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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

CUTE BOW FINGERLESS GLOVES


CUTE BOW FINGERLESS GLOVES

These are a really cute pair of gloves  that I received a request for – found a pattern on the net, but it was in two parts – the gloves in one, and then the bow bit in another.  I’ve put them together, after tweaking it a bit, and here are my notes. J

Inspired by these links http://dearbitsy.blogspot.in/2010/01/fingerless-gloves-with-bow.html and for the bow http://creativeyarn.blogspot.in/2008/02/puff-stitch-crochet-beret-with-bow.html.
Used the same colours as in the pic below, but I've used our Indian yarns.


Materials used : Today I’ve used our lovely Indian Vardhaman millennium DK ply acrylic yarn , 4.5 mm crochet hook

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Extended Single Crochet (e-sc) : hk into st, yo (2 lps on hk), pull through one lp, yo (2 lps on hk),pull through both lps.  One e-sc made. (An e-sc is basically an sc on an sc)

(Extended Double Crochet) e-dc : Yo, insert hk into st, yo, pull through 1 loop (3 loops on hk), yo, pull through 2 lps ( 2 lps on hk), yo, pull through both sts. One e-dc made. (This is like an sc over a regular dc). 


Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                              sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                     sp : Space                                           
sl-st : Slip stitch                                                            hk : Hook
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                           yo : Yarn Over                                   
ch : Chain                                                                    sc 2-tog : Single crochet 2-tog

INSTRUCTIONS (Using U.S terminology)

Using the basic idea from the link(s) above, here is what I’ve created.
We will start our glove at the base of the palm, around wrist, and then work our way to the top of the fingers, working in a small space for the thumb to come through.

The beauty of these pair of gloves is that you can work it with one color or dual / multiple colours, and with a variety of stitches.
In the original pattern, the designer has started with chs, but you know me and my penchant for the foundation stitches – so do try and use the fsc here, as it does give you not just a better finish, but also a better stretch.. which is great for this creation. 

The other tweak I’m showing you here is the use of four different stitches for the ‘body’ of your glove.  So try the sc, hdc (per designer), e-sc or e-dc to get different results.
The sc will take longer but give you a cute tiny stitch product ; the hdc gives you a small stitch and heavier / warmer product while the extended stitches (e-sc or e-dc) give you a lighter / cooler (not as warm?) product.  So go ahead and enjoy.  

For e-sc / e-dc photo tutorial, scroll to the bottom of blog.

We start our gloves from the knuckles and then work down the palm to the wrist and bow.  After completing the glove, we will make a bow separately and then attach it on. So let’s get started.

Start with as many fsc as needed to go loosely around your knuckles.  Remember though that the fsc gives you a lovely stretch – depending on the yarn you’re using.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Note : If working with two colours, then start with the contrast colour (or the colour with which you want to make the bow).  Fasten off at the end of the start row, after attaching the main colour yarn.
I will also use sc throughout  for convenience, though I have given you four stitch choice(s) J

Round 1 : sc in each fsc till the 2nd last fsc, sc 2-tog over the next 2 sc, and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Rounds 2 – 5 : Now depending on how far up / down the fingers you wish to have your fingerless glove, you will work the glove till you reach the top of the thumb.  So, at the end of each round, after joining, check that you where you are, and then work the next round accordingly.  The number of rounds will depend on the stitch used,  yarn used, as well as the tightness / looseness of your stitch(es).

We then come to the small opening for thumb – here I felt that there could be a small explanation in the original pattern.. so here’s what I’d add.
so we are going to add a chain length in the next round, and then you work in the very next sc / st without skipping any sts.  Remember that the thumb opening needs to be slightly snug, so add a few ch, check the snugness or looseness and then carry on.

Round 6 : st in 1st 2 sc ; and then add a ch length equal to your round thumb measure ; and then sc in each sc all the way around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 7 : sc in each sc including all the ch’s added in Round 6, till end and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Now as the lower part of the palm and wrist are slightly slimmer than the knuckle part, we will need to decrease sts as we go along.

I suggest that we do our decreases at the thumb end only, and I’d also suggest that you decrease 1 sc every alternate round till you get to the wrist or length you desire for your glove.

The designer has suggested we work in rounds, which is a good idea as the join will then be invisible.  I suggest that when you reach the wrist or length needed, sl-st into the st thumb end to finish off, so once again that finish is invisible and its easy to fasten and hide that end.

If you’ve started with a contrast colour, and wish to end with one too, remember to change colours on that last round and finish off with the contrast colour.


BOW :
The first thing I’ll say here is that where you place your bow will define if this is a right hand or left hand glove.  Right, so on with the pattern.

Start : With fsc (no particular number, just as many as you’d need to go across one half of your wrist – the top of your glove).  Turn

Row 1 : sc in each fsc till end.  Turn

Row 2-5 : sc in each sc till end.  Turn. 

Fasten off, leaving a long tail to sew the bow on.

Bow centre strip : I have done a small fsc strip (6 fsc) and then sl-st in each st across. 

Finishing :
1.        First we’ll attach the bow centre strip to the bow.  So find the centre of your bow, scrunch it up and attach the strip across the centre.
2.       We will then pin down the ends of the bow onto the top of the glove wrist part, and sew in the two ends.  I suggest not attaching the centre strip down to the glove, so that we give the bow some stretch room.
3.       Fasten and weave in all ends.

E-sc or Extended Single Crochet photo tutorial




E-dc or Extended Double Crochet photo tutorial





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