The original pattern called for 1 skein of 4/8s
wool (Aran weight). I used Paton's Canadiana.
Use size H hook for medium and large mittens, size F hook for
Shortened instructions: Rows 3 and 5 have *...*-->. This
means to repeat instructions between the *'s to the end of the
MITTENS:Begin at the top of the mitten
Ch 4, Join with sl st to form a ring.
- Row 1:Work 8 sc in ring. Do not join rows but mark the first sc
in each row.
- Row 2:Work 2 sc in each st around (16 sc)
- Row 3:Work *sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc*-->(24
- Row 4:SC in each sc around
- Row 5:CHILD ONLY: OMIT THIS ROW
- Row 5:MEDIUM ONLY:*sc in first 5 sc, 2 sc in next
sc*--> (28 sts)
- Row 5:LARGE ONLY:*sc in first 2 sc, sc in next sc*-->
- :ALL SIZES sc in each sc around until mitten fits to the
top of thumb's join at the palm. Then crochet one more row to give
ease and roomy fit.
- Next row: chain 6, skip first 5 sc, sc in each remaining sc
- Next row: sc in first 6 ch, sc in each sc around.
- Repeat row 4 for at least 10 rows.
- Reverse crochet in each sc around. Then dc in each sc
- Alternate fp/bp dc (front post, back post dc) in each dc until
cuff measures at least 3"
(If jacket has inside storm cuffs, make the mitten cuffs shorter)
- Row 1: Sc in the 5 skipped sc, sc in the next sp, sc in
opposite side of ch 6, sc in the next sp-(13 sc)
- Row 2-8:Sc in each sc around. If shaping is desired, determine
which mitten will be right and which will be left. Decrease 1 sc at
outside of thumb in row 4 and 1 sc in row 5. If a taller thumb is
needed, crochet more rows as needed to reach to the top of the
thumb. Fasten off, leaving about a 10" end. Thread this on a
tapestry needle and weave through every other sc of the last row.
Pull tight. Stitch across securely. Weave in and out to hide the
end. Weave in all other loose ends.
Use size F hook, omit row 5 and work only 5 rows after thumb
If these mittens are done in wool and felted, add 2/3 more
stitches and make a LITTLE bit longer.
This modification adds some ease around the thumb amd shapes the
wrist and palm a bit. It is a fussy bit of work and even I am not
completely convinced the extra fit and comfort is really worth the
time and effort.
- Follow pattern to one row before the thumb
sc,hdc,dc,dc,(hdc,sc,sc,sc,hdc),dc,dc,hdc,sc, then finish row in
sc. (...)=these stitches will be the part of the thumb opening
under the chain in the next row.
- THUMB OPENING ROW
SC,SC,hdc on first dc of prev row,2 dc on second dc,(chain 6),2 dc
on first dc, hdc,sc,sc, finish row in sc. (this adds 3 sc to the
next 4 rows- sc all around.
- Decrease 1 sc in each of next 3 rows as follows:
- Right mitten decrease is on left side of thumb hole.(decrease
will include the decrease in the previous row and the next sc
- Left mitten decrease is on right side of thumb hole.(decrease
will include the sc before the decrease in the previous row and the
- one row sc all around
- Finish mitten according to pattern
Join yarn at right side of opening.
- 6 sc in back side of chain, 2 sc in side, 5 sc in skipped
stitches,1 sc, 1 hdc in second side.
- 7 hdc, 8 sc around
- 6 hdc, 9 sc around
- Continue according to pattern (5 more rows)
- Finish accordng to pattern
The idea is to hdc around the outside of the base of the thumb and
sc around the inside to shape the thumb slightly.
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