Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Free Fingers! (warm hands)

so i needed gloves to go with my hat :) but i'm always texting or whatever on my phone so i need my fingers free. i made these with the left over yarn from the hat, same skein, yay. they are made in one piece but with a seam that is magically hidden because of the pattern stitch.. well at least it doesn't show too much anyway.
now this is what husbands are good for :D taking pictures of hands! lol. i couldn't get a pic of my own hands so i made my husband get one for me. okok, enough type, more pattern!

1 skein Red Heart Shimmer
size G hook (US)

Pattern: (make 2)
CH 38 (or to desired length, this starting chain determines how far up your arm the warmy-things will go)
1. HDC in 3rd CH from hook and in each across, turn at end of row.
2. *NOTE*- "normal" crochetiers make a ch2 at beginning of row to stand as the first hdc, but i don't do normal :) i make a ch1 and then hdc in the very first stitch. the ch1 is never crocheted on, it's just to fluff out the ends of my rows cuz i hate those weird holes that happen with chains that stand as stitches.. anyways, 2. CH 1, HDC in back loop of each HDC across, turn at end of row.
3-18. CH 1, HDC in back loop of each HDC across.
my arms and hands are rather skinny, you need to get the piece to wrap around your hand snugly but comfortably, so you might need more rows (do them in 2's if you can, if not the joining will be a little different looking)

DO NOT FASTEN OFF YARN yet :) fold the piece lengthwise with right side facing you. those ridges that happened from the back loops are going to help you conceal the seam ;)
i find that a CH 1 before starting to sl st with un-unfastened yarn helps my first sl st not be all unravely... anyways

SL ST edges together like this: match the stitches up and SL ST the first 10 ones loosely. then you will make the thumb thingie like this:

CH 1 (just to get some height for your new stitches), HDC in each of next 7 sts. Turn warmy thingie in progress so that the stitches you just made are facing you, so you can make stitches of equal number on the other side (this is where you gotta count, but only to 7, phew!) just hop over once you have the correct calculation, making 7 HDC in each of the mirroring stitches. Join with SL ST to top of first HDC.

Now you get to work in rounds! Make 2 more rounds of HDC, then make one round of SC if you like. i did it cuz i like how it looks but it's not essential.
NOW fasten off yarn after the last round has been secured.

then fasten the yarn to the stitches closest to the new thumby piece you just made, and continue to SL ST in the same direction you were originally going with the first 10 SL ST's. Fasten off yarn when you get to the end, and voila! i hope it looks like the picture a little bit!

This is my original pattern, please do not sell it or distribute it in any way for money. Feel free to use the pattern for personal or charitable use, and also to print out copies for the same purpose. PLEASE DO NOT SELL MY PATTERN, it is free for everyone. And please feel free to share my links.



Heather said...

Actually a chain 2 at the beg of a row never counts as the first HDC. That's only for Double Crochet, Triple Crochet etc...

mari said...

;) ok then. thanks

JStarbuck said...

I am really struggling understanding the section to make the thumb, pasted here: Can you re-word this to help me better understand? Thank you!