As the temperature drops and the leaves change colors, it’s time to cozy up with your crochet hooks and embrace the art of crafting warm and stylish fingerless gloves. If you’re looking for a technique that combines both warmth and a touch of elegance, the brioche crochet method is your new best friend.
Unveiling the Brioche Technique
The brioche technique, well-known in knitting, has found its way into the world of crochet, offering a unique texture and excellent insulation. This method creates a reversible fabric with a distinct ribbed look, making it perfect for fingerless gloves that keep you warm without sacrificing style.
Check out our introduction into Brioche crochet if you are new to this technique: https://lelijo.lt/unveiling-the-magical-world-of-brioche-crochet-for-beginners/
Materials You’ll Need
Before diving into the brioche crochet journey, gather your materials:
- Merino Land Yarn by Rosarios4: This beautiful, soft, and warm yarn will make your fingerless gloves a joy to wear. You’ll need two colors for a captivating brioche effect, so choose your favorite color combination and stock up on one ball of each color.
- Crochet Hook (Size 3.5mm): Select the appropriate hook size as recommended for the Merino Land yarn, ensuring that your stitches are just right.
- Yarn needle
Remember that while we recommend Merino Land for its warmth and softness, you can get creative and use any other yarn that matches your style and preference. Just be sure to adjust your hook size accordingly to ensure the best results. Happy crocheting!
Customizing the Fit
These fingerless gloves were crafted to fit my hand size, and you can do the same to ensure a perfect fit for your hands. Here’s how to measure your hand and adjust the number of stitches accordingly:
- Measure Your Hand: Find the widest part of your hand, typically around the knuckles. This measurement will determine the circumference needed for your gloves.
- Calculate the Number of Stitches: Once you have your hand’s circumference, use a gauge swatch to determine how many stitches you need for each inch (or centimeter) of width. For example, if your hand measures 8 inches (20 cm) around, and your gauge indicates you need 4 stitches per inch (or 1.5 stitches per centimeter), you’ll need to cast on 32 stitches (8 inches x 4 stitches per inch) for your foundation chain.
- Increase Stitch Number: In the pattern, adjust the initial stitch count and number of stitches in the pattern, to match your calculated number.
Remember that everyone’s tension and hand size are unique, so it’s essential to create a gauge swatch and make adjustments as necessary. Crocheting a custom fit ensures that your fingerless gloves will be comfortable and cozy. Enjoy the crafting process, and make your gloves truly your own!
US notation is used
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
FPdc – front post double crochet
FPdc2Shell – into one st: FPdc, ch 2, FPdc
FPdc3Shell – into one st: FPdc, ch 2, FPdc, ch 2, FPdc
FPdc2Tog – two FPdc together
st – stitch
slst – slipstitch
Round 1 (A): Start with ch 38, join with first ch with slst.
Round 2 (A): ch 3 (counts as dc), ch 2, skip 1, *dc, ch 2, skip 1* repeat 18 times **. Join with top of first st using slst and changing color to B.
Round 3 (B): With B yarn, all stitches will be into round 1 stitches. ch 1, *dc into skipped st, ch 2* repeat 19 times **. Join with start of the round with slst into first dc and with changing to yarn A.
Round 4 (A): With A yarn, all stitches will be into round 2 stitches. ch 1, *FPdc into the same color st, ch 2* repeat 19 times **. Join with start of the round with slst into first dc and with changing to yarn B. (19 FPdc-ch2)
Round 5 (B): With B yarn, all stitches will be into round 3 stitches. ch 1, *FPdc into the same color st, ch 2* repeat 19 times **. Join with start of the round with slst into first dc and with changing to yarn A. (19 FPdc-ch2)
Rounds 6-15: the same as Round 4-5.
All further rounds will start and end the same way, so we will omit that part in written pattern and will use simplified pattern instructions. Also between all stitches FPdc, FPdc3Shell, FPdc2Shell, FPdc2Tog, dc – we crochet ch 2. For easier readability we will omit this too.
Round 16: 4 FPdc, FPdc3Shell, 14 FPdc
Round 17: 4 FPdc, 2 dc, 15 FPdc
Round 18-19: 21 FPdc
Round 20: 3 FPdc, FPdc3Shell, 17 FPdc
Round 21: 3 FPdc, 2 dc, 18 FPdc
Round 22-23: 23 FPdc
Round 24: 2 FPdc, FPdc3Shell, 20 FPdc
Round 25: 2 FPdc, 2 dc, 21 FPdc
Round 26-27: 25 FPdc
Round 28: FPdc, FPdc3Shell, 23 FPdc
Round 29: FPdc, 2 dc, 24 FPdc
Round 30-31: 27 FPdc
Round 32: FPdc, FPdc2Shell, 24 FPdc, FPdc2Shell
Round 33: FPdc, dc, 25 FPdc, dc, FPdc
Round 34-42: 29 FPdc
Round 43: 12 FPdc, ch 5, skip 5 stitches of the same color, 12 FPdc
Round 44: 11 FPdc (ending with ch 2), *dc into ch st, skip 1, ch 2* repeat 2 times **, dc into ch st, ch 2, 2 FPdc, FPdc2tog, 5 FPdc, FPdc2tog, FPdc
Round 45: 10 FPdc, dc into top of FPdc st, ch 2, *skip 1 (dc from prev round), ch 2, dc* repeat 2 times **, ch 2, skip 1, dc into top of FPdc, ch 2, 10 FPdc
Round 46: 9 FPdc, FPdc2tog, FPdc, FPdc2tog, 10 FPdc
Round 47-53: 22 FPdc
Round 54: 10 FPdc, FPdc2tog, FPdc, FPdc2tog, 7 FPdc
Round 43: 2 FPdc, ch 5, skip 5 stitches of the same color, 22 FPdc
Round 44: 1 FPdc (ending with ch 2), *dc into ch st, skip 1, ch 2* repeat 3 times **, 12 FPdc, FPdc2tog, 5 FPdc, FPdc2tog, FPdc
Round 45: dc into top of FPdc st, ch 2, *skip 1 (dc from prev round), ch 2, dc* repeat 2 times **, ch 2, skip 1, dc into top of FPdc, ch 2, 20 FPdc
Round 46: FPdc2tog starting into previous st (not the next as in other rounds), FPdc, FPdc2tog, 19 FPdc
Round 47-53: 22 FPdc
Round 54: 11 FPdc, FPdc2tog, FPdc, FPdc2tog, 6 FPdc
Round 55-61: 20 FPdc
Round 62: 40 sc
Round 1: Start with color B, ch 5 (counts as dc), collect 9 FPdc around the hole.
Round 2-7: 10 FPdc.
Round 8: 20 sc.
Weave in ends of yarn.
Crafting fingerless gloves using the brioche technique is not just about staying warm—it’s about making a style statement. With the artful texture of brioche crochet and the cozy warmth of merino yarn, you have the power to create something truly one-of-a-kind.
Remember that this pattern was tailored to fit my hand size, but you can easily customize it for yours. By measuring your hand’s widest part, calculating the necessary stitch count, and adjusting the pattern accordingly, you’ll ensure a perfect fit for your fingerless gloves.
As you embark on this crochet journey, don’t forget that brioche fingerless gloves make fantastic gifts. Whether you’re crafting them for yourself or someone special, these gloves will be a unique and cherished addition to your winter wardrobe.
So, grab your yarn, hook, and creative spirit, and embark on a journey of warmth, style, and individuality. Happy crocheting, and stay cozy!
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