I saw a sweater on Amazon, and thought to myself, “I could make that myself, and customize it with what I want in a sweater.” Hence, why I started a new WIP between projects. Particularly because it is sweater season.
I started with the sleeve cuffs because I wanted to ensure I had enough yarn in the color I wanted. Yes, I am using scrap yarn for my “Big Bulky Sweater” pattern. Be on the lookout for that pattern in my Ravelry Store https://www.ravelry.com/designers/tiffany-burton
This pattern works in the round, have raglan sleeves, and minimal sewing. The fingerless gloves/thumbhole cuff will only have to be sewen onto the sleeves. These are worked in the round. To get the “stripe”-like effect, I worked with the 3rd hidden loop which is described in the referenced picture below.
Hook: G (4.5mm hook)
Yarn: Any worsted weight yarn, I like the Lily Sugar and Cream yarn and will also be working with Lion Brand Pound of Love.
Stitches: ch (chain), hdc (half-double crochet), hdc in hidden loop (see photo below) sl st (slip stitch)
Foundation row: make a slipknot and ch 22-30 (depending on hand size, my hand/wrist is very small, so 22 is enough for me; bigger hands/wrists will require more stitches!). Sl st to first ch. You will always have as many sts as your foundation chain number for every row.
Row 1: Ch-1, hdc in same st, hdc in each ch around. Sl st to first hdc st.
Row 2: Ch-1, hdc in same st, hdc in 3rd hidden loop around, sl st to first hdc st.
Row 3: Ch-1, hdc in same st, hdc in each hdc of previous round, sl st to first hdc st. (repeat rows 2 &3 until a suitable length on the hand is reached, for me, this was only these 3 rows).
Row 4 (this is where you will begin the thumbhole): Ch-1, hdc in same st, hdc in 3rd hidden loop around, turn.
Row 5: Ch-1, hdc in same st, hdc in each hdc of previous round, turn.
(Repeat rows 4&5 [a.k.a. “turning rows] until you reach a favorable diameter for the thumbhole. For me, and my small hands, this was only 4 turning rows, up to 6 rows may be necessary for bigger hands).
Row 6: On the final turning row, whether it is the regular hdc st, or the hdc in the 3rd hidden loop st, sl st to first hdc. Then follow the pattern for rows 2 & 3 until you reach the desired length for your gloves or cuffs! I only did an additional 5 rows.