I came across this free pattern on Ravelry recently for a “Mindless Scarf,” and I thought, “yep, that seems pretty mindless.” But most importantly, it doesn’t look mindless. There’s texture and fun, but the stitches are easy- just chains, single crochet, and double crochet. And dang, once you get it started, you don’t even need to pay attention to stitch counts – truly mindless! Have I mentioned that I hate counting stitches? It’s something I need to work on, but I’m no professional and tend to not do super complicated things. Besides, I like to watch Netflix while crocheting. I was actually pretty bummed about getting addicted to “Narcos” because of all the subtitles preventing me from crocheting.
If you dig these little guys, the pattern is below. If you don’t love them, then what is it like having a heart made of ice?
My mom bought this hot pink Big Twist yarn in fuchsia, which is an exclusive brand for JoAnn Fabrics, for me to make some fingerless gloves or hand-warmers for her friend (Hey, Cathy!). I recommended Big Twist to my mom because I used it for a scarf and it turned out great. It was fairly easy to work with, feels pretty soft, is inexpensive, and it’s machine washable and dry-able. Not that these gloves are some intricate project, but I’ve heard of people giving beautiful baby blankets and what not to people and then they get ruined in the washer or dryer. To make life easier, I like to get yarn that can be washed and dried easily, so no one feels guilty for ruining a project and no feelings are hurt.
I thought about crocheting the fingerless gloves using some front-post double crochet for a nice ribbed texture, but then I remembered the Mindless Scarf pattern! Wee! I made some adjustments to the pattern, which is still further below. But not much further, I promise. The adjustments I made to the pattern will be purple. I just want to make sure Knotted by Nicole gets the credit she deserves for this. I used the worsted weight Big Twist yarn and a 5mm hook.
Chain 22 (Nicole used 19 for the scarf. As long as you do it in multiples of 3 + 4, you will be successful. I chose 22 as this seemed like a good fit for my own wrist.)
Row 1: (2DC, Ch 2, 1SC) in the 4th chain from your hook. *Skip 2 chains, (2DC, Ch 2, 1SC) in next stitch. Repeat from * to the end of the row. Ch 3, turn.
Row 2: (2DC, Ch 2, 1SC) in the first Ch 2 space. Repeat this at each Ch 2 space to the end of the row. Ch 3, turn.
Row 3-10: Repeat Row 2; At the end of row 10, I only chained 2 instead of 3.
Row 11: (SC, HDC, DC, HDC, SC) in the first Ch 2 space. Repeat in each Ch 2 space across. Fasten off and leave enough of a tail for finishing.
The scalloped edges along the sides will fit nicely into each other, so whip stitch the sides together, but make sure you leave a hole for the thumb. My hole was around the 10th row. But put your thumb hole wherever you want. I don’t know what kind of life your thumbs have.
Finally, bask in the satisfaction of a quick and easy finished project, or in my case, the glow of this ridiculously bright fuchsia yarn.
And now what I have learned from this:
- I should crochet more fingerless gloves. They’re just so damn quick and easy, plus a great way to enjoy lunch breaks at work.
- These are like snuggies for your hands! Cathy will hopefully love being able to wear them at work because she can be stylish (snuggies are IN FACT stylish), her hands will be warm and cozy, and her fingers will have maximum functionality. Winning!
- I really need to get a tripod for my camera. It took way longer than I’d like to admit to get these mediocre photos.
- I am making a light box THIS WEEKEND because damn if the lighting in my house isn’t horrendous and there’s approximately 3 minutes of natural light after work now.