Thumbless Mittens on a Cord

Done in 18 sts to 4 inches Yarn
(Red Heart Comfort was used for these mittens)
on a 4.00 mm hook.
Worked in Back Loop Only Single Crochet.
Red Heart Super Saver or Bernat Super Value
is slightly thinner and makes a better mitten.
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Tunisian Mitten without Thumb
Tunisian Mitten with Thumb
2 sizes of Mitts:
Small: 4 1/2 inches around palm of hand and 4 1/2 inches long.
Fits Birth to 9 months.
Large: 5 inches around palm of hand and 5 1/2 inches long.
Fits 9 months to 2 years.
The large mitten is the better size to make
because it is the size most often asked for.

One pair of mittens can be made in about 2 hours.

This pattern was designed especially to meet the needs of toddlers at 2 Innercity Daycare Centers.
Many of the children at these centers come with nothing on their hands at all.
Many of the mittens provided by the Social Services are very thin and do not keep the child's hands warm.
The mittens have no thumbs which helps keep the child's hands warm
and also makes it faster to get the child dressed.
These mittens are actually "overmitts" and go over knitted mittens.

Optional supplies: 2 stitch markers.
Instructions:
Chain 45(53):

Fig.1

Here are simplified instructions for the mitt:
Sc x 5, ss x 3, sc x 12(16),ss x 4,sc x 12(16), ss x 3, sc x 5. Ch 1, Turn.
Work 8 (10) rows.
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Any-Yarn Pattern
Thumbless Mittens on a Cord
With your choice of yarn and hook make a chain long enough
to accomodate these lengths:
  • Cuff: 1 inch
  • Wrist: 3 or 4 chain depending on thickness of yarn
  • palm: 4 1/2 to 5 inches
  • Fingertips: 4 chain
  • Palm
  • Wrist
  • cuff
  • Chain 1 for turning chain

Width of mitten depends on the number of rows made.

Cord and finishing instructions are the same as for the 2 size pattern.

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Tunisian Thumbless Mitten
Bernat or Phentex Sport Yarn
or
Mary Maxim Mellowspun Sport Yarn
3.00 mm [C-2] Crochet Hook for ribbing
4.00 mm [F-5] Afghan Hook for Palm and Back
Mitten is as thick as a knitted mitten
Made of Red Heart Comfort (18 st yarn)

Fig.2

Fig. 3

Cuff:
Leave 20-inch tail for weaving the seam when finished.
With 3.00 mm Crochet Hook, chain 12, work 11 sc in Back Loop Only Ribbing for 10 Ribs (20 rows).

Palm and Back:
Change to 4.00 mm Afghan Hook, turn ribbing sidewise.
Row 1: With 1 loop on hook, pick up a loop in the end of each row and the turning chain
of the last row. (22 loops on hook) Return.
Work 12 more rows even in TKS (Tunisian Knit Stitch).

All decreases are TSS (Tunisian Simple Stitch "Basic Afghan Stitch")
End Stitch: Insert hook under 2 loops of last stitch.
Row 14: With 1 loop on hook, (2TSStog, TKS in next 6 vertical loops, 2TSStog) twice,
end stitch. Return.
Row 15: With 1 loop on hook, (2TSStog, TKS in next 4 vertical loops, 2TSStog) twice,
end stitch. Return.
Row 16: With 1 loop on hook, (2TSStog, TKS in next 2 vertical loops, 2TSStog) twice,
end stitch. Return.

Last Row:
(Insert hook under next 2 vertical loops, YO, pull through both loops and loop on hook) 4 times,
Slip Stitch in last stitch. Weave in ends.

Finishing:
Fold mitten wrong sides together. With 20 inch starting tail sew seam from cuff to top.
On cuff, work through free loops of starting row with back loops of last row.
On Palm/Back work through both loops of both thicknesses.

Make second Mitt to match.

Connecting Cord:
If using Bernat or Phentex Sport Yarn-
Join yarn with sc at cuff of first mitt at seam chain 24 inches,
join to second mitt at cuff seam with sc and fasten off.
Weave in ends.
If using Mary Maxim Mellowspun Sport Yarn- or any other really thin yarn-
Join yarn with sc at cuff of first mitt at seam, chain 26 inches;
join to second mitt at cuff seam with sc then slip stitch back to first mitt.
Fasten off.
Weave in ends.

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Mittens with Thumb - Tunisian
Fits ages 2 - 4
Bernat or Phentex Sport Yarn
Or
Mary Maxim Mellowspun Sport Yarn
3.00 mm Crochet Hook
4.00 mm Afghan Hook
Dimensions:
5 inches around palm
2 ¼" ribbing, 3 ¼" Palm, ½" Finishing, 1 1/2 " Thumb

Fig.4

Fig. 5

Instructions:
Leave 24" tail for finishing seam. With 3.00 mm hook, chain 14,
work 13 sc in Back loop Ribbing for 10 ribs (20 rows).
No chain, Turn sidewise.
Change to 4.00 mm afghan hook.

Mitten is worked in Tunisian Knit Stitch on forward row, normal return row.
Increases stitches: Insert hook between loops and pull a loop through.
Decrease stitches: Tunisian Simple Stitch -insert hook under
next 2 vertical loops, YO, pull loop through.

Row 1: With 1 loop on hook, pull a loop through the end of each row
and also between rows 7 and 8, between rows 17 and 18,
and in the turning chain of the last row. (24 loops on hook).
Return. Place markers in 12th and 13th loops.
Row 2: Work to marker, increase 1 between markers,
work even to end of row. Return. (1 loop between markers)
Row 3: : Work to marker, increase 1 just after marker,
work even to next marker, increase 1 just before marker,
work even to end of row. Return. (3 loops between markers).
Row 4: Work to marker, increase 1 just after marker,
work even to next marker, increase 1 just before marker,
work even to end of row. Return. (5 loops between markers).
Row 5: : Work to marker, increase 1 just after marker,
work even to next marker, increase 1 just before marker,
work even to end of row. Return. (7 loops between markers).
Row 6: Work to marker, increase 1 just after marker,
work even to next marker, increase 1 just before marker,
work even to end of row. Return. (9 loops between markers).

With second ball of yarn, work thumb on the 9 loops
between markers for 5 rows.

Shape top of thumb:
Row 1: With 1 loop on hook, TSS2tog, TKS x 3, TSS2tog, last stitch. Return.
Row 2: With 1 loop on hook, TSS2tog, TKS x 1, TSS2tog, last stitch. Return.
Row 3: With 1 loop on hook, TSS3tog, last stitch.
Special Return: YO, pull through all loops on hook, YO,
pull through loop on hook. Leave 12" tail.
Sew thumb seam. Leave rest of tail to close hole that will be at the base of the thumb.

Palm and Back of Mitten:
With first ball of yarn, work even on 24 stitches for another 15 rows.

Shape top of mitten:
Row 1: With 1 loop on hook, TSS2tog, TKS x 6, TSS2tog, TKS x 2, TSS2tog, TKS x 6, TSS2tog,
end stitch. Return.
Row 2: With 1 loop on hook, TSS2tog, TKS x 4, TSS2tog, TKS x 2, TSS2tog, TKS x 6, TSS2tog,
end stitch. Return.
Row 3: With 1 loop on hook, TSS2tog 7 times. Last stitch. Return. Bind off.

Weave hole at base of thumb, sew side and top seam with tail at bottom cuff.
Weave in loose ends.

1 - 2 year Mitten with Thumb:
2" ribbing for 10 ribs. (chain 12, work 11).
Change to afghan hook. Add 1 extra loop after row 20.
Palm is 2 ¼" plus 3 shaping rows long, by 4" around.
Thumb is 1" (3 rows plus 3 shaping rows).

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