Making Fingerless Gloves

Have a little yarn? Needing a quick gift? Want to get ready for cold weather? Crochet Fingerless gloves are the prefect answer.

I have created a few patterns for fingerless, and even fingered gloves over the years, but you can create your own custom fit pair pretty easily. All you need to do is create a rectangle.

That seems almost a little too simple, but this version of fingerless gloves really are that simple.

Want to follow a pattern instead, here are some of my glove patterns:

Types of Gloves

There are essentially two different approaches to creating gloves. One is to work in the round, making a tube. This approach needs a little more attention to detail, as the tube needs to adjust in size a bit to feel like a nice fit. When working from the cuff to palm there needs to be an increase a couple of rounds before the thumb and then create a loop for the thumb, while decrease a couple of stitches to help the gloves fit the fingers.

However if you work a rectangle in the length you want your gloves and continue until the width can wrap around your hand, then you can make a glove.

Pin the fabric on either side the thumb and seam the fabric together on either side.

Make your Gloves

This rectangle can be created in any stitch pattern, so you have complete creative control. If you want a bit of extra stretch I would recommend working a fabric of back loop single crochet. It offers a ribbing like effect and allows for a comfortable fit.

Then the beginning row is folded over to the last row. I place my hand in this fold and use stitch markers to mark either side of my thumb, essentially marking the opening for my thumb. Then it is as simple as seaming the edges together with the exception of the thumb opening.

It really is that simple.

I have found to step these gloves up a bit more, I find a yarn that has a great color change, or nice texture. This makes the rectangle that can really be something that is fabulous.

Tunisian Crochet -Building Skills in Designs

Tunisian Crochet is a technique that always has something bold to offer. It seems to be a bit cyclical in the design world, making a splash every few years. With every splash creating a great surge in creativity, and the new digital release of The Tunisian Collect from I Like Crochet Magazine is no exception.

I am fortunate enough to have 2 designs in this publication.

A Teenager Loved Pillow

The Cozy At Home Tunisian Tassel Pillow is one that my teenage son liked enough that he had me make some for his room (this is always a huge reward for my work…that the kids actually like it). It really only uses two Tunisian stitches, a Simple Stitch and a Purl Stitch to create this visual effect. In addition it uses a large hook size, so it works up pretty quickly.

Cozy At Home Tunisian Tassel Pillow

I like the edging that seams the two sides as you work it, and the tassels were a definite highlight for my son, so maybe it is a new trending feature.

A Fun Hat

The In The Round Tunisian Full Stitch Hat is one that is a real skill builder. It works what I mistakenly thought was the most basic stitch in Tunisian until I learned more about it, the Full Stitch. This stitch creates a pattern of little lines that do not directly stack atop one another, but are off-set. I have always loved the look.

In The Round Tunisian Full Stitch Hat

This pattern though has a little twist, it is worked in the round. Working in the round is not something that is commonly worked in Tunisian crochet, as it is a technique worked by loading up loops on the hook and then working it back off. So you never turn the work, and it is easiest to work flat.

However I have shared some tips to working in the round, and this pattern puts it to use.

I hope you enjoy these projects and use them to build your skills in the area of Tunisian Crochet.

1 For Me, 1 For You- Linked Crochet Block

Help me help local communities by creating blocks for Warm Up America, by making a block for yourself and one for a community project with this free pattern. I will be creating a new block every few weeks and sharing it with you, I just ask that make one for donation.

Warm Up America is a nationwide organization that encourages local donations, but will also except donations to be sent to their office so that blocks can be assembled and then blankets can be donated through the United States.

Linked Crochet Block

Even if you do not want to participate with Warm Up America, please consider creating blocks, or blankets for your local community. There are various places in every community that accept donations.

Linked Crochet Stitches

Linked stitches create a row without open spaces between the stitches, the stitches stand together and are interlinked with one another. It creates a distinctive line across the right side of the row and a uniquely textured wrong side of the row. This is a create way to create a solid fabric even with tall stitches.

If you have experience with Tunisian crochet you may see some similarities. As with Tunisian Simple Stitch, you insert the hook and pull up a loop, and then work them back off to one loop.

Gauge: 7”x 9” rectangle

Materials

  • Medium weight yarn in 4 fours (A), (B), (C), and (D)
  • K/10 1/2 /6.5 mm crochet hook

Block

Row 1: With A, ch 30, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across, change to B, turn. -29sc

Linked Half Double Crochet

Linked Half Double Crochet (lhdc): Insert hook in yarn over wrap of adjacent stitch, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook.

(Linked Half Double crochet) Insert hook into yarn over wrap of adjacent stitch, yo, pull up a loop
(Linked Half Double Crochet) Insert hook into the next stitch, yo, pull up a loop
Yo, pull through 3 loops. Linked Half Double Crochet completed

Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as a stitch here and throughout), hdc in same st, lhdc in each st across, turn. -28 lhdc, 1hdc

Rows 3 & 4: Rep Row 2, changing to color A at the end of row 4.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st across, change to C, turn. -29 sc

Linked Double Crochet

Linking to the Turning Chain

Beginning Linked Double Crochet (Bldc): Insert hook in 2nd chain from hook (of the turning chain), yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through last 2 loops.

Beginning Chain 3
(Beginning Linked Double Crochet) Insert hook into the 2nd chain of the beginning turning chain, yo, pull up a loop.
(Beginning Linked Double Crochet) Insert hook in next stitch, yo, pull up a loop.

The Traditional Linked Double Crochet

Linked Double Crochet (ldc): Insert hook in yarn over wrap of adjacent stitch, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through the last 2 loops.

(Linked Double Crochet) Insert hook into yarn over wrap of adjacent stitch
(Linked Double Crochet)Insert hook in yarn over wrap of adjacent stitch, yo, pull up a loop
(Linked Double Crochet) Insert hook into next stitch, yo, pull up a loop
(Linked Double Crochet) Yo, pull through 2 loops on the hook
(Linked Double Crochet) Yarn over pull through last 2 loops on hook, Stitch complete.

Row 6: Ch 3, Bldc, ldc in each st across, turn. -28 ldc, 1Bldc

Rows 7 & 8: Rep Row 6, changing to color A at the end of Row 8.

Row 9: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st across, change to C, turn. -29 sc

Linked Treble Crochet

Linking to the Turning Chain

Beginning Linked Treble Crochet (Bltr): Insert hook in 2nd chain from hook (of the turning chain), yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into 4th chain from hook, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through last 2 loops.

(Beginning Linked Treble Crochet) Insert hook in 2nd chain from hook, yo, pull up a loop
(Beginning Linked Treble Crochet) Insert hook in 4th chain from hook, yo, pull up a loop.
(Beginning Linked Treble Crochet) Insert hook into next stitch, yo, pull up a loop
(Beginning Linked Treble Crochet) Yarn over pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through 2 loops.

The Traditional Linked Treble Stitch

Linked Treble Crochet (ltr): Insert hook in top yarn over wrap of adjacent stitch, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook in bottom yarn over wrap of the adjacent stitch, yo pull up a loop, insert hook into next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through 2 loops, pull through the last 2 loops.

(Linked Treble Crochet) Insert hook in top yarn over wrap of adjacent stitch, yo, pull up a loop, insert hook in bottom yarn over wrap of adjacent stitch, yo pull up a loop
(Linked Treble Crochet) Insert hook in the next stitch, yo, pull up a loop
(Linked Treble Crochet) Yarn over pull through 2 loops
(Linked Treble Crochet) Yarn over, pull through 2 more loops on hook
(Linked Treble Crochet) Yarn over, pull through last 2 loop. Stitch completed.

Row 10: Ch 4, Bltr, ltr in each st across, turn. -28 ltr, 1Bltr

Rows 11 & 12: Rep Row 6, changing to color A at the end of Row 8.

Row 13: Ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each st across, fasten off. -29 sc

Weave in ends, block.

1 For Me, 1 For You- Bricks Block

Help me help local communities by creating blocks for Warm Up America, by making a block for yourself and one for a community project with this free pattern. I will be creating a new block every few weeks and sharing it with you, I just ask that make one for donation.

Warm Up America is a nationwide organization that encourages local donations, but will also except donations to be sent to their office so that blocks can be assembled and then blankets can be donated through the United States.

Even if you do not want to participate with Warm Up America, please consider creating blocks, or blankets for your local community. There are various places in every community that accept donations.

Bricks Block   

Bricks Block


Gauge: 7”x 9” rectangle

Materials

  • Medium weight yarn
  • K/10 1/2 /6.5 mm crochet hook

Notes

When changing bricks you do not turn the fabric like a page of a book, instead you turn it to the side and work on another side of the square.

First Brick

Row 1: Ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across, turn. -5sc

Rows 2-4: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each st across, change to new color, do not turn.

Second Brick

Row 6: Ch 1, Working down the ends of the rows sc in the end of each row, turn. -5sc

Rows 7-9: Rep Rows 2-4.

Row 10: Rep Row 5.

Third Brick

Row 11: Ch 1, working down the ends of the rows sc in the end of each row, sc in each st on edge of block 1, turn. -10 sc

Rows 12-14: Rep Rows 2-4.

Row 15: Rep Row 5.

Fourth Brick

Row 16: Ch 1, working down the ends of the rows sc in the end of each row, sc in each st of next block, turn. -10 sc.

Rows 17-19: Rep Rows 2-4.

Row 20: Rep Row 5.

Fifth Brick

Row 21: Ch 1, working down the ends of the rows sc in the end of each row, sc in each st and row ends of next blocks, turn. -15 sc.

Rows 22-24: Rep Rows 2-4.

Row 25: Rep Row 5.

Sixth Brick

Row 26: Ch 1, working down the ends of the rows sc in the end of each row, sc in each st and row ends of next blocks, turn. -15 sc.

Rows 27-29: Rep Rows 2-4.

Row 30: Rep Row 5.

Seventh Brick

Row 31: Ch 1, working down the ends of the rows sc in the end of each row, sc in each st and row ends of next blocks, turn. -20 sc.

Rows 32-34: Rep Rows 2-4.

Row 35: Rep Row 5.

Eighth Brick

Row 36: Ch 1, working down the ends of the rows sc in the end of each row, sc in each st and row ends of next blocks, turn. -20 sc.

Rows 37-39: Rep Rows 2-4.

Row 40: Rep Row 5.

Ninth Block

Ninth Brick

Row 41: Ch 1, working down the ends of the rows sc in the end of each row, sc in each st and row ends of next blocks, turn. -25 sc.

Rows 42-44: Rep Rows 2-4.

Row 45: Rep Row 5.

Tenth Brick

Row 46: Ch 1, working down the ends of the rows sc in the end of each row, sc in each st and row ends of next blocks, turn. -25 sc. Fasten off, weave in ends, block.

Crochet Connections in Pot Holders- Free Pattern

There are times when crochet shares a perspective that I was not aware existed. I was invited to join an on-line conference call of crochet enthusiasts recently, and as I was sitting back and listening to the discussions, I was struck by a topic I had never considered. The heritage of a pattern, and how it connects us to others.

This particular topic was around a pattern for a pot holder.

Some Stories of Connection

I listened to a story of how a learned family pattern has continued through generations. How even after the legacy of the pattern has passed the skill is picked up by another and still being created and shared throughout the family.  Connecting multiple generations and family tree branches, as so many had memories of this one pot holder pattern that was created by the family matriarch.

I heard another regarding a very similar pot holder pattern and how it was the captivating project that encouraged them to further their own crochet skills so as to create the pattern themselves.

Still more was the eagerness of others to learn this pattern to make the same connections with family and each other.

My Take Aways

I was in awe of how one simple pattern was connecting all of these people, and how they shared that it was a connection throughout those that they love.

Everyone may not crochet, but the legacy of a simple crochet pattern has connected these families. That to me is mesmerizing, as I have no connection to those in my family that crocheted before me. I may have some hooks that belonged to my great-grandmother, but I never met her, I have never seen any of her handiwork. There are no family patterns in my family that holds these vivid memories for me, but it a wonderful to know that these exist of others, and I feel honored to have heard their stories.

If you want to create attempt this legacy potholder, below is a similar pattern to those that were engaging the memories of others. I have used this pattern for several years to help new crocheters practice their skills.

Free Pattern

Diagonal Corners Pot Holder

Diagonal Corners Pot Holder

Materials List

  • Size J/10/6.0mm hook
  • Approximately 90yd of medium weight yarn, sample used: Lily Sugar’n Cream medium weight 100% USA Grown Cotton yarn (2oz/56.7g/95yrd/86m), 1 skein color# 102002 Mod Ombre
  • Removable Stitch Marker
  • Tapestry Needle

Details

Finished measurements: 7”x 6.5”

Gauge: is not critical for this project

Getting Started

Rnd1: Ch 30, 3sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 27 ch, 3 sc in last ch, working in back loops of beg ch, sc in next 27 ch.

Rnd 2: Without joining, work sc in next 2 sts, insert stitch marker in last st created, sc in each st around to marker.

Rnds 3-18: Sc in each st around.

Finishing

Leaving a long tail, cut yarn and pull through loop on hook. (Finished off.) Fold the edges of round 18 together to allow pot holder to lay flat. Thread tapestry needle through long tail and weave through both sides of Round 18, sewing seam together. Weave ends in.