Hello Hook Nookers! I am Leah, the maker, crocheter and designer behind Leah & Stitch. I am so excited to be on the Hook Nook Blog sharing one of my designs with you!
My love of tea, crocheting, and all things yarn came from my Grandma. My Grandma taught me how to crochet seven years ago after I graduated from University with a degree in Civil Engineering. While looking for my first career job, I would go over to her house everyday and receive crocheting lessons, while we would both drink copious amounts of tea.
As most makers I started off crocheting items for family and friends as gifts. The decision to start Leah & Stitch came after I had been laid off from my engineering job over three years ago. I started off small, doing orders by word of mouth, and easing my way into markets. My crochet journey has evolved to also include designing patterns. This has been a perfect combination of my love of yarn and my love of math and design. Where other designers may dread pattern math, I actually thoroughly enjoy it! I know, strange right? My happy place is being surrounded by a pile of yarn, calculator in my hand, a cup of tea in the other and pattern design in front of me. I bet if your high school math teacher told you, you needed to focus in math class because one day you would be a crochet or knitwear designer you would have paid more attention!
The very first pattern I designed was a pair of mittens. I could find lots of knit patterns for the style I had in mind but no crochet ones. So I attempted to make a pair myself. I can remember my excitement when it actually turned out exactly as I had envisioned! As an honor to my Grandma I decided to name the pattern after her. It was my way of thanking her for all the time she spent with me, teaching me a craft that I love and has grown to be a huge part of who I am.
The pattern I want to share with you today is a Fingerless Mitten Pattern! Ever since designing the Alma Mittens I have wanted to design a fingerless version.
6.5 mm hook
X meters of Lion Brand Thick and Quick weight 6 yarn
5 rows high by 8 dc stitches across - 4 inch square
Sl St: Slip Stitch
DC: Double Crochet
DC2TOG: Double Crochet Two Together
SC: Single Crochet
(St): Stitches in brackets is the stitch count
Sk: Skip Stitches
Alma Fingerless Mitten Pattern:
1. Ch 7
2. Turn, SC in back loop in second st from hook, SC in back loop till the end. (6 St)
3. Ch 1, turn, SC in back loop across. (6 St)
4. Repeat #3, eighteen times.
5. Join together with a Sl St, to create the cuff.
6. Ch 1, SC 20 stitches evenly around the cuff. (20 St)
7. Ch 2, DC 20, join with a Sl St. (20 St)
8. Repeat #7
9. Repeat #7
10. Ch 2, DC 8, Ch 3, sk 2 st, DC 10, join
11. Ch 2, DC 8, 3 DC in CH 3 from previous row, DC 9, join. (20 St)
12. Ch 2, DC 8, DC2TOG, DC 11, join. (19 St)
13. Ch 2, DC 19, join. (19 St)
14. Tie in ends
15. Remember to make your second mitten!
I hope you enjoy making these fingerless mittens as much as I do! I cannot wait to see all the colors you choose! I would love if you shared your fingerless mittens with me by tagging me on Instagram.
Thank you Jessica for letting me share my story and design!
Stay warm friends!