Dove Fingerless Mittens/Gloves
This is a free crochet pattern for fingerless mittens/gloves. It is made with simple half double crochet stitches, double crochets and cluster stitches. The project comes with a chart, so it should also be an easy task for the beginner crocheter.
I picked the name Dove for this project, because the color of the yarn comes in this subtle hue. When temperatures fall, it is not very convenient to take the camera outside and make pictures with thick mittens. The fingerless version gives warmth for the hands and you are also still able to have perfect control over the camera, when you click the button for shooting pictures. I chose an alpaca yarn to still have maximum warmth for the fingers.
There is a small stitch pattern that runs over the hands to make the mittens special. You could omit that pattern and just do without it. You crochet half double crochets close to the wrist and change to double crochets where your hands get wider. The mittens are worked sideways. So you work with the same amount of stitches the entire way around your hand – no increases or decreases here.
My hands are very small. So please check while crocheting the mittens, if you need an extra row or more to fit your size.
Yarn 2 skeins Drops, Alpaca, #6205 Light Blue, 100% alpaca. 50 g/167 m 1,76 ounces/182 yards.
Hook 4 mm US: G/6
Length: 6½ inches/16 cm. Wrist circumference: 6½ inches/16 cm. Hand circumference: 20 cm/8 inches.
Free Crochet Pattern
Left hand mitten:
Work the whole mitten double stranded.
Row 1 Chain 3, 19 dc, 11 hdc across.
Row 2 Chain 2,11 hdc, 19 dc across.
Row 3 – 14 Repeat row 1 and 2 6 times.
Row 15 Now you start working on the pattern in the middle of your hand.
Chain 3, 1 dc in 4th chain from hook, chain 3, 1 dc in same space as previous dc, [skip 3, 1 c, chain 3, 1 dc in same space as previous dc]. Repeat 5 more times between [ ]. Skip 1, 1 dc.
Row 16 Chain 3, 1 dc, [1 cluster stitch in space between previous row’s chains, 2 dc in space between previous row’s dc]. Repeat 6 more times between [ ].
Row 17 Chain 3,[ 1 dc in previous row’s cluster stitch, chain 3, 1 dc in same cluster stitch]. Repeat 6 times beween [ ].
Work 4 more rows as row 1 and 2, so the hdc are worked at your wrist and the dc are crocheted where the widest part of your hands are. Crochet a stitch in each previous dc and two stitches in each chain space.
Sew the mitten together and leave a hole where your left thumb is placed.
The right mitten is worked similar to the left mitten, but you have to keep in mind, that your thumb hole is placed on the other side of the finished item. So you have to place the 3 row pattern part differently, so it will be placed in the middle of your hand.
So the right mitten you work the other way round: Start by crocheting 4 rows as you did for the left mitten. Then crochet the 3 rows with the pattern and end this mitten with 14 rows as you started the left mitten. If you have made any adjustments to the pattern to fit your size, please repeat those adjustments for your right hand mitten.
Below you see the stitch diagram you use in the middle of your mittens. It is only an example of the pattern and it doesn’t show the pattern in its full length. But it gives you a very clear idea how to work the pattern. The stitch diagram shows an example where you start out with chains and work the pattern on this row of chains. In my version you will have to work this pattern ‘above’ the half double crochets and double crochets you have made in the previous row.
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
Note This pattern is written with US crochet terms.
If you are not familiar with these, see my conversion chart Crochet Terms in US, UK, German and Danish.
If you don’t know how to read crochet charts/diagrams read my Tutorial how to read Crochet Charts.
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