Vicki’s Mittens

Vicki’s Mittens in Half Double Crochet

Named for the friend for whom these mittens were designed, these are simple pair of ladies mittens basic enough to be easily adjusted to fit longer, shorter, wider, or narrower hands. (See the bottom of the pattern for modification suggestions.) I chose half double crochet because of its combination of density and rhythmic creation – yarn over and push, yarn over and pull, yarn over and pull. I wanted something easy yet mindful, as these were one of the first gifts I made.

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Supplies:

  • One crochet hook in size I9 (5.50mm).
  • Approximately three-fourths of one skein of a worsted weight wool blend (here shown in Lion Brand Wool Ease in Oxford Grey) or suitable substitute.
  • Scissors and a blunt needle for weaving in ends.
  • Optional: a measuring tape if the recipient is not readily available for sizing.

Techniques:

  • Creating a ring with a chain or a loop.
  • Working both half double crochet (hdc) and single crochet (sc) in the round.
  • Also, hdc decreases and both hdc and sc increases.

Stitches:
Ch: chain; yarn over and pull a loop through the loop already on the hook.
HDC: YO, insert hook in next stitch, YO, pull up a loop, YO, draw through all loops on hook.
HDC2TOG: YO, insert hook in next stitch, YO, pull up a loop, insert hook in next stitch, YO, draw through all loops on hook.
SC: Insert hook in next stitch, YO, pull up a loop, YO, and draw through both loops on hook.
SC in a ring: Ch 4 (or as few as you can) and ss the last ch to the first to create a ring. In the alternative, ch 2 and sc 6 into the first chain.
SS: Insert hook in next stitch, YO, pull up a loop and draw it through the loop on the hook.

Left Hand:
Row 1: 6 sc in a ring or loop. SS to join. Ch 2.
Row 2: 2 hdc in each sc – 12 hdc. SS to join. Ch 2.
Row 3: [2 hdc in 1 hdc, 1 hdc] repeat – 18 hdc. SS to join. Ch 2.
Row 4: [2 hdc in 1 hdc, 1 hdc] repeat – 27 hdc. SS to join. Ch 2.
Rows 5-16: 27 hdc. SS to join. Ch 2.
Row 17 (left hand): 13 hdc, ch 9 (skipping 6 hdc in previous row for thumb hole), 8 hdc. SS to join. Ch 2.
Row 18: hdc 30 (9 will be in chain). SS to join. Ch 2.
Row 19: hdc 13, *[hdc2tog, hdc] three times, hdc 8 – 27 hdc (three decreases). SS to join. Ch 2.
Rows 20-27: 27 hdc. SS to join. Ch 2.
Row 28: 27 hdc. SS to join. Ch 1.
Row 29: *[2 sc in next stitch, then 2 sc] repeat to end (9 times). SS to join. Ch 1 – 36 sc.
Row 30: *[2 sc in next stitch, then 2 sc] repeat to end (9 times) – 45 sc. Bind off.

Right Hand:
Same as left except for Row 17.
Row 17 (right hand): 20 hdc, ch 9 (skipping 6 hdc in previous row for thumb hole), 1 hdc. SS to join. Ch 2.

Thumb:
Row 1: hdc in each of six stitches skipped in Row 17, 1 hdc in side of thumb hole, 1 hdc in each of nine chains, 1 hdc in other side of thumb hole. SS to join. Ch 2.
Row 2: 7 hdc, *[hdc2tog, hdc] three times, hdc 1 – 14 hdc (three decreases). SS to join. Ch 2.
Row 3: 14 hdc. SS to join. Ch 2.
Row 4: hdc2tog, 12 hdc. SS to join. Ch 2.
Row 5: 13 hdc. SS to join. Ch 2.
Row 6: hdc2tog, 11 hdc. SS to join. Ch 2.
Rows 7-8: 12 hdc. SS to join. Ch 2.
Row 9: 12 hdc. SS to join. Ch 1.
Row 10: sc2tog six times. SS to join.
Row 11: 6 ss. Bind off.

Finishing: Weave in the ends of the yarn.

Tips:
Working in the round: Normally, each increase row grows by the same number of stitches as the original row (here 6 becomes 12, becomes 18). This pattern varies in Row 4, which increases by 9 stitches. Row 4 allows an increase to the 27 stitches desired for the circumference of a ladies mitten within one row.
The flare: Any pattern of increases can be used to create the flare at the wrist. If you desire a straighter edge, replace Rows 29 and 30 with 27 sc (remember: ss to join and chain 1 at the end of 29). The flare can be accentuated by making decreases in rows 27 and 28 to taper – I suggest a multiple of 3 and no more than 6.

Modifications:
For a thinner mitten, increase every third stitch in Row 4. For a wider mitten, increase every third stitch in Row 4 and every fourth in Row 5.
To adjust the length or where the thumb opening hits, add or subtract rows from the repeat sections: rows 5-16 and 20-27.

© J. McStotts 2008

One Response to “Vicki’s Mittens”

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