Some coloring and lavender crochet mittens

Mixing up the weekend crafting…

Purple crochet mitts 2 Purple crochet mitts Coloring and crochet Crochet tea pot cosy Coloring pageFirst a little coloring in and then finishing off these crochet mittens, which I think Ill give to one of the children’s teachers for an end of year gift. You can find the free crochet pattern here.

What are you working on? Jxox

Owl mittens

It is starting to get cooler here, so I whipped up both the kids some fingerless mittens this week. Really there is not much simpler than a basic fingerless mitten. I confess, I don’t even bother to shape them… just crochet a rectangle and sew up the side leaving a thumb hole.

owl mittensHere’s a quick tutorial so you can make some for a little person you know… or maybe even yourself! The owl – once again inspired by Jacqui – is a tiny version made mostly with half double crochets. For anyone bored of owls, I promise these will be the last ones – for a little while at least 🙂 If you fancy a pair of even easier rainbow mittens check out my other tutorial here.Crochet owl mittens fingerless gloves

Ingredients:

  • Yarn in desired weight, with appropriate sized hook for the mittens… I used a light worsted merino and a 4mm hook. Any yarn and hook combination will work fine, just make sure the ‘fabric’ is soft and has a bit of give (not stiff and unwieldy).
  • Small amount of 4 colors of yarn for the owls.
  • Even smaller amount of white yarn for the eyes.
  • 4 small buttons for eye centers.

First up, crochet a chain that will fit snugly around the largest part of the hand (ie. just under the thumb).

Using this as your guide for width, crochet back and forth (I use singe crochet) to create a rectangle that is the length you want to reach from just below the second knuckle to wrist. Remeber to add a chain 1 at the end of each row to keep everything square.

Crochet owl mittens fingerless glovesFor Maia’s gloves (just as a guide) my foundation chain was 22, and they are 24 rows wide.

Sew up the short edge, leaving a small gap (about 1 inch) for the thumb hole:

Crochet owl mittens fingerless glovesRepeat for the other glove 🙂

Owl motif. This is a pretty cute but rather small owl (measuring 7cm (2 3/4inches) wide and 8cm (3 1/4 inches) tall).

1. Make a magic circle and chain 2, half double crochet (hdc) into the circle 11 times (12 hdc). Pull tight and join with a ss to complete ring: Fasten off.

Crochet owl motif2. Join new color and chain 2, hdc in same space. Crochet 2hdc in each space between around (12, 2hdc pairs): Fasten off.

owl43. Join new color; Crochet 3 hdc in each space between pairs around (12, 3hdc clusters): Fasten off.

owl7You are now going to be crocheting the body of the owl; I apologize for not getting a picture of this; here’s the final product:

owl8Body- in contrasting (brown) yarn:

4. In this round we will shape the owls head, the stitches of this round are worked into each of the stitches of the previous round (not between the clusters).  Attach new color using a slip stitch and chain 2. In the next stitch make 2 hdc, then make 1 hdc in each of the next 2 stitches, then 2 hdc in the next stitch. 1 hdc in each of next two stitches, then 2 hdc in next stitch. 1 sc in next stitch and every stitch around… Slip stitch into initial 2 chain to complete the round.

5. Next round (same color do not fasten off) Chain 1 and work 2 hdc in next stitch. 1 hdc in next stitch, 1 sc in next stitch, 1 ss in each of next 3 stitches. Then 1 sc in next stitch, 1 hdc in next, 2 hdc in next and 1 sc. Chain 1, then slip stitch into next stitch and fasten off. Leave a long end to sew your owl to the gloves.

Eyes:

Make a magic circle and chain 2, hdc into the circle 7 times, pull tight and join with a slip stitch to finish. Fasten off leaving a long end to sew eye in place. Repeat three more times for other eyes.

then in the next stitch make 1 hdc, chain 1 then slip stitch into next stitch. Fasten off.Put it all together:

Position eyes on owl and sew in place using long ends, then sew buttons (using black yarn). Sew beak carefully in between eyes using orange yarn (I find doubled thread works best). Once owl is assembled, sew onto outside of mitten, taking care because if one front has the thumb hole on the right, then the other one must have the thumb hole on the left 🙂 I chose to do this after the mittens were sewn up because it meant I could pin the owl in place when Maia had the gloves on to position them so it looked best.

Crochet owl gloves free patternTwit twoooo… you’re finished!  Enjoy your owl mitts!

Crochet fingerless mitts

Crochet fingerless mittens Free patternI made a new pair of fingerless mittens… perfect for chilly mornings when you need to get things done (or want to play a little tune!).

You can find the pattern here… super easy, whip up in about an hour. I added a flower to glam mine up a little. No mean photography feat, I took this photo myself! xx

Rainbow mitts for Maia

Maia started back at preschool this week and because its so wintery I wanted to make her some new fingerless mitts.

The beauty of fingerless mittens is in their simple design… there really is nothing easier to crochet than a small rectangle in Half Double Crochet (HDC). These fingerless mittens are sure to brighten any little girl’s day!

Rainbow fingerless mittens

Easy Crochet Fingerless Mittens Tutorial (sized for a 4-5 year old)

Using a 4mm crochet hook and DK (8ply) yarn of your choice.

Pink: Chain 25. See notes below for a larger or smaller fit.

Turn and half double crochet in the second chain from the hook and in every stitch across. Turn.

Red: Change colour chain 2, HDC in every stitch across. Turn, chain 2 HDC in every stitch across. Turn.

Yellow: Change colour chain 2, HDC in every stitch across. Turn, chain 2 HDC in every stitch across. Turn.

Green: Change colour chain 2, HDC in every stitch across. Turn.

Light Blue: Change colour chain 2, HDC in every stitch across. Turn, chain 2 HDC in every stitch across. Turn.

Dark Blue: Change colour chain 2, HDC in every stitch across. Turn, chain 2 HDC in every stitch across. Turn.

Purple: Change colour chain 2, HDC in every stitch across. Turn.

Violet: Change colour chain 2, HDC in every stitch across. Turn, chain 1 single crochet in every stitch across.

At this point you will have a rectangle which should be the length of your glove. Using your ends sew the two short sides of the retangle together (with the right side of your crochet facing inwards) matching your stripes up and using the end of the corresponding colour to do so.  Leave a gap approximately 2-3cm long (on these gloves that is between the dark and light blue) for the thumb-hole. Weave in all other ends.

Join pink wool at any point around glove to the pink end and crochet picot edging- *SC, DC in the same stitch, SS into the next stitch* repeat between * and * around the entire wrist. Finish off and weave in ends.

Notes: If you are making these for a larger or smaller child (or adult), simply increase or reduce the length of the starting chain so it is long enough to circle the circumference of the widest part of the hand. If you are making these for an adult you will probably need two-to-three rows of HDC in each colour to make the rainbow glove long enough.

Here is a link which shows how to Half Double Crochet (on You Tube).

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