Friday, January 2, 2015

Rainbow Owl Fingerless Gloves

These rainbow owl fingerless gloves are pretty popular in my shop! I thought I would share this simple pattern. They are fun to make, and pretty quick. 

I would like to note why I use a row of single crochet as the starting row of each color change. I have found that it makes the gloves look a little more interesting, but also it keeps me from having to go back and weave in all of my ends from each color change. I crochet over the ends with the single crochet and they are perfectly hidden. You can crochet over the ends with other stitches, but sometimes the colors will still show through. With single crochet the ends never show through. I crochet over them for about 8 stitches, give the row a very gentle tug, and snip off the remaining ends.

I make these using a 5.5 mm hook. They are easy to change the size of by using a different hook size or adding/subtracting the number of chains you make, but I've found this size works well enough as a general one size fits most. They fit my 7-year-old son and myself.

I use red, orange, yellow, green, light/bright blue, navy blue, and purple. Also, note that the first stitch of each round will be in the same stitch as the joining stitch.

 Make two-

RD 1: Ch. 22 and join the chain. Careful not to twist it. Single crochet in each chain. (22 sc) Join to first single crochet with slip stitch and chain 2.

RD 2: Double crochet in each sc. (22 dc). Join with slip stitch and finish off.

Change to orange and ch 1

RD 3: SC in ea DC (22 sc). Join with slip stitch and chain 2.

RD 4: DC in ea SC (22 dc). Join with slip stitch and finish off.

Change to yellow and ch 1.

RD 5: SC in ea DC (22 sc). Join with slip stitch and chain 2.

RD 6: DC in first 9 SC. Chain 4 and skip the next 4 stitches. DC in the next stitch, and each stitch after. (There should be a total of 18 DC and a chain 4 space that add up to 22 stitches total.) Join with slip stitch and finish off. 

Change to green and ch 1.

RD 7: SC in first 9 DC. 4 SC in the chain 4 space. SC in next 9 DC. (22 sc) Join with a slip stitch and ch 2.

RD 8: DC in each SC. (22 dc) Join with slip stitch and finish off.

Change to light/bright blue.

RD 9: SC in ea DC (22 sc). Join with slip stitch and chain 2.

RD 10:  DC in ea SC (22 dc). Join with slip stitch and finish off.

Change to navy blue.

RD 11: SC in ea DC (22 sc). Join with slip stitch and chain 2.

RD 12:  DC in ea SC (22 dc). Join with slip stitch and finish off.

Change to purple.

RD 13: SC in ea DC (22 sc). Join with slip stitch and chain 2.

RD 14: DC in ea SC (22 dc). Join with slip stitch and finish off.

Weave in any ends. (Hopefully at this point you only have the red and the purple to weave in because you crocheted over the other ends.)

Eyes (make 4):

RD 1: With navy- MC. 6 SC in magic circle. Slip stitch to first sc and finish off.

RD 2: With white- 2 HDC in each SC. Slip stitch to first hdc and finish off.

Nose (make 2):

Chain 6. SC in second chain from hook. HDC in next ch. DC in next 2 chains. 

Sew on your eyes and nose. Then, cut strips of yarn about 3 inches for the ear tufts and attach to gloves. 

Happy hooking and I hope you love these gloves as much as I do!

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