Felted Posy Handwarmers

Author

This pattern is in progress (mostly because I don’t have easy access to a computer so I’m transcribing this from scattered notes).

Introduction

I’d just finished crocheting this and realized I had a surprising amount of left over yarn, while I was on the bus heading home one evening. It’s been getting colder and colder here and I wished I had some gloves or handwarmers, so I decided to see if I could crochet some up with my remnant yarn before I got home.

This pattern uses the same stitch and yarn as Julie Holetz’s sweater clutch. These handwarmers have a little split at the bottom to make it easy to get over your knuckles and onto your wrists and also have an adorable little five-petal flower adorning the back of each.

Materials List

Crocheting

  • Brown Sheep Lambs Pride (85% soft wool, 15% mohair/190 yds), 1 skein of Persian Peacock (choose your favorite color)
  • Size F/3.75mm crochet hook
  • Yarn/tapestry needle
  • Stitch markers

Fulling/felting

  • Top-loading washing machine
  • Mild hand-dish-washing soap
  • Old pillow slipcover (preferably zippered)
  • Safety pins (in case you don’t have a zippered one)

Finished Size

Approx 7″ high from knuckles to below wrist; 4.5″ wide and widest point. I’m afraid I didn’t measure it before felting/fulling it in the wash so I don’t know what it started out at but a little blocking will make it fit just right.I will be working this pattern again so I can get these little details I missed.

Gauge

Please see above.

Notes

Use stitch markers to mark the end of each round or you’ll quickly lose track of where you are.

This pattern uses the herringbone half double crochet throughout.

hhdc – herringbone half double crochet: yo, insert hook into st, yo, draw up loop and pull through one loop on hook, yo and draw through both loops on hook

hhdc2tog – herringbone half double crochet two together: yo, insert hook into first st, yo, draw up loop and pull through one loop on hook, yo, insert hook into next st, yo, draw up loop and pull through one loop on hook, yo and draw through all three loops on hook

2n1 – two herringbone half double crochets in one stitch: yo, insert hook into first st, yo, draw up loop and pull through one loop on hook, yo, insert hook into same st, yo, draw up loop and pull through one loop on hook, yo and draw through all three loops on hook

The Pattern

Handwarmer
Ch 19 turn.
R1: hhdc 2nd ch from hook. 18 across.
R2: ch1, turn, 18 hhdc
R3 – 4: ch1, join 18 hhdc
R5: 5 hhdc, hhdc 2tog, 6 hhdc, 2n1, 5 hhdc. 20 total.
R6: 20 hhdc
R7: 6 hhdc, 2n1, 6 hhdc, 2n1, 6 hhdc. 22 total.
R8: 6 hhdc, 2n1, 8 hhdc, 2n1, 6 hhdc. 24 total.
R9: Compare piece to your hand and choose where you want to place the hole for your thumb. Hhdc to position and/or if you’re already there, ch1 & hhdc around. 20 total + 1ch.
R10-11: 21 hhdc.
R12: (decreasing) hhdc2tog, 5 hhdc, hhdc2tog, 5 hhdc, hhdc2tog, 5hhdc. 18 total.

R13: 7 hhdc, hhdc2tog, 7 hhdc, sl st, tie off, weave in

Flower
Ch 3, join with sl st, creates base loop
*Ch 4, hhdc in 3rd ch from hook
Ch 2, hhdc in loops of last hhdc, hhdc in base ch st of last hhdc, sl st to 3rd ch in loop*

Working in base loop, repeat from * 4 more times (5 petals total).

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