This week's pattern will give us the opportunity to practice making increases in a way that will create a "gusset" or widening of the fabric. We're going to use a gusset to allow room for thumbs in a pair of fingerless mitts.
The pattern is available on Ravelry, or you can download a .pdf copy here. There are lots of photos making is suitable for adventurous beginners. Of particular interest is the Appendix, which will help you resize it to fit anyone, and give you ideas on how you customize it by adding a little flair.
I've placed markers on the outermost stitches, that is, stitch #1 and stitch #5. We'll move our markers up as we go.
After working an increase row, work an even row (without increases). This helps keep the fabric from puckering our bunching up too quickly.
The next increase row calls for an increase in the first stitch and the last stitch, which means my gusset is now 7 stitches wide.
Move markers up, and work an even row before the next increase row.
Alternating increase rows and even rows, we widen that section of fabric from 5-7-9-11 and finally 13 stitches in between markers.
Crocheting right up to the first marker, skip 13 stitches and work into the 14th stitch.
A photo tutorial on how to make the spikes is included in the pattern!
Whether you like them plain or dressed up, gussets are a wonderful thing!
Til next time... keep warm out there.