Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Mirely Textured Mittens


Today I am making a pair of mittens for my niece who absolutely loves me! I named these mittens after her since she enjoys and wears everything I make her. Perhaps this is the reason I dote on Mirely so much! lol ;) Mirely is 10 years old and loves pink therefore the pink mittens pictured below. For this pattern I am using a bright green yarn to make it easier to present to you while giving the intructions. At the same time, these pair of green mittens will be for my nephew. And just a quick reminder, let you imagination run...use all the colors you would like to use, in alternating rows, and etc...there is no limit to what you can create!


What you will need is:
  • Yarn - I used my favorite, Caron Simply Soft, 4 ply, medium weight, 100 % Acrylic Yarn because it's machine washable and dryable...lol You just got to have that with kids :) I jus don't have time to be wrorrying about laying flat to dry and all that nonsense lol
  • 5.5 MM Crochet hook or I/9
  • Yarn Needle for weaving
  • Scissors
Gauge: This pattern has a rich texture to it and fits snug on the hand. If you to make the mitten smaller, reduce the pattern by two rows. You will do this by eliminating Rows 10 & 11. If you need to make the mitten thinner or wider, give or take a DC on Row 1 of pattern.  If you need to make the thumb shorter, reduce as many rows needed after the increase on Row 2. If you need to make the thumb thinner or wider, give or take away a SC on Row 1. You can also use a smaller hooks to obtain gauge needed and use the same pattern provided below.

Abbreviations:
  • MR: Magic Ring
  • Sl St: Slip Stitch
  • St: Stitch
  • SC: Single Crochet
  • DC: Double Crochet
  • FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
  • CS: Crrab Stitch (This is a Single Crochet worked back words meaning, instead of crocheting to the left you will single crochet to the right.) Here is a link (this person did not ask me to post this video, I used it to learn the crab stitch): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_DPQw2Dykg
  • Aterisk *: Repeat instructions.
  • Whip Stitching is also going to be used when sewing on thumb onto thumb hole.

Pattern: (Note: This pattern will be worked in the round beginning with the mitten. The second part to this pattern is making the thumb seperatly and then sewing on the the thumb hole with a yarn needle.)

Mitten: Make 2
Row 1: In MR, ch 2 (this doesn't count as first DC here and through out), make 11 DC into the MR, pull loose end snug to tighten ring,  sl st to top of first DC to join (not the ch 2, this will give you an extra st). (11 DC)



Row 2: Ch 2, make a DC into the same st as join, make a FPDC onto that same stitch. *DC into the next st, FPDC onto that same st*, sl st to the top of first DC to join. (11 DC, 11 FPDC)
Row 3: Ch 2, *FPDC into the same st as join, DC into the next st*, sl st to the top of first DC to join. (11 FPDC, 11 DC)
Row 4: Ch 2, *DC into the next st as join, FPDC into the next st*, sl st to the top of first DC to join. (11 DC, 11 FPDC)
Row 5: Repeat Row 3. (11 FPDC, 11 DC)
Row 6: Repeat Row 4. (11 DC, 11 FPDC)
Row 7: Repeat Row 3. (11 FPDC, 11 DC)
Row 8: Repeat Row 4. (11 DC, 11 FPDC)
Row 9: Repeat Row 3. (11 FPDC, 11 DC)

Teen/ Adult:
Row 10: Repeat Row 4. (11 DC, 11 FPDC)
Row 11: Repeat Row 3. (11 FPDC, 11 DC)

Child/ Teen/ Adult continued:
Row 12: Repeat Row 4. (11 DC, 11 FPDC)
Row 13: Repeat Row 3. (11 FPDC, 11 DC)
Row 14: Ch 6, skip 3 sts from join and FPDC into fourth DC from hook, *DC into the next st, FPDC into the next st*, make 1 DC into the same st as join (this extra DC will be used to sew the thumb onto the mitten so that there won't be a gap when the whip stitching takes place), sl st to top of the 3rd ch of first ch 6. (10 FPDC, 10 DC)
Row 15: Ch 2, Make 3 DC intot previous Ch 3 space, DC into the next FPDC, *FPDC into the next st, DC into the following st (when you come to the last two stitches, you will DC2tog, reducing the stitch count back to 22 sts vs 23 sts)*, sl st to top of first DC to join. (22 sts)
Row 16: Ch 2, *DC into the next st as join, FPDC into the next st*, sl st to the top of first DC to join. (11 DC, 11 FPDC)
Row 17: Ch 2, *FPDC into the same st as join, DC into the next st*, sl st to the top of first DC to join. (11 FPDC, 11 DC)
Row 18: Repeat Row 16. (11 DC, 11 FPDC)
Row 19-22: Ch 2, DC into the same st as join, FPDC into the next st, *DC into the next st, FPDC into the following st*, sl st to top of first DC to join. (11 FPDC, 11 DC)
Row 23: Ch 1, SC into same st as join and into every st around, sl st to top of first SC to join. (22 SC)
Row 24: Ch 1, CS into every stitch around. Remember, this CS - Crab Stitch is a SC made into every stitch going in a round to the right of the work instead of the left as usual. The picturre that I listed below  is the best example that I could give other than the above link of the CS. (22 CS)



Fasten off and weave in any ends....now to the thumb.

Thumb: Make 2

Child:
Row 1: In MR ch 1 (doesn't count as first SC here and through out) and make 4 SC into ring, pull the loose end snug and sl st to top of forst DC to join. (4 SC)
Row 2: Ch 1, make 2 SC into same st as join and into every st around, sl st to top of first SC to join. (8 SC)
Row 3-8: Ch 1, SC into the same st as join and into every st around, sl st to top of first SC to join. (8 SC)
Row 9-10: Ch 1, make 2 SC into the same st as join and 1 SC into every st around, sl st to top of first SC to join. (10 SC)

Teen/ Adult:
Rows 10-12: Ch 1, SC into the same st as join and into every st around, sl st to top of first SC to join.
fasten off and leave a 18" tail for sewing onto the mitten. (10 SC)

Now to complete the mitten!! I love this part! :)

Sew the thumb onto the thumb hole by using a whip stitch with the yarn needle. When sewing, attempt to match the stitches to each other on each side. When you come to the place where the three DC's were made into the gap, go behind the DC post, then come towards the front, and into the stitch on the thumb, this will ensure a hidden seam and won't pull at the yarn on the mitten. To avoid any gaps, also whip stitch into the back of the extra DC made before when crocheting the mitten. When completed, weave in any loose ends.

 
 
My neice wants a heart applique added to the back of the mitten...so this is what I will do later on today. I will post the results of the finished product on my next posting where I will provide you with a pattern on how to make fingerless gloves. Don't stop at appliques...remember you can add pom poms to the side, bows, and buttons.

I do hope you enjoy making these mittens, I love them! As with everything that I crochet lol ;) Happy Hooking! If you need any help or have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!