This is a crochet pattern review of the Amabella Mitts designed by Katerina Damjanovic of Crochet With Frankie Kate. Review done by Kami Jones for Cre8tion Crochet.
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With colder weather setting in, covering your extremities becomes even more important. It seems everyone is breaking out the hats, scarves and gloves. Although we don’t get very cold weather here we are no exception. My daughter had been asking for some longer mitts, so we looked through a few patterns and she chose the Amabella Mitts.
These fingerless gloves are constructed lengthwise in a rectangle as opposed to the more common in the round construction. Since hands vary widely in size this method has the advantage of being able to check the fit before seaming while still remaining easy to customize. My daughter has very skinny arms and wrists but her hands are sized similarly to mine. Because of this most mitts end up fitting very loose on her arms but fine in the hand area. I adapted a few things in this pattern to perfect them for her; all changes can be found in the pattern notes below. As a side note I do want to mention that these mitts probably would have worked great for my hands as written.
I love the addition of the optional thumb gussets, they really bring fingerless gloves to the next level. This pattern features three sizing options making it nice to make for winter markets. Additionally, there is a pattern available to make a matching beanie/messy bun if you’re looking to coordinate.
What Materials Do You Need to Crochet a Pair of Fingerless Mitts?
- 105 yards Lion Brand Respun in Deep Denim (the yarn estimate in the pattern is lower that what I used for mine)
- I9/5.5mm hook
- Tapestry Needle
- Amabella Mitts, Paid Crochet Pattern from Crochet with Frankie Kate via Ravelry
The designer used Alize Burcum “Klassik”, which is hard to get in the US. And because most of the recommended substitutions aren’t readily available either I used yarn that I already had. This was my first time using Lion Brand Respun yarn which is 100% recycled polyester. It feels similar to wool based yarns that I have used. It has that same springiness but you don’t have to worry about the sensitivities. This substitute was a good match for these mitts since it has nice stretch and good stitch definition.
Alternatively this pattern could be used for a scrap buster as it only requires around 100 yards of yarn and should work with pretty much any worsted (4) weight yarn. However I don’t recommend using cotton since it so readily absorbs water. No one likes cold, wet hands.
How Long Does it Take to Crochet a Pair of Fingerless Mitts:
I estimate that it took me under two hours. Included in my estimate is the time to crochet the main mitt, seaming, adding the thumb gussets and weaving in the ends. It also includes time to calculate my changes, plus the many fittings to make sure it was just right.
I made the small with adjustments for this pattern. My finished measurements were 9″ long and a little over 6″ at the top of the mitt and 5.5″ around the bottom of the mitt.
15 stitches x 12 pattern rows = 4″ square
While this pattern is fairly easy it is not a good beginner pattern. Good stitch anatomy knowledge is essential for this project. It requires stitching in the back and third loops of half-double crochet. And alternating these two variations within the row. It is very easy to place stitches incorrectly which could alter the texture or increase/decrease the stitch counts. For less experienced crocheters I recommend putting stitch markers in those first and last stitches and counting each stitch to help avoid potential problems.
How I adapted this pattern for the perfect fit. First, I found that the fit for her wrist was good at row 15. However, a lot of stretch would have been needed to fit her palms. Noting the medium size ended at the same point in the repeat sequence. And also glancing at the seaming instructions for stitch distribution (top, thumb, bottom). I decided the best way to get that additional width would be to add rows just to the top. I added two rows, continuing in pattern, for six stitches leaving the remaining stitches unworked.
Secondly, the seaming instructions in the pattern suggest turning one mitt the opposite direction for seaming. This makes the seams look the same on both sides. I didn’t find too much difference so I didn’t do this on mine. Also I would have had to add my partial rows on the opposite end making more yarn tails.
Finally, I only skipped five stitches for the thumb when seaming. Because I had added extra width there was plenty of space for the thumb.
These were simple changes that made the mitts just how she wanted them.
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