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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crochet an elegant square t-shirt yarn rug / hekel ‘n elegante blokkie t-shirt jaarn mat

crochet an elegant square t-shirt yarn rug / hekel ‘n elegante blokkie t-shirt jaarn mat

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Net gou ‘n vinnige inskrywing met ‘n skakel na hierdie mooi blok se patroon. Ek het ‘n bestelling gehad vir ‘n “granny square” mat. En dit net nadat ek DRIE blou granny square matte moes hekel vir iemand. Ek was net so klein bietjie keelvol vir ‘n gewone granny square en vir die alewige gesukkel om die 6 blokke so netjies moontlik, as wat die T jou toelaat, aanmekaar en plat te kry. Ek wou iets nuuts, maklik en vinnig doen en het die internet deursoek vir ‘n anderste ouma blok. Wel ‘n paar gevind, maar nie een wat skreeu: “Pick me! Pick me!” nie. Toe gaan ek maar deur my hekelboeke en deur al die gestoorde patrone op my iPad. En toe! Daar praat hierdie patroon met my. Iets heel anders. Mooi kant effek. En die heel belangrikste, jy kan die blokke aanmekaarhekel met jou laaste rondte! Yay! Fanwolletasties! Jy moet weet dit was ‘n hele paar dae se soek!

So hierdie keer hoef ek nie te gaan sit en my eie notas ontsyfer nie! Ek kan net vir julle die patroon skakel gee. Lekker!

Hier is hy:
Dis ‘n PDF ebook wat jy gratis aflaai by Red Heart Yarn se website.
Die elegant square patroon is op bladsy 11.
Daar is sommer ‘n paar ander oulike patrone en idees ook in die boek.

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Just a quick blog entry with a website link to the beautiful square I used in this rectangular rug. I had an order for a doily rug and for a granny square rug. And just before that I finished an order for THREE granny squares rugs. I had absolutely NO motivation to start another one. So I browsed the internet for unusual granny square patterns and preferably one that would work with JAYG as it takes quite a bit of effort to join normal granny squares in a neat and flat way with the T-shirt yarn. I found a few on the internet, but not that one that screams : “Pick me! Pick me!”
Then I went through the crochet books in my bookcase and the patterns stored on my iPad. Found this one in a file screaming for my attention! It had this nice lacy look and its joined with JAYG! Yay! Fanyarntastic!

So this time around I don’t have to sit down and decipher my own notes! I can simply share the website link. Cool!

Here it is:
It is an free PDF ebook you can download from Red Heart Yarn’s website.
The Elegant Square pattern is on page 11.
The ebook has a few other nice patterns an ideas.

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Die blok se hekel was baie maklik. Jy hekel al die blokke tot by rondte 5. Dan hekel jy een blok tot by rondte 6. En dan gaan jy JAYG met die ander blokke se rondte 6. Ek het so bietjie gesukkel met die aanmekaarhekel met rondte 6 en toe maar sommer so op my eie aangevoeter.

As jy nie weet hoe om te JAYG nie gaan Google bietjie en lees op. Ek belowe jou as jy een keer blokke so aanmekaar gehekel het gaan jy nie sommer weer die ou tydrowende manier van vaswerk gebruik nie.

It is an easy square to crochet. You crochet 6 blocks up to round 5. Then you crochet one square up to round 6. Then you JAYG the other 5 in their 6th rounds. I struggled a bit with their instructions for the JAYG and ended up just fudging mine together my own way.

If you are not familiar with JAYG, Google it. I can promise you, once you’ve used this method to join your squares you won’t go back to the arduous time consuming old way of doing it.

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Ek was vreeslik opgewonde toe al 6 blokke mooi aanmekaar gehekel was! So mooi! Maar hy het n nog ietsie gekort. ‘n Randjie dalk? Ja! ‘n Randjie om hom mooi af te rond. Weer ‘n groot soektog. Die rande wat ek altyd om die matte sit wou nie werk nie. Ek het seker 5 verskillende pogings aanghekel waarvan almal te dik/breed was en dan verloor die mat sy lacy look. Na so ‘n dag of twee se dink en kyk het die antwoord gekom! Basies net ‘n herhaling van rondte nommer 6 reg rondom die mat met die charcoal kleur.

I was super excited when I had all the squares joined together. So different from all the granny square rugs I’ve done previously. I loved it! But something was missing. Perhaps a border? So another search and I had a look at all the methods I used for my other rugs. I’ve tried about 5 different versions. Nothing worked. They were all to broad/thick and didn’t look right with the lacy look of the squares. And then, after a day or two of thinking and looking at the rug, the answer came. Simple and easy! Just a sort of a repeat of round 6 right around the squares with the darker charcoal. Perfect. I did not write down what I did their with the border, but I think if you have a close look at it you should be able to figure it out.

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En dan die gewone klaar-met-mat-feesvier met koek en koffie by Mondvol Padstal!

En dan word die matte mooi gewas.

En dan word hulle mooi toegedraai in bubble wrap vir pos.

En dan die afwagting om te hoor of die ontvanger gelukkig is daarmee!

Then the usual rug-completeness-celebration with cake and coffee at Mondvol Farm stall!

Then the rugs go into the washing machine.

Then they get wrapped up in bubble wrap for mailing.

Then the anticipation for feedback from the receiver.

Then, onto the next one!

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oooh! Just received the photo’s from my client

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Ek koop my T-shirt wolle by https://www.facebook.com/50swolwinkel?ref=hl
I buy my T-shirt yarn from https://www.facebook.com/50swolwinkel?ref=h

See you soon for some more fabulous rug talk and photo’s !