Nessa’s Choice Fingerless Mitts

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I’m so happy to have our friend, Fiona, from Reve Design Co join us for 30 Days of Cozy, again, this year. Her Nessa’s Choice is lovely, chunky fingerless mitts that come with a great backstory. Check out the free Nessa’s Choice Fingerless Mitts crochet pattern, below!

 
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Meet Fiona Langtry

With 50 published designs to her name, most within the last 18 months, Fiona Langtry from ReVe Design Co has a distinctive boho-chic style and a love of ‘special’ stitches which causes experienced crocheters to make statements like “I have crocheted for more than 40 years and absolutely love that you are teaching me new stitches” (Mary, a pattern tester, Aug 2018).

Designs such as the “Nordic Cape”, the “Relaxed Boho Vest” and the ‘Wear a Blanket Poncho’ have all been featured in the top 5 of “Hookin’ on Hump Day” during the past 2 years. Most of her patterns are intermediate level, but a lot have basic or beginner-level options, and/or photo instructions which help crocheters improve their skills.

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Nessa’s Choice Fingerless Gloves

There once was a lady called Nessa who lived in a town in Australia called Yass.  She suffered through many very cold winters with her hands getting colder and colder as she grew older (but not old!)  Then, one day she met Fi.  As an avid crocheter, Fi loved making gloves and other accessories.  Nessa had a look at ALL of the gloves Fi had made, but the red, sparkly ones caught her attention.  She tried them on and instantly fell in love – “I must have these!” she exclaimed.  Fi was grateful for another happy customer, but particularly because Nessa had made her choice so easily!

Image of crocheted fingerless gloves

After Nessa happily headed home wearing her gorgeous mitts, Fi suddenly realized that OTHER people would love them, too!  So she sat down and wrote the pattern, using the photos that she had taken, as a guide, but also adding some new touches, like seamless thumbs.  Fi also thought that some people might prefer to make mittens, so she added that option to the pattern, which is, of course, called “Nessa’s Choice”.

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Materials

Skill Level

Intermediate

Sizes/Finished Measurements

Ladies Medium, Wrist:  7”, Length:  9”

Gauge

14 dc and 6 rows = 4”/10 cm

Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain gauge.

Stitch Abbreviations

  • Fsc – Foundation Single Crochet (can be substituted with a round of ch + 1 and sc in 2nd chain and then in each st
  • dc – Double Crochet
  • Sc – Single Crochet
  • Shell – (3dc 1ch, 3dc) all in the next st
  • FLO – Front Loop Only – work into the single loop at the front of the stitch only
  • BLO – Back Loop Only – work into a single loop at the back of the stitch only
  • Turn – turn your work so you are working on the reverse side of the fabric, just like working in rows
  • Slst – Slip Stitch
  • sk – Skip
  • st(s) – Stitch(es)

Special Stitches

shell = 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc in indicated st.

fsc = foundation single crochet (optional)

csdc = chainless starting double crochet (see www.mooglyblog.com for instructions) (optional)

Pattern Notes

1.   US Terminology

2. Similar super chunky weight yarns may be substituted; please check gauge.

3.   “Turn” at the end of some rounds means turning your work (as though you were working in rows) to form stitches in the opposite direction – this adds to the texture and visual effect of your mitts.

4.    A special technique is included for minimizing the join between the thumb and the hand.  Photographic and written instructions are included.

5.   The instructions are given in 3 sections – the Wrist, Thumb, and Hand with the Trim as an optional extra. 

6.   I recommend working both gloves at the same time, section by section, to ensure an exact match (it’s also a great way to make sure the pair gets finished!)

How to Make Nessa’s Choice Mitts

Instructions (Make 2 the same):

Wrist:

Round 1: Fsc 20. Join into a circle by working a slip stitch into the top of the first st. (20 sc)

Round 2: Ch 1. Sc in BLO of same and each st around. Join to top of first sc with a slst. (20 sc)

Round 3: CSdc (counts as dc here and throughout). Ch 1. Work 3 more Dc into same st as CSdc. * Sk 1 st. Work shell (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next st. Sk 1 st. Sc in next st.** Repeat * to ** around, finishing with 2 more dc in the same st as CSdc (completing the 1st “Shell”). Join to top of CSdc with a slst. (5 “Shells”, 5 sc)

Round 4: Ch 1. *Sc in ch 1 sp at the top of the “Shell”. Ch 2 (this is an intentional increase on the skipped stitches, to prevent the gloves from becoming tight). Dc in Sc between the “Shells”. Ch 2. ** Repeat * to ** around. Join to top of CSdc with a slst. (5 dc, 20 ch, 5 sc)

Round 5: CSdc. *Dc in Ch 2 Space (ignoring the ‘increase’ from previous round). Dc in top of Dc. Dc in Ch 2 Space. Dc in top of Sc. ** Repeat * to ** around, omitting final Dc in Sc. Join to top of CSdc with a slst. (20 dc)

Round 6: (INCREASE). CSdc. Dc in BLO of same and each st around. Work an extra stitch into starting stitch. Join to top of CSdc with a slst. Turn (see techniques/abbreviations section). (22 dc)

Round 7: (INCREASE). CSdc. Dc in FLO of same and each st around. Work an extra stitch into starting stitch. Join to top of CSdc with a slst. Turn (24 dc)

Round 8: Repeat Round 6. (26 dc)

Round 9: Repeat Round 7. (28 dc)

Thumb:

Round 1: CSdc. Dc in next 3 sts. Special Join (see special instruction photos below for a visual) by:

Dc into blo of both the current and forth-last sts of the round (see picture below).
Dc into both loops of the forth last stitch (see picture).

Dc in rest (3 stitches) of thumb.
Join to top of CSdc with a slst. (9 dc)

Instructional photo of making the thumb part the Nessa's Choice Fingerless Mittens
Instructional photo of making the thumb part the crocheted Nessa's Choice Fingerless Gloves
Instructional photo of making the thumb part the Nessa's Choice Fingerless Mitts

Round 2: Ch 1. Sc in same and each st around. Join to top of 1st sc with a slst. (9 Sc). 

Break yarn and tie off.

Hand:

Round 1: With the thumb facing towards you, insert hook into the same back loops used to join the thumb (see picture) and draw yarn through.

Instructional photo of making the fingers the Nessa's Choice Fingerless Mittens
Instructional photo of making the fingers the Nessa's Choice Fingerless Gloves

CSdc. Dc in BLO of each st around.  Join to top of CSdc with a slst. Turn. (23 dc)

Round 2: CSdc. Dc in FLO of each st around. Join to top of CSdc with a slst. Turn. (23 dc)

Round 3: CSdc. Dc in BLO of each st around. Join to top of CSdc with a slst. Turn. (23 dc)

Round 4: Repeat Round 2. DO NOT TURN. (23 dc)

Round 5: Ch 1. Sc in BLO (or both loops – up to you) of same and each st around, skipping the last stitch. Join to top of 1st Sc with a slst. (22 sc)

Break yarn and tie off. Using your yarn needle, weave in ends.     

Trim (Optional):

To create the trim around the cuffs, turn your work upside down, so the thumb is pointing towards you.

Join your yarn to any stitch of the first row, but preferably at the centre of one of the “shells” from round 3 of the Wrist.

Ch 1. Sc in same st. *Sk 1 st. “Shell” in next st. Sk 1 st. Sc in next st. ** Repeat * to ** around, omitting the final sc. Join to initial sc with a slst. (5 shells, 5 sc)

Break yarn and weave in ends.

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