Monday, January 4, 2010

Splittens!

These split-finger mittens are great for cold, wintery bike rides. The split makes it easier to use the brakes, and keeping your fingers together keeps them nice and toasty. They work up pretty quickly and easily, although they get a bit tricky where the fingers join.

This pattern uses a DK weight yarn (Snowflake, by YarnBee) but a worsted weight will work just fine if not better. I used a size H hook. The gauge for this is 9 sts per 2 inches in dc. The gloves come in ladies size medium. They are pretty forgiving size-wise, but I'll add more sizes as soon as I can play with the pattern a bit more.

Big Fingers (make 2)
Rnd 1: ch 5. Ch 3 more (counts as 1st dc), then dc in 4th ch from hook. 2 dc, hdc. in last ch, hdc, sc, hdc. Working on opposite side of ch, hdc, 3 dc. Join. (12 sts)
Rnd 2-7: dc around, joining each round. (12 sts)
Rnd 8: ch 1, 3 sc, 2 hdc, 3 dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc. (12 sts)
Fasten off.

Small fingers (make 2)
Rnd 1: ch 3. Ch 3 more (counts as 1st dc), then dc in 4th ch from hook. Hdc. In last ch, 3 sc. Working on opposite side of ch, hdc, dc. Join. (8 sts)
Rnd 2: ch 3. Dc, hdc, 3 sc inc, hdc, dc. (11 sts)
Rnd 3: ch 3. Dc, 2 hdc, sc, 2 sc inc, sc, 2 hdc, dc. (13 sts)
Rnd 4-7: dc around, joining each round. (13 sts)
Rnd 8: ch 1. 3 sc, 2 hdc, 4 dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc. (13 sts)
Fasten off.

Thumb (make 2)
Rnd 1: ch 4. Dc in 4th ch from hook. 8 dc in same ch. Join. (9 sts)
Rnd 2-5: dc around, joining each round. (9 sts)
Rnd 6: *2 dc, dc inc. Repeat from * 2 more times. Join. (12 sts)
Cut the yarn, leaving an 18 inch tail (enough for a few sl sts and to weave in). Hold the live stitch in place with a stitch marker (I use paper clips).

Hand (make 2)
Arrange the Major Fingers and Minor Fingers so their tails are next to each other. Join yarn next to the one of the tails, and sl st the middle 2 stitches together.
Rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as first dc). Dc around, including in the 4 stitches that are sl st together. Join. (25 sts, count 'em to be sure. This is a tricky part.)
Rnd 2-6: dc around, joining each round. (25 sts)

Hold the live stitch in place with a stitch marker (paperclip). Remove the stitch marker from the Thumb and pick up the live stitch. Place the Thumb in an appropriate location on the Major Fingers side. Sl st it to the Hand using 3 sl sts. Fasten off. Pick up the live Hand stitch and continue working the Hand.

Rnd 7: dc around the Hand and Thumb, including in the 4 outermost stitches that are sl st together. Join. (32 sts, count 'em to be sure. This is a tricky part.)
Rnd 8: dc around. Join. (32 sts)
Rnd 9: *6 dc, dc dec. Repeat from * 3 more times. Join. (28 sts)
Rnd 10: *5 dc, dc dec. Repeat from * 3 more times. Join. (24 sts)
Rnd 11: *4 dc, dc dec. Repeat from * 3 more times. Join. (20 sts)
Fasten. Weave in any ends.

Cuff (make 2)
Join yarn to the end of the Hand. Ch 7.
Row 1: starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc across. Sl st in 2nd Hand st from the join. Turn. (6 sts)
Row 2: ch 1. Sc across in back loop only. Turn. (6 sts)
Row 3: ch 1. Sc across in back loop only. Sl st in 2nd Hand st from the last sl st. Turn. (6 sts)
Repeat rows 2 and 3 around the rest of the Hand. Sl st the last row to the ch to join the two ends of the Cuff. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Happy riding!

9 comments:

  1. This pattern is SO cool! I'm jsut beginning to crochet and i had a couple questions, in teh "Big Fingers" when you say "join" what does that mean?

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  2. I can't wait to try these! What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. This is a great pattern. Thank you

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  4. Love this concept! I can't wait to try it. Beautiful. Joy

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  5. What does the pattern mean when it says, "working on opposite side of ch"?

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  6. Love this!

    I work with AllFreeCrochet and have been trying to contact you. Please email me if there is a good way to reach you.

    Thanks!
    akaplan@primecp.com

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