These cosy crochet mittens will put stars in your eyes! Made in scrummy Rose and Bark shades, Kate Eastwood's fabulous star mittens are ideal for keeping hands toasty in the frosty weather. They also make magical Christmas gifts. The best bit? You can whip up 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 Bark.
For the main part of the mittens I worked with a 3.5mm hook and for the stars I worked with a 2mm hook.
Just a heads up, this tutorial is written in UK crochet terminology, but you can pop over into our Crochet Conversion Tables. Worked in a continuous round, you may find it handy to have a stitch marker for marking the end/beginning of each round.
These cosy mittens are worked in extended double crochet (EDC), an extended single crochet in US terminology, which creates a slightly longer stitch than a DC but a slightly more solid stitch than a TR. If you've never tried your hand at the EDC, I'll show you in the steps to follow.
Before starting, you'll need a few essential tools and supplies.
How to work an EDC
Insert your hook in to the stitch and pull up a loop.
Pull through the first loop.
Pull through both loops on the hook.
Now that you've mastered the extended double crochet aka EDC, now on to the mittens!
How to make your first 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.
Next up we'll make the thumb part of your mitten.
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.
When you've crocheted your thumb and main parts of your mitten then it's time to join them together. We'll guide you through step-by-step.
To join the hand and the thumb together
Bring your pieces together ready to attach. 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.
Joining. 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.
More extended double crochets. Now work 4 further rounds of 48 EDC.
Next up! Lay your mitten flat with the thumb to the left and place your stitch marker at the stitch exactly on the fold.
Shape the side of your thumb. 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.
We're now going to decrease by working 2 EDC together at either side of the stitch marker.
To work a decrease in EDC
Insert hook. Yarn over, pull up loop.
Yarn over. Pull through one loop.
Insert hook in the next stitch. Yarn over, pull up loop.
Yarn over. Pull through one loop, yarn over, pull through all three loops.
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.
Add your new colour. Join in your Bark 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 Bark 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*.
Slip a stitch and sl st into the next stitch.
Continue. Repeat all the way around until you've made 5 points of your star.
I made a total of 7 stars for each mitten.
Once you've made your stars, lie your mitten on 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. And that's it!