Merry Go Round Crochet Basket

Merry Go Round Crochet Basket

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For those of you following my Crochet Bucket List Series. In between filling those buckets I have also been crocheting baskets and rugs.  The baskets make perfect teacher gifts.  Which you can fill with chocolates or flowers.  If they are yarn lovers, you can fill them with yarn.

They are super easy to crochet and you can use T-yarn, any bulky yarn or any other yarn in your stash.

Let me show you how to make them.

Difficulty: Beginner.   

Time: 60 minutes.  (depending on size)

Sizes: Will depend on your number of beginning rounds as well as your number of side rounds.

With t-shirt yarn and a 12 mm hook: 4 rounds at the bottom and 8 rounds on the sides, gives me a basket of 20 cm in diameter and 20 cm in height.

With eco-fusion from Nurturing Fibres and a 3,5 mm hook: 2 rounds at the bottom and 7 rounds on the sides, gives a cute tiny basket of 3 cm in diameter and 4 cm in height.

For the photo tutorial I used a DK Acrylic and a 4,5 mm hook.

Terminology used is US (American).

ABBREVIATIONS

mc

ch

ss

sc

rnd

st/s

beg

hdc

bl/s

dc

[12]

magic circle

chain

slip stitch

single crochet

round

stitch/es

beginning

half double crochet

back loop/s

double crochet

stitch count for round in green and Italic

DOUBLE CROCHET IN THE ROUND INCREASES

(Remember: When you are working in a spiral, you need to use a stitch marker to mark your last stitch of the round)

round increase in every total of stitches
1 No increase 12
2 Every stitch 24
3 Every 2nd stitch 36
4 Every 3rd stitch 48
5 Every 4th stitch 60
6 Every 5th stitch 72

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Bottom:

rnd 1: Into mc: ch 1, 2 sc, 2 hdc,  8 dc, do not close round     [12 sts]

rnd 2: (  Your first dc of rnd 2 is going into the first sc of rnd 1. ( and that is how you begin a dc spiral! )

From here on you need to put a stitch marker in your last stitch of  each rnd.

Make sure you can find that 1st sc to work into before you pull your magic ring tight.  )

2 dc in each st all around, do not close rnd.     [24 dc]

rnd 3: Your first dc of rnd 3 is going to be into the first dc of rnd 2

* 1 dc, 2dc * all around, stitch marker in last stitch, do not close rnd.     [36 dc]

You should have a pretty good idea of spiral crochet now.  You can now decide how big you want the bottom of your basket. For a larger bottom, you just carry on with your spiral rounds using the increase table above.

After your last dc in rnd 3 you need to taper down to get an even “end”.

This is how you do it:

Work the following into each of the next stitches:

last dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc

Your spiral should look a bit more roundish now!  Do not end off here.  You are starting your side right here after that last sc.

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Side:

Work in the  back loops for the first round of your side.

To bring your side up to dc height: 2 sc, 2 hdc, then dc all around. ( stitch marker in your 1st sc )

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When you come around to your first sc you made in the back loop, you simply dc in the normal way (under both loops of  that sc) and then carry on with normal dc stitches in each stitch all around.

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You do not need stitch markers for your rounds from here on, because you are just going around and around until you are happy with the height of your basket. Hence the name: Merry Go Round!

When you decide you are happy with the height of your basket, you taper down again to get the top part sort of even: last dc, 3 hdc, 3 sc, 2 ss and work away the end.

OR don’t work away the end and carry on with a pretty edge/border.

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My Border on this light blue basket is done over two rounds.  ( the border also “doubles” as handles if you want to carry your basket )

1st  round: dc 3 tog, skip 1,  ch5

2nd round: into each ch5 loop: 5 sc

What else can you crochet with this pattern?

Chair Leg Socks:

I used Eco-Fusion from Eco-Fusion from Nurturing Fibres and a 3,5 mm hook.

Measure the diameter of the bottom of your chair leg.

Mine was 2,5 cm.  Crochet your bottom until it is 2,5 cm, then crochet in the back loops to bring the sides up. (Work away your beginning tail here, as it is difficult reaching it when your sock is finished.) Then you go around and around until you decide they are long enough.  I stopped at eight rounds.

These will come in very handy to protect our painted cement floors in our new house.

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My wonderful Testers’ basket photos started coming in and I just love what they made!

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Nicci left her basket as is with no border. Neat!


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Elize made a scallop edge on her basket. Love the pink and the heart!


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Ria used a scallop edge as well and added a red ribbon.


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Susan used the crab stitch for her edge.

Just a few other ideas :

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Crochet in the 3rd Loop to get this knit like basket.

Polly from Every Trick on the Hook has an excellent tutorial for crocheting in the 3rd loop.  Do take some time and browse her blog. She is an excellent designer, her patterns are stunning and very well written and explained. 

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Make a fellow yarn addict’s day with a basket filled with yarn. I made this one for our neighbour after she looked after our cats when we went on holiday.


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For this one I used slip stitches for the top edge round.


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Make three baskets. Crochet a long string and attach them all together. These hanging baskets are ideal for small spaces.

 

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I made these teeny tiny plant pot covers with eco-cotton. They are 3 cm in diameter. A very cute gift .


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This photo gives you an idea of the sizes. The t-shirt yarn basket was a gift to a crochet friend. I love the fancy border. I will have to share the border in a next post, because it is getting very late now.

Crochet Bucket List – numbers 5 and 6

Crochet Bucket List – numbers 5 and 6

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Just showing you the “blanket” again, then you know which squares I am referring to.

Towards the end of the Elle CAL that I mentioned yesterday, a new CAL began.  The Seaside Winter Blanket CAL, by talented local Designer, Zelna Olivier.  The first square was stunning.  And one of those easy addictive squares.  I made quite a few of them, playing with different color combinations.  I am just showing three squares of this CAL.  Do have a look on her blog.  There are lots more.

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Umzumbe, Square 1

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Umtentweni Square

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And my favourite square of them all! Port Shepstone, Square 6

And my Facebook friend Tze Moi, from Tink Crochet in Amsterdam made a t-shirt yarn rug with the Port Shepstone Square.  How awesome is that!

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 Then we went away to Arniston and Knysna for school holidays. I just love long drives in the passenger seat. Ample crochet time.  I then crocheted a few of my own squares.  No patterns, No notes, just relaxing crochet, playing with shades of blues and greens.  Again, Christelle, who has an Afrikaans crochet group on Facebook, “Ons Hekel”,  was an influence here.  She was busy with this beautiful tile inspired crochet blanket.

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Christelle’s Crochet Tiles.

Everywhere else in the crochet blog and pattern world, tile inspired squares began popping up.  This one was my first try at designing a tile square, but it ended up in a Mandala.  lol!

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                                            The rest of my holiday squares.  (No patterns yet)

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The Southern Most Tip of Africa

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East Head Cafe, Knysna.  Look at my healthy breakfast!  Poached egg on toast AND Lemon Meringue.  Nina is going over the top with fruit.  Hehe!

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This one I crocheted when we were back from Knysna. Photograph by Nina Wiese at Paradise Beach, Langebaan

The other large square you saw in yesterday’s post, was the Wishing Well Square from Dedri Uys, which I made bigger with extra rounds of dc and hdc.

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One more square that joined the others was this beautiful and easy one by Polly from Every Trick on the Hook. Another one with endless color combination possibilities.  You must have a look at ALL her other designs.  She has an outstanding collection of crochet squares and her patterns are very well written.

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And that was the end of my Granny Square Madness for this year.

In searching for these photos I can also see lots of finished t-shirt yarn rugs as well.  That would be another blog post. BUT … Let me get my ducks in a row and finish with the packing!

Two more buckets filled! And Anya wanted to show you her new watch.  I discovered it in a box this morning.  It was one of the teenager’s from when they were small.  It needs a battery.  In the mean time I manually forward the time by 15 minutes every time she wants to know the time.

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I also managed to empty 2 large plastic crates and one box today.  Just old clothes, linen and fleece blankets.  Most of which are going to be given away or donated to Hospice.

Next up?  My cotton yarns.

 

 

Crochet Bucket List – number 4

This is what 70 plus crochet squares look like.

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It could make a beautiful blanket.  But with all the different sizes in there, I think it will be a nightmare trying to join the lot!

This all started way back in April this year.  Facebook Crochet Groups started showing us this CAL from Elle Yarns.

You will find the free patterns for all these squares on Elle Yarns’ webpage.  You just need to register (for free), then you can download them.

I had some blue yarn in my stash and joined in and crocheted the first square.  We went for cake and coffee in Paternoster where I then took photos of the squares. After that Elle released two squares a week.  And I then felt obliged to photograph all the other squares somewhere along our West Coast with views of the ocean.

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Chocolate Cheesecake at Mondvol Coffee Shop

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Langstrand Paternoster

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After the first square I was hooked!  And of course every time I visited my LYS, 50 Something Yarn Shop, different shades of blue yarn screamed at me to come home with me.

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This was square number 2 of the Elle CAL. Paradise Beach, Langebaan

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Having fun at Paradise Beach. Three more weeks then this is where we are going to live! Yay!

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Squares 4 and 5

 

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Square 8

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I just love the insides of some of the squares. The possibilities of what you can do with them are endless!

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The beginning of Square 10. With chocolate cake and cappuccino at Lekka-by-die-See at Mykonos, Langebaan.

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Square 10

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And that is the Elle CAL in a bucket for now. Anya wanted to be in the photo too! She wants to be in all the photos. LOL!

I can really recommend beginners to take part in a CAL (Crochet-Along).  You learn so many stitches and tricks.

These went into a bucket for now.  I am still deciding on what to do with them.

The rest of the squares in my “blanket photo” were from other CAL’s and some of them were my own squares.  Hopefully I can show them to you tomorrow.

 

 

Crochet Bucket List – number 3

I think I started this one last year June.

Christelle , founder of the South African Facebook group “Ons Hekel” challenged our members to crochet a blanket for charity.  If you know me and my crochet well, you will know that I have never ever finished a crocheted blanket!

I’ve been eyeing this beautiful green acrylic yarn for a while, but had no project for it.  This challenge was the perfect excuse to buy a few balls.  I saw this beautiful shawlette pattern on Moogly.  It had a beautiful stitch pattern.  Almost like a Corner to Corner, but a bit more lacy. Then I figured out that you can make a square with the pattern. (well sort of, hehe!)

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This is how the square looks. I then went all around the square with a variegated yarn using 1 sc ch3, thinking I could then JAYG them all together in a stunning blanket.

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Now I have this stack of not so square squares! And two mittens. lol!

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Here my assistant, Anya helps me packing them out to see if we have enough squares for a blanket. Oh dear! Now you can clearly see that not all the squares are squared! Eeeeek!

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Then Anya came up with this idea for a photograph. I wonder why? She does not know what Frogging means in crochet language.

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Crochet Bucket List Item Number 3

I really really do not have lots of hope for this project to become something.  Let’s just put it in a bucket for now.

You are going to love tomorrow’s post.  It is another unfinished blanket!  lol!

Crochet Bucket List – numbers 1 and 2

From the dictionary:

“Bucket List” = a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime

It has been way too long since my last blog post.

So much happened in between.  In January we moved house from Paternoster to Langebaan to be closer to our three girls’ schools. It just makes life much easier.  Paternoster was about 40 minutes drive to school. We are building a little beach cottage here in Langebaan in an area called Paradise Beach.  So …. for 2016 we rented a house here.  And  … end of this month (November) we are moving into our own house. Yay!

I am struggling to get organised with the packing.  Not one of my favourites!  And as with the previous move there is always so much yarn, fabric and other crafty stuff to sort out.

I see now that I am way beyond  a few unfinished WIP’s.  Everything is terribly chaotic and out of control.  So  …  I’ve decided to do a few posts about all my projects that I still have to finish.  Putting them all on a Crochet Bucket List makes a lot of sense to me. It also adds some fun in to the packing and sorting and who knows?  Maybe I get to finish some of them in the new house!

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                                                        This basket lived in a box since the January move.

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This package lived in the same box. Unopened! Twelve extra balls of Colours of Grace Aran 10 ply cotton.

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I emptied the crochet basket. And here is my WIP! The plan is to crochet doilies with my Pink Doily Rug Pattern, and then join them together. I’m still deciding : Blanket? Curtain? Wall Decoration? Any other suggestions?

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This T-yarn basket will be Number 1 on the Crochet Bucket List. Those scallops on the edge keep on flopping over. I am going to frog the edge and redo it.

 

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                                                                   Tadah! Crochet Bucket List Item Number 2!

 

Thank you all for stopping by.  I’m off to find more WIP’s to fill more buckets!

 

 

 

Floppy Star

Hi All!

Sorry for being so scarce!  We had Exams,  a School Nativity play, and a School price giving this evening.  Busy Busy!

I have a little star pattern for you.  Little if you crochet it with dk yarn or cotton.  Or BIG if you use bulky or t-shirt yarn.  Have fun and do show us if you make some.

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The pattern in words.  Photos after that.

I use US terms and any yarn and the hook size recommended for the yarn.

A 12 mm hook for the t-shirt yarn (bought from 50 Something Yarn Shop)

A 4 mm hook for dk cotton yarns.

Just one important note!  Be carefull NOT to pull your magic ring too tight, otherwise your star will be floppy.

Round 1

In Magic Circle, ch 2, 12 hdc, close with ss in first hdc

Round 2

ch 1, 1 sc in same closing ss.

*In next stitch: 2 dc, ch2, 2 dc

In next stitch: 1 sc* repeat x 4

End with 2 dc, ch2, 2dc and close round with a ss in to the first sc

Round 3

ch 1, 1 sc in same closing ss

*Into ch 2 space:

ch 1, 3 hdc, ch3, 3 hdc, ch 1

Into sc: 1 sc* repeat x 5

Close round with a ss into the first sc, cut your yarn and pull through to the front.

Then work the ends away at the back.

Round 1  pictures

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Round 2  pictures

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Round 3  pictures

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Close round 3 with a ss into the first sc

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Then you can either work your ends away at the back or use them to tie your star to a tree or present.

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These two stars were crocheted with eco-fusion from Nurturing Fibres

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Vinnis White Cotton for the white ones.

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Vinnis Tori for a bulky star.  They are great on gift bags!

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And here I tested the first one with t-shirt yarn

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And one with 4 ply cotton from Elle -Yarns

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Ok, I think you get the idea!  You can crochet this little floppy star with any yarn in your stash!

I’m off to Langebaan.  The two teenagers are both  receiving academic prizes tonight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boho Granny Square Fingerless Gloves

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I just love the crochet inspiration and ideas we see on Instagram.  A while ago I saw this post on Kathryn Vercillo’s feed  @kvercillo  telling us about Granny Square Day 2015  that was started by  Susan who decided that the month of August needed another Holiday.  Susan asked crochet friends to post pictures of their granny squares on Instagram on the 15th of August.  She then makes collages of every one’s grannies and have it printed on fabric, mugs and phone covers.  You can see all of these on her Instagram feed @suregal27

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I immediately abandoned my lacy crochet mittens that I was struggling with,  and  started a granny square.  BUT!!! Could not stop at two!  Just went on and on!  Then I wondered?  What shall I do with all these grannies???  Seeing that I was busy with other crochet mittens before the granny “attack”,  I thought, …  what if you crochet two grannies together and make fingerless gloves?  And that’s exactly what I did.  First the small ones for Anya.  Then larger ones for myself.

These are the first two granny squares that I started with, and which I posted on My Instagram  with the hash tag #grannysquareday2015

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And the rest of my grannies! ….

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I want to  show you how I made the smaller ones for Anya.  She is 5 years old and her hand width is 7 cm.

I use US terms.  Here is a handy little conversion chart if you use  UK terms . For my fellow South Africans who crochet in Afrikaans, try this conversion chart for US and  Afrikaans terms.

You need to know how to do the following:

sc = single crochet

hdc = half double crochet

V-stitch = Normally a V-stitch is dc, ch 2, dc in the same stitch. The one I use here for the wrist part of the glove is:

hdc, ch 1, hdc.  That is just my lazy way of getting a ribbing effect/look.

I close (end) my granny squares with a  false stitch . Dedri has a nice tutorial for that!

Materials:

  • 2 x   granny squares with 3 rounds each. ( I made mine with Elle Gold Double Knit and a 5 mm hook )
  • scissors
  • yarn needle

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 My granny squares does not have any chains in between the granny clusters. And I have 2 chains in my corners.

  1. You are going to join two squares with Dedri’s  flat zipper method , working in the inside loops (back loops)
  2. After joining the 2 squares: ch 1 and then sc in each stitch (working to your left) . Stop just before your 2 ch corner.
  3. Fold your grannies to form a tube. You are now going to close the tube with your next sc.
  4. Insert your hook through the 1st corner chains of both grannies.

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5.  Carry on with sc all around the top.

6. + 7.  Close with ss into first sc

8.  ch 3 (counts as 1 hdc + 1 ch), hdc  =  first hdc V-stitch made.

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9.  Into every 2nd stitch: hdc v-stitch all around.

 I ended with 10 V-stitches in one round.  Yours is going to depend on the method you used to make your granny square.

Close your first V-stitch round with a sc into the first V you made.

Crochet 2  more V-stitch rounds.  Cut your yarn, end with a false stitch and work away the yarn end.

Also work away the end where you started to join your two squares.

10.  You are now done with the top part of the glove. That is the part that goes over your wrist.

11.   Now you are going to join the side where the thumb opening is going to be.

With some new yarn (I used pink) pull a loop through to the front of your work, leaving the tail on the inside. Make  6 slip stitches into the back loops for the “thumb openings”.

12.   Then join the last 3 dc’s  and one chain with the flat zipper method.

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13.   After your last flat zip stitch:

ch 1, and work single crochet stitches (towards the left)

14.  Continue with sc all around.

15.   Close with a ss into your 1st ch 1.

16.   You can now cut your yarn.  Leave a tail about three times the length of the glove, because you are going to            use it for your last few slip and zip stitches.

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17.   You are now working on the other side of your thumb opening.

Flat zip through the same 4 stitches. (that is through the same stitches in step 12.)

18.   Slip stitch into the back loops of the last 7 stitches on your square until you reach the wrist part of the glove.

Pull your yarn through after your last ss

Make a false stitch and work away the end.

19.  And you’re done!  Yay!

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Anya loves her fingerless gloves!  They came in quite handy for the last days of winter.

I made a pair for myself as well.  For the adult version I used granny squares with four rounds;  five rounds of the  V-stitches  and I appliqued an Anya heart  to my one glove. My hand width is 8 cm.

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Thank you for testing the pattern Anne-Marie. xxx  She made a pair for herself and her little girl.  She used a chunky yarn and a 5 mm hook.  Because of the thicker yarn a granny with 2 rounds was big enough for the smaller glove.  For the bigger glove she used a 3 round granny.

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And then I made some more granny square gloves using variegated yarn. With them I did not use V-stitches for the wrist parts and also no slip or zip stitches.  Much Much Easier!  Do you want the pattern for them too?

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Please do show us on our Facebook page: Crochet in Paternoster if you make these!  If you have any queries you can inbox us there as well.

PS.  This is how I measured the size of our hands.

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