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Published on February 6th, 2018 | by Kate Eastwood

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Crochet Club: Star Mittens by Kate Eastwood

Kate’s fabulous Star Mittens are ideal for this frosty weather, and great gift project too! You can make these little beauties in a weekend!

The finished mitten measures approximately 9.4″ / 24cm from the bottom of the cuff to the top of the mitten, approx. 4.3″ / 11cm at the widest part of the hand ( under the thumb) and the thumb measures approx. 3″ / 7.5cm.

For my mittens I used Willow & Lark Ramble : 2 x balls of Rose and 1 ball of Truffle.

For the main part of the mittens I worked with a 3.5mm hook and for the stars I worked with a 2mm hook. This tutorial is written in UK crochet terminology.

The mittens are worked in a continuous round and you may find it helpful to have a stitch marker for marking the end/beginning of each round.

The mittens are worked in extended double crochet (an extended single crochet in US terminology), which creates a slightly longer stitch than a DC but a slighly more solid stitch than a TR. Details of how to work an EDC are below:

  1. Insert your hook in to the stitch and pull up a loop.
  2. Yarn over.
  3. Pull through the first loop.
  4. Yarn over.
  5. Pull through both loops on the hook.

To make the mitten:

Round 1: Make a Magic Ring and work 6 DC in to the ring.

Round 2: Work 2 EDC in to each stitch from Round 1, 12sts.

Round 3: *Work 1 EDC in to the next stitch, followed by 2 EDC in to the next stitch.* Repeat all the way around , 18 sts.

Round 4: *Work 1 EDC in to each of the next two stitches, followed by 2 EDC in to the next stitch.* Repeat all the way around , 24 sts.

Round 5: *Work 1 EDC in to each of the next three stitches, followed by 2 EDC in to the next stitch.* Repeat all the way around , 30 sts.

Round 6: *Work 1 EDC in to each of the next four stitches, followed by 2 EDC in to the next stitch.* Repeat all the way around , 36 sts.

Continue working rounds of 36 EDC until your work measures 14.5cm. Do not finish off.

To make the thumb:

Round 1: Make a Magic Ring and work 4 DC in to the ring.

Round 2: Work 2 EDC in to each stitch from Round 1, 8sts.

Round 3: *Work 1 EDC in to the next stitch, followed by 2 EDC in to the next stitch.* Repeat all the way around , 12 sts.

Continue working rounds of 12 EDC until your work measures 7.5cm. Sl St to finish.

To join the hand and the thumb together:

Lay the hand piece on to a flat surface, making sure that the hand is folded flat with your last stitch being at the left hand edge. Mark this stitch with a stitch marker.

Lay the thumb piece next to it , again folded flat, with the finishing off yarn being at the right hand edge.

Join the two pieces together by working 12 EDC around the thumb and then 36 EDC around the hand. Mark the end of the round with the stitch marker.

Now work  4 further rounds of 48 EDC.

Lay your mitten flat with the thumb to the left and place your stitch marker at the stitch exactly on the fold.

You are now going to create the shaping at the side of the thumb so that the mitten fits snuggly.

Work a few EDC so that you are 2 stitches away from the marker.

*You are now going to decrease by working 2 EDC together at either side of the stitch marker.

To work a decrease in EDC:

  1. Insert hook, yarn over, pull up loop
  2. Yarn over, pull through one loop
  3. Insert hook in the next stitch, yarn over, pull up loop
  4. Yarn over, pull through one loop, yarn over , pull through all three loops.

After the first decrease, work an EDC in the stitch with the marker, replace the marker and decrease the next two stitches together.

Continue the round until two stitches before the marker *

Repeat  from * to * until you have 34 sts left.

Work 5 rounds of 34 EDC.

For the next round you are going to begin the increasing that will form the cuff. Work 1 EDC, followed by 2 EDC in to the next stitch. Continue all the way around, 50sts.

Now join in your Truffle yarn and work 2 EDC in to each stitch all the way around, 100 sts.

For your final round work 2 EDC in to each stitch all the way around, 200 sts. Sl St to join and finish off.

To make the stars:

Round 1: Using the colour truffle and a 2mm hook make a Magic Ring and work 5 DC in to the ring.

Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch from Round 1, 10 sts. Sl St to join at the end of the round.

Round 3: *Chain 4, and starting in the second chain from the hook work back down the chain as follows: Sl St 1, DC 1, HTR 1. This will bring you back to the circular centre. Skip a stitch and Sl St back in to the next stitch*.

I made a total of 7 stars for each mitten.

Once you have made your stars lay your mitten on to a flat surface and pin the stars where you want them to be . I find safety pins good for this.

Sew the stars firmly into place with a needle and thread.

For more of Kate Eastwood’s gorgeous patterns and projects, follow her on Instagram and on her blog JustPootling!

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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.




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