One of the pieces I’ve stumbled across in the knitting world is a Smitten. I absolutely love the quirky (OK, maybe slightly dorky) vibe of it. I knew I immediately had to make one and wear it out with my husband. It’s also great to wear out with a little one or to use by yourself as a muff.
I was able to create the knitted version but I realized that I REALLY wanted to make a crochet version that looked just like the knitted version. I knew the crocheted knit stitch, or the waistcoat stitch, would be PERFECT for this project.
**Please note: Before you begin, make sure to cut a strand of yarn about 6-12 inches in length for closing up the hole on top when you join both cuffs. This will save you the hassle of having to grab some off your working yarn later.**
Pattern level: Intermediate
Abbreviations: ch – chain, st – stitch, sts – stitches, sc – single crochet, sl st – slip stitch, WST – waistcoat stitch, Dec WST – decrease waistcoat stitch
- Yarn in a Worsted weight 4
- Crochet hook size K (6.5 mm) (size up if you crochet tightly)
- Yarn Needle
- Extra strand of yarn for closing up hole from joining cuffs
- Four Stitch Markers (preferably one that’s a different color from the other 3)
Cuffs (Make two)
Begin your first cuff by chaining 11 (you can add more chains if you want a longer cuff, just make both cuffs even).
Row 1: sl st loosely into the back loop of the 2nd ch from hook. *Sl st loosely into back loop of next st. Repeat from * to end of row. Turn your work.
Rows 2-30: Ch. 1. Sl. st. loosely into back loop of first stitch. *Sl. st. loosely into back loop of next st. Repeat from * to end of row. Turn your work.
Fold your cuff behind your working row so you can slip stitch (or whip stitch, depending on your preference) to the beginning row. Begin by chaining 1, then insert your hook into the first top loop. Before you draw up a loop, insert the hook into the top loop of the first row of your work. Slip stitch row 30 with your beginning chain row working in the center loop all the way across. Chain 1 and start picking up stitches around the top of your cuff.
Round 1 of top of cuff: Create 30 evenly-spaced-single-crochet stitches all the way around your cuff (make sure you crochet loosely, otherwise the waistcoat stitch will be difficult to work).
Round 2-5: WST in first stitch from previous round (do NOT sl st to join and ch 1). Place st marker. WST in each stitch around.
Cut off end of first cuff from working yarn and create second cuff. (Keep the second cuff connected to working yarn).
WST in first 15 stitches. Place a marker in the 15th st. Pick up the first cuff created and do WST in the 16th stitch from the beginning of the round. This will attach the first cuff to the 2nd cuff. WST around remainder of the cuff you just attached. Place a marker in the 30th st of the cuff you just worked around. Work another WST into the 16th stitch of the 2nd cuff that was created and continue to work a WST into each stitch around (There will be 60 stitches total at this point).
Round 1: WST in each of the first 13 stitches. Dec WST over the 14th and 15th stitch (begin the decrease on the stitch just before the marker). Dec WST again over the 16th and 17th stitch from the added cuff (begin the decrease on the stitch after your marker). WST in each stitch up until the stitch before the next marker. Dec WST over the 29th and 30th stitch (beginning the decrease in the stitch before the marker). Dec WST over the 31st and 32nd stitch (beginning the decrease on the stitch after the marker). WST in each of the remaining stitches.
Round 2: WST in each stitch around.
Repeat these 2 rounds 4 times (44 sts).
**This is a good time to use the original piece of yarn you cut off at the beginning and use it to whip stitch around the hole by the join of the cuffs from the inside. Weave in the ends of the yarn before you continue on to crochet the smitten closed.**
Begin Edge Decrease
*Place your fourth stitch marker on st. 22. (the other three will remain where they are)
Round 1: Dec WST over 1st and 2nd stitch. WST in each st up to 2 sts before marker. Dec WST over next 2 sts. Dec WST again over next 2 sts. WST in each stitch up til 2 sts before marker. Dec WST over next 2 sts.
Round 2: WST in each st around.
Repeat these two rounds until 12 sts remain. Then do a Dec WST each stitch around so 6 sts remain. Cut off your yarn leaving a tail. Thread it through each of the remaining sts, pull tight, secure yarn and work in end.
Voila! You have your finished Smitten!
For more help with creating your smitten, check out my video tutorial below:
Also, be sure to check back for my post on creating a mitten to match your smitten for your other hand! Until the written pattern is released for that, you can watch the video tutorial on creating the mitten here:
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