These mitts grew out of my experiment with Tunisian purl stitch. I made two rectangles and sewed them into mitts, leaving thumb holes.
Comparing the two, there was a definite improvement in tension and evenness in the second one. Tps is a little trickier than Tss or Tks, with extra movements involved to bring the yarn forward, across the front of the stitch, and back again to wrap. The result is a little like garter stitch on both sides. And no curling. Here’s a link to a video that really helped me get going on this. If I’d only had the book to refer to, it would have been a lot more difficult.
I think I’m going to try Extended Simple Stitch next as it’s used in a chevron ripple later in the book. This is fun!
The Less-Than-Colorful, Not-so-Stripey Fingerless Mitts are done. These are so quick and easy to make, especially when you don’t change colours every round. Also, with one colour, you only have four ends to weave in per mitt.
My first pair, made with all the colour changes, look like this…
Same pattern but look very different, eh!
The blue mitts are for a friend with small hands, so I used a 3.75mm hook instead of a 4mm and the gauge is slightly tighter. Hopefully they will fit. They are a surprise gift so I couldn’t take any measurements.
Thanks to two of my sons, I think my new laptop is all set up to their standards! So far, I’m happy with it.
Well, isn’t it a lovely Tuesday. Sunny and warm again, but not too warm. We had a nice rain shower last night which I won’t complain about, as even though my laundry got wet, my garden really needed the moisture.
My paycheque is going to be small this week. Three shifts were scheduled – Sunday I only worked two hours because the store was quiet, today I did two and a half. I expect Friday to be busy though, as there’s a big sale on.
The photo shows the Colorful Stripey Fingerless Mitts in progress although my Ravelry project page is entitled Less Colorful Stripey Fingerless Mitts because these are going to be all one colour. This is Stylecraft Special Aran in Denim.
The WIP is artfully (!) arranged on my new laptop. This is the first time I’ve owned a Windows computer so it’s going to take a bit of getting used to. I’m very much a Mac snob and I’m glad I had ds3 there to help me get things started yesterday. No doubt ds1 will want to take a look when he is next at home and can give me advice on different stuff.
So far I’m keeping it simple with everything that I use most on tabs in my browser – gmail, Ravelry, WordPress, Facebook – but I have yet to fix up receiving emails on my shaw account.
Have a wonderful week.
My new project is a free Ravelry Download – Agitator Mitts. Fingerless mitts crocheted with worsted weight yarn (I’m using Stylecraft Special Aran in the colour Denim) and a 4.25mm hook.
I have learned a new stitch – extended single crochet (I suppose that would be extended double crochet in the UK).
I am making the smaller size as the recipient I have in mind has very small hands, but if I have any doubts about them I may also make a pair in the larger size.
The rawfood diet is going well, though of course we are only on Day Two. I feel better already, except for the stiff neck, which was worked on again by my chiro today. It’s always good to have nutrient-dense snacks so that you don’t feel hungry and go and fall off the wagon at the first tummy rumble. Here’s what I made tonight – they are good!
CLADs (coconut lime almond date balls)
You’ll need a food processor for this. Blitz one cup natural almonds (fully raw if possible, but if you’re in N America they will probably be pasteurized) until they look like breadcrumbs.
Add one cup desiccated coconut and mix briefly.
Pit some fresh soft Medjool dates and pack them into the one cup measure until full. Tip into food processor and blitz again.
Finally, add the juice of one lime and mix again.
Use wet hands (to minimize sticking) to form mixture into small balls, store in an airtight container in the fridge. Will probably last for a few days if you can resist them for that long.
I think these look Spring-y, don’t you? They are so easy and quick to make. You could use any granny square, worked to a measurement that wraps your hand, seamed up the side leaving a thumbhole.
This is the Sunburst motif, as linked to in my last post, with three extra rounds of regular granny pattern. I would hate this square if I wanted it to lie flat for a blanket, because it just wouldn’t behave! However for my purposes it’s perfect.
I’ve started part two of my Chinese philosophy course, but after watching a few video lectures I started feeling sleepy so had to stop. The information wasn’t really sinking in.
Work today was physically challenging, with lots of long bolts of upholstery fabric to lift and move, and I have a similar shift tomorrow. It’ll be time to hit the sack very soon. Zzzzzzzz!
I will give you a link to my Ravelry project page which will link to the motif and the method I used to turn it into fingerless mitts. Why Easter mitts? Well, it’s nearly Easter, and the colours remind me of painted eggs.
The project page isn’t complete yet as the project itself is a work in progress, but I have made similar mitts to this before. I came across the older project recently and thought it was time for a new incarnation.
This motif, on the website “Crochet Spot” which I have linked to on Ravelry, has a couple of anomalies in the instructions for round 1, but as long as you’re not a total crochet noob you will be able to follow them. (I did leave a comment on their post.)
I don’t know if it’s just me, but both times I have made this motif it’s been very ripply which indicates to me that there are too many stitches being squeezed into the circle. However I am working with this rippliness (totally a real word) as when the finished square is folded in half and seamed to make a mitt, the centre of the motif snugs into the curve of the wrist.
When I made these mitts before, I used a 6mm hook and a total of 6 rounds worked perfectly for size, but this time I’m using a 5.5mm hook and will need to add an extra round.
In case you’re wondering why I’m not making another nest, I am ‘resting’ my wrists with some looser gauge crocheting. I did something to hurt my wrists, which have been quite painful today – it’s either the tight crochet or playing around with foam dumbbells in the pool last night. (I met my friend and she showed me some physio exercises she’s been doing. I think I overdid it!)
Okay, it’s an early night for me. Ttyl!
The Rags to Riches fingerless mitts which I posted about a few days ago do have a pattern page on the blog, Spruce and Salsify, and here’s a link.
I didn’t realize until yesterday that the pattern had already been published.
I spent a couple of tense days without a hook in my hand, wondering what I would make next. (I confess, it truly is an addiction!) I wanted something chunky that I could make fast, so last night I pulled out my container of scraps (small balls about 5 grams or less) and a 7mm hook and starting crocheting with three strands of yarn together.
I’m making a scrap basket to hold more scraps – how holistic is that?! The hooking can be a bit hard on the hands with this firm a tension but I do want the sides to stand up on their own.
This is the progress so far…
It’s all single crochet (or double if you’re in the UK). It’s amazing how random fibres and colours can become a cohesive whole when mixed this way. The purple is banana fibre, the white is cotton, the rest mostly acrylic, and I’m just adding in another yarn when one runs out, so there are no hard colour changes.
I am very grateful for this day and for you, my dear readers.