I’m keeping my fingers busy in these days leading up to Christmas. I already shipped the fingerless gloves that I crocheted for my grandmother.
I just finished weaving in the ends on this pair of convertible fingerless gloves/mittens. They’re from a different pattern on Ravelry, which you can download for free. It’s not really any more difficult than the others that I made, but it is a much more time-consuming pattern to crochet. If you’ve ever made a hat, then I’d say you’d have no trouble completing these.
I felt like the first glove took 4 hours, but that may be an exaggeration. I think I completed the second one in under 2 hours. There was a lot of counting involved, but by the second one I realized that there was a rhythm to the increases and decreases that made them easier to remember.
These are a Christmas present for my dad, who is now not allowed to check my blog until after Christmas. He’s a tall man, and he has big hands, so these look giant next to my hands. I kept having my husband try them on just to be sure that I wasn’t making them ridiculously big. The pattern simply suggested going up a hook size or two for a larger man’s hand, so I used a J hook. That meant there wasn’t really a gauge to go by. I am fairly confident that they will fit, but it’s still a bit risky. I really, really hope that they do!
They actually took slightly more than 1 skein of yarn! I used a 3 oz. skein of Vanna’s Choice in Barley, which is a blend of acrylic and rayon that has the look of wool without the scratchiness.
I have a pair of fingerless gloves that convert to mittens that my sister gave me several years ago, and I really enjoy them. I like being able to peek my fingers out when I need them without pulling them off. Hopefully Dad likes these!