fingerless mittens

Simple Pretty Fingerless Mittens

I have taken to making fingerless mittens of late. They are fun to make and it’s possible to be quirky with them. This is a simple pair that rolled off the hook the other day.

Fingerless Mittens with Rose and Leaf Embellishment by Irene LundgaardFingerless Mittens with Rose and Leaf detail Embellishment by Irene Lundgaard

Fingerless Mittens With Crochet Rose And Leaf
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

They will be for sale in Deirdre Minogue’s Sale Shop in Tinahely along with other variations with different flowers. They will all make an appearance on this page as they are completed. At the moment I’m making ones with buttercups and forget-me-nots, quite cute, if I may say so myself.

Note: The pattern for these mittens will be available later.

freeform crochet

Fingerless Freeform Crochet

I am very excited about the Freeform Crochet Workshop which I am preparing for the library in Skive in Denmark next Saturday.

I found a few odd balls of ends of yarn in my basket, picked a pallet to prepare some crochet scrumbles for the workshop but they took on a life of their own and turned into a pair of fingerless mittens. Fun, cheerful warm hands for the winter!

Freeform crochet mittens by Irene LundgaardFreeform Crochet Mittens © Irene Lundgaard 2012

I have another pallet of colours out now, rather more acute in tone, I wonder if they are going to turn themselves into anything or if I will actually have to take charge… One of the great inspirations in freeform crochet is the fact that it has a will of it’s own almost.

Note: If you would like to take part in the workshop you have to contact Skive Library directly. Details can be found here!

If you would like me to come to you and your friends/craft group and do a Crochet Freeform Workshop just drop me a mail and I will customize a day for you and we can work together to make it happen. Contact me at

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Cabled Mittens And A Bit About Donkeys

I have this weekend free from commitments other than the ones that I have to myself and the household I live in. I love having a couple of days like that and it means that I finally had time to do calculations on the Lazy Cable Fingerless Mittens from last week and to double check them too, before I release the pattern into the wild, which I have just done on

Cable mittens purpleLazy Cable Fingerless Mittens © Irene Lundgaard 2010

I have worked the mittens in the lovely Aran weight Alpaca from Artesano. That yarn is simply just a joy to work and the heat that the alpaca generated is second to none.

I have only made the pattern available on Ravelry so far, but I will load it on the pattern page here very soon. I just need to get that donkey out of the way first! You see, I’m also trying to tackle a crochet donkey this weekend. I don’t know what it is about donkeys, but they really are awkward creatures which they have proven to be in crochet too…

Note: This pattern is now available for sale here!

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Cables Of Sorts

Mittens with cablesI adore cable work, I think it’s beautiful and I love the ropey texture it gives, but I have a problem: I’m too lazy to actually do the cable needle fiddle that is needed to make genuine cable work… The other day I laid hands on some un-dyed Bluefaced Leicester yarn in Aran weight and the softness just had cabled warm mittens written all over it. Do you see my dilemma? I immediately put my thinking cap on, because I simply had to find a way to make cables in that yarn; or at least something cable-like.

This is the result; a simple twisted rib mitten which gives the appearance of a cable but without the fiddle of the cable needle. Love the simplicity and the somewhat rustic look combined with the warmest, softest wool. It’s a winner and the pattern is in the making, although the pattern will be in Aran weight Alpaca from Artesano – another winning yarn…

Fun Tunisian crochet

Spring-colour Tangle

Spring has definitely sprung. The daffodils are nodding prettily tête-a-tête in my garden-wilderness and the birds are courting and nesting galore.

IMG_0579smallSpring-colour Tangle

Spring even found it’s way to my Tunisian hook too. The spring-colour tangle in the picture is a Neck Wedge I had left to it’s own devises for a while and basically given up on but then I tried it on the other day when the sun was out but with a definite nip in the air. Experience tells me that it will be nippy for another while and the Neck Wedge might just keep a cold at bay. I then realized I had a remnant of the severe green Artesano Aran and thought I would make another pair of fingerless mittens. Once they were done I realized that there might be enough of the Schoppel Wolle Pur for another little neck warmer ideal for golfers, or so my golfing relations tell me, so out came the yellow Artesano Aran remnant from the yellow fingerless mittens. And here I am, almost done with a pile of Spring-colour Tangle to keep me warm, and who knows, that Neck Wedge might even find it’s way onto paper…

Note: Nic, the master of cables and lacy Miss Potter mittens came up with the Wedge name idea, for that I am grateful! Oh, I just re-realized she has me tagged for a bit of Hodge Podge… Better get going.

Yarns are available at The Yarn Room.