discover a passion for making fingerless gloves you may like the Ravelry group "Fingerless Glove Fanatics": http://www.ravelry.com/groups/fingerless-glove-fanatics
Have you ever made gloves or mittens?
What 'handy' patterns do you like or recommend?
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