Lemon Peel Fingerless Gloves: Free Crochet Pattern

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How many names can one stitch have???? Apparently, the lemon peel has several…

I created the Lemon Peel fingerless gloves because I wanted a quick, gratifying project using my favorite stitch pattern. In thinking of a name, I had to reach out to fellow crocheters for the name of my favorite stitch. This current fav is the combination of alternating single crochet and double crochet stitches. I love the look of texture that is created by the alternating heights of stitches.

Some awesome ladies in a crochet-themed Facebook group offered several names that I found interesting :-), such as lemon peel stitch, citrus peel stitch, grit stitch, suzette stitch, and seed stitch. Five names! Five names for one stitch! Can you name five names for one stitch? I had never heard of the lemon peel stitch or citrus peel stitch. I took to Google and Pinterest  to sort out all of the names because I didn’t think that all five were exactly what I was looking for.

My search taught me that the grit stitch and suzette stitch are the same, you place one single crochet and one double crochet in the same stitch, skip one stitch, and repeat the stitches. This was not what I was looking for, but another interesting stitch pattern that may pop up in a future design…

Through the process of elimination, I was left with the lemon peel stitch, citrus peel stitch and seed stitch referring to the same pattern of alternating single crochet and double crochet. I was happy to finally know the name and have options.

Also on the blog, I have other designs with the lemon peel/citrus peel/seed stitch, the Hooded Poncho, the Lemon Peel Mobius Cowl, and the Rainy Day Hat.

These are just a few designs, and I hope you check them all out HERE

*Pattern tested by Michaela and Melissa for accuracy. If you find an error or need pattern support, let me know.

*Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links to products that I use, and think you will enjoy using too. Should you decide to use any such link, I will earn a small commission at no cost to you. Thank you for supporting this small business.

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MATERIALS

  • Red Heart Soft (100% acrylic; 256 yds/ 234 m, 5 oz / 141g): 1 skein in Charcoal
  • US H/8 (5.00 mm) or size to meet gauge
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle
  • Row counter, optional but recommended

GAUGE

4 stitches x 3 rows = 1 inch x 1 inch in stitch pattern, does not include the cuff

SIZE

7.5 inch length x 4.25 inch width flat, 8.75 inch circumference

PATTERN KEY

  • BPdc : back post double crochet
  • Ch: chain
  • Dc: double crochet
  • Fdc: foundation double crochet
  • FPdc: front post double crochet
  • FO: fasten off
  • Rep: repeat
  • Rem: remain(s) (ing)
  • Sk: skip
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • st(s): stitch(es)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

NOTES:

  • Pattern is written in US terms.
  • Ch 1 at the beginning of rows does not count as a stitch.
  • Gloves can be made longer by adding rows before or after the thumb hole
  • Gloves can be made wider by increasing a multiple of 2 foundation stitches, or made narrower by decreasing a multiple of 2 foundation stitches
  • Foundation stitches can be substituted by making a chain of 32, then dc in 4th chain, dc in each st to end, sl st to join. Continue to follow the rest of the pattern as written.
  • You have the option to not create the thumb hole, or follow one of the two options provided within the pattern.

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INSTRUCTIONS

Make 2

Cuff

Round 1: 30 fdc, sl st to join

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), *FPdc around next st, BPdc around next st. Rep from * around, sl st to join, turn

Round 3: Ch 3, *BPdc around next st, FPdc around next st. Rep from * around, sl st to join

Round 4: Rep Row 2

Hand

Round 1: Ch 1, sc in first st, dc in next st, *sc in next st, dc in next st. Rep from * to end, sl st to join, turn. (15 sc, 15 dc)

Rounds 2 – 12: Rep Row 1

Round 13: Ch 1, *sc in next st, dc in next st. Rep from * until 6 sts rem, ch 6, sk 6 sts (thumb hole created), sl st to join, turn.

Round 14: Ch 1, sc in first ch, dc in next ch, *sc in next ch, dc in next ch. Rep from * across all ch, **sc in next st, dc in next st. Rep from ** to end, sl st to join, turn

Rounds 15 – 19: Rep Row 2, turn

Rounds 20 – 21: Ch 1, sc in first st, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn. FO after Row 20

Free Crochet Pattern: Lemon Peel Fingerless Gloves. This pattern has lots of texture that is easy to create, and pairs well with the Rainy Day Hat. Visit creationsbycourtneyw.com for more info.

Thumb Hole

For Beginners

Round 1: Attach yarn with a sl st in the first stitch of the thumb hole, ch 1, sc in the first st, dc in the next st, [sc in next st, dc in next st] two times, sc in side of stitch, dc in remaining loop of first ch of ch-6, (sc in next ch, dc in next ch) two times, sc in last ch, dc in the side of stitch, sl st to join, turn. (14 stitches)

Rounds 2-3: ch 1, sc in first st, dc in next st, *(sc in next st, dc in next st). Repeat from * around, sl st to join, turn.

Rounds 4-5: ch 1, sc in first st, sc in each st, sl st to join. FO after Round 5, weave in end.

Advanced

Round 1: Attach yarn along thumb hole in side of stitch, ch 1, sc in first st, dc in next st, [sc in next st, dc in next st] two times, sc in next stitch, dc in side of stitch, turn (8 stitches)

Round 2: sl st through back bump, ch 1, sc in first st, dc in next st, *sc in next st, dc in next st. Repeat from * over the next 4 sts, sl st to the back bump of the first ch of Round 12 ch-6, turn (8 stitches)

Round 3: Sl st to the back bump of Row 12 ch-6, ch 1, sc in first st, dc in next st, *sc in next st, dc in next st. Rep from * over the next 4 sts, sc in the next 4 back bumps of Round 12 ch-6, sl st to join, turn (12 stitches)

Rounds 4-5: ch 1, sc in first st, sc in each st, sl st to join, turn. FO after Row 5, weave in end.

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The Lemon Peel Fingerless Gloves crochet pattern is great for stash busting. This pattern is easy to adjust to fit your hand, and offers two options for making the thumb hole. Enjoy making this free crochet pattern! #creationsbycourtney #freecrochet #crochetgloves

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26 Responses

  1. I am glad to see this kind of pattern. I was bitten by a feral cat and had extensive surgery on my right hand.
    I healed well and all came out fine after all the rabies shots, removal of all the damaged skin and months of
    therapy. However, my hand aches and gets very cold in the winter so I wear fingerless gloves to keep both hands warm and functioning better with such gloves! Thank you for the pattern….crocheting is a good way
    of keeping hands limber as well…a win-win!

    1. Hi Ruth!
      Oh my goodness! I’m sorry to hear that a cat caused such damage to your hand. Thank you for your kind words about my pattern! I hope you’ll share a picture of your finished gloves.

  2. Love your fingerless glove pattern and would love to make mittens with the lemon peel stitch, do you have a pattern for mittens??

    1. Hi Kathy!

      Thank you for your comment. I do not have a pattern for the mittens at this time, but I can definitely consider offering a pattern in the near future.

    1. It’s that wide in order to fit around the hand so it’ll be looser around the wrist. If you want it to fit tighter, you can use a smaller hook to make the foundation round or reduce the total number of stitches by a multiple of 2, but it may fit tighter around your hand. Don’t forget to check gauge once you complete several rows.

  3. Thank you for the free pattern! I’m going to make them using sock yarn and a 3mm hook (I’m in the UK and I’m not sure what you call that weight of yarn 😂). Fingers crossed they work out ok ☺️

    1. Hi Lucy!
      You’re very welcome for the free pattern. Fingering weight will be too thin, but an aran weight is the equivalent to the US worsted weight. 🙂

      I look forward to seeing your finished mitts.

    1. Hi Barbara,

      The Lemon Peel Mittens were made with a worsted weight #4, and Red Heart Hygge is a bulky weight #5. If you want to use Hygge, I would try making the smaller size and checking the fit as you make it, or use the suggested hook size to make tighter stitches. It will likely be larger based on the yarn thickness.

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