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Easy Mittens, Beginner Friendly Pattern

Hey there crochet buddies! Here'e another pattern for mittens :) This one is a better structured than the last one, so that even beginners can easily and quickly crochet a pair of mittens!

As you probably know by now, I use Woolike yarn a LOT! I love it! So, that's the yarn I used for this pattern. Your yarn may be thicker, or look a little different, but no worries. Use a ruler or measuring tape and you'll be cherry!

Measurements: This is flexible and easy. Grab your measuring tape and measure your hand across the widest part (don't measure your thumb), so just under where your fingers meet your hand is a good place to measure. Double the length, because we'll be crocheting a large square and folding it in half to form the mitten. Here are the widths I use for my family:

Kid (she's 3) : 2 inches across, so I'll make a 4" chain so that I crochet a 4" square
Me (adult female with small hands) : 3 inches across, so 6" square
AH (adult male, thin hands with long fingers): 4 inches across, so 8" square.





Let's begin!

Abbreviations:
CH - Chain
SLST - Slip Stitch
HDC - Half Double Crochet


Mitten Body
Crochet a chain, in even numbers, in the length square you'll need to make. So The pair of mittens in the picture is for my kid, so I'll use those measurement. I crocheted a chain of 26 stitches, or 4".

Row 1: CH 2. In the second stitch from your hook, make a SLST. HDC in the next stitch. SLST in the next. HDC in the next, and so forth until you reach the end of the row. You should end the row in a HDC.


Row 2: CH 2, SLST in the first stitch right next to the chain. HDC in the next stitch. Continue alternating between SLST and HDC until you reach the end of the row. You'll always end the row in a HDC.

Keep repeating row 2 until you reach the height you need for your mitten. I made a 4.5 " body for my kid mittens. Add an extra 1/4 inch for sewing, when measuring your hand. For my mittens, I'd make a 7" body, and and 8.5 inch for my husband's mittens.

Now, to the cuff. You don't need to cut the thread, you can just keep working unless you plan to change the color.


Cuff:
CH 2, turn your work around. DC in each stitch of the row.

Row 2: CH 2, turn your work around. Front post double crochet in the first post. Back post double crochet in the second post. Continue the row by alternating between front post and back post double crochets.

Row 3: CH 2. If your first stitch from the previous row is a back post double crochet, make a back post double crochet in this row. If it's a front post double crochet, make a front post double crochet in this row. We're just extending what we did in the previous row.

Repeat row 3 as many times as you want until you reach the width cuff you want. Leave a long thread of yarn so you can sew the mitten closed.

Thumb
Make a magic circle, and crochet 7 SC into the center (not including the first stitch) for kid and women's mittens, crochet 8 for men's mittens.

For kids's mittens: Close your round with a SLST. Chain 1 and crochet a SC in each stitch. Make 8 rows of SCs. In row 9 and 10, we'll increase: SC in one stitch, and 2 SC in every other stitch in each row.

For women's mittens: close the round with a SLST. Chain 1 and crochet a SC in the first stitch, 2 SC in the next stitch, continue alternating SC and 2 SC until you finish the row. SLST the round closed. CH 1, and SC in each stitch of the row. Continue crocheting SCs in each stitch for 9-10 rows.  Increase in rows 10-11 (the last two rows after your 9 or 10 rows you just made) like we did in the kid's mitten.

For men's mittens: close the round with a SLST. Chain 1 and crochet a SC in the first stitch, 2 SC in the next stitch, continue alternating SC and 2 SC until you finish the row. SLST the round closed. CH 1, and SC in each stitch of the row. Continue crocheting SCs in each stitch for 10-11 rows.  Increase in rows 11-12 (the last two rows after your 10 or 11 rows you just made) like we did in the kid's mitten.


Sewing it up

This part if incredibly difficult for me to explain verbally, but I'm giving it my maximum effort here. If it doesn't make sense, check out the video tutorial (minute 18:22). It is really very easy, I just lack the ability to explain it clearly.

Fold your mitten square in half and line up the edges. Make sure your cuff edges are lined up, and begin sewing the edges together until you make it about 1/3 of the way up so we can stitch our thumb on. Line up the thumb along the edge and mark where the to of the thumb ends on the mitten. Use a stitch marker or make a quick mark with a bar of soap or chalk if it helps you keep track of where you need to sew to. Move the thumb away from the mitten and on ONE side of the mitten, stitch up to the mark, make sure you only sew on one side or you'll close the mitten shut without the thumb. Once you reach the mark, add the thumb part to the mitten and sew it on by stitching down towards the cuff of the mitten (on one side of the mitten to avoid closing the mitten without a thumb). Now sew the thumb onto the other side of the mitten and meet up with the top part of the thumb. Once you're back at the top side of the thumb, join both sides of the mitten together again and sew them together to keep closing the mitten.

To make the top part of the mitten round, be sure to sew the top closed in a half circle.It need not be a perfect arch, since you'll be flipping the mitten right-side out and it won't be noticeable.

You're done! Weave in ends, and flip your mitten right-side out :)




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