Luckyslip Mitts: Slip Stitch Crochet Class Project

Luckyslips Slip Stitch Crochet Mitts, Wristers, Handwarmers, Texting Mitts: A snug stretchy Quick slip stitch crochet, easy to customize in mens sizes. Key points from my Introduction to Slip Stitch Crochet classes included!
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  • Item #: 4-AN4212S
  • Manufacturer: Vashti Braha

Luckyslip is a delightfully snug and stretchy texting mitt that is quick to crochet and easy to customize, in two sizes (for luckymen and luckywomen). It satisfies my primary requirement for fingerless mitts: a comfortably snug fit at the finger opening and a stretchy cuff. I thought maybe I was just picky, but others who have tried them on mention the same features.

Luckyslip also reviews some key points from my Introduction to Slip Stitch Crochet classes. I developed the original mitt (in blue) to contrast four basic uses of a back-loop slip stitch. My goal was a no-fuss fast project that students could:

  • Build onto the practice swatch they created in class, and
  • Wear during the rest of a crochet conference that had icy air conditioning (and show off their slip stitch skills such as fitted ribbing, ribbed seaming, short row shaping, and the special appeal of "Bosnian" slip stitching).

This Luckyslip edition preserves the original advantages of the class project, including the gradual progression of skills as each step of the first mitt is completed. I've added a men's size, a luckystriped version in two sizes, and a full range of customizing options. 

Skill Level: Easy Intermediate. The slip stitch is an elementary stitch, however, the basic shaping method that is used for the cuff is considered an Intermediate skill. Crocheting slip stitches with a consistently looser gauge, as determined by the crochet hook size, is also challenging for the average crocheter. It's an important skill for making mitts that fit. I call this skill a "hook-led" gauge, and it opens up a whole world of exciting possibilities with slip stitch fabrics. 

The original blue "Class Handout Mitt" focused on coordinating four functions of a simple back loop slip stitch. This enhanced Luckyslip version includes striping steps, customizing options, and my class notes. It's a good introduction to crocheting a fitted slip stitch ribbing project in lieu of taking one of my classes. The class notes and customizing options are set off from the pattern rows with indents and italics, so it's easy to skip them and go to the next pattern row when you wish. 

I have used a minimal amount of abbreviations in this pattern. UK and Australian equivalents for American measurements, yarn weights, and stitch terms are in brackets { }.

After using this pattern you will know (if you didn’t already):

  • How to crochet slip stitch ribbing for stretchy fingerless gloves.
  • How to begin and end ribbed rows, and how to count them accurately.
  • How to determine the front and back of this reversible ribbing.
  • How to use the foundation row, seaming row, and turning chains in slip stitch crochet.
  • How to shape slip stitch ribbing into a fitted cuff that retains its stretch.
  • How to adjust both width and length of this type of fingerless glove.
  • How simple color changes work for striped slip stitch ribbing.
  • How to edge the ribbing with a Bosnian slip stitch and why.
  • How to fasten off slip stitch rounds more smoothly than with a slip stitch join.

Finished Dimensions of Projects Shown

The women's Luckyslip Mitt size is designed to have trim dimensions for a quick project, however, it's easy to customize everything about this design once you've made a quickie. Your first mitt will come in "handy" as a template for your own variations. Look for the italicized Customizing Tips within the pattern for changing the length from cuff to finger opening, placement of thumb opening, and width across palm.

Sizes are given for a luckywomen's size with changes for the luckymen's size in parentheses:

  • Length of mitt from cuff to finger opening: 6.25 (8)" {15.75 (20.25) cm}
  • Circumference of inside palm of mitt, unstretched: 6 (6.75)" {15.25 (17.25) cm}; almost doubles when stretched.
  • Circumference of inside finger opening, unstretched: 5.25 (6)" {13.5 (15.25) cm}; stretches to approximately 7 (8)" {17.75 (20.25) cm}
  • Circumference of inside wrist cuff opening, unstretched: 5" {12.75 cm}; almost doubles when stretched.
  • Circumference of thumb opening: 3.25" {8.25 cm}
  • Distance from thumb opening to top (finger opening) of mitt: 1.5 (2)" {3.75 (5.0) cm}
  • Distance from thumb opening to cuff of mitt: 3 (4)" {7.5 (10.0) cm}

Class Notes: Despite their best efforts, some of my students ended up with a mitt sized for a luckyteen or luckytween instead of a luckywomen's size. If your slip stitches persist in being a bit tighter than the gauge stated in this pattern and you'd like a women's mitt size, using the men's size might work better for you.

Materials Used

  • Crochet Hook: Size K/US10.5/6.5 mm hook or size needed for gauge.
  • Yarn Shown for luckywomen's mitts, striped purple: Cascade Yarns 220 (100% Wool, 220yd/201m per 3.5oz/100g skein), color grape; contrast color in 220 Superwash Paints; half of a skein of the main color for a pair of women's mitts or a full skein for a pair of men's mitts; approximately 6 yds {5.5 m} for a contrast color. Yarn shown for teal mitts: Knitpicks Wool of the Andes (100% Wool; 110yd/101m per 1.75oz/50g skein), color Spruce: one skein for a pair of luckywomen's mitts, or two skeins for a pair of luckymen's mitts. 

Figure on each basic luckywomen's mitt taking 20g of yarn at most, so a 50g ball would be enough for one pair. You might get five complete pairs from 200g of yarn.

  • Yarn shown for luckymen's mitts, shades of gray: Patons SWS (70% Wool, 30% Soy; 110yd/101m per 2.8oz/80g skein), color Natural Slate: one skein for a pair of women's mitts or two skeins for a pair of men's mitts. (Note that most yarns are packaged in either 50g or 100g amounts, so one standard 100g skein would be enough for a men's pair.) Yarn shown for black mitts: Lion Brand Vanna's Choice (100% Acrylic; 170yd/155m per 3.5oz/100g skein), color 153 Black: half skein for a pair of luckywomen's mitts or one skein for a pair of men's mitts. Patons SWS was used for the luckystripes.

Figure on each basic luckymen's mitt taking 44g of yarn at most, so a 100g ball would be enough for one pair. You'd get four complete pairs from 200g of yarn.

Substituting a yarn: The best yarns for this project are wool or acrylic blends because they add squishy stretch. Choose a plump #4 medium-weight yarn that lists a crochet hook size range from US H/8/5mm-J/10/6mm on its label. These yarns may also be referred to as Heavy Worsted, Aran, Afghan, and occasionally "Light Chunky" Weight. The yarns shown represent the most commonly available types of medium weight wool yarns. The blue, purple, and black yarns have 4 plies moderately twisted. Red Heart Super Saver is a classic example of a wool-like acrylic version of this type. In contrast, the gray yarn is a single ply self-shading (a.k.a. long-striping) type. It has a high amount of counterclockwise ("Z") twist and smooth surface. This kind of yarn adds a smooth texture and stitch definition to slip stitches. I chose the discontinued SWS yarn to show the effect of tonal dyeing for these mitts, but many other popular medium-weight yarns are firmly z-twisted single ply wools, such as Malabrigo Merino Worsted and Crystal Palace Mochi Plus. My students have enjoyed slip stitching with Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted and the wool-free Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable. Please see the photo set for a gazillion other yarns I tried!

  • Recommended: 3 stitch markers (until you can recognize the last slip stitch of each row). 
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends.
  • Special Technique: Slip Stitch Crochet
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