Colorfull and warm
I always have cold hands when working (webprogrammer, so lots of computer work). One day I looked at my blue fingernails and ice-cold left hand and thought "there's got to be a solution".
One Saturday morning I picked up a ball of rainbow yarn and a size 10 crochet hook and just started my first fingerless glove. No pattern used.
Then I had to go to the store for a new ball of yarn and made the second glove in 1 hour and 10 minutes.
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Sorry, there's no pictures of the process so I'll just try to describe as best I can. I'll give UK, US and NL terms for the stitches when needed.
Start with a chain (NL: ketting van lossen) that, when wrapped around, fits around your fingers at the height where you want your glove to end. For me this was about 18-20 stitches.
Close the circle by making a (UK) 'single crochet' / (US) 'slip stitch' / (NL) 'halve vaste' in your first chain stitch.
Now in every chain stitch, crochet one (UK) 'double crochet' / (US) 'single crochet' / (NL) 'vaste'.
Keep going round with this stitch, with regular fittings until you come to the point where your thumb needs a gap in your glove.
When come to the place where the gap should be, make a chain (NL: ketting van lossen) that will fit around the base of your thumb. For me this was about 8 stitches.
Put on your glove and see if your chain is long enough. If so, see where to connect it to your glove again.
Connect with a (UK) 'single crochet' / (US) 'slip stitch' / (NL) 'halve vaste'.
Now, continue with your (UK) 'double crochet' / (US) 'single crochet' / (NL) 'vaste' stitches treating the thumb-chain as if it is like the rest of the glove.
When you get to the thumb chain again (you're about to add a second row of stitches) you will have to lessen one stitch at the center of the thumb chain. This means putting one (UK) 'double crochet' / (US) 'single crochet' / (NL) 'vaste' into 2 of the former round. Like this:
Put hook through first stitch, take up yarn, pull back (2 loops on hook now), put hook through second stitch, take up yarn, pull back. You now have 3 loops on your hook. Take up yarn and pull through all 3 loops.
Continue your round like you did before.
Now on the third time you come to the thumb-part you lessen at the start and the end of the thumb part.
Continue your round.
After this it's improvisation.
Try on your glove as often as you like and lessen stitches as you see fit. Do check if you can still get your hand in and out of your glove! Your wrist will probably be a lot smaller than the widest part of your hand but your hand needs to still fit through to put on the glove.
At some point I had a round of 2 normal stitches, lessen one, 2 normal, lessen 1 etc.
You can increase stitches too when needed. Let the wrist flare out again to accommodate your arm. To do this crochet 2 (UK) 'double crochet' / (US) 'single crochet' / (NL) 'vaste' in one stitch of the last round.
You can make the glove as long as you wish.
End with a (UK) 'single crochet' / (US) 'slip stitch' / (NL) 'halve vaste' and weave the loose end of yarn back into your work.
I found the inside of my finished work prettier than the outside, so I turned my gloves inside out.