Monday, 7 November 2011

Crocheted Mitts

It is getting to that time of year when hands get cold, but it is nice to have one's fingers free. I made a pair of fingerless gloves this evening, modifying a pattern I found online. It is worked in single crochet and took me less than two hours to complete the pair. I added 11 rows to the original pattern, as it didn't allow for much wrist coverage. The pair I made is almost too small for me; perhaps a 5.5mm hook would have worked better than a 5mm.

When it comes to crocheting, sometimes all you need to do is change the hook size to modify the size slightly. Another factor that will influence size is the weight of the yarn. Using a baby yarn will make a nice soft item, but the size may differ drastically from the original. It is interesting to try the same pattern with different hook sizes and yarns to see the difference it makes. For a more elegant look (but not practical for warmth) you can use crochet cotton with a bigger hook. This will give you a lacier look. Adding a few rows will also make the gloves longer which will look very stylish when using crochet cotton.

This rule also applies to mitts, hats and scarves. In the case of these three however, you will want to use a heavier weight yarn with a tighter stitch to keep out the cold. Alpaca yarn is perfect for mitts and hats, as it is very warm. It also breathes and wicks moisture away from the skin, making it perfect for outdoor activities. Another way to make a heavier item is to use a double strand of yarn; this will make the stitches tighter and the mitts or hat warmer.

These go together quickly and sets can be made for the entire family in a weekend.

I will post pictures as I make the items; they will be available for sale locally and online.

Have a great day!


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