Since I’ve had a few requests for it, I decided to write up the pattern to the Mitten for your Smitten next.
It’s a simple mitten design but by using the crocheted knit stitch (a.k.a. waistcoat stitch), you get a tighter construction, which then makes it warmer. You will need to make two mittens, however, keep in mind that you might not want them to both be the same size. If, for example, you want to make them to be paired with the smitten, you might want one to fit a woman’s hand and one to fit a man’s hand or a child’s hand. You will be able to customize this mitten to suit your needs. To get started, you’ll need some supplies.
- Size K (6.5 mm) crochet hook (you can also size up if you crochet tightly or need a slightly larger size)
- Yarn (for my mittens, I used 1 skein of Vanna’s Choice yarn in pink rose to get two ladies’ sz. small mittens. If you need larger mittens, you will need 2 skeins of yarn).
- Stitch markers
- Yarn Needle
Abbreviations: ch – chain, st – stitch, sts – stitches, sc – single crochet, sl st – slip stitch, WST – waistcoat stitch, Dec WST – decrease waistcoat stitch, PM – Place Marker
There are a couple of ways to customize the cuff. You can start with more chains at the beginning, which will make the cuff go further up your arm (some like this option so they can fold the cuff over or keep it tucked in their jacket). You could also create more rows of ribbing for the cuff if you’re trying to fit a larger wrist. For my mittens, I began by chaining 11.
Row 1: Sl st into 2nd ch from hook. Sl st in each remaining stitch across. Ch 1, turn your work. (10 sts)
Row 2-30: Sl st into the back loop of the first st. Sl st into the back loop of each remaining st of the row. Ch 1, turn your work.
Once you have 15 Ribbed rows/30 rows total (or more if you’d like to make your mitten larger), it’s time to connect your cuff. Bring your front row up to your working row and begin to sl st through the center loop to the beginning ch row.
You will continue to sl st all the way across. Ch 1.
You will now need to pick up stitches all the way around the top of your cuff. For a small, I picked up 22 sc sts that were evenly spaced apart. If you need to add or take away sts, do it in multiples of 2. So, for example, if you want to go for a medium, maybe try 26 or 28 sts (or more). Once you have picked up your sts and you’re back to the beginning of the row, do NOT sl st into the first st, begin working your rounds as follows….
**KEEP YOUR TENSION LOOSE**
Rounds 1-2: WST into the first st. PM in first st. WST in each st around.
Round 3: 2 WST into the first st. WST in each st around until 2nd to last st. 2 WST into last st.
Round 4: WST into first st and each st around.
Round 5-6: Repeat rounds 3-4.
Round 7: WST into first st. 2 WST into the 2nd st. WST in each st around until 3rd to last st. 2 WST in 2nd to last st. WST in last st.
Round 8: WST into each st around.
Round 9: WST into each of the first 2 sts. 2 WST into the 3rd st. WST in each st around until 4th to last st. 2 WST in 3rd to last st. WST in each of last two sts.
Round 10: WST into each st around.
Round 11: WST into each of the first 3 sts. 2 WST into the 4th st. WST in each st around until 5th to last st. 2 WST in 4th to last st. WST in each of last 3 sts. (This is the last thumb increase for a size sm. If you need to add on more increase rounds, just continue the pattern by inserting two sts into the next st out from where it was placed in the previous increase round. Make sure you have a plain round of WSTS in between each increase round).
Round 12: WST into each st around.
This is how the mitten should fit after your thumb increases are completed:
Working up the Fingers
WST in each st around until you get to the first increase st from last increase round. PM. (For my size small, I placed my marker on the 5th st. For each additional increase round you completed, you’ll have to move your marker out by 1 st.) WST in each st until the 5th from the last st (or 6th or 7th or more if you added increase rounds). Do NOT complete the round. Instead, you will do a WST in the 5th from last st, skipping the last 4 sts of the round as well as the first 4 sts of the next round. WST into the 5th st of the next round. This will create a join that will separate the thumb from the rest of the fingers. The st you just joined to will become the first st of the new round.
Continue working a WST into each st around, working up several rounds until your glove measures at about this point on your hand (leaving about 1.5 inches open):
For this part, we’ll need to move our st marker over. Because of the nature of the sts, they appear to be shifting over. To counter this, we’re going to move the marker back 2 or more sts. You can lay your mitten flat on a table and see where the sides are, making sure to have the same number of sts on each side.
Round 1: WST in each st until the st before your first marker. Dec WST over the next st and the st with the marker. PM in dec st just created. WST until the st before the next marker. Dec WST over the next st and the st with the marker. PM in dec st just created.
Round 2: WST in each st around.
Round 3-End: Repeat rounds 1 & 2 until you have about 14 sts left. Make sure to try on your mitten to make sure it comes past the tips of your fingers before you cut off your yarn and weave in your ends. To view how I close up my mitten, you can watch the following clip from my tutorial:
Finishing up the Thumb
Join your working yarn to your thumb right next to where you made your join to separate the thumb from the rest of the mitten. This will become the new first st of the round.
Round 1-8: WST in each st around.
If you need to add more rounds to make the thumb hole longer, do so now. You should work up the thumb until it reaches the tip of your thumb as the decreases will go quickly.
Round 9: Dec WST over the first two sts and all the way around. Sl St into the first st. of the next round. Cut of your yarn and close up your thumb hole.
Finish your mitten by turning it inside out and weaving in the ends from your fingers and your thumb, along with any other ends you may still have. Make a second mitten and you have a set!
To view the tutorial in its entirety, click below:
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