I’m starting to think about fall as the stores show displays of pumpkin decor and Thanksgiving things. It seems early, but I’m ready!
For the colder months, I have a romantic wisp of lace crochet for you today–a sweet pair of fingerless gloves. These little gloves will keep you warm but still adroit when you embark on creative projects that require nimble digits for crocheting, maybe…or texting. In these photos, I was working on some fabric collage in my very chilly basement studio.
The story behind these gloves comes from my childhood love of the book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, which my mother read aloud to me when I was 10 or 11 years old.
My mother reading aloud to me is one of my happiest childhood memories, and my daughter and I love to carry on this tradition.
I was enamored of the character Jo March, the wild and tom-boyish second March sister who was a playwright and writer. Jo often cloistered herself in the garrett–a wonderful term for the top-most room in a house just beneath the roof–dressed in her ‘scribbling suit’ (a black pinafore on which she could freely wipe ink from her pen, and a black snood to cover her hair) to feverishly pen her works of genius.
I found Jo incredibly spirited and romantic, and for a long time I wanted to grow up to be a writer just like her. So I dressed up in my own scribbling suit (a garnet red polyester evening gown my mother found for me at Goodwill), acquired a nibbed pen with no ink holder from a calligraphy section of the craft store, a pot of ink, and begged my mom to let me use her prized brass inkwell–she did.
I think she was picturing black ink staining my entire room.
Thanks for encouraging the creative spark, Mom!
In this get-up, I would attempt to write stories somehow believing that having the costume would help inspire me, the first one a murder mystery called “Murder En Route” a horrifying tale of the demise of 5 college students meeting catastrophic ends on a road trip. It was unfinished.
Mostly, I just dressed up and played instead of doing much writing.
Scribblers Fingerless Gloves Crochet Pattern
Size E hook
Sport Weight yarn
Mitt (make 2)
Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), *ch 1, sk 2 ch, 3 dc in next ch, ch 1, sk 2 ch, dc in next ch; rep from * across; turn.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc) dc in same st, *ch 1, sk next dc, dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next dc, 3 dc in next dc; rep from * to last st working 2 dc in last st., turn.
Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc), *ch 1, sk next dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next dc, dc in next dc; rep from * across, turn.
Rep Rows 2-3 until piece measures 7.5”
Edging Row: Ch 3, *dc-picot in next st, dc in next st; rep from * across.
Fasten off break yarn
Join yarn at foundation edge with RS facing.
Work Edging Row again.
Fold mitt Right Sides together, and sew a seam from top edge down 2.5”. Sew a second seam from the bottom edge up 3” leaving a 2” thumbhole. Repeat for second mitt. Turn mitts Right Side out.
With RS facing,
Join yarn at lower thumb seam opening, pull up a loop.
Round 1: Ch 3, dc evenly around thumbhole opening, sl st to first dc to join rnd. Do not turn. The exact number of dc will depend on the circumference of your thumb opening, so I am not giving an exact stitch count. You will be able to tell if you have too few dc because the mitt will pucker or too many–the thumb will appear wavy and ruffled.
Rounds 2-3: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, sl st to join.
Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6″ tail.
Weave in yarn ends. Wash and/or steam lightly to set stitches.
I hope you’ll enjoy these sweet little Scribblers!
Yours in Stitches,