Diseñador de ganchillo Andee Graves tiene un nuevo folleto de patrón de ocio artes fuera llamado guantes para enviar mensajes de texto. Ha llenado de ocho diferentes patrones de guantes sin dedos que puede utilizar para permanecer con estilo, warm and still able to use all of the texting devices that require your fingers to be free. Today I’ll tell you a little more about the book, let Andee tell you about in her own words through an interview I did with her and then you can enter below to win your own copy as part of the blog tour for this new publication.
About Texting Mitts
Texting mitts, also known as fingerless gloves or fingerless mitts, are easy to crochet and offer the opportunity to add both function and style to your wardrobe. Andee tumbas has designed eight different versions, all made with super fine weight yarn, and they’ve been compiled into her first complete crochet pattern book. El libro, published by Leisure Arts, offers patterns for beginners as well as intermediate skill crocheters.
5 things I liked about this book when checking it out:
- Hay patterns for crochet fingerless gloves of various lengths, which I like because I don’t always want long gloves but sometimes I do!
- There is the opportunity to practice several different stitch techniques such as foundation single crochet, post stitches, working in only one loop, cluster stitches and crossed stitches.
- There are patterns for both single color and multi-color fingerless mitts. I appreciate this because I don’t like changing colors so I usually work single color patterns myself but I love looking at the colorwork other people do in their crochet.
- Every pattern is for fingerless gloves. This is obvious from my description of the book but I am saying it because I always like pattern books that show different variations of the same product because it shows just how many different things you can do in crochet just by making small changes.
- On a practical note, the different sizes of gloves in each pattern are printed in different colors so it is really easy to follow the pattern to make the size of texting mitts that you want. The layout in general is easy to read and follow. I should add for some of you other there that there that prefer visual instructions that there aren’t symbol charts in this book. (It doesn’t bother me since I don’t really use them anyway but just wanted you to know!) Sin embargo, you can find online tutorials as a bonus to this book, which will help if you’re a more visual pattern-follower.
Texting Mitts is available as an ebook and also as a print book. (En realidad, you can win a printed copy from me today – details below!)
Interview with the Crochet Designer
Q: Te say in a post on your site:
“My first ever published design was a pair of fingerless mitts for Red Heart Yarn in October of 2009. So it is fitting that my first ever booklet would be fingerless mitts as well.”
Do you feel like you’ve come full circle in your crochet design because of this?
Andee tumbas: It is sort of a full circle feeling. It is rather fun to have both firsts be in the same design category.
Q: What is it that you like about designing and crocheting fingerless mitts?
Andee tumbas: My favorite thing about crocheting fingerless mitts or regular mittens is that they are such a quick project. That instant gratification aspect is very nice.
From a design standpoint they are a great project to experiment with shaping in stitch patterns and working in the round.
Q: I can totally understand the instant gratification pleasure of a project like fingerless mitts. I love projects that I can sit down and do in one long sitting while watching a movie or even sitting at a coffee shop. What are some of the most common problems that a beginner may run into when starting to crochet fingerless mitts for the first time?
Andee tumbas: For mitts, like in my booklet, that are worked in the round it can be tricky for beginners to locate the first stitch of a round to join to. I generally teach beginners to use a stitch marker in their first stitch to make it easy to spot.
Q: That’s definitely smart. I’m an experienced crocheter and every once in awhile I’ll still catch myself joining the round wrong in a project.
All of the crochet patterns in this new book except for one are worked cuff-up. For those who don’t know, can you explain a little about the cuff up vs. cuff down design choice when it comes to your fingerless mitts?
Andee tumbas: Cuff up refers to working the mitt starting with a foundation at the bottom cuff edge and continuing on to the top of the palm. Cuff down usually refers to working the mitt in 2 parts with a foundation located at the crease of the wrist. There is also fingers-down – which starts with a foundation at the top of the palm and works down to the bottom cuff edge.
Q: The patterns in this book were all designed with super fine weight yarn. What are the pros and cons to using a lightweight yarn for fingerless mitts?
Andee tumbas: The biggest pro to working with super fine weight yarn is the fabric created isn’t super bulky. Working with lightweight yarn also allows for more detailed shaping and stitch pattern options. Of course that leads to the one con, which is that it takes a lot more stitches to create the finished mitt.
Q: You mention that there are physical health benefits to wearing fingerless mitts; can you explain what those are?
Andee tumbas: The best prevention for any injuries from activities is to keep the muscles warm. That is why you see athletes of all types dressed in warm-up gear and stretching during competitions. Fingerless mitts allow for your hands to have normal grip function while the muscles of the hand and wrist stay warm.
There is also benefit to having gentle compression around the wrist to support the movement of the tendons that operate our fingers.
Q: Thanks Andee! That makes a lot of sense and gives us a practical reason to enjoy making the pattern in the book (although of course the cute style of them and fun of crocheting them are enough excuse for most of us!)
Crochet Pattern Giveaway! (Cómo participar)
Leisure Arts generously offered a giveaway copy of this new book that you can enter to win now!
To enter you need to do one of the following things:
- Perno cualquiera o todas las imágenes en este post de Pinterest. Ponme a mí (en Pinterest aquí) y también deja un comentario en este post dejarme saber su manija Pinterest. Entradas de bono: Te daré una entrada adicional para cada imagen en este post te pin pin tan todos ellos para conseguir las entradas máximos!
- Comparte este articulo en Facebook. Ponme a mí (en Facebook aquí) and Andee (en Facebook) Luego deja un comentario en este post dejarme saber su manija de Facebook.
- Share this post on Twitter. Tag @crochetblogger and @mamas2hands. Deja un comentario en este post diciéndome su manija de Twitter.
This giveaway is open to people with a U.S. Dirección (lo siento, shipping costs are getting so high these days!) Entries will be accepted through Thursday, El 14 de febrero a medianoche PST. El ganador, seleccionado al azar, se anunciará en el blog este fin de semana.
Crochet Book Blog Tour
Texting Mitts is on its blog tour right now. This post that you’re reading is the second stop on the tour.
The other stops on the tour are:
- Susan Lowman, El arquitecto del ganchillo
- Jocelyn Sass de Cute Crochet Chat
- Lindsay Stephens of Poesía en hilado
- Karen Whooley of KRW Knitwear Studio
- Ellen Gormley of A Crochet
- Julia of Crochet aberrante
You can follow all of the stops here on Andee’s blog.
All photos courtesy of Leisure Arts Publishing