Hi, gang! I’m Twinkie Chan! In the spirit of the season and Elsie’s “Tricks and Treats,” we are going to crochet a fun pair of fingerless mummy mitts (so spooky AND so practical!). All we’re really doing is making 3 different rectangles – using basic hdc and dc stitches -- and sewing them together. What’s extra fun about this project is that there are so many color options for your basic glove - gray, brown, tan, even moldy green! - to represent the gross, decaying flesh underneath the mummy gauze! I picked a mustardy yellow. This is the color I imagine my gross, decaying flesh would look like… ;). For those who know me for my food-themed work, I believe these mitts still fall under the food category…if you’re a mummy-eating zombie.
Base color: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Mustard
Gauze color: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice White
I hook, and tapestry needle for sewing and weaving loose ends
Basic Fingerless Mitt: I provide stitch numbers, but I also provide places you can measure your own hands to adjust the size of your own glove.
Measure from the 1st digit of your pointer finger down to however long you like your fingerless mitts (A). Mine is 6 inches. Then measure all the way around the base of your palm, excluding your thumb (B). Mine is 7 inches. This represents how wide you will crochet your piece.
With Mustard, make a chain as long as your (A) measurement, and then 2 extra chains. (27 chs)
Row 1: sk 1st 2 chs, then work 1 hdc in 3rd ch. Continue to work hdc evenly down the chain. (25 hdc)
Row 2: Ch 2, turn. Work hdc evenly across. ( 25 hdc)
Repeat Row 2 until you’ve worked enough rows of hdc to match your (B) measurement. (21 total rows.) Break off, leaving about 16 inches of yarn for sewing.
To form a tube, sew your first row to your last row, but leave a hole for your thumb. I sewed together 12 sts, then left 8 unsewn for the thumb, and then sewed together the last 5 stitches. Weave in all your ends.
Mummy Gauze: These are just long strips in two different lengths/widths.
With White, ch 122.
Row 1: Skip the 1st 2 chs, and then work dc evenly down the chain. (120 dcs)
Row 2: Ch 2, turn. Work dc evenly down the chain. (120 dcs) Break off leaving about 16 inches of yarn for sewing.
With White, make a 16 inch long ch (70 chs). Skip the 1st 2 chs, and then work dc evenly across until you get to the end (68 dc). Break off.
Place the mitt on a table or in your lap. Make sure the thumbhole is either on the right side or left side, and stay aware of what the top of your mitt will look like (if you’re going to have an uglier side it might as well be the palm side!). Wrap the big strip of gauze around your mitt, careful to not cover up the thumbhole or wrap too tightly. Don’t be afraid to let the mitt color show through. Sew both ends of the strip down with white yarn, and also sew down the strip along the outer and inner edges of the mitt. This keeps the strip securely in place without you having to sew the whole thing down which would also reduce the glove’s stretchiness.
Take the little strip and do the same thing as above with the big strip. Alternatively, you can also leave one of the ends of the little strip loose (just sew it down an inch or two before the end) to make it look like you are coming undone! Ew!
This pattern works for both your right and left hands. Just make sure that during the wrapping portion, your thumbholes are on opposite sides. Also, if you feel like your mitt has too many bald spots or flesh showing through, you can always make another little strip and keep wrapping!
Now you’re ready to get down to your mummy business. Satisfaction guaranteed, or your mummy back!
BONUS! Daisy Headband......
*A bunch of yarn scraps
*Crochet hooks appropriate for the weights of the yarns you’re working with
*A tapestry needle for weaving in your loose ends
*Pom poms, buttons, beads, sequins – whatever you have around the house that you can use as a center of a flower
*Glue gun or fabric glue – Glue is optional, depending on whether you are lazy and want to glue everything together. Otherwise, you can sew everything down!
I used a giant, chunky green yarn to make the base of my headband.
*Measure around your head, from behind one ear to behind the other ear. I have big hair, so I included that in my measurement, too! I measured 22 inches.
*Unravel about 14 inches of yarn and tie a knot at the very end. This is to keep the ties of my headband from unraveling since I’m using a big chunky yarn.
*Now get your crochet hook and begin to chain. Make a chain the length of your head measurement.
*Break off your yarn, leaving another 14 inches of yarn and tie a knot at the very end. Your basic headband is finished!
You can use a variety of yarns here, and even crochet two different yarns together at the same time. The more chains you make for each petal, the bigger your flower will be. I used the same number of chains for all my flowers, regardless of yarn weight. The chunkier the yarn, the bigger the flower. The lighter the yarn, the smaller the flower. Variety is good! You can also stack them on top of each other for a fuller effect.
*Chain 5 and slip stitch to the 1st chain to form a loop.
*To make your first petal, chain 11, and then slip stitch back into the loop. 1st petal complete!
*Make 5 total petals.
*Break off your yarn leaving about 8 inches to sew the flower down (or to weave the ends in and just glue your flowers on!)
You can make just one big flower, or a bunch of little flowers, or a mix n match of everything! Go crazy!
Sew or glue your flowers down to your headband, and then sew or glue pom poms, buttons, or sequins to the center of your flowers for accents. I also added sequins and pom poms all over the headband.
XO! Twinkie Chan
This is the last special post for 12 Days of Tricks and Treats! Have fun clicking back through and being inspired by the beautiful projects. Special Thank you*s to all of my blog pals who took time to play along! XXoo. E