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Published on November 17th, 2016 | by Kate Eastwood

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Crochet Club: Marvellous mitts and a sweet scarf by Kate Eastwood

With the very first flutterings of snow happening in the UK this week, the time is right to start hooking up mini mitts and scarves to keep our little ones warm and snuggly…

Crochet club mitts and scarf

I have designed this set to be particularly ‘child friendly’ and ‘Mum happy’ as once the mittens are attached to elastic and the scarf is tucked through the two buttonholes worked in to the design, neither will be going anywhere and will keep fingers and necks toasty warm for as long as needed.

Mitts and a scarf by Kate Eastwood

For my sets I used Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino which works up to give such a warm and cosy finish. For the Pink Mitten and Scarf set I used 2 x balls of Lipstick Pink 340078 and 2 x balls of Rose Pink 340094. (The mittens take 1 ball of each colour and the scarf takes 1 ball of each colour).

For the Green set I used 2 x balls of Apple 340002, 1 x ball for the mittens and 1 x ball for the scarf.

This pattern is written is UK terms but you can convert using our handy chart here.

Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino

Measurements

I have made each set with a different sized hook, as with little hands being, well little, I felt it would help to give a couple of size options .

The green set is worked with a 5.5mm hook and the finished measurements for the mittens are: Circumference 6”, Length 6”, Thumb 1.5”. This size fits a young child of approx. 3 to 4 year old. The scarf measures approx. 25” x 3.5”.

Mitts and scarf by Kate Eastwood

The pink set is worked with a 4.5mm hook and the finished measurements for the mittens are: Circumference 5.5”, Length 5.5” , Thumb 1.75” which fits a Toddler of approx. 2 to 3 years. The accompanying scarf measures approx. 23” x 3.25”.

Pink mitts and a scarf

To make the mittens:

The mittens are designed with a long cuff that can either be folded over or left unfolded to make it easier to tuck the mittens under long sleeves.

To make the cuff of the mitten:

Ch 15.

Row 1: Starting in the 2nd chain from the hook work a row of DC, 14sts. At the end of the row chain 1 and turn.

Row 2: You are now going to work another row of DC, but this time working in to the back loop only of each stitch. This is what creates the ribbed look and gives the stretchiness to the cuff.

Rows 3 to 22: Continue working rows of DC, into the back loop only, and remembering to chain 1 and turn at the end of each row.

At the end of Row 22 you should have a stretchy, ribbed rectangle.

Making mittens

Fold the cuff so that the two short edges meet and join along the short edge either by working a Row of DC that joins the two edges together or use a needle and thread to stitch in place. Finish off and sew your ends in.

Do not turn the seam to the inside when you have completed this part as once the cuff is folded in half the seam will be tucked away anyway.

To make the main body of the mitten:

The main body of the mitten is made in a continuous round of DC (meaning one round merges in to the last and there is no need to Sl St to join and Ch 1 at the end of each round.)

With the cuff facing in the right direction, rejoin your yarn to the top edge of the cuff and work 25 DC around the top of the cuff, spacing these as evenly as you can as you work round. You are now going to be working in continuous rounds, and will be starting to make the thumb shaping.

Crocheting green mittens

Round 1: DC into the first 11 stitches, then work 2 DC in to the next stitch, 1 DC in to each of the next 2 stitches and 2 DC in to the following stitch. Work a DC in to the remaining 10 sts. 27 sts.

Round 2: Work a round of DC, 27 sts.

Round 3: DC in to the first 12 stitches, then work 2 DC in to the next stitch, 1 DC in to each of the next 2 stitches and 2 DC in to the following stitch. Work a DC in to the remaining 11 sts. 29 sts.

Round 4: Work a round of DC, 29 sts.

Crocheting the hands of green mittens

Round 5: DC in to the first 13 stitches, then work 2 DC in to the next stitch, 1 DC in to each of the next 2 stitches and 2 DC in to the following stitch. Work a DC in to the remaining 12 sts. 31 sts.

Round 6: Work a round of DC, 31 sts.

Round 7: DC in to the first 14 stitches, then work 2 DC in to the next stitch, 1 DC in to each of the next 2 stitches and 2 DC in to the following stitch. Work a DC in to the remaining 13 sts. 33 sts.

Round 8: Work a round of DC, 33 sts.

Round 9: DC in to the first 15 stitches, then work 2 DC in to the next stitch, 1 DC in to each of the next 2 stitches and 2 DC in to the following stitch. Work a DC in to the remaining 14 sts. 35 sts.

Round 10: In this round you will be creating the thumb hole. DC  in to the first 13 stitches , then count 10 stitches and skip these. Carry on working DC in to the remaining 12 stitches. This is detailed in the three photos below: from left to right, picture one shows the 10 skipped stitches, picture two shows the rejoining after you have skipped 10 and picture three shows how your work will look at the end of the round, in that you now have two separate rounds, one of 25 stitches for the hand, and one of 10 stitches for the thumb.

Crocheting green mittens

Rounds 11 to 20: Continue working rounds of 25 DC.

You are now going to shape the top of the mitten.

Round 21: DC 3, decrease by working the next two DC together, repeat four more times. 20 sts.

Round 22: Decrease by working two DC together all the way around. 10 sts.

Round 23: Decrease by working two DC together all the way around. 5sts. Finish off, leaving a tail of yarn long enough to run a gathering stitch around the remaining 5 sts. Pull the gathering stitch up to close the small circle at the top of the mitten. Finish off and sew in the ends.

Finishing off the mittens

To make the thumb: Rejoin your yarn at the thumb hole, work 2 DC in to the first stitch, DC 8 and then work 2 DC in to the final stitch, 12 sts.

Rounds 1 to 6: Work a round of DC, 12 sts.

Crocheting the thumb holes

Round 7: Decrease by working two DC together all the way around. 6 sts. Finish off, leaving a tail of yarn long enough to run a gathering stitch around the remaining 6 sts. Pull the gathering stitch up to close the small circle at the top of the thumb. Finish off and sew in the ends, using the tail of yarn at the start of the thumb to close any small holes at the point where the thumb meets the main body of the mitten.

To make the Scarf:

The scarf is worked in rows of DC, with two buttonholes incorporated in the design so that the scarf can be secured in place.

Row 1: Chain 111 and starting in the 2nd chain from the hook work a row of DC, 110 sts. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 2: ( WS ) Work a row of DC, chain 1 and turn.

Row 3: ( RS ) DC 15, skip 5 and chain 5, DC 90. 110 sts. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 4: DC 110, chain 1 and turn.

Rows 5 to 16: DC, 110 sts.

Row 17: Repeat Row 3 , so that you are left with matching buttonholes, opposite each other.

Rows 18 and 19: DC 110. Finish off and sew in the ends.

Crocheting a green scarf

Rejoin your yarn at each end of the scarf and work 2 rows of DC to give you a neat edge.

Finishing off your scarf

The pink mitten and scarf set is worked in exactly the same pattern as the green set with each stripe being 2 rows of DC.  As each stripe is quite small and to avoid having lots of ends I simply left the yarn attached at the end of each colour change, looping each colour up as needed.

For the bobble edge border on the scarf: when the main body of the scarf is finished rejoin the yarn at each end and work a row of DC, chain 1 and turn. With the WS side facing you, Sl St the next 2 sts, and make a bobble as follows: Yarn over, pull though loop to TR height, and repeat four more times, yarn over and pull through all the loops on the hook. Sl St in to the next 2 stitches, repeat bobble. Follow this pattern to the end of the row. Finish off and sew in the ends.

Finished pink mittens and scarf

To finish off your mittens you may wish to add a length of elastic that can be threaded through the arms of a coat to join the mittens together and to keep them from getting lost.

Secured with elastic

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About the Author

Living just outside Bath, Kate is fortunate enough to be able to indulge two of her biggest loves -- living right in the middle of the countryside but within easy distance of retail therapy. When not working at her nursery school she loves nothing more than a day of pootling around, with crochet, sofa and tea being right at the top of the list.




2 Responses to Crochet Club: Marvellous mitts and a sweet scarf by Kate Eastwood

  1. Cindy says:

    I love the idea of the buttonholes for the scarf. Is the 5 stitch buttonhole big enough to easily slip the end through if I do the bauble border? I’m wondering if I should make the hole bigger.

    • sian says:

      Hello Cindy,

      You shouldn’t need to make the hole bigger if you choose to add the bobble border 🙂 We’d love to see pictures of how you get on!

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