Those two gloves were found a few days ago in my oldest son’s bedroom. Things tend to disappear in children’s bedrooms. I have knitted them when he was about 6 years old, some 8 years ago. I was happy to have them back and tuck them safely away, in case they are needed in the future.
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Two summers ago, on a vacation in the gorgeous Charlevoix area (province of Québec, Canada), I visited an alpaca farm and, of course, bought some yarn. This hand-dyed turquoise yarn was chosen by my youngest son and, as he expressed his wish for a pair of fingerless gloves, a few weeks ago, I figured it was a good moment to use the yarn.
To make them, I followed my own pattern that I have created last winter: Picot Fingerless Gloves. The pattern can be found both on my Web site and in my Craftsy Pattern Store, for free (in English and in French). Being for a boy, I omitted the picot stitches and the “windows” around the wrist. Both are too feminine-looking for a 10-years-old boy. I crocheted the gloves with a combination of single crochets and double crochets. Quite easy, really.
After finishing the pair you can see in the picture above, I had some yarn left and decided to make a second pair with a navy cotton yarn. The result is a more casual look and I love the contrast navy creates with turquoise.
Those two are a little shorter than the other ones as the navy yarn was also a leftover. To make sure that I would end with two gloves of the same size, I started a glove on each end of the alpaca yarn. Then, when I switched to the cotton yarn, I also use both ends. I kept doing that until I completely ran out of yarn. I should have taken a picture… It looked like two toddler’s mittens attached by a cord.
I enjoyed working with this high-quality yarn. It is softer to the touch than sheep wool and supple. Which pair do you prefer?
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Here in Canada, January means snow and very cold weather. Which means cold hands. One can always warm one’s fingers around a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate, but holding a cup during the whole day is not practical. So I picked up some yarn and crochet hooks and set to work. I chained, added single crochets, picot stitches and then double crochets.
The first yarn I picked was black. I didn’t have enough left for two gloves, but enough for two fingerless gloves. I thought: “Why not, fingerless gloves are always handy!” You can wear it outside beneath regular gloves that are not warm enough. You can wear it inside, in places that are always cold (like a skating arena). You can wear it at home when your hands are too cold for manual work (there is nothing worse than crocheting or knitting with cold hands…). In no time, I had two nice hand warmers.
I then picked a nice cotton beige yarn, that was once a child sweater. I loved so much knitting with that yarn that I could not part with it when the sweater became too small to wear. I slowly unraveled it. I like to unravel sweaters. “What a crazy thing to do!”, you may think. Of course, it takes some time to undo a sweater. (Even more if the threads got tangled, which often happens in my case…) But in the end you have a ball of yarn ready to be crocheted or knitted; you didn’t have to go to the store, you didn’t have to pay for it and you didn’t have to put in the garbage (in my opinion, it would have been a shame to throw away good yarn).
And again, in no time, I had two more hand warmers. I made a pattern that is available for free on my web site so you can also warm some hands. With new or recycled yarn… In my pattern, you will find instructions on how to make the picot stitch and on how to make bigger or smaller gloves, to warm bigger or smaller hands.
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