Free Pattern: Moss Stitch Fingerless Mittens

This is LONG overdue…

Yes, I am the worst. I have been missing in action for many months now, but I think it’s time to come back. Back to blogging, and back to tutorials. Let’s break back into this with a written pattern that I have been asked about for a while now:

 

As always, if you have issues, click on the video for visual instructions.

What you’ll need:

  • Worsted weight yarn (size 4)
  •  Size H crochet hook (5 mm)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • 2 medium sized buttons (the size of a quarter should do nicely.)

Stitches used:

  • Chain (ch)
  • Single Crochet (sc)
  • Slip Stitch (sl st)
  • Half-double crochet (hdc)

Leave a 12″ tail at the beginning of your slipknot for sewing.

Chain 19 (or any multiple of 2, +1 turning chain. See video to help you determine the length of your mitten. Write down/remember what number you chained for making the second mitten. )

Row 1: Sl st into the 2nd chain from the hook (mark sl st if needed), hdc into the next st, continue alternating sl st, hdc until the end of the row. Your row should end in a hdc stitch. Chain 1, turn.

Row 2 and beyond: Repeat row 1.

REMEMBER! You will always start your row with a slip stitch, you will always end your row with a half double crochet stitch.

Continue your moss stitch rows until the mitten is at the length you desire and is long enough to wrap around your hand and touch row 1. You want it to fit nicely, not too tight, not too loose. Leave an 18″ foot tail for sewing.

With your 12″ length of yarn at the top,place the mitten around your hand where you want it to be. Thread your yarn needle and sew the mitten from the tip to the webbing between your index finger and thumb. Weave the end through your work and cut off the rest of the tail. Flip it over and thread your needle through the 18″ length of tail and do the same for the other side. Make sure to try it onto make sure the opening is large enough for your thumb.

If you are having trouble, refer to video at 7:48 to see a demonstration of how to fit the mitten to your hand and how to sew it closed.

Button placement:  My video tutorial shows you where you need to place your buttons. If you need visuals, please refer to video at to 12:58 for assistance. With the mittens on your hands, take stitch markers (or whatever you wish to use) and mark where you want your buttons to go. The button on the right mitten should go on the right side and about 1.5″ up from the bottom when your palm is facing downward. The button on the left side should go on the left and about 1.5″ up from the bottom when your palm is facing downward. Sew your buttons in place.

Strap:

This is better explained in the video, but I’ll do my best!

Row 1: Let’s start with the left mitten. Place the left mitten on your left hand. You should have your button sewed on to the left. Just to the left of the button is where you want to start your strap. With a slipknot on your hook, place 5 sc stitches going gown the mitten that are lined up with your button, and are the length of your button. Ch1, turn.

(If you need more stitches because you chose a larger button, go ahead and do more, but remember the strap shouldn’t be too thick.)

Row 2: Sc int the 2nd chain from the hook. Sc in each stitch across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 3 and beyond: Repeat row 2

Crochet the length of your strap that will reach to where your button begins. Make sure you are pulling snugly so it will close around your wrist without being too loose or too tight. When you reach your  button, you want to make the button hole.

Button hole: Sc into 2nd chain from the hook, ch 3, skip the next 3 chains, sc into the last stitch. If you did a strap with 5 stitches across, you should have 2 stitches on the end with a chain of 3 in the middle. From here, you want to ch 1, turn, and sc in each across for 2-3 rows. tie off, sew in your ends, and say hello to your first mitten completed in this pair!

To make the strap for the right mitten, repeat this process, but make sure you start on the right side of the button!

I know I am not the best at explaining things in these patterns. I’m way better on video. So if you need any help, please give it a watch and I’m sure it’ll answer any questions that you have.

See you in the next post!

-Lee

 

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