Sue B. Balcom
It's spring, and what better way to take in those fresh mornings than with a blooming pair of fingerless gloves. This experiment with pattern design began with a circle of daisy motifs, followed by two rows of daisy pattern and then a modified lace.
1 skein each of three colors Elann.com superwash worsted
Real wool, like the Highland brand can be substituted, but I wanted these to be washable in the event the children of my family decide they like them and they disappear.
The colors were:
Size E – 3.50 mm hook
Gloves fit a small to medium and are about 8-inches long and 7.5 inches around.
Daisy motif is 1.25 inches.
Lace pattern repeat of 3 rows deep and 6 stitches is also 1.25 inches.
Most of my life, I have been crocheting like my grandmother, by the seat of my pants. If it works, I do it. If I think a pattern would be better suited to my way of thinking, I do it. So, if anything here appears unclear, email me and I would be happy to talk you through it.
Like most good ideas, this glove pattern was seeded by a couple of great ideas that have flashed by my face lately. I thought they turned out okay, but I will be tweaking on the pattern as time allows… something I have very little of these days
Single crochet – sc
Double crochet – dc
3-dc cluster: (Yarn over draw through loop, yarn over draw through 2 loops) three times in same stitch, yarn over draw through all loops, chain 1. 5-dc cluster: Same as 3-dc cluster only repeat five times and draw thread through six loops on the hook. Chain 1.
Daisy Stitch – This stitch is always worked on the right side only so it’s perfect for rounds. Skip first chain, draw a loop through each of the next 4 chains, wrap yarn around hook, draw through all five loops, chain 1 *insert hook through eye made by chain 1 (center of previous daisy) draw loop through chain of last daisy, draw through next 2 chain, wrap yarn around hook and draw through all 5 loops. Chain 1.
Daisy Center: With gold, use open loop and work 7 single crochet (sc) in the loop, slip stitch (sl) to first sc and close loop gently. Fasten off.
Yep, that’s correct. You can go ahead and make eight of these right off the bat. - four centers for each glove.
Petals: Connect white wool to any sc and chain three (counts as first dc). Do a 3-dc cluster. Chain 3, slip stitch into base of cluster – one flower petal. Slip stitch to the next sc – repeat petal pattern in each sc for a total of 7 petals. End.
DAISY CHAIN - Connect the four blossoms as you crochet each one to form a complete circle. Because there are 7 petals, alternate the connections so you have a sequence of two petals, three petals, two petals and three petals. (See photo).
Row 1. Using Celery, connect to space between petals with a double crochet, (OR CHAIN THREE DEPENDING ON HOW YOU CONNECT YOUR GRANNY SQUARES.) for a 3-dc cluster; chain 3, sc in top of petal, chain 2, sc in the top of the next petal; chain 3, cluster between flowers, chain 3, sc in top of next petal, repeat… keeping in mind you will have two petals and then three petals with two chains between them and three chains before and after clusters. End with slipstitch to top of first cluster.
Row 2: Single crochet around like this -- chain 1, sc in top of cluster, 3 sc over chain 3 space, 2 sc over chain 2 space, sc in top of cluster. Repeat to end. Slipstitch to top of cluster; 51 stitches.
Row 3: Picot row. Chain 3, skip one stitch, sc, chain three, repeat around for a total of 24 loops. Fasten off. If you are making a cuff, repeat for other side of daisy chain, fasten off, and hide ends.
NOTE: It would look really cool to add a bead at the top of each cluster. HOWEVER, if you wish to make a fingerless glove…. Continue… This is slightly different than the other side so pay attention.
Row 1: With Celery wool, connect to space between flowers with a double crochet, make four more dc in space for a five-dc cluster. Chain 2, sc in top of petal, chain 2, sc in top of petal, chain 2, 5-dc cluster in space between flowers, repeat. Slip stitch to top of cluster at the end of the row.
Row 2: Slipstitch into chain 2 space. Chain three (counts as one dc), double crochet in same space. Two dc in each chain 2 space 12 more times, four dc in last chain 2 space; 30 stitches. Just to make it challenging the row below the glove hand will have 5-dc clusters between the flowers and chain 2 spaces between clusters and petals.
Chain 3, begin daisy stitch by drawing up loops in each of next 4 stitches, draw thread through five loops, chain 1 – draw up loop in eye of this first stitch and then in last stitch of previous daisy, and next two stitches, draw thread through chain 1 repeat for a total of two rows. Slipstitch to top of daisy to end row.
Increase row – Chain 1, sc in space, sc in next space, two sc in next space (inc.); repeat sc, sc, inc.; repeat – 40 stitches. Slip stitch into first sc, chain
Row 1: Chain 3, dc in next 2 stitches; chain 3, skip two stitches, sc in next stitch, chain 3, skip 2 stitches, dc in next 3 stitches,* repeat between * slip stitch to third chain.
Row 2: Chain 3, dc in top of next two dc *chain1, sc in chain 3 space, chain 3, sc in chain 3 space, ch1, 3 dc over top of 3 dc* repeat between * slip stitch to third chain.
Row 3: Chain 3, dc in top of next two stitches, *3 dc in chain 3 space, 3 dc in next three stitches*, repeat between * slip stitch to third chain.
Row 4: Repeat row 1 lace pattern.
Row 5: Repeat row 2 lace pattern.
Row 6: Repeat row 3 lace pattern.
Row 7: repeat row 1 lace pattern.
Row 8: repeat row 2 lace pattern.
Row 9: (left hand) Repeat row 3 of pattern to the last 9 stitches. Crochet 6 dc instead of three in chain 3 space. 1 dc, 2 dc in one stitch, 1 dc over the previous row dc, 6 dc in next chain 3 space. Join with slipstitch to third chain.
Row 9: (right hand) Begin the pattern row with the first three dc on top of previous dc, then the increases, then continue in pattern, slip stitch to third chain.
Thumb gusset: (left hand) Work row 1 of lace pattern until first 6 dc inc.; attach chain 3 to third dc, chain 3, sc in fourth dc of next 6dc inc.; skipping the dc, 2 dc, dc set of stitches. Chain 3, continue with pattern.
Thumb gusset: (right hand) Chain 3, dc in next two stitches, chain 3, sc in third dc in 6 dc increase; chain 3, skip next dc, 2 dc, dc inc., sc in fourth dc of 6 dc increase, continue in pattern until end of row, slipstitch to third chain.
Repeat row 2 and 3 of lace pattern adding 3dc over thumb chain space. Fasten off.
I used a little white to sc around the edges just for fun… enjoy.