It's nice to make easy crochet mittens to go with all those hats and scarves you love to crochet, but it can be tricky to find crochet mitten patterns. This pattern is so simple; there is no left or right, and most of the work is done in the round, working from the top of the mitten down, with the thumbs added at the end. In fact, these mittens are so easy to make, you'll be crocheting a pair for everyone you know. This pattern will fit a teen or woman's hand. To make them larger, use thicker yarn and a larger hook.
Ch 4 and join with a sl st to form a ring.
Round 1: Place a stitch marker at the beginning of the round. Work 7 SC in ring. Join with sl st.
Round 2: Work 2 sc in each sc. Join with sl st.
Round 3: Work 2 sc in each sc. Join with sl st. (you should now have 28 stitches in the round)
Round 4: Work in even sc, without joining with a sl st, until mitten top measures 5 ½ inches long, ending the row at the stitch marker.
Creating the Thumb Opening
Now it's time to start the thumb opening. Chain, skip the next six stitches, then SC in each stitch until you come back to the chain. SC in each chain.
Work in even SC rounds for another three inches.
For the cuff, you will be starting where you left off, but the rows will be vertical to the rounds you worked for the hand part. To begin the cuff, chain 16.
Row 1: SC in the second ch, then in each ch. When you get back to the bottom of the hand part, SC in the next 2 SC on the hand part.
Row 2: Skip the 2 stitches you just worked, and then SC in each stitch for the rest of the row, working in the back loops only to create a ribbing.
For row 3 on, just repeat rows 1 and 2 until you work your way around the entire wrist.
When you reach the end, cut the yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread the yarn through a yarn needle and stitch the first and last rows together on the wrong side, to close the cuff.
Creating the Thumb
You're now ready to make the thumb. Starting at the right of the thumb opening, join the yarn with a SC, and continue to SC in each stitch around, until you have 14 stitches. Join with a sl st. Work in even SC, without joining the rounds, until the thumb is about an inch long. On the next round, dec 2 st. Work even again until thumb measures 3 inches. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread through a yarn needle and stitch top of thumb closed. Weave in the ends.
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