Monday, October 18, 2010

Bethany's Fingerless Mittens--My First Crochet Pattern

 In my recent drive to crochet I decided it was time to actually pay attention to what I was doing and write it down so that I might post my first ever Bethany Sew-&-Sew created crochet pattern!  This is for fingerless mittens or "arm-warmers" if you prefer.  I got this idea from a different pattern but it was too detailed for simple ol' me and I pretty much only work with Red Heart Super Saver yarn (worsted Medium 4--ya know, the stuff you can get cheap just about anywhere).  In this case I chose a dark pink.  I used a size J crochet hook.  This pattern is an easy pattern using only a few basic stitches and is designed to fit an average woman's hand/arm.




So here's my pattern: Bethany's Fingerless Mittens

Feel free to use it as you like but please give credit to www.bethanysewandsew.com if you link it or mention it elsewhere on the Internet!  Thanks!

Stitches used and their abbreviations:
Chain - Ch
Slip Stitch - Sl St
Single Crochet - Sc
Double Crochet - Dc  (If you crochet really tight, or are using a smaller hook, Dc's can be changed to Treble Crochets)
Double Crochet Decrease - Dc Dec 


Foundation Chain: Ch 30 (or however many you need to fit your arm snugly), join with Sl St to form a ring being careful not to twist the chain.
Rows 1-9: Ch 3, Dc around ring, join with Sl St at end of each row.
Row 10: Ch 3, Dc about halfway around ring, do 3 sets of Dc Dec (To see how to do this, click here for a video tutorial), finish with Dc around ring, join with Sl St.
Rows 11-13: Follow instructions for Rows 1-9
Row 14: Follow instructions for Row 10
Rows 15-16: Follow instructions for Rows 1-9
Row 17: Ch 3, Dc about halfway around ring, Dc twice in one stitch, then again in the next (2 Dc Increases), finish with Dc around the ring, join with Sl St.  (this is to widen it for the base of your hand after narrowing it to fit your wrist with the Dc Dec above)
Row 18: Ch 3 *, 2 Dc in next 2 stitches, Ch 5, skip the next 5 Dc (this is to make the thumb-hole) Then Dc the rest of the way around the ring.   * When making the mitten for the opposite hand, Ch 3, then TURN your project so that the thumb hole will be on the opposite side before following the rest of the Row 18 instructions.
Rows 19-21: Follow instructions for Rows 1-9

The Thumb-hole
Attach yarn to base of thumb-hole opening.  Do 1 row of Sc all the way around it, join with Sl St, Ch 1, then Sc around it again, joining with a Sl St (2 rows of Sc).  Then Ch 3, do 1 row of Dc around it, join with Sl St, Ch 3, then Dc around it again, joining with a Sl St (2 rows of Dc). 


Feel free to leave a comment or email me if you have any questions or see any problems in this pattern.  It is my first one ever to post on the Internet!


38 comments:

  1. Great job! I've been looking for a simple, but stylish pair of fingerless glove to make to add to the slippers I'm hooking up for gifts! Thank you!

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  2. Can't wait to try this out, I'm sure my little sister would love a pair of these.

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  3. I am very glad to finally find a simple pattern for fingerless mittens. My daughter has wanted them for awhile now.

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  4. I saw a kit yesterday for a pair of knitted fingerless gloves & thought maybe I could find a pattern for crocheted gloves. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas with us. I'm like you, I often crochet without a pattern, but seldom take the time to write down the directions. Anxious to try this out.

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  5. Thanks for all the comments! I hope the pattern works out for everyone. I take a pretty casual approach to crocheting :-)

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  6. Thank you! I have been wanting to make some of these and needed a little help getting started with it. Your pattern was easy to follow and was really helpful.

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  7. It was an easy pattern to crochet. I did a prototype and now I need to critique it to fit a small teenager. I even use a different DC technique - criss cross - in one of the section. (so proud of me).

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  8. Very CUTE, and I like that you made them extra long! It gets cold up here in "the Great Northeast"!! Thanks for sharing your pattern! ~tina

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  9. I am a novice but love this pattern. In row 10, could you describe step by step how to do 3 sets DC DEC? (kind of like they do for a specialty stitch in a magazine) I know it is to decrease but not quite sure how to do..
    Thanks!

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  10. Susan--I added a link to a good video tutorial on how to do a DC DEC. I think it shows it a lot better than I could type it out. I hope that helps!

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  11. Susan...I had the same problem in the beginning...this link had FLAWLESS instructions hope it helps!!

    http://www.anniesattic.com/crochet/content.html?content_id=457

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  12. I just made these for my 10 year old daughter! She is in love! Thanks!

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  13. I have been looking for an easy pattern for fingerless gloves for a while now and I've finally found one. This was so easy and simple and they look awesome. I'm so glad that your instructions are simple and not overly explained. Thank you so much for your gloves and the easy instructions. This is so great. Can't wait to make more.

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  14. Momayco (14 yrs old)June 19, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    super super cute! but im new at crochering! ^_^" so i dont exactly understand the pattern~ can someone please explain what the instructions for the begining is? like what does it say to for round 1-9? i understand what it says to do for the starting ring, but what does "Sl" mean? oh wait i just actually read the top! XD lol nevermind! its AWESOME!

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  15. im making mine in a black and white yarn combo thing~ :D i want it to look gothic! XD its for a friend! LOL

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  16. Thank you!!! I'm really good with crochet and knitting and wanted an easy pattern for fingerless gloves. I might have a little problem with the Dc Dec though........
    I'v been wanting fingerless gloves and you just gave me the way to get them!!! Thanks!!

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  17. When you say "skip the next 5 Dc (this is to make the thumb-hole)", how do you just skip stitches? You would have to get to the other side to continue the loop. Sorry, I'm just new at this and I'm a little confused. xP

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  18. What are DC increases? ["Dc twice in one stitch, then again in the next (2 Dc Increases)"]

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  19. For skipping stitches: Once you make your chain of 5, you won't connect it to the next loop like normal. You will count over 5 then connect it to that loop, thus skipping 5 stitches.

    For DC increase: This is when you DC twice in the same loop. You will do this twice in a row (making 4 DC in only 2 stitches)

    If this doesn't answer your question, I'm certain you can find a youtube video demonstrating the answers to your questions. Keep on crocheting! Eventually these techniques will be like 2nd nature.

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  20. Thanks! I thought skipping the 5 stitches would just make it look weird, but I see how it works now, after having read the later instructions on how to do the rest of the section for the thumb.

    As for the DC increase, I think I've got it, but I'll probably look it up on YouTube just to be safe. This is the first project I've done in a while, so I'm kind of rusty, and I was never really advanced to begin with, but I had some spare yarn and some free time. x]

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  21. And when you say "Row 18: Ch 3 *, 2 Dc in next 2 stitches", do you mean 2 sets of Dc increases, or just two sets of Dc?

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  22. I meant 2 sets of DC, not increases. I just reread that and I wrote it in a confusing way!

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  23. I am curious how many yards a of yarn these about took to make and what size needle you used? They're cute and I would really like to make them too. :)

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  24. i found this while looking for an easy fingerless glove, and i think these are cute, however i made one and it is lots too big. the only differences between what you wrote and what i did was i used an I hook instead of a J hook (i dont have a J hook) and my glove ended up too wide. Any suggestions?

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  25. Everyone crochets at a different tension, so I would go down a hook size (or two even) and make sure to try it on often as you work to make sure it fits well. You can add more decreases as you go too.

    For another question above, I used less than one skein of Red Heart Super Saver, and a hook size J.

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  26. Hey. This is a good pattern. I will like to know when it comes to the thumb area. You put attach the yarn to the base,can you please explain which area is the base when makin the thumb.

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  27. Anywhere around the thumbhole will work to attach your yarn-- it just depends where you want your seam to be.

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  28. My great nieces who has a paralyzed arm had just asked me to crochet fingerless mittens for her and I had never tried to. This looks like a great pattern. Thanks

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  29. I love this patteren, and have made several pairs of gloves from it for me and my friends. I would just like to say that I found that instead of starting the decrease for the wrist at row ten, that if you decrease every other row (the evens)up to the wrist, it fits the arm tighter. I am using a thinner yarn which probably plays a part, but I thought I'd let you know.

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  30. I am still pretty much a beginner and I was able to figure out this pattern. My daughter wants a pair and my mom wants a pair. They turned out so cute! I added a little crocheted flower to the side top of one of them. Adorable! Thanks so much for sharing.
    Pam :-)

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  31. Ok so go figure the fingerless love pattern I like the most and am gonna make is called Bethanys fingerless gloves. Especially since my name is Bethany. Too funny

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  32. Thanks Bethany - I need a last minute mittens pattern right now! This is perfect!

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  33. I think you did a great job I followed it easily, Thanks for sharing. Pam

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  34. Thanks Bethany for sharing! Great job!

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  35. I'm in the process of doing these, but I'm thinking my stitches must be way too loose or maybe my arms are too short? They're going to end up way past my elbows. Can I just decrease the rows I dc across? For instance, instead of doing 9 rows do say 5 or so as an example? This patterns so simple, I've been trying to find one I can follow and not get lost. Thanks for your help.

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  36. Absolutely take out a few rows to shorten them if you need--just try them on every so often to get the right length. The rows and number of decreases can be changed without hurting the pattern.

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