I am a bit obsessed with crafting items that look like food. Crochet, polymer clay, felt, knit, you name it…if it’s food themed, then I’ll make it. So when I first saw Twinkie Chan’s Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies, I fell in love. Her bold style is one of a kind and completely reiterates my personal philosophy of crafting – the more unusual, the better. I can buy a plain scarf at any store, but a pizza scarf, now that’s hard to find! If you’re looking for something refreshing and humorous, I highly recommend this book. You’ll be entertained, and perhaps a little hungry after browsing through the pages.
Due to too many hamburgers and hot dogs on Labor Day, I failed to get this pattern up on the blog yesterday. But all is well and I offer up this pattern for Openwork Fingerless Gloves.
This pattern uses one of my favorite stitches, which is the Crossed Double-Crochet. If you need instructions on how to create this stitch, the Dummies website (famous for all the Dummies how-to books) actually has great instructions. If you try it and you’re still stuck, leave a comment and we’ll help you out however we can!
You can make these gloves using just about any yarn you want, but I used a worsted weight yarn. Keep in mind that I made these to fit my own hands, so it may not fit you like you want. However, the crossed double-crochet stitch does make it a little bit stretchy.
Send us pictures of any gloves you make with this pattern! We would love to see them.
Openwork Fingerless Gloves
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in “Blue Mint”
Hook: Size H
Ch. 28 and join with slip stitch.
Rnd 1: Ch 3, *skip 1 ch, dc in next ch, dc in previously skipped ch*, repeat from * to * to end of row. Join to 3rd ch in previous ch 3.
Rnd 2: Repeat Rnd 1
Rnd 3: Repeat Rnd 1
Rnd 4: Ch 3, *skip 1 ch, dc in next ch, dc in previously skipped ch*, repeat from * to * 6 more times, ch 6, skip 6 dc, then resume ** until end of row.
Rnd 5 to end: Repeat Rnd 1 until desired length.
Edging at end: Using a size I hook, sc around the bottom edge twice, joining at the end of both rows. Finish off.
Scallop edging near fingers: Using size H hook, join yarn anywhere on beginning chain (I joined at the knot where I first started) and sc across once and join. Skip next 2 sc, dc 4 times in next sc, *skip 1 sc, dc 4 times in next sc*. Repeat from * to * until you reach the first scallop. Join and finish off.
– Amy –
2.25 mm (B) hook
Small amounts of fingering yarn in brown, red and cream
1/8 inch buttons or black thread for eyes
With cream yarn, make magic loop, 6 sc in loop (6 sc)
2sc in each st around (12 sc)
*1 sc, 2scinc, repeat from * around (18 sts)
*2 sc, 2scinc, repeat from * around (24 sts)
Sc around for three rows
Change to red yarn, sc around 1 row
Change to brown, sc around 5 rows
*1 sc, 2sctog, repeat from * around
Sc around from 6 more rows or desired length (I have short fingers)
To make tail, sc 4, chain 11 for tail, sc back along the chain, sc in the same st at body, sc around
EARS (make 2):
Magic loop, 6 sc in loop, join with sl st to first sc, fasten off
Starting in 2nd ch from hook, sc across; in last sc, make 3 sc, turn to work along the opposite side of the chain, sc across, 2sc in last st
Join with sl st. Finish Off
Sew on ears, button eyes and mouth. Embroider smile on mouth.
My mother uttered the name H.P. Lovecraft once when I was a kid and that was all it took for the obsession (albeit somewhat milder than other childhood obsessions) to wrap its hideous, alien tentacles around my brain. That is why I have been so excited to see so many Lovecraft-inspired crafts on the intrawebs these days. Finally! I can craft and cuddle with my very own malevolent entity!
Probably the most wonderful thing about this pattern is that the head and body are a sewn as one piece. The arms and wings are, of course, sewn on later, but that’s no biggie. She doesn’t mention this in her pattern, but I stuffed the arms on mine with a bit of yarn to help them hold their shape. I wouldn’t recommend using polyfill for something as tiny as the arms. Yarn scraps worked great and didn’t get in the way.
I also love how the pattern instructs you on when to stuff the head before finishing the body. That was extremely helpful. And the wings are pretty ingenious. I am tempted to crochet dozens of these and stick them on everything I can get my hands on (like my cats and maybe my boyfriend).
The top hat I added to make Cthulhu truly classy. If I’d had time to find a monocle and cane, I would have added those, too. The top hat pattern is an original from Monkey Waffles and, like the wings, I just want to make dozens and put them on everything.
If you craft any patterns from Monkey Waffles or from patterns we link to, please share your creations! We would love to see them.
– Amy –
Sir Cakeworthy agrees that top hats make everything extra fancy. Here’s a little top hat pattern to dress up your amigurumi.
- Worsted Weight Yarn
- 3.5 mm crochet hook
Instructions (work in continuous spirals unless stated otherwise):
- Make magic loop, work 6 sc in loop (6 sts)
- 2 sc in each st around (12 sts)
- 1 sc, 2 sc inc, around (18 sts)
- 2 sc, 2 sc inc, around (24 sts)
- Through the back loop, sc around, join with a sl st, ch 1
- 1 sc, 2sctog, around
- Next 4 rows, sc around
- sl st, ch 1, 2sc inc around
- sl st, finish off