Chunky crochet is in! And it's no wonder - you can work up a pair of these in no time at all (like 15 minutes actual crochet time per glove, in fact) and finishing them off with leather cording means no sewing, which makes them even faster! So vroom, vroom!
I designed these with beginner crocheters in mind, specifically as a class project with a time limit, so they are about as simple as they can get, but I love the leather accent on the chunky yarn. It's easy but still makes a statement! And being able to complete a project during a single class is always a plus!
They are also designed to be easily customizable. Following my gauge as stated below, the gloves should measure approximately 7" in length. If you would like to modify the length, simply chain fewer or more stitches in multiples of two. Similarly, if you substitute a different yarn, all you have to do is modify your starting chain to suit the yarn you've chosen.
8 sc and 8.25 rows equals approximately 4" square. Don't stress about trying to match my gauge, though. This pattern is designed with flexibility in mind, so just add or subtract stitches to get the size you want!
Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn (6) in Fisherman, 1 skein
5 mm x 1.5 mm Flat Beadnova Leather Cording, Medium Brown, 100"
ch - chain
ea - each
sc - single crochet
st - stitch
Loosely chain 15 – you want your chain stitches to be about the same size as the tops of your single crochet stitches. Use a larger hook size if necessary.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and ea st across. Please note that I work into the back bump of the starting chain to give the starting edge a similar finished look to the finished edge of single crochet stitches. (14 sc)
Row 2: ch 1, turn. Sc in ea st across. (14 sc)
Repeat row 2 until desired width is reached, measuring straight across the palm of your hand just below your knuckles. I have pretty small hands, so I only did 14 rows, which equaled just shy of 7 inches. I recommend checking the fit with the crocheted material itself rather than relying only on measurements so that you can decide how snug or loose you want your final fit to be.
Here's an example of how mine fit before lacing them up:
Cut a length of leather cording at least 50” long – add some extra length if you’re making a larger pair of gloves or if you want to tie a larger bow. You can always trim extra length, but you can’t add more on!
Weave cording across side of fabric, working into each row of single crochet. An odd number of rows will be symmetrical. I used an even number of rows, so my cording comes out one stitch early. I'd rather have the fabric symmetrical than the single point in the threading, but that's my personal preference. Also, be sure to leave a little looseness in the cording so that it doesn't end up being too tight across your palm.
Match your edges, using stitch markers to keep you on track if necessary because you're going to thread your cording through every stitch along both edges. Start by tying a half knot at the top of your glove - remember not to pull the cording too tightly! Your original ends should be on opposite sides now; thread them back through the same holes as the ends came out of. Now bring them back up in the next stitch and do one cross, threading them back down in the next stitch. To create your thumbhole, weave each end straight down the side it's on, working in and out of each stitch until you have a large enough space. Then continue crossing down to the end. Bring your ends back up out of the final stitch and tie another half knot. Tie a bow if you like, or thread your opposite ends back into the same holes like we did at the top and secure it on the inside with a square knot. Trim cording as desired.
And that's it! You're all done. So FAST! Well, except now you have to do the other one, right? Enjoy!
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