Thursday, January 11, 2007

What do you do when you can't knit.?

You crochet! And spin and dye and any other crafty thing you can think of. More on that later but right now lets talk crochet.

Once I started this torrid love affair with knitting, my crocheting kinda fell by the wayside. I used to crochet like mad before I learned how to knit but once I got those pointy sticks in my hand, it was all ovahhh. It just makes sense that I would turn to my first love as a muse andit would only be right that my first dip into pattern writing be in crochet.

As a little background, I found this small knitting group that meets on Mondays in my area. The good thing is that it’s right across the street from my apartment building, *sweet*. It’s a small group, maybe 8 people the most, mostly beginning crocheters but I’m working on converting them. Well one of the ladies said she wanted to crochet a mitten to match this hat she made. During that session, I walked her through the anatomy of a mitten and just freestyled a pattern. It came out kinda funny looking but I told her she could play around with it when she got home. Well when I stepped into the next meeting, the first thing everyone asked is “Can you show me how to make a mitten?”. I really didn’t have that much time so I told them I would write out a pattern for them to follow. Especially since they also want to learn how to read a pattern so I can kill two birds, yada yada you know.

So without further ado, I bring you the Milkshake Mitten. I named it so because I used some plain vanilla yarn and the point on top reminds me of an ice cream cone. This pattern is meant to be like an empty mitten pallet that you can embellish and personalize til your hearts content. They’re really roomy which is kewl with me. I ‘m not a big fan of front post and back post double crochet but I like the look of it so the cuff is kinda short. Feel free to extend it if you like. I’ll keep you posted of how the pattern faired at my next meeting. I’ll update you as to my other fiber escapades next post but for now, here’s the pattern. Have fun.

For this project you will need:

Yarn: 1 skein approx 5oz, 256 yd Medium Worsted Weight .

For this project I used less than a skein of Red Heart Soft Yarn in the off white color.

Size G crochet hook (or size to obtain gauge)

Darning needle for weaving in ends

Gauge: 8 hdc and 6 rows = 2”

Finished Dimensions:

From cuff to tip of mitten: 9”

Circumference: 8.5”

Stitches used:

Ch = Chain

DC = Double Crochet

Sl st = Slip Stitch

Fpdc = Front Post Double Crochet

Bpdc = Back Post Double Crochet

Hdc = Half Double Crochet

Hdc2tog = Half Double Crochet Two (2) together.

Pattern:

Chain 35

Row 1: Dc in third chain form the hook and each chain around. (33 DC). Sl st in top of chain 2 to join.

Row 2: Ch2, *Fpdc, Bpdc repeat from *, end with Fpdc, join.

Row 3-4: Repeat row 2

Row5: Ch1, hdc in the back loop of all stitches across, join. (33 sts)

Row 6-7: Ch1, Hdc in each stitch around, join. (33 sts)

Row 8: Ch1, Hdc 14 stitches. 2 Hdc in next 2 stitches. Hdc 17 stitches. Join. (35 sts)

Row 9: Ch1, Hdc 14 sts. 2 Hdc in next st. Hdc 2 sts. Hdc 17 sts. Join. (37 sts)

Row 10: Ch1, Hdc 14 sts. 2 Hdc in next st. Hdc 4 sts. Hdc 17 sts. Join. (39 sts)

Row 11: Ch1, Hdc 14 sts. 2 Hdc in next st. Hdc 6 sts. Hdc 17 sts. Join. (41 sts)

Row 12: Ch1, Hdc 14 sts. 2 Hdc in next st. Hdc 8 sts. Hdc 17 sts. Join. (43 sts)

Row 13: Ch1, Hdc 15sts, Ch 2, skip 10 stitches and hdc in next 18 sts. Join

Row 14: Ch1, Hdc across including in ch2 in the middle of the row. Join (35 sts)

Row 15-21: Ch1, Hdc across. Join (35 sts)

Row 22: Ch1, Hdc2tog, hdc 13 sts, hdc2tog, hdc 1 st, hdc2tog, hdc 13 sts, hdc2tog. Join (31 sts)

Row 23: Ch1, Hdc2tog, hdc 11 sts, hdc2tog, hdc 1 st, hdc2tog, hdc 11 sts, hdc2tog. Join (27 sts)

Row 24: Ch1, Hdc2tog, hdc 9 sts, hdc2tog, hdc 1 st, hdc2tog, hdc 9 sts, hdc2tog. Join (23 sts)

Row 25: Ch1, Hdc2tog, hdc 7 sts, hdc2tog, hdc 1 st, hdc2tog, hdc 7 sts, hdc2tog. Join (19 sts)

Row 26: Ch1, Hdc2tog, hdc 5 sts, hdc2tog, hdc 1 st, hdc2tog, hdc 5 sts, hdc2tog. Join (15 sts)

Row 27: Ch1, Hdc2tog, hdc 3 sts, hdc2tog, hdc 1 st, hdc2tog, hdc 3 sts, hdc2tog. Join (11 sts)

Row 28: Ch1, Hdc2tog, hdc 1 sts, hdc2tog, hdc 1 st, hdc2tog, hdc 1 sts, hdc2tog. Join (7 sts)

Turn inside out and finish off by slip stitching across stitches.

Thumb:

Join yan in one of ch 2’s in thum opening. Ch1, Hdc 14 sts around. Join.

Row 1-6: Ch1, hdc across, Join. (14 sts)

Row 7: Ch1, *Hdc2tog, hdc1, repeat from *. Join.(9sts)

Row 8: Ch1, *Hdc2tog, hdc 1, repeat from *. Join (6sts)

Turn thumb inside out and finish off by slip stitching closed.

Weave in all ends.

For Left Mitten: Follow pattern as above except replace the following rows:

Row 8: Ch1, Hdc 17 stitches. 2 Hdc in next 2 stitches. Hdc 14 stitches. Join. (35 sts)

Row 9: Ch1, Hdc 17 sts. 2 Hdc in next st. Hdc 2 sts. Hdc 14 sts. Join. (37 sts)

Row 10: Ch1, Hdc 17 sts. 2 Hdc in next st. Hdc 4 sts. Hdc 14 sts. Join. (39 sts)

Row 11: Ch1, Hdc 17 sts. 2 Hdc in next st. Hdc 6 sts. Hdc 14 sts. Join. (41 sts)

Row 12: Ch1, Hdc 17 sts. 2 Hdc in next st. Hdc 8 sts. Hdc 14 sts. Join. (43 sts)

Row 13: Ch1, Hdc 18sts, Ch 2, skip 10 stitches and hdc in next 15 sts. Join

Since this is my first time writing a pattern I hope it’s understandable. I’d love to hear any feedback (good and bad) so I’ll know for next time. Just in case I also want to elaborate about my idea of “Join” when working in the round. (as if this post isn’t long enough already)

So here’s what my swatch looks like when I just finished a row. My last stitch of the row is usually in the join space from the row below.

I just went into the space to join and pulled the yarn through. It’s the space to the right of the first stitch of the row.



There’s my chain two.

And I put my first stitch in the next space.

Sorry for the crappy pictures but hey, I'm no Cara. Like I said, I hope this pattern makes sense and I’d love to hear what you guys think. Greys Anatomy is on so I'll end this post here.

Happy New Year.

In case you were wondering, my knitting mojo's back, Yipeeeee!

18 comments:

Necia said...

So your knitting mojo is b ack, and you post a crochet pattern? I totally get it. It's like seeing greener pastures, experiencing it, and then realizing it wasn't so green. I gotcha. Glad you didn't catch no disease while you were figuring things out. I'm glad your mojo is back

Cara said...

Yay for your mojo! Happy new year!

Annie said...

Cool mittens!

del said...

Yay, your mojo's back! I love those mittens--just makes me want to learn crochet even more. Nice of you to print the pattern.

Tawana said...

Glad to see your knitting mojo is back.Very cool mittens, I kind of want to make them even though I don't really wear mittens.

Rose Red said...

I'm glad your mojo is back - I lost mine a while back and it is bad! Great crochet mittens!

Anonymous said...

Hey wow, your very first pattern. Very nice. I will try your mitten out and let you know how they come out.

Jeanine said...

Glad to hear your knitting mojo is back. I've been downa that road a few times. Happy New Year!

Holly Burnham said...

Okay.....get that group knitting now!

Veronica said...

Cute Mittens! They make me want to go out and learn crochet.

Anonymous said...

hey purls,
just dropping by to see how things are going. the mittens are hot!
thanks for the pattern.

stop by!

peace,
kellz

Anonymous said...

Your work is awesome, i love the milk shake mittens, soooooooooo cute. I want one in black :)

sahara said...

Wow! That crocheted mitten is so cool!

I'm back, but still finishing up posts I promised.

I always wanted to make mittens, but knitting them seemed a bit daunting. Now I can crochet them. But I make knit the rib.

Happy your knitting mojo is back. Sometimes, you just need a break. I'm doing (shhh) some needlepoint right now. But I am getting my spinning wheel ready.

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