Monday, February 15, 2016

Homespun Mittens






  These mittens are like fluffy little clouds on your hands. Really fluffy, really warm clouds. Bulky weight yarn makes them work up quickly, and there's only a few increases and decreases to create the shaping. You'll even find a few tutorial photos throughout the pattern to help you out! The simple one-color design can be made more interesting by using a variegated shade, or one of Homespun's "painterly" colors.




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  This pattern creates a basic adult mitten with no cuff, the goal being to use only one skein of yarn. Each size I created left a decent amount of "scrap" - over half a skein for size small. I'm leaving the pattern written for the examples you see, but I've provided extra notes at the end for how much you really could add to the length. Feel free to work a few extra rounds! Each size (as written) is designed to end just past the base of the wrist.




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Skill level:
skill level, easy - intermediate







*This pattern is simple enough to be considered "easy", but the choice of yarn isn't easy to work with. If you're comfortable working with Homespun, then you've got this!




Materials:
Bulky weight (5) acrylic yarn
-I used Lion Brand Homespun in Edwardian
Crochet hook size J/10 - 6.00MM or size needed to obtain gauge
Stitch markers (optional but recommended)
Yarn needle




Gauge:
In 4" by 4" (10 cm by 10 cm)
10 half double crochet
8 rows




Notes:
Chain-2 at beginning of rounds counts as a half double crochet.

Save time! Work over beginning tail, and tail of thumb after joining.

Work forward: The very first available space after the beginning chain counts as the same stitch. Work into the next available space for the next stitch.

Pattern is written for size small (S). Adjustments are written in parenthesis ( ) for sizes medium and large (M, L)





Stitches and abbreviations:
Chain (ch)
Slip stitch (sl st)
Half double crochet (hdc)
Double crochet two together (dc2tog)




Directions:

(Example being worked in tutorial pictures is a size medium.)

Begin by creating thumb:


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Round 1:
Ch 3 (counts as base loop + hdc). Make 5 (7, 9) hdc in farthest ch from hook. Join with a sl st to beginning ch-3.
(6, 8, 10 hdc)


Round 2:
Ch 2, hdc in each remaining stitch. Join with a sl st to beginning ch-2.
(6, 8, 10 hdc)


Round 3:
Repeat round 2. For size S, bind off.


Round 4:
Repeat round 2. For size M, bind off.


Round 5 (size L only):
Repeat round 2. Bind off.



To create body:

Round 1:
Ch 3 (counts as base loop + hdc), make 13 (15, 17) hdc in farthest ch from hook. Join with a sl st to beginning ch-3.
(14, 16, 18 hdc)


mittens, free crochet pattern, round 1



Round 2:
Ch 2, hdc in same stitch. 2 hdc in each of the next 3 stitches. 1 hdc in each of the next 3 (4, 5) stitches(*). 2 hdc in each of the next 4 stitches. 1 hdc in each of the next 3 (4, 5) stitches(*). Join with a sl st to beginning ch-2.
Place a stitch marker at each (*) to keep track of flat sides - It's easier to join the thumb if you loose count!
(22, 24, 26 hdc)


mittens, free crochet pattern, tutorial, round 2 - 1

mittens, free crochet pattern, round 2 - 2

mittens, free crochet pattern, tutorial, 2 - 3

mittens, free crochet pattern, tutorial, round 2 - 4



Round 3:
Ch 2, hdc in each remaining stitch. Join with a sl st to beginning ch-2.


mittens, free crochet pattern, tutorial, round 3



Rounds 4 through 11 (12, 13):
Repeat round 3. (8 times for S, 9 times for M, 10 times for L)


Joining thumb - 
Round 12 (13, 14):
Ch 2, hdc in each of the next 11 (10, 9) stitches. Hdc through both thicknesses of stitch of thumb and next stitch of body. Hdc in each of the next 4 (6, 8) stitches of thumb. Hdc through both thicknesses of last stitch of thumb and same as last stitch of body. Hdc in each of the remaining 9 (12, 15) stitches. Join with a sl st to beginning ch-2.
(27, 31, 35 hdc)


mittens, free crochet pattern, tutorial, joining thumb - 1

mittens, free crochet pattern, tutorial, joining thumb - 2

mittens, free crochet pattern, tutorial, joining thumb - 3



Round 13 (14, 15):
Ch 2, hdc in each of the next 12 (11, 10) stitches. Dc2tog twice. Hdc in each of the remaining 10 (15, 20) stitches. Join with a sl st to beginning ch-2.
(25, 29, 33 hdc)


mittens, free crochet pattern, tutorial, dc2tog



Round 14 (15, 16):
Ch 2, hdc in each of the next 11 (10, 9) stitches. Dc2tog twice. Hdc in each of the remaining 9 (14, 19) stitches. Join with a sl st to beginning ch-2.
(23, 27, 31 hdc)


Round 15 (16, 17):
Ch 2, hdc in each of the next 10 (9, 8) stitches. Dc2tog twice. Hdc in each of the next 8 (13, 18) stitches. Join with a sl st to beginning ch-2.
(21, 25, 29 hdc)


Remaining rounds:
Ch 2, hdc in each remaining stitch. Join with a sl st to beg ch-2.

Written for example shown:
Work a total of 2 (3, 4) even rounds. Bind off, weave in tail.

Total number of possible even rounds per 185-yard skein:
S - almost endless. You could make a ridiculously long pair of shoulder-length mittens, but working the pattern as written leaves enough yarn to make 2 pairs.

M - You'll have enough to work 20 even rounds on each mitten, if you wanted to. That would add about 10" (25 cm) to the length.

L - Working a pair will only leave enough for about 12 even rows per mitten, but that will still add about 6" (15 cm) to the length.



Remember: I've designed these mittens to donate to charity! Please consider making a pair to donate, too. If you're working a pair for yourself and you've enjoyed the pattern, think about using that donate button (at the top of the page) to show me some love! Please? Funds for my charity donations are getting low, and so is my yarn stash!




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Happy Crocheting!





4 comments:

  1. i love homespun yarn! squishy soft :) Great mittens - I haven't been brave enough to try these yet but I need to and this pattern looks very do-able. Thanks for sharing with us!

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    1. I've said it before and I'll say it again: The yarn is the hardest part of this pattern. I love Homespun too, but I have to admit working tightly in the round with it isn't very easy. But hey, I was searching for that bobble set of yours ( http://2crochethooks.com/crochet-bobble-set/ ), and look what I found:

      http://2crochethooks.com/homespun-pocket-scarf/
      http://2crochethooks.com/homespun-scoodie-hood/
      http://2crochethooks.com/wildfire-and-ebony-slouchy-hat-scarf-set/
      http://2crochethooks.com/fiesta-scarf-free-crochet-pattern/

      Um... I think you've got working with Homespun under control, lol. Go for it!

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  2. what a pitty Jenny, the links don't work anymore.
    Thx for sharing the pattern <3
    Love, Mariam

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    1. Yes, it is a shame. Their blog went down sometime last year, and I haven't seen a trace of them since. :(
      Have a nice day, Mariam!

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