Ha! That rhymes! Well, today is all about crochet. (and I’ll stop now with the rhymes – as that last one was unintentional) My local yarn shop has a project of the month feature, which I am very fond of. At the beginning of each month they feature a new project and if you complete it, you get a discount off the next project. I try to participate as much as possible, though there have been a few months where it just got too busy or when I was a slow knitter and couldn’t finish in time. I think this was August’s project- it was a filet crochet scarf. This was my first experience with filet crochet – a style where you crochet blocks of solid and open squares to form a pattern.
I used a more delicate yarn than the original sample and made it a bit longer. I had been wanting to use this yarn for quite sometime – the color had beguiled me and I thought it would look nice with this project. And I think it does. It has a somewhat vintage look, although the colors are clean and classic enough to be modern, depending on how you style it.
Now we come to the point of the post. I had a lot of yarn left over, so I decided a pair of mitts would be nice to match with the scarf. I didn’t find a design that I thought coordinated well enough, so I decided to make my own. I studied the filet crochet pattern and designed a motif that was similar, but scaled down for the mitts, and I worked out the sizing and shaping of the mitts myself. I’m really thrilled to have taken my first step in designing a project now! It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but felt it was too daunting to attempt. And here they are!
I crocheted a scallop edge along the top to make it look finished and to give a little extra length to the mitts. Then I decided instead of seaming up the sides that I would use buttons. So I crocheted a picot edging along the side to make some loops for buttonholes. I picked some taupe colored mother of pearl buttons with little vines etched on them and they were perfect. They give a Victorian flair to the mitts which I love. Here’s a side view of the buttons.
I’m so happy with my mitts and I can’t wait to wear them! To help them stay up on my wrists I sewed a tiny clear snap that I can fasten above the thumb and to keep them secure. (although that’s not a novel idea, I am pleasantly surprised I thought of it) I have confidence now that I can maybe design after all and eventually put into stitches the things I dream of. Thank you for allowing me to share and I hope it might inspire you to pursue some of the things you dream of doing too.
Blessings to you,