I know winter is behind us, but I only just found these recently and I don’t wanna wait until it’s cold again to share them. 😛
Based in Istanbul, Talkingloves makes adorable knit clothing with a fun twist. When you put the gloves together, or sometimes position them just so, they contain a special adorable shape. The kitty ones above are my favorite, cause I love cats, but it’s the concept in general that I caught my attention. Perhaps it’s the romantic in me, but I’d be super cute to get 2 pairs of the heart one so that when you and your significant other hold hands it forms a little heart on the inside that only you know about. ^_^
A bit more on focus for those of us going into wedding season, they also make bridal gloves and accessories that are sheer and light instead. Including very delicate looking ring pillows that suit a variety of modern/traditional styles. If you like cute knit and sheer items definitely give their store a look thru as you won’t be disappointed. 🙂
Now that we’ve got your neck and faces all snug and warm, let’s look at the next area that’s likely to freeze: Hands.
Not that those ones would keep your arms very warm, I just think they’re beautiful. 😀
When crocheting gloves the first thing you have to decide is how you want them to function. Like most commercial clothing, the gloves you find in stores are made of knit fabric and have a lot more give than crochet ones do. This is only a problem when dealing with making proper fingered gloves though as it can leave the fingers with a ‘chunky’ uncomfortable feeling. The best way to alleviate this issue is to make your gloves using sock/fingering yarn or any yarn with a weight of ‘1’ on the label. It still won’t completely solve the problem of course as crochet is just a bulkier weave than knitting typically is, but I’ve found that I don’t notice the difference after a few wears. If you’ve got pockets to keep your hands in most of the time, my personal solution is to change wristers into fingerless gloves.
The image link above will take you to my favorite pattern to adapt into fingerless gloves. The feel is as close to a store bought pair as you can get, in my humble opinion, and adding finger rounds is very simple. Much like when making the thumb, the finger rounds will be started with a slip stitch on the last round, with about 4-7 chain stitches bridging the gap over the width of your hand -depending on the size you’re making. I recommend using stitch markers while wearing one of the wristers the first time you do it. Just slip the marker trough the loops that best meet between your fingers. You won’t need to do this after you’ve made a pair or two as you’ll get a natural feel for how large of a space the fingers need. I wear medium sized gloves typically and when I make these, the rounds are often 12-14 stitches for all but the pinky finger; and 7-10 rounds high. I like having them end just below my first knuckle, but you can of course make them as short or as long as you like.
An additional bonus for the above wrister pattern I’ve discovered this winter is that you can use soft yarn such as Red Heart soft or Caron Simply Soft and, without changing anything to the pattern, still end up with a similar size and feel end product. If you use the thicker yarn however, I do not recommend making it into a full glove or fingerless glove. The extra thickness of the yarn does provide a warmer product… but at the cost of giving your fingers that ‘bulky’ feeling in between them if you do make finger holes.
If you’re feeling very ambitious about gloves this winter and want the best of both worlds, you can also try your hand at making a hybrid mitten!
This gentleman’s pattern was one of the first ones I attempted about 10 years ago when I sought out crochet glove patterns, and I’m glad I did. The pattern is very simple and the end result is certainly functional if you don’t mind having a mitten. I decided to forgo the Velcro strap for a button but I feel both are bulky options. Not having either though means it often got pulled and caught on various things, so it’s all personal preference. I definitely don’t recommend using a standard weight yarn like he uses unless you want the full bulky mitten experience. I can honestly say I don’t even know where that first pair I made are any more the thickness bothered me so much. Beyond that detail though, it is a solid design that I recommend for those of you looking to make something different. 🙂