Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Finished Two Little Projects For Christmas

One of my co-workers at the arts and crafts store, Bree, asked me to make her step-mother a pair of fingerless gloves for Christmas. She bought a skein of Patons Shetland Chunky in Charcoal (#78042) and a skein of Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Twilight (#502). It was enough yarn to make 2 pairs of fingerless gloves. I flipped the colors of the yarn for the two pairs.

The first pattern I used was from Getting Hooked. The only change was that I made the cuffs a little longer, because Bree said her stepmother has a tattoo on one of her wrists that she likes to keep covered at work.

The second pattern I used was I just made up as I went, and I used the pattern at Getting Hooked as my basis.

Start with the cuff, worked in rows and then sewn together to make a tube. You will work in the back loop to make a stretchable cuff.

Row 1: ch 12, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch1, turn (11 sc)
Row 2: sc in first sc, bpsc in the other 9 sc across, ch1, turn (11 sc)
Rows 3- 32: repeat row 2 (32 rows total) be sure to regular sc in first st, and bpsc in the other, this will give a ridged look. 
Fasten off leaving long tail for sewing. Whip stitch together to make a tube.

The rest of the glove is worked in rounds, unless otherwise specified.
Row 1: Attach the yarn with a sl st to either end of the cuff, ch 1, sc in same spot sl st was made, sc evenly around cuff for a total of 32 sc, join with sl st to first sc.
Rows 2-5: ch2 (counts as 1st dc), dc in same st as slst, work 1 dc in each stitch around and secure with a slip stitch. You can lengthen or shorten the glove at this point, if you have a smaller hand do not make as many rounds, if you want your glove to cover more of your wrist and forearms you can add more rounds.
Row 6: beginning of thumb opening: ch2 (counts as 1st dc), dc in same st as sl st, work 1 dc in each stitch around, skipping the last 4 stitches in the previous row. Turn the glove and work the next row in the opposite direction.
Rows 7-8: ch2 (counts as 1st dc), dc in same st as sl st, work 1 dc in each stitch around. Turn the glove and work the next row in the opposite direction.
Row 9: closing the thumb opening: ch2 (counts as 1st dc), dc in same st as slst, work 1 dc in each stitch around. Chain 4 across the opening and secure with a slip stitch. 
Rows 10-11: ch2 (counts as 1st dc), dc in same st as sl st, work 1 dc in each stitch around and secure with a slip stitch. 
Row 12: ch1, sc in same st as sl st, work 1 sc in each stitch around and secure with a slip stitch. Fasten off the yarn.

Bree was really happy with these gloves and she knew her stepmom would be also.

Right now, it's almost Christmas and I feel like opening a gift early tonight. Merry Christmas, everyone!

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