OneFellSwoop Fingerless Mitts: Slip Stitch Crochet

OneFellSwoop Fingerless Mitts: Slip Stitch Crochet
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  • Manufacturer: Vashti Braha

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These stretchy, 100% 'Bosnian' (***slip stitch***) mitts hug the hands like those “Isotoners” my Mom used to wear. The  snug fit is due partly to the slip stitch fabric and partly to the elastic content of the sock yarn.

They’re called “OneFellSwoop” because everything is worked as you go: The last slip stitch row is also the seam. The only stitches used are chain stitches and slip stitches. No edging is necessary.

When older kids try these on they say, "Hey, cool! I like how these feel." And then they get back to texting and don't want to take them off.

**Finished Dimensions**
- Unstretched: 2.75 inches/7 cm across and 8 inches/20.5 cm long.
- Stretches as wide as approximately 7.5 inches/19 cm and as long as approximately 14 inches/35.5 cm.
- With cuff folded at wrist (as shown): approximately 6.5 inches/16.5 cm longThese stretchy, 100% Bosnian (slip stitched) mitts hug the hands like the “Isotoners” my Mom used to wear. The comfortably snug fit is due partly to the Bosnian stitch and partly to the elastic content of the sock yarn.

They’re called “OneFellSwoop” because everything is worked as you go: The last slip stitch row is also the seam. The hole for the thumb is also created as you go, while seaming. The only stitches used are chain stitches and slip stitches. No edging is necessary.

After using this pattern you will know (if you didn’t already):

  • How to create a fashion fabric with slip stitches
  • An easy way to create super-stretchy crochet
  • How your own natural gauge (“the crocheter’s hand”) compares to standard gauges
  • How to “crochet with spaghetti”—that’s how it might feel to use a big crochet hook with this super-stretchy yarn!

Note About the Skill Level: If I used the standard industry guidelines to list the Skill Level, this pattern would be rated Easy, even Advanced Beginner, because it uses a beginner’s stitch (slip stitch) and there’s zero shaping. Also, the pattern uses no abbreviations. After teaching it to others, I’ve learned that for this pattern, the crocheter needs to be ready to have more control over his/her natural stitch gauge. I consider this an intermediate skill that leads to advanced crocheting, although it’s not listed in any of the standard skill level descriptions. Every crocheter’s fine motor coordination is different, so you might find this pattern to be Easy.

For more adventurous crocheters, this is a “design-your-own” easy-to-customize pattern: change the size of the thumb hole; how much they cover the wrist and arm; how snug they are; even change how much of the fingers are covered. (All of these options are provided in the pattern for those who wish to try them.)

Finished Dimensions

  • Unstretched: 2.75 inches/7 cm across and 8 inches/20.5 cm long.
  • Stretches as wide as approximately 7.5 inches/19 cm and as long as approximately 14 inches/35.5 cm.
  • With cuff folded at wrist (as shown): approximately 6.5 inches/16.5 cm long

For more adventurous crocheters, this is a “design-your-own” easy to customize pattern: change the size of the thumb hole; how much they cover the wrist and arm; how snug they are; even change how much of the fingers are covered. (All of these options are provided in the pattern for those who wish to try them.)

Materials

  • Yarn used: Elann.com’s Esprit (98.3% Cotton, 1.7% Elastic, 186yds/170m per 1.75oz/50g ball), color #3794, 1 skein.
    Yarn substitution advice: This yarn appears to be identical to Cascade’s Fixation, a widely-available yarn found in yarn shops; I often find it shelved with sock yarns; however, I find that it crochets up thicker and stiffer than other sock yarns.
  • Special Technique: Slip Stitch/"Bosnian" Crochet
  • Skill Level: Easy-intermediate (hook-led gauge)
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