Amazing how time flies when you are having fun. And as requested by my daughter I have now finished the second pair of finger-less gloves for her to take on her trip.
And as I did enjoy doing it the first time around I decided to keep going. That is not to say I am an expert – far from it. But sometimes being the beginner trying to follow that pattern makes us smarter for next time and/or forces us to learn new things.
So with no further ado, here it goes:
Before I start, here is what the designer Jessica’s gloves look like – pretty cool right?:
Now to the supplies required:
Jessica used Lion Brand Yarn 830-132I Cotton-Ease Yarn in Taupe
This does not seem to be available in Australia or even on the manufacturer’s website. So, again I went to my trusted local wool store Mooroolbark Wool and we chose to purchase two 50g donuts of Cleckheaton Lawson Tweed 12 ply in Ether. You will need two even if most of the second donut will not be used.
- Hook H (5.0mm)
- Yarn Needle to weave it all in neatly.
Now to the making of it.
The pattern is written clearly and easy to follow until I got to the thumbholes. They have got me twice and funnily enough on the second glove. It seemed to be flowing on the first as instructed but on the second I started thinking about the workings and that forced me to undo it twice right back to where the clusters start.
Jessica did edit the pattern sometime after she initially wrote it as there were a few confusions by other crocheters as well. It didn’t make it clearer for me but I am not here to complain rather just wanting to tell how I went with it.
Even as a novice I think it is possible to find ways around it although they likely do not look as neat as Jessica’s gloves.
I will not go with the failure part on this pattern as I think that this is a challenging one (perhaps just for me) but I cannot see where I failed to read it correctly. The one thing I will say though: I really need to start using stitch markers; especially when working rounds.
But here is what I did do differently; I did use the Foundation Single Crochet stitch I learned on the Fox Fingerless Gloves. I have come to love that one as it is easier, faster and neater. So for me I will replace chains & single crochet starts with this FSC.
I also made chain stitches where the pattern didn’t call for it and tidied up bits and pieces that didn’t make sense to me.
A massive bonus goes to Jessica because she did include links to tutorials for the different stitches the pattern uses.
Overall though, I never intend these reviews to be critical of the designer or pattern. Especially not if they are provided free of charge for personal use.
As with the Fox Fingerless Gloves I did enjoy “hooking” these regardless of the difficulties I had with the pattern. I am sure I did make some mistakes along the way as Jessica’s pair looks much neater and tidier than mine.
But – being the good child that she is my daughter will not mind and probably pretend to love them anyway…THAT is what it makes it all worthwhile. And here are mine:
So, again – Thank you Jessica for providing/writing a cute version of a great winter favourite. I can only imagine how difficult is is to write a pattern.
Make sure to head over to her blog/page if you are looking for some stunning craft ideas or patterns to do. There are even some great food ideas.
Until then, enjoy your leisure times with some crocheting, knitting, sewing or whichever hobby takes your fancy. xx