My mittens journey continues with a several crocheted versions starting with the hand or cuff and moving up to the fingers. My previous article showcased knitted mittens, but I was eager to try my hand at crocheting. For me the knitted mittens have a smoother texture and are easier to show detail. However, I can still include blocks or stripes when I crochet. Appliques break up the expanse of plain stitching and even hide uneven surfaces. Plus, the crocheted mittens feel warmer.
My mainstay mittens are the fingerless versions that I have interpreted with many designs and various yarns. Now I am adding the thumb and completing the top as my non-profit clients have requested mittens that present warmth as well as style. After considerable research, I found 3 patterns that were easy to follow, included a range of sizes, and fit well. In order to share the patterns with my readers, I have crocheted one or more pairs of mittens for each set of directions to make sure that I shared information as a fellow crocheter. All of the patterns in this article are crocheted with worsted weight yarn.
My first pattern is Caron Hands Full Crochet Mittens by Yarnspirations. Sizes include 2/4 years, 8/10 years, and adult. (Caron Hands Full Crochet Mittens,Blue. Item #CAC0315-004045V) The authors recommend Caron 1 pound yarn as the mittens are recommended for charitable donations. you can get 8 pairs of toddler, 6 pair of child, and 4 pairs of adult mittens from a single skein. A US 7 crochet hook is recommended, but I find it hard to crochet with small hook and went up to the 8(H hook, 5.0 mm). I use the 7 for flowers and appliqués. The ridged cuff is made to look like a knitted version. By crocheting with a single crochet stitch from the back loop only (BLO), you will make strip that achieves this effect. The strip is crocheted together from the short ends. Then you crochet around 1 row with single crochet before starting the Half Double Crochet that forms the basis for the rest of the mitten. Instructions are given to form the gusset. The thumbholes are left open as you crochet the rest of the hand and the closing portion of the fingers. Then the thumbs are added to the mitten. Both mittens are identical, and you do not have to differentiate for right and left mitten.
My photos show the child and adult sizes. The color blocked child size is a great way to use up large ends from your stash. The adult version features a floral appliqué that adds playful touch.
The Free Crochet Pattern: Mrs>Murdock's Mittens offers pre-school, child, and women's sizes. (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mrs-murdocks-mittens) The instructions call for a G 4.0mm hook, but again I used an H 5.0mmhook. As the pattern was done entirely in single crochet, I found that the sizing was comfortable, and the mittens were attractive. I crocheted the women's mitten for this pattern. I have a medium to large hand, and I was quite happy with the fit. The appliquéd two toned heart broke up the plain surface. Be sure to attach appliqués or floral designs to the tops of both gloves. Place your thumbs together as if you are playing the piano so that the attached pieces match.
The third pattern that I chose to share with you is Crochet Basic Mittens Pattern for Adults https://www.crochetforyoublog.com/2021/03/crochet-basic-mittens-pattern-for-adults Patterns come in small, medium,. and large sizes. I think that the smallest would fit a child or teen. Although there are specific directions for each size, the authors show you how to personalize the mitten that fits you exactly. The hand and thumb are crocheted in Half Double Crochet stitch. (HDC The mitten directions start at the bottom of the hand just at the thumb gusset. You crochet the thumb hole, and finish the hand and mitten top. Then you add the thumb. Finally you add the cuff. The directions for the cuff are given before the directions for the specific sizes. These directions were different than most mitten cuffs, and I substituted, the procedure that uses the alternating Front Post DoubleCrochet (FPDC) and the Back Post Double Crochet (BPDC). I have used this technique in many of my hats and fingerless gloves to achieve an attractive ribbing. My ribbing was only a few inches long, but you can make it twice as long so that you can fold up the ribbing. I found that these mittens were wider than most.
rMost of my mittens will be donated to non-profit organizations for keeping their clients warm duringthe winter months.I have been looking for local sites as I want to help my local Connecticut communities. An added benefit is that I avoid the exorbitant mailing costs that I encounter when I send my work across the country.
You may have noticed that I stipulated in the title that these mittens were crocheted from the cuff up to the fingers. Much to my surprise, I found a different construction as I was doing my research on crocheting mittens. That design is crocheting from the fingers down to the cuff. I have made several mittens featuring this type of construction and will feature them in a future article. Then you can take your pick.
As always, I welcome you to join me on my stitching journey. Please provide you questions and feedback. I hope you enjoy these patterns and projects. Whether you crochet for yourself or others, I hope that you take joy in the creations. Please include photos of finished mittens if possible.