I am so excited about these fingerless gloves, you guys! I want to just run and tell random strangers how great the pattern is, and how they should buy it. Well, minus the running around, that’s kind of what I’m doing here. So buy this pattern! It’s freaking awesome!!!
I’m 100% not being asked to tell you that – I just downloaded the pattern off of Ravelry yesterday, and I’ve never had any contact with the seller. I was just so pleased with how they turned out, and how easy they were to crochet.
Okay, so here’s the link – Seamless Fingerless Gloves. The pattern costs 1 British pound, which was a dollar sixty something in American currency. So cheap! Oh, and if you’re not already on Ravelry, I highly recommend it. It’s a great way to search for crochet (or knit) patterns, and to read reviews and see photos of projects people have actually made with those patterns.
I have to be honest about my ignorance on this pattern at first. I didn’t read the very important note that the pattern was written in English crochet terms instead of American. I only vaguely knew that there was a separate English set of terms. So I started crocheting as directed – using double crochet (dc). Did you know that the British call a single crochet a double crochet? I didn’t. And so I congratulated myself for eventually catching that “ridiculous error” with an otherwise flawless pattern, really wondering how this could have been published with double crochet when they clearly had to mean single crochet. Am I confusing you yet? Well, it DID mean SINGLE CROCHET! It was just using British terms, and it didn’t have an error. I just don’t read directions clearly enough.
These fingerless gloves are going to be a gift for my grandmother. She keeps her house pretty cold in the winter. I thought she might enjoy having warm hands while her fingers are still free to do chores and things. And here’s the part that I think is really cool – that I hope she likes too. The buttons are from her mother’s sewing stash, part of which was passed onto my mom, and then some on to me. It’s neat to make something new for my grandmother with such an old piece of her family history attached.
There are a ton of things I loved about this pattern. First, they are very fitted and shaped to your hand (unlike another pattern I’d tried that looked like I was wearing a cast). Instead of just leaving a hole for your thumbs, they actually have thumbs attached. I love the ribbed wrist cuffs. And the body of the gloves use an amigurumi stitch, that looks really straight and orderly.
The pair only took about 2 hours to complete. I think it’ll be an easy pattern to modify for different sizes, too. I’ve already added to it a bit to make a mitten for Matthew – I still need to make the second one. More on those later!
Finally, I think I’m going to make a mug cozy soon. I actually put real boiling hot tea in this mug for the photos, thinking you’d be able to see the steam. You can’t. But that did make the cup boiling hot, making clutching it for these photos pretty difficult!