Easy Crochet Men’s Mittens

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For Christmas last year I made my fiancé some cosy blue mittens that he has been nagging me for for some time. Unfortunately he then went and left them on the train to work one January morning and has since been asking me to make him another pair. And so some blue mittens are back on my ‘to do list’, perhaps with wrist ties this time to prevent a second pair getting lost! But luckily I took some pictures of the first pair I made him. I was really proud of how they turned out as I made them using a pattern that I had to adapt to suit the DK yarn I wanted to use instead of a chunky yarn that the pattern was designed for. It was the first pattern that I had adapted and it felt like quite a crafting milestone for me as I still consider myself a relative beginner at crochet. I even did some hand measurements to ensure they would fit like a glove (ba-dum-dum tshh!). The pattern I adapted was from Oombawka Design Crochet and is available here: Daddy’s Simply Easy Mittens.

What I used:

2 x Sirdar Harrap Tweed DK Yarn in Hepworth (0103) (50g balls)
4mm crochet hook

Pattern:

Cuff
Row 1: Ch 12, turn.
Row 2: 1 dc in each st across, ch 1, turn (11)
Row 3: working in the BL. 1 dc in each st actors, ch 1, turn (11)
Rows 4 – 31: repeat row 3. Do not finish off.
Row 32: Fold the cuff in half.  You will be slip stitching through both layers of the cuff.  When folded Row 1 is on the top and Row 31 is on the bottom.  Slip stitch through the Row 1 chain and through the BL (back loop) only of “Row 31” (11)

Mittens
Round 1:  Work 32 dc sts evenly around the top edge of the cuff (the row ends); sl st in BL of 1st dc of the round, ch 1 (32)
Round 2: *1 htr in each of the first 3 sts, 2 htr in the next st**. Rep from * to ** 8 times. (40)
Round 3: *1 htr in each of the first 3 sts, 2 htr in the next st**. Rep from * to ** 10 times (50)
Round 4-11: 1 htr in each st around (50)
Round 12: 1 htr in each of the first 4 sts, 2 htr in the next st, skip 14 sts, 1 dc and 1 htr in the 20th st, *1 htr in each of the next 5 sts, 2 htr in the next st**. Rep from * to **  5 times (43)
Round 13: 1 htr in each of the first 6 sts, 1 htr in the st below the 7th stitch, 1 htr in each of the remaining sts (43)
Round 14: 1 htr in each st around (43)
Rounds 15 – 26: rep Round 14
Round 27: htr2tog 20 times, htr3tog in last 3 sts (21)
Round 28 – 29: 1 htr in each st around (21)
Round 30: htr2tog 10 times; 1 htr in the last st (11)
Round 31: htr2tog 5 times; 1 htr in the last st (6)

Weave yarn end through the loops of the final round, weave in ends and finish off. Please see this tutorial for assistance with the weaving in and closing of the top of the mitten.

Thumb
With the opening for the thumb on the left-hand side of your crocheted work, attach the yarn to the furthest stitch on the right-hand side of the opening.

Round 1: ch 1, 1  htr in each st around, sl st to the st where you joined your yarn [15] (*note the ch 1 counts as a st)
Round 2: 1 htr in the ch 1 of the previous round, and in each st around (15)
Round 3: sl st and 1 htr into the 1st htr of the previous round, 1 htr in each st around (15)
Round 4-10: Repeat Round 3 (15)
Round 11: sl st into the 1st htr of Round 7, 1 dc in each st around (14)

Weave yarn end through the stitches of Round 11, finish off and weave in any loose ends.

I have to be honest, it took me quite some time to figure out how best to adapt the pattern and it definitely required a lot more effort than simply following a pattern. But I’m hoping that the more I do try to customise patterns to suit my own preferences, the easier it will become and actually, that it will help me learn how to create my own patterns – something I’m dying to do! If you regularly adapt patterns, I would love to hear about any tips or tricks you use to make it a bit easier!

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