Psychoticray: Crocheted Mitts

Hi everyone!  I’m Psychoticrayofsunshine (because Anlichan called me that one day and it stuck). I also go by Kaki, which is easier to both say and type.

When it comes to making homemade goodies, I fall into the fiber arts and food categories.  I crochet and do a bit of needlepointing with the occasional sewing project on the side. And in the kitchen, I love baking up yummy treats to share with friends and family, but I also like coming up with new recipes from the random ingredients that are in my cupboards. I’m also hoping to learn to knit soon, but that would require more free time than I have at the moment!

My Granny was a big crocheter and taught me the art when I was pretty young. However, after she taught me I never really kept at it, so quickly forgot. A few years ago I was looking for another hobby and thought of all the cool things Granny used to make and knew that’s what I wanted to do. My family still has a lot of the things she and her mother made and I knew I wanted to make presents for my family and friends that they could keep for years. So, I enlisted the help of a crafty friend and a lot of youtube videos and re-taught myself crocheting. And I haven’t regretted it once. Except after a big yarn purchase when my bank account taunts me…

Anyway, today I wanted to start with something really simple for crocheters. These finger-less mitts are really quick to whip up and make great presents for all those winter holidays. Plus, they’re dead simple and can be modified easily if you want to add a bit of pizzaz.

I made this pair a while ago. If you’re a crocheter, you’ll notice they’re just a simple single stitch the whole way through. Pretty plain-jane, but great for cold hands.

I used a super bulky yarn (Lion Brand WoolEase Thick & Quick to be precise since machine wash-ability is important to me) and a size P hook.  As for gauge  – what gauge?  I pretty much just freehand these babies.

For someone with regular-sized hands/wrists, I usually do a foundation chain of about 18, turn, skip the first chain, then sc into the bottom loops of the foundation chain.  The rest of the rows I sc like normal.  I usually don’t even count my rows.  I just keep going until I have a rectangle that’s about the length I want it.  Then I finish off, and leave a long tail of yarn.  I use this extra yarn to sew the short ends together, leaving an opening for a thumb hole.  Yes, it really is that simple.  And with chunky yarn and a P hook, these babies whip up quick.  What’s great is that you can easily modify the pattern without even thinking about it – you can sc into back loops, double crochet, try a shell stitch or a v-stitch – the possibilities are pretty endless!

If none of those last two paragraphs made sense to you, no worries!  I’ll be going a bit more into depth about the hows and whys of crocheting in later posts!  Until then, keep hooking!

-Kaki