Work with me! Instructions for Seraphina's Shawl
Getting Started: basic instructions for beginning crochet
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Why crocheted mittens are cool....
It's that time of year! The trees are naked, the wind bites, and the sun is making it's way into its winter lair. Time to stay inside where it's warm and scents of holiday cooking cheer the soul.
(If you don't have those scents, put a pot of water on the stove and toss some cinnamon, allspice, apple pie spice, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves in it. Simmer gently, adding water when necessary.)
Okay, now put on some good music, pull up your project basket, and dig out some yarn.
I'm going to post directions for several sets of mittens, but bear with me, as I'm also trying to get things made for a sale next week. I'll update whenever I'm able, I promise!
(pictures coming soon)
These are made with varegaited yarn. I'm using Lion Brand Homespun, with a slightly smaller hook than recommended. But whatever you choose, these come out nice and soft, roomy, and warm... and they're QUICK! Perfect for Christmas presents, as one pair takes less than two hours. I'll even post directions for a matching 'Floopy Hat'. I was able to make both mittens and the hat from one skein of Homespun for about $5.
For the sake of clarity, however, I will use regular yarn in a visible color for the demonstration pictures. (I tried it with the varied, but WOW was that hard to see!)
Chain 4, join with slip stitch to form ring.
Rnd 1: ch 3 (counts as first dc), work 11 dc in center of ring. Slip stitch to 3rd chain of beginning ch-3 to join. (12 dc in ring)
Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), work dc in same stitch as joining, 2 dc in each dc around. Join with slip stitch to beginning ch-3. (24 dc)
Rnd 3: ch 2 (counts as first hdc, now and throughout). Working in back loops only, one hdc in each dc around. Join with sl st to 2nd ch of beginning ch-2. (24 hdc)
Rnd 4: Ch 2, work one hdc in each hdc around. Join. (24 hdc)
Work even in hdc until piece hits thumb webbing (see picture)
1st row of thumb loop: Ch 9 (counts as 1 hdc and 7 ch) Skip next three hdc, hdc in next stitch. You have now formed the thumb loop. Hdc in each hdc around. Join to second ch of beginning ch-9. (21 hdc)
2nd thumb loop row: Ch 2. work hdc in each ch and each hdc around. (29 hdc). Join.
3rd thumb loop row: Ch 2. Work hdc in each of next 3 hdc. Work hdc-decrease over next 2 stitches (yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, draw up a loop. Yarn over and insert into next stitch. Draw up a loop. There are now 5 loops on your hook. Yarn over and draw through all 5 loops. Hdc decrease made.) Hdc in each stitch around, to outside of hand. Work hdc decrease over next two stitches, then continues working hdc in each hdc around. Join.
NOTE: If you had to make the thumb loop larger than 7 chains, you will need to pay attention here. Try to make this decrease directly under the middle of the outside of the thumb. It will fit much better if you do this.
4th and 5th thumb loop rows:
Ch 2. Work as for row 3, decreasing directly beneath thumb and on outside of hand. Join.
6th thumb loop row:
ch 2. Work hdc in each hdc, decrease beneath thumb. Hdc to middle of back of hand, decrease, hdc to outside of hand, decrease, hdc to last two hdc before ch-2. decrease in these last two stitches. Join. You should now have 18 stitches. (unless you made the thumb loop larger)
row 1: Ch 2, hdc in each stitch around. join. (18 hdc)
rows 2-3: ch 2. working in back stitch bar of previous hdc, work hdc in each hdc around. This will give you the raised chain around the wrist.
row 4: ch 1, working same as for last row, 1 sc in each hdc around. Join, fasten off, and work in ends.
With thumb facing to your left, join yarn in first hdc at thumb hole.
Row 1:Work one dc in each thumb ch to where you will join with main body of mitten. Work one hdc in stitch at side of hole. Sc in each of the stitches across top of hole, then hdc in side stitch. Join with slip stitch to beginning ch-2. (15 stitches)
Row 2: ch 2. Hdc in next 2 sts, hdc decrease over next two stitches, hdc in next 2 sts, hdc decrease over next two stitches. Hdc in next st, decrease over next two stitches, one hdc in next st, hdc decrease over last two stitches. Join. (11 stitches)
Row 3: ch 2, hdc in each stitch around. (11 hdc) Join.
Row 4: ch 2, hdc in each of next 6 hdc, hdc decrease over last 2 stitches. join. (9 stitches)
Row 5: Ch 2, *hdc in next st, dec over next two stitches*. Repeat from * to * around. Join. (6 stitches)
Row 6: ch 1, sc in next stitch. draw up a loop in each of next 3 stitches, yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook. Draw up a loop in each of next 2 stitches, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook. Join. Slip stitch to close hole. Fasten off and weave in all ends.
Your mitten is now complete.