From: The October 2016 Issue of I Like Crochet
Skill level: Intermediate
Chill in the air catch you by surprise? No problem! With the Early Frost Mittens pattern, your hands will stay warm while you’re out and about. A tight thermal stitch in a pretty design makes this the crochet mitten pattern of choice.
Weather can be fickle: the mornings start out crisp and frosty; by midday the sun’s warmth has you toasty and then the chill returns in the evening. Keep these mittens in your coat pockets, purse or car’s glove compartment and you’ll be ready no matter what lies outside your doors!
And, the Early Frost Mittens will keep right on protecting your hands from the cold throughout the winter. The thermal single crochet stitch used in the Early Frost Mittens ensures warmth by creating a double layer, but it doesn’t look bulky. The design is simple enough to go with most any day outfit, and pretty enough to be more than utilitarian. Make the mittens in your favorite color yarn from neutral to bright or jazz it up with a variegated choice.
The Early Frost Mittens Pattern is worked primarily in foundation double crochet, front post double crochet, back post double crochet, and thermal single crochet. It’s crocheted from wrist to tip, including the thumb opening. To finish, put wrong sides together, weave the top closed and complete the thumb. The pattern fits size 7, or the average adult hand.
Pam Daley, a professional crochet pattern designer and author, created this mitten pattern for I Like Crochet. She has a tutorial on the thermal single crochet stitch on the I Like Crochet website and a cute pattern for fingerless gloves, too. You should check them out!
The Early Frost Mittens pattern includes:
- Complete stitch instructions
- List of materials, notions, and hook size
- Pattern notes
- Special stitches and abbreviations
- Finishing instructions
You’ll love wearing these mittens when you’re out for a walk, at an outdoor sporting event, on a holiday stroll, or just on your way to work. Pair them with your favorite jacket—and a cup of hot coffee or cider—for enjoying the perfect crisp day.
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