Friday, September 18, 2015

Fingerless Mitts - Free Crochet Pattern Roundup

I don't know about you, but I love fall. We've had a really mild summer here in Chicago, but still - I'm so looking forward to wrapping up in warm sweaters and pulling my boots out of the closet.

The other reason I love fall? It's finally time to start wearing yarn regularly! All summer I look for excuses to still get to use my crochet projects - but let's face it - crocheting is mostly a cold weather craft. I mean sure, you can make some great coasters, jar cozies, and the occasional piece of jewelry. But nothing compares to a big bulky scarf or - one of my personal favorites - fingerless mitts.

Now, by the time we get to winter, I'm over it. I still love the scarves, but I no amount of bundling will keep me warm on a cold Chicago day and I just don't tolerate being cold very well (ahem, ok. I don't tolerate it at all. I'm kind of impossible to deal with in the winter). So winter is not my season. But that is a rant for another day. Today we're talking about fall.

Wonderful fall. With the colorful leaves, the apple picking, the apple cider, the apple crisps (another reason I love fall - apples - in case you didn't pick up on that), and the bundling back up in the long forgotten yarn projects and the frantically hooking up new projects as often as possible. What's better than wearing a warm project you made yourself? Making a new project while you're wearing it!

So that brings me to today's topic. I've gathered up five great FREE patterns for some amazing fingerless mitts to keep your wrists warm while you're working on your next big project. I love fingerless mitts because they keep your hands and arms warm while still giving your fingers the freedom they need to use a hook (...or type and email, or turn the page of your book. I guess it's okay if you don't crochet all the time).

So here you go - get your hooks ready!

Fingerless Mitts - 5 Free Crochet Patterns 

1. Criss Cross Fingerless Gloves by Craft Chic

I listed this one as number one, but fair warning - this is not a beginner project. You should probably have some experiences with post stitches before starting this project. But if you're looking to take your crochet skills to the next level - I think these are great! 
And bonus! There's a matching hat!

2. U-Turn Mitts by Knitting and So On 

Again, maybe not for beginners - but probably a little easier than #1. I love the unique construction of these mitts. And they are a great way to show off a good variegated yarn.

3. Puff Stitch Fingerless Gloves by Hopeful Honey

Ok, we're getting a little more basic now. You can do these. I know you can. And they are gorgeous. I mean really, your hands are going to be so warm and cozy.

4. Kiss Me Mr. Darcy Wrist Cuffs by Red Haired Amazona

Now these might not technically be "mitts" because they don't have thumb holes. And I think that's a requirement for mitts. But I'm letting it slide, because they are beautiful. And they still keep your arms warm and your hands free.

5. Hermione Shell Mitts by Andrea Denby on Ravelry

These are so lovely. And they have the name Hermione. So they are practically perfect as far as I'm concerned. The open shells might not keep you super warm right up to winter, but they are too pretty not to make!

So there you have it! Which one is your favorite? I think I have to make at least a few of these this fall for myself...