to those who asked for my handwarmer pattern.. here it is, such as it is. I've never written a pattern before, so please let me know of mistakes, omissions, etc.
Lisa’s Hand Warmers
1 skein of Moda Dea Sassy Stripes
2 skeins of fingering yarn (or one skein divided into two balls)
Fingering yarn is worked holding two strands together.
(I’m not sure of the amounts needed for the fingering yarn yet, still working that out)
Size G hook.
Chain 12 for average width wrist band
Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook and in every chain across. Ch 1, turn (11 sc)
Row 2: working in Back Loops Only, sc in every sc across. Do NOT skip 1st sc.
Repeat row 2 for 33 rows. (If you have wide wrists, you may want to go to 35 rows).
Ch 1, bring up beginning Row to make a tube, and slip stitch across to join.
Ch 1, and sc even around the tube you just made.(34 sc)
NOTE: on the follow rounds, do NOT join, but do MARK the beginning of each round. (I like to use a length of scrap yarn, in a contrasting color. Other people use bobby pins or safety pins. Whatever works for you, but do make sure to mark the rounds.)
Round 1: sc in the next 6 sc, 2 sc in the next sc (increase), sc in the next 17 sc, increase, sc in the remaining 10 sc. (36 sc)
Round 2: sc in each sc around. (36 sc.)
Round 3: sc in first 8 sc, 2 sc in the next (increase), *sc in the next 8, increase* repeat between * twice more. (40 sc)
Round 4: sc in each sc around. (40 sc)
Round 5: sc in first 9 sc, 2 sc in the next (increase). *sc in the next 9, increase* repeat between * twice more. (44 sc)
Round 6: sc in each sc around. (44 sc)
Round 7: sc in first 10 sc, 2 sc in the next sc (increase) *sc in the next 10, increase* repeat between * twice more. (48 sc)
Round 8 -10: sc in each sc around. (48 sc)
Check mitt for fit at this time. Usually I need between 10 and 14 rows for the palm area. This will vary for the individual who will be wearing it and the crafter/artist. Assuming that the mitt is now near the base of the thumb:
Round 11: sc in first two sc, chain two, skip 10 sc, sc in remaining sc around. (38 sc and 2 chains) (this makes the thumb hole)
Round 12: sc in first two sc, sc in each of the two chains from the previous round, sc in next 14 sc, insert hook into sc on previous round, draw up loop, do not complete sc, insert hook into next sc, draw up loop. Yo and draw through all 3 loops on the hook, decrease made. Sc in next 18 sc, decrease. (38 sc)
Round 13: sc in each sc around. (38 sc)
Round 14: sc in first 17 sc, decrease, sc in next 17 sc, decrease. (36 sc)
Round 15: sc in each sc around. (36 sc)
Check fit again. If the round is near the bottom of the little finger, you are ready to finish. If you need more length, continue sc around until it is long enough to suit you.
Finishing round: chain 2, do alternating fphdc (front post half double crochets) and bphdc (back post half double crochets) around. Join to chain 2 and end off. Weave in ends.
Extras: you can trim the wrist area with eyelash or funfur. What I did was to do two rows of hdc around with funfur.
Choose any small flower pattern you like and sew it to the back of the handwarmers.
TaDa!!! You’re now the proud owner of a pair of handcrafted handwarmers.