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Fingerless Mittens

I’ve been making these wrist warmers as Christmas gifts for my son’s preschool teachers. (Hope they’ll like them – always feel nervous about gifting my creations.) I made the first pair in half doubles (American terminology) and the second in doubles. Both work up quickly and offer endless options in terms of colour combos! Ideal stocking fillers for the time pressured crocheter… and sport weight merino wool makes for wearable, non bulky, yet lovely warm mittens. If you meet gauge, you should end up with something like average female size. Both patterns are below – scroll further for the dc version. Enjoy 🙂

Wrist Warmers in Half Doubles

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Being worked in the round, the seam will twist slightly around these hdc mittens. That’s fine.

Materials: 

Sport weight yarn. I used Drops Baby Merino in grey 20 & pink 27. You’ll need about one skein (50g/175m) to make a pair of mittens.

3.5mm (E) hook

Gauge: 

Approx. 16 rows & 20 hdcs = 10×10 cm/ 4×4 inches

Rnd 1:
Foundation half double crochet 36, join with slst in 1st fhdc to form a circle (36 sts)
Alternatively, loosely ch36, join to form a circle without twisting your chain, ch2 (counts as 1st hdc stitch), hdc in ea ch around, join with slst in top of beg ch-2
Rnds 2 – 6:
Ch1 (does not count as a stitch), hdc in each st around, join with slst in 1st hdc (36 sts)
Rnd 7:
Ch1 (does not count as a stitch), [hdc in each of the next 7 sts, hdc2tog] repeat 3 times, join with slst in 1st hdc (32 sts)
Rnds 8-16:
Ch1 (does not count as a stitch), hdc in each st around, join with slst in 1st hdc (32 sts)
Rnd 17:
Ch1 (does not count as a stitch), 2 hdc in 1st stitch, hdc in next 14 stitches, 2 hdc in each of next 2 stitches, hdc in next 14 sts, 2 hdc in final stitch, join with slst in 1st hdc (36 sts)
Rnd 18:
Ch1 (does not count as a stitch) 2 hdc in 1st stitch, hdc in each stitch until the final stitch, 2 hdc in final stitch, join with slst in 1st hdc (38 sts)
Rnd 19:
As rnd 18 (40 sts)
Rnd 20:
Ch1 (does not count as a stitch), hdc in each st around, join with slst in 1st hdc (40 sts)
Rnd 21:
As rnd 18 (42 sts)
Rnd 22:
As rnd 20 (42 sts)
Rnd 23:
As rnd 18 (44 sts)
Rnd 24:
As rnd 20 (44 sts)
Rnd 25:
As rnd 18 (46 sts)
Rnd 26:
As rnd 20 (46 sts)
Rnd 27:
As rnd 18 (48 sts)
Rnd 28:
As rnd 18 (50 sts)
Rnd 29 – separating fingers from thumb:
Slst together the 1st AND the 13th st, skipping sts 2-12, ch1 (does not count as a stitch), hdc in each of the next 37 stitches, join with slst in 1st hdc (37 hdcs around fingers)
FINGERS rnd 30-35, or until required length:
Ch1 (does not count as a stitch), hdc in each st around, join with slst in 1st hdc (37 sts)
THUMB – optional:
Attach yarn to any stitch around the thumb opening, ch1 (does not count as a stitch), hdc around the thumb opening, join with slst in 1st hdc.

Wrist Warmers in Double Crochet

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Materials:

Same as for the half double crochet mittens, see above.

Gauge:

Approx. 12 rows & 20 dcs = 10×10 cm/ 4×4 inches

Round 1:
Foundation double crochet 36, join with slst in 1st fdc to form a circle (36 sts).
Alternatively, ch36, join to form a circle without twisting your chain, ch3 (counts as 1st st), dc in ea ch around, join with slst in top of beg ch3.
Round 2-5:
Ch3 (counts as 1st st), dc in next st & in each st around, join with slst in top of beg ch3 (36 sts)
Round 6:
Ch3 (counts as 1st stitch), dc in each of the next 6 sts, dc2tog, *dc in each of the next 7 sts, dc2tog, repeat from * twice, join with slst in top of beg ch3 (32 sts)
Round 7-11:
Ch3 (counts as 1st stitch), dc in next st & in each st around, join with slst in top of beg ch3 (32 sts)
Round 12:
Ch3 (counts as 1st stitch), 1 more dc in the same st, dc in next 14 sts, 2 dc in ea of the next 2 sts, dc in next 14 sts, 2 dc in next (=the last) st, join with slst in top of beg ch3 (36 sts)
Round 13:
Ch3 (counts as 1st stitch), 1 more dc in the same st, dc in each st to the last one, 2 dc in last st, join with slst in top of beg ch3 (38 sts)
Round 14:
As round 13 (40 sts)
Round 15:
As round 13 (42 sts)
Round 16:
As round 13 (44 sts)
Round 17:
As round 13 (46 sts)
Round 18:
As round 13 (48 sts)
Round 19:
As round 13 (50 sts)
Round 20 – separation of thumb from fingers:
Slst in the first 6 sts, slst together the 7th st AND the 7th st counting backwards from the end (closing off thumb opening), ch3 (counts as 1st dc stitch), dc in next 36 sts, the last dc should end up in the same st as the last slst, join with slst in top of beg ch3 (37 dcs around the fingers)
FINGERS rounds 21-24 – or until required size:
Ch3 (counts as 1st stitch), dc in next st & in each st around, join with slst in top of beg ch3 (37 sts)
THUMB – optional:
Attach yarn to any stitch around the thumb opening, ch3 (counts as 1st dc stitch), dc around the thumb opening, join with slst in top of beg ch3.

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18 Comments

  1. Frances Frances

    LOVE these!!! Thank you so much!!! I love the tag you have attached. Is it cloth or paper, or ??? I’m new at this type of thing (making to sell). Thank you again!

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Thank you! The tag is fabric, woven. Ordered it online – sent them my logo and they made them 🙂 I’m sure you can find something similar where you are if you google it.

  2. Joy DeLong Joy DeLong

    Love this pattern!!! Any tips on how to print it???

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Glad you like it! In Chrome you click ‘File’ in the top menu and then ‘Print’ 🙂

  3. Cathy Cathy

    I love crocheting mitts and these are just darling! I agree that the lighter weight yarn looks and feels better in some patterns. Thanks so much for the instructions. The tags are awesome!

  4. Sharon Williams Sharon Williams

    I love the wrist warmers. Having a hard time trying to print pattern. Could you email me the pattern?

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Sorry, I don’t have a pdf of this pattern, just noted it down on the blog as I went along. But if you go to http://hookedbyanna.com/fingerless-mittens/ and then in your browser click ‘File’ > ‘Print’, you should be able to print it out.

  5. Shelagh West Shelagh West

    Just made these wrist warmers tonight while watching TV. Used some Opal brand sock wool and I’m very happy with the results.

  6. Hilary Hilary

    Ok, I’m stuck- what does “As rnd” mean?

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      It means ‘as round’, so repeat the round indicated 🙂

    • Amanda Amanda

      Thank you!!!!

  7. Ann Ann

    I have man sized hands and am wondering what I would do to increase the size of these?

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      OMG, so sorry for late reply!! Life is crazy busy with my 3 little ones (5 if you count husband & cat) 😉 So, unless you want to play around with the pattern itself, increasing stitch counts etc, the easiest option is to use a thicker weight yarn, maybe a light worsted and a 4,5ish mm hook. Work up a gauge swatch – if you have fewer stitches per 10x10cm /4x4in than in the pattern, your mitten will end up larger than mine. It will be a bit of trial and error… Hope this helps, let me know how it goes 🙂

  8. Love these patterns, and my daughter has requested a pair with a couple simple stripes and I think either of these would be perfect!

    A question as I read the pattern prior to diving in: I don’t see any instructions re: when to change yarn colors to achieve the same effect you do. Help…?

    Thanks!!

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Hi Marcy, thanks, glad to hear you like them! I thought I’d sort of leave it up to the readers to work their own colours, but what I do when you want a stripe (round) in contrasting colour is to close the round with slip stitch as usual with ‘old’ colour, then I yarn over and pull through the new colour to work the first of the 3 starting chains of the next round. (If you’re making the dc mittens). Does that make sense? ? If you mean the two stripes at the base of the hdc mittens, they’re made alternating sc & dc stitches – which creates a sort of houndstooth pattern… Email me if you have probs! Crochet(at)hookedbyanna.com ?

    • Thanks so much for your very prompt reply–so helpful since Eve’s birthday is on the 28th of this month!!

  9. Steph Steph

    Hi, I’m sort of new to crochet and was wondering about the first round. Does the chain 3 count as one of the 36 FHDC? Thank you!

    • hookedbyanna hookedbyanna

      Hi Steph, so sorry about late reply – your comment had ended up in spam! Have you checked out any YouTube tutorials for foundation hdc stitches? This one by Moogly is the one I used to learn the technique: https://youtu.be/I9Og5cd2L0o You should start by chaining 2 (not 3), YO, insert hook into the first chain you made, YO & pull thru (3 loops on hook), YO & pull thru 1 loop (3 loops on hook), YO & pull thru all loops on hook. NOW you’ve made your first fhdc. Hope that makes sense 🙂

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