This is the brooch that the legendary Dizzy Gillespie gave me when I was 8 years old on a flight from Seattle to New York… He was sat a few seats in front and I couldn’t keep my eyes off him and the trinket he was holding in his hands, he caught me staring at it and so he turned around and handed it to me. I have cherished it ever since and spent many hours studying the musical instruments depicted and making rainbows through the crystal pyramid. I still look through pictures of Dizzy sometimes wondering whether I will ever see my brooch on his lapel, but to this day it hasn’t happened yet.
Here’s a free pattern for these lovely hand crocheted fishing gloves. You can whip them up in an afternoon and give them to your better half. Or you can use them yourself for gardening and crafting during the chilly winter months.
I used a 3.50mm hook and a bunch of leftover yarns in gloriously happy colours.
You can either change colours for each round or crochet multiple rounds in the same colour depending on what look you want to achieve.
Ch – Chain
St – Stitch
Hdc – half double crochet
Dc – double crochet
Sl st – slip stitch
Rnd – Round
Dc2tog – Double crochet decrease
Ch 30 (smallish hands) or Ch 35 (larger hands)
Rnd 1: Hdc in 3rd stitch from hook, first 2 ch count as first stitch of round, Hdc in each ch. Join with a sl st in top of first hdc. Join the rnd to create the circle.
Rnd 2-5: Ch 3, this is the first Dc of the rnd. Dc in each st for the whole round. Sl st in top of first dc. Finish off and repeat for next round.
Right Thumb Opening:
Rnd 6: Ch 3, Dc around to the last 3 sts. Ch 9, skip last 3 sts and join to first dc of round. Fiinish off.
For Palm and Wrist of Both Gloves:
Rnd 7-9: Ch 3, Dc in each st of round. Sl st in top of first dc to join. Finish off and repeat for next round.
Rnd 10-12: Each row will decrease by 2 stitches (1 stich on either side of hand), mark the two points on each side of the hand where you would like the decrease to occur this will help while working the round. Dc2tog the marked stitches. The glove will be fitted to your wrist but should still be quite snug.
Rnd 13-19: Ch 3, Dc in each st of round. Join with sl st. Finish off and repeat for next round.
Rnd 20: Ch 2, Hdc in each st of round. Join with sl st to first st. Finish off.
Thumb edging: Join with sl st to one of stitches in a corner of the thumb opening. Ch 3, Dc in same st and each st around, join with sl st to first st and finish off. If you want a longer thumb you can add an extra round by: Ch 2, Hdc in same st and each st around, join with sl st to first st and finish off.
Now get your yarn needle and weave in all the tails, this is the part that will take the longest time especially if you’ve changed colour at each round because you will have at least 40 tails, but if it’s done properly it really makes a difference, so attention to detail is key here.