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Laura J. Gardner | The Journal Gazette
Crocheted gloves can keep your fingers free.

Quick gloves keep hands warm, fingers free

This week’s project is brought to you by my cold hands at work.

It’s tough to have a job where typing is a major requirement and have cold hands that require gloves. So, inspired by what have been called fingerless mitts, wrist warmers and texting gloves, I came up with a simple little design that takes about an hour.

What you’ll need:

•Worsted weight yarn (I used Naturally Caron Country in claret)

•H crochet hook (or size needed, if you crochet loosely you may need to go down a hook size, if you crochet tightly you may need to up a hook size)

•Yarn needle

What you do:

This pattern, called the silt stitch and originally found here: bit.ly/siltstitch, is worked in multiples of 3+3, which means your starting chain should be divisible by three, with three additional stitches, which on the first row will serve as your first double crochet stitch.

Chain 33 (Or whatever length necessary so when you fold it in half, it fits around your wrist, as long as it’s in multiples 3+3)

Row 1: Double crochet (DC) into the fourth chain from the hook (the first three chain stitches will serve as your first DC) and DC in each stitch across and turn;

Row 2: Chain 1 (counts as your first single crochet), 2 DC in first stitch, *skip 2 stitches and work sc, 2 DC in next stitch. Repeat from * to last three stitches. Skip 2 stitches and single crochet in last stitch. Turn;

Row 3: Chain 3 (counts as first DC), skip first stitch and DC in each stitch across. Turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until piece is length you want it. The model mitts were completed at about six inches (I crocheted a total of 16 rows, ending with a Row 2 pattern for scalloped top to the mitt).

From there, you simply need to fold the piece in half and stitch it together using either a slipstitch or whipstitch. Stop after about 3 inches and try on for thumb placement. Leave a hole for the thumb and stitch the rest of the way up the side. You now have a tube with a hole in the side. At that point, you can reattach yarn in any stitch where the thumb hole is and simply do a half-double crochet evenly around the thumb hole to give it a finished look.

Voilá, texting/typing gloves, wrist warmers, whatever you want to call them.

The bonus? Because they’re a quick project, you can work up a bunch to have on hand as gifts.

Note: After putting on and taking off my mitts a few times I’ve decided that instead of stitching them up right away, I should have run a row of single crochet down each side so when they were stitched together the pattern stitch won’t be pulled on. So, when you finish, as you are looking at the piece, crochet one row of single crochet down the left side and the right side (not all the way around) and then fold in half and stitch.

Joyce McCartney is not a craft expert. She is, however, interested in crafting of all types. She shares her experiences and those of area crafters. To reach her, call 461-8364 or email craftyliving@jg.net. Also, go to her blog at www.journalgazette.net/craftyliving. There, you will also find the weekly knitting podcast Math4Knitters.

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