How to Crochet Mittens for Beginners

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How to Crochet Mittens for Beginners
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If you can crochet, you can use your skills to make a variety of accessories from hats to scarves. Use your crocheting talents to crochet mittens; you don't have to have a lot of experience to make a useful and cosy pair of mittens for yourself or someone else. For this pattern, you will need a basic understanding of crochet stitches, crocheting in the round, and seaming techniques.

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Things you need

  • Yarn
  • Crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Large eye blunt needle

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  1. 1

    Make a starting chain of eight chain stitches, then single crochet in the second chain from the hook and every chain across. Chain one and turn. Single crochet across every stitch in the row; chain one and turn.

  2. 2

    Increase the width of your mitten. Make two single crochet stitches in the first stitch, one in each of the centre stitches, and two in the last stitch. Chain one and turn. Repeat this increase row once or twice more, until the mitten is wide enough to cover the broad part of your hand. Chain one and turn.

  3. 3

    Single crochet across every stitch in the row. Chain one and turn. Repeat this row until the mitten is as long as the measurement from the tip of your middle finger to the base of your palm. Fasten off and cut your working yarn, leaving a 15-inch tail.

  4. 4

    Repeat steps one through three to make the second half of one mitten. Repeat them two more times to make the two halves of a second mitten.

  5. 5

    Place two halves of one mitten together with wrong sides facing. Beginning at the bottom edge, use a large eye blunt needle and your extra length of yarn to whipstitch the pieces together. Leave a hole on the opposite side where the thumb would go. To do this, simply leave that one-inch portion or so unstitched. Weave in your loose ends, then repeat with the other mitten.

  6. 6

    Turn the mittens right side out. Attach your yarn with a slip stitch to the thumb hole opening and single crochet evenly around the opening. Join with a slip stitch, chain one, and single crochet in every stitch around; repeat this until the thumb is long enough to fit; then single crochet two together for every stitch around and cut your working yarn. Thread the yarn onto a large eye blunt needle and pull it like a drawstring to close the hole, then weave in the loose ends. Repeat with the second mitten.

  7. 7

    Attach your yarn with a slip stitch to the bottom open edge of the mitten. Single crochet evenly around the opening of the mitten for one round, then repeat the following pattern around the second time: single crochet in one stitch, single crochet two together over the next two stitches. After this round, single crochet evenly around for two more rounds, then fasten off and weave in your loose ends, repeating this step with the other mitten.

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