Early Frost Mittens

Make your own mittens in a tight thermal stitch for maximum warmth. Pair these mittens with your favorite fall coat and cup of hot coffee for the perfect fall day.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 7” around palm, to fit average adult hand

Gauge: working in tsc: 18 sts and 30 rows = 4” [10 cm]

Materials

Yarn:

Medium Weight Yarn Cascade 220 Superwash (100% Wool; 220 yards [201 meters]/100 grams): 204 Smoke Blue, 1 skein

Hook: US size H/8 (5 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle

Abbreviations

Tsc- Thermal single crochet

Tsc2tog – Thermal single crochet 2 together

Special Stitches

Foundation double crochet (fdc): Ch 3, yo, insert hook in 3rd ch from hook, yo, pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yo, draw through 1 loop (1 ch made), (yo, draw through 2 loops) twice, foundation double crochet st made. *Yo, insert hook under 2 loops of ch at bottom of st just made, yo, pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yo, draw through 1 loop (1 ch made), (yarn over and draw through 2 loops) twice; rep from * for number of fdc needed. 

Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc): Yo, insert hook behind post of stitch and back out the front (from front to back to front), yo, pull through (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through 2 loops, (2 loops on hook), yo, pull through 2 loops to complete st

Back Post Double Crochet (bpdc): Yo, insert hook from the back of your work around the front of the post of the st (in other words from back to front to back), yo, pull through (3 loops on hook), yo, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yo, pull through rem 2 loops to complete st.

Patten Notes

When working the tsc, keep your tension flexible and don’t pull the stitches too tight.

When joining each round in tsc, work your sl st through the blo of the beg tsc.

Pattern

Left Mitten

Leaving an 8-10” tail, work 30 fdc. Alternatively, ch 32, dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across. Being careful not to twist sts, join to top of first st with sl st to form circle. Use beg tail sew up the little gap left here during the finishing.

Rnd 1: Ch 2 (counts as bpdc), *fpdc around next st, bpdc around next st; rep from * around, ending with fpdc in last st, join with sl st to top of beg ch-2 – 30 sts.
Rnds 2-4: Ch 2 (counts as bpdc), *work fpdc around next fpdc, bpdc around next bpdc; rep from * around, join turn.
Rnd 5 (WS): Ch 1, sc in blo of each st around, join with sl st in blo of beg sc, turn.

Begin Thermal Crochet Stitch Body

Rnd 6 (RS): Ch 1, tsc in each st around, join with sl st in the blo of beg tsc, join, turn – 30 tsc.

Rep Rnd 6 until Mitten meas approx. 1½” from above the Cuff ending with WS facing for next rnd.

Shape Thumb Gusset

Rnd 7: Ch 1, tsc in first 8 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in next st, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in last 19 sts, join, turn – 32 sts.
Rnd 8: Ch 1, tsc in first 19 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in next 3 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in last 8 sts, join, turn – 34 sts.
Rnd 9: Work even in tsc around, join, turn.
Rnd 10: Ch 1, tsc in first 19 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in next 5 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in last 8 sts, join, turn – 36 sts.
Rnd 11: Work even in tsc around, join, turn.
Rnd 12: Ch 1, tsc in first 19 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in next 7 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in last 8 sts, join, turn – 38 sts.
Rnd 13: Work even in tsc around, join, turn.
Rnd 14: Ch 1, tsc in first 19 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in next 9 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in last 8 sts, join, turn – 40 sts.
Rnd 15: Work even in tsc around, join, turn.
Rnd 16: Ch 1, tsc in first 19 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in next 11 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in last 8 sts, join, turn –42 sts.
Rnd 17:  Work even in tsc around, join, turn.
Rnd 18: Ch 1, tsc in first 19 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in next 13 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in last 8 sts, join, turn – 44 sts.
Rnds 19-20: Work even in tsc around, join, turn.

Thumb Opening

Rnd 21: Ch 1, tsc in first 9 sts, ch 2, sk next 13 sts, tsc in last 22 sts, join, turn – 33 sts.
Rnd 22: Ch 1, tsc in each st around including chs at Thumb, join, turn – 33 sts.
Rnd 23: Ch 1, tsc in first 26 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in rem 6 sts – 34 sts.

Work even in tsc until Mitten meas 7” from the Cuff or approximately 1” shorter than desired length, ending with WS facing for next row.

Decreases for Top of Mitten

Rnd 1: Ch 1, tsc in first 8 sts, tsc2tog, tsc in next 14 sts, (tsc2tog) twice, tsc in last 6 sts, join, turn – 31 sts.
Rnd 2:  Work even in tsc around, join, turn.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, tsc in first 8 sts, tsc2tog, tsc in next 12 sts, (tsc2tog) twice, tsc in last 5 sts, join, turn – 28 sts.
Rnd 4:  Work even in tsc around, join, turn.
Rnd 5: Ch 1, tsc in first 7 sts, tsc2tog, tsc in next 11 sts, (tsc2tog) twice, tsc in last 4 sts, join, turn – 25 sts.
Rnd 6: Work even in tsc around, join, turn.
Rnd 7: Ch 1, tsc in first 7 sts, tsc2tog, tsc in next 9 sts, (tsc2tog) twice, tsc in last 3 sts, join – 22 sts.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Turn Mitten with WS out and weave top closed.

Thumb

With WS facing, join yarn with sl st in one of the sts rem from Rnd 21, ch 1.

Rnd 1: Working under both loops and the rem loop in the row below, work 1 sc in each st around, working a sc2tog over the ch-2 sp of Rnd 21 – 14 sc.

Do not join, but continue working in a spiral until the Thumb meas approx. 2” or desired length.

Next Rnd: *Sc2tog, sc in next st; rep from * around until 5-6 sts rem.

Fasten off and pull yarn through rem sts.

Right Mitten

Work same as for the Left Mitten until you are ready to begin increasing for the Thumb Gusset.

Rnd 7: Ch 1, tsc in first 19 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in next st, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in last 8 sts, join, turn – 32 sts.
Rnd 8: Ch 1, tsc in first 8 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in next 3 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in last 19 sts, join, turn – 34 sts.
Rnd 9: Work even in tsc around, join, turn.
Rnd 10: Ch 1, tsc in first 8 sts, 2 tsc in next sts, tsc in next 5 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in last 19 sts, join, turn – 36 sts.
Rnd 11: Work even in tsc around, join, turn.
Rnd 12: Ch 1, tsc in first 8 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in next 7 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in last 19 sts, join, turn – 38 sts.
Rnd 13: Work even in tsc around, join, turn.
Rnd 14: Ch 1, tsc in first 8 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in next 9 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in last 19 sts, join, turn – 40 sts.
Rnd 15: Work even in tsc around, join, turn.
Rnd 16: Ch 1, tsc in first 8 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in next 11 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in last 19 sts, join, turn – 42 sts.
Rnd 17:  Work even in tsc around, join, turn.
Rnd 18: Ch 1, tsc in first 8 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in next 13 sts, 2 tsc in next st, tsc in last 19 sts, join, turn – 44 sts.
Rnds 19-20: Work even in tsc around, join, turn.

Thumb Opening

Rnd 21: Ch 1, tsc in first 22 sts, ch 2, sk next 13 sts, tsc in last 9 sts, join, turn – 33 sts.
Rnd 22: Ch 1, tsc in each st around, including chs at Thumb, join, turn.
Rnd 23: Ch 1, tsc in first 6 sts, 2 tsc in next, tsc in rem sts, join, turn – 34 sts.

Work even in tsc until Mitten meas 7” from the Cuff or approximately 1” shorter than desired length, ending with WS facing for next rnd.

Decrease for Top of Mitten

Rnd 1: Ch 1, tsc in first 6 sts, (tsc2tog) twice, tsc in next 14 sts, tsc2tog, tsc in last 8 sts, join, turn – 31 sts.
Rnd 2:  Work even in tsc around, join, turn.
Rnd 3: Ch 1, tsc in first 5 sts, tsc2tog (twice), tsc in next 12 sts, tsc2tog, tsc in last 8 sts, join, turn – 28 sts.
Rnd 4:  Work even in tsc around, join, turn.
Rnd 5: Ch 1, tsc in first 4 sts, tsc2tog (twice), tsc in next 11 sts, tsc2tog, tsc in last 7 sts, join, turn – 25 sts.
Rnd 6:  Work even in tsc around, join, turn
Rnd 7: Ch 1, tsc in first 3 sts, tsc2tog (twice), tsc in next 9 sts, tsc2tog, tsc in last 7 sts, join – 22 sts.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail. Turn Mitten with WS out and weave top closed.

Thumb

With WS facing, join yarn with sl st in one of the sts rem from Rnd 21, ch 1.

Rnd 1: Working under both loops and the rem loop in the rnd below, work 1 sc in each st around, working a sc2tog over the ch-2 of Rnd 21 – 14 sc.

Do not join but continue working in a spiral until Thumb meas approx. 2” or desired length.

Next Rnd: *Sc2tog, sc in next; rep from * around until 5-6 sts rem.

Fasten off and pull yarn through remaining sts.

Finishing

Weave in all ends. Sew up gap at beg fdc

 

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