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Crochet opera fingerless gloves long and short versions in summer wave stitch

Close up photos of the summer wave stitch
Close up photos of the summer wave stitch
Maria Merlino copyright 2014

Catherine de Medici, the medieval Queen of France, popularized the wearing of gloves. However, it was the Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte that started a nationwide craze for long gloves that spread throughout all of Europe and and America. Today, celebrities such as singer Shania Twain, actresses Geena Davis and Deborah Duchene, and the former Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson once again started the long glove craze.

opera glove long version
Maria Merlino Copyright 2014

You can crochet a beautiful pair of elbow length, fingerless gloves in an openwork lace stitch on a Saturday afternoon and wear them proudly on Saturday night. Quick and easy to make, your friends will all be clamoring for a pair. I've also given instructions for a shorter variation.

Size: Fits an average hand and arm. To increase the size, use a larger hook.

Gauge 7 sc = 2 inches

Materials: 2 ounces of a worsted weight yarn. I used Bernat Super Value in the color Soft Forest Green.

Aluminum crochet hook size I/5.5mm

Special Stitch:
To treble crochet (abbreviated tr),yarn over twice, insert hook in st indicated, yarn over and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), (yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook) 3 times.

Instructions:

Row 1: Ch 50, Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn. ( 49 sc made)

Row 2: Sc in each sc across. Make sure you have 49 sc. Turn

Row 3: Sl st into first sc, ch 4 (counts as first tr, now and throughout),tr in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, hdc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, (sc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc) twice, hdc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc, ch 1, * skip next sc, (tr in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc) twice, dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, hdc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, (sc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc) twice, hdc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc, ch 1; repeat from * across to last 3 sc, skip next sc, tr in last 2 sc. Turn

Row 4: Sl st into first sc, ch 4, turn; tr in next tr, ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, hdc in next hdc, ch 1, (sc in next sc, ch 1) twice, hdc in next hdc, ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, * (tr in next tr, ch 1) twice, dc in next dc, ch 1, hdc in next hdc, ch 1, (sc in next sc, ch 1) twice, hdc in next hdc, ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1; repeat from * to last 2 tr, tr in last 2 tr. Ch1, turn.

Row 5: Sc in each stitch and in each ch-1 sp across. Ch 1, turn,(49 sc)

Row 6: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. (49 sc)

Row 7: Sc in each of next two sc, ch 1, skip next sc, hdc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, (tr in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc) twice, dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, hdc in next sc, ch 1, * skip next sc, (sc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc) twice, hdc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, (tr in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc) twice, dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, hdc in next sc, ch 1; repeat from * across to last 3 sc, skip next sc, sc in last 2 sc. Ch 1, turn.

Row 8: Sc in each of next two sc, ch 1, hdc in next hdc, ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, (tr in next tr, ch 1) twice, dc in next dc, ch 1, hdc in next hdc, ch 1, * (sc in next sc, ch 1) twice, hdc in next hdc, ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, (tr in next tr, ch 1) twice, dc in next dc, ch 1, hdc in next hdc, ch 1; repeat from * across to last 2 sc, sc in each of last 2 sc. Ch1, turn. (49 sc)

Row 9: Sc in each stitch and in each ch-1 sp across. Ch 1, turn. (49 sc)

Rep Rows 2-9, once more.

Rep row 2.

Rep rows 2-9, once more. Ch 1, turn

Last row: Sc in each of next 29 sc, dc in each of next 15 sc, tr in each of last 5 sc. Ch 1, turn.

Fold piece in half with the first row on the bottom and the last row facing you. Carefully matching stitches, ( I use a bull dog clip to hold the piece together) sl st through both sides for the next 39 sts, using the back loop of the last row and the beginning chain. Now to make the thumb hole, sl st across the next 7 stitches on one edge only, sl st the two sides together for the last 3 stitches.

Working around the top of the glove, evenly sc around.

For the short version:

Row 1: Ch 34, sc in second ch from the hook and in each rem ch. Ch 1, turn. (33 sc)

Row 2: Sc in each sc across. Make sure you have 33 sc. Turn

Row 3: Sl st into first sc, ch 4 (counts as first tr, now and throughout),tr in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, hdc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, (sc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc) twice, hdc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc, ch 1, * skip next sc, (tr in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc) twice, dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, hdc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, (sc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc) twice, hdc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc, ch 1; repeat from * across to last 3 sc, skip next sc, tr in last 2 sc. Turn

Row 4: Sl st into first sc, ch 4, turn; tr in next tr, ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, hdc in next hdc, ch 1, (sc in next sc, ch 1) twice, hdc in next hdc, ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, * (tr in next tr, ch 1) twice, dc in next dc, ch 1, hdc in next hdc, ch 1, (sc in next sc, ch 1) twice, hdc in next hdc, ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1; repeat from * to last 2 tr, tr in last 2 tr. Ch 1, turn.

Row 5: Sc in each stitch and in each ch-1 sp across. Ch 1, turn,(33 sc)

Row 6: Sc in each sc across. Ch 1, turn. (33 sc)

Row 7: Sc in each of next two sc, ch 1, skip next sc, hdc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, (tr in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc) twice, dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, hdc in next sc, ch 1, * skip next sc, (sc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc) twice, hdc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, (tr in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc) twice, dc in next sc, ch 1, skip next sc, hdc in next sc, ch 1; repeat from * across to last 3 sc, skip next sc, sc in last 2 sc. Ch 1, turn.

Row 8: Sc in each of next two sc, ch 1, hdc in next hdc, ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, (tr in next tr, ch 1) twice, dc in next dc, ch 1, hdc in next hdc, ch 1, * (sc in next sc, ch 1) twice, hdc in next hdc, ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, (tr in next tr, ch 1) twice, dc in next dc, ch 1, hdc in next hdc, ch 1; repeat from * across to last 2 sc, sc in each of last 2 sc. Ch1, turn. (33 sc)

Row 9: Sc in each stitch and in each ch-1 sp across. Ch 1, turn. (33 sc)

Rep Rows 2-9, once more

Rep row 2

Rep rows 2-9, once more, ch 1 turn.

Rep row 2

Fold piece in half with the first row on the bottom and the last row facing you. Carefully matching stitches, ( I use a bull dog clip to hold the piece together) sl st through both sides for the next 25 sts, using the back loop of the last row and the beginning chain. Now to make the thumb hole, sl st across the next 7 stitches on one edge only, sl st the two sides together for the last 3 stitches.

Working around the top of the glove, evenly sc around.