Sunday, December 12, 2010

Lady Mitts

Crochet and I have become rather good friends.  It can be so sculptural and easier for me to design as I go.  This week my obsession has landed on fingerless gloves.  Austin does get chilly enough for some little woolen accessories, and these little mitts fit the bill.  They work up quite quickly too.

Here's how to make them:
 *I am apologizing for my return to crummy phone pics.  I can't find my friggin' camera charger.  

Materials:  G hook, worsted weight yarn.  I used Full o Sheep by Debbie Stoller.  This yarn is awesomely cheap and good quality.

The cuff is worked back and forth and then seamed together at the edges.  Creates a neat ribbed illusion.
So, chain 10, then work 9 sc across.  Next row and all others, sc in the back loops only for all stitches.  Repeat until you have 15 ridges (or about 6").
Seam together edges by slip stitching edge stitches together.  Regular seaming would work well too, but I have doing that, so I cheated. 
The first step is to make a round of sc along the top edge of cuff.  Do this by chaining 1, and make 28 sc along top edge.  Try to keep stitches even. 

Shell Pattern
Round 1- Chain 3 (counts as your turning chain), dc in same sc, chain 1, then 2 dc in same sc.  *Skip 3 sc stitches, (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in next sc.  Repeat from *around.  Join round with a slip stitch at top of beginning chain 3. 
Round 2- Slip stitch over to first ch1 space.  (ch3, dc, ch1, 2dc) all in ch1 space.  *Skip to next ch1 space and (2dc, 1ch, 2dc) all in same ch1 space.  Repeat from * around.  Again join round with a slip stitch at top of beginning chain 2. 
I repeated round 2 for three more times.  If you prefer a longer mitt, add more shell pattern rounds. 

Thumb Hole Round
Start round the same way and complete one shell stitch, then chain 8, skip a shell cluster, and dc in next ch1 space to start the next shell. Finish round as previously established. 
On the next round, continue in pattern until you reach the chain 8.  Skip 3 chain stitches, and make a shell in the next chain (2dc, ch1, 2dc).  Continue around. 
Do 2 more rounds of shell pattern. 

Picot Edge
Picots are made by chaining a few stitches and then joining them at the base with a slip stitch. 
*Slip stitch into next stitch, chain 3, the slip stitch into first chain to make picot, sc in next stitch. Repeat from *around. 
Finish by joining round with a slip stitch and tie off.  Weave in ends. 

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