Savannah’s Baby Mittens
These mitts are totally customizable – you pick the yarn, crochet hook and stitch and make the mitts to fit your baby’s wee hands. These thumbless mittens are worked in the round from the fingers to the wrist, in one piece.
Savannah’s hands are almost 5-inches wide and 4-inches long (from her middle finger to her wrist). These mitts were made to be 5.25″ in circumference (before stretching) and 5″ in length.
First, I will share the pattern I designed for these exactmitts and at the end of the post I will tell you how to customize this design to your preferred yarn, hook and hand-size.
Savannah’s Baby Mittens Pattern – (5.25″ circumference, 5″ length)
Hook: 3.50 mm
Yarn: Estelle South Pacific (DK/8 ply)
Abbreviations: ss (slip stitch), hdc (half double crochet), sc (single crochet), st (stitch), R (round), hdc puff stitch (half double crochet puff stitch – see special stitches)
Special Stitch: hdc puff st = yarn over hook, insert hook into specified stitch, pull up a loop; yarn over hook, insert hook into the same stitch, pull up a loop (5-loops on hook), yarn over hook and draw through all 5-loops on the hook, ch-1 to finish the stitch
Note: The initial chain 1 (ch-1) and ending slip stitch (ss) do not count toward the stitch count in each round. The ss is worked in the first stitch of the round (the first hdc stitch). You don’t work into the ch-1 or the ss (ever!); just skip over them 🙂
Create an 1) adjustable loop (magic loop) or 2) chain-2 and ss to form a loop
R1: ch-1, 6 hdc in the loop, ss to the 1st st of the round (6)
R2: ch-1, 2 hdc in each st around, ss to the 1st st of the round (12)
R3: ch-1, [1 hdc in the first st, 2 hdc in the next st] 6 times, ss to the 1st st of the round (18)
R4-14: ch-1, 1 hdc in each st around, ss to the 1st st of the round (18)
R15: ch-1, 1 hdc in each st around, *do not ss*, turn (18)
R16: ch-1, 1 sc into the space between each hdc of the previous round; around, *do not ss*, turn (18)
R17: ch-1, [hdc puff st in the first st, ss in the next st] 9 times (18)
Finish off and sew in loose ends.
Wrist ties: In a contrasting colour of yarn and with a 2.75 mm crochet hook, ch-80 and finish off. Weave the chain through the last round of hdc stitches (I went between every 2 sts). Sew the ends of the chain into the last few stitches of the chain to finish it off. The tie can now be used to gently tighten the mitts to secure them around the baby’s wrists. The length of the ch-80 is approximately 12.5″ long.
Repeat the process for the 2nd mitt.
For Savannah’s mitts the finished dimensions are 5.25″ circumference and 5″ length.
To make a pair of mitts 5.25″ circumference you will need to crochet a flat circle diameter (FCD) of approximately 1.7″. The FCD is made-up of the increase rounds (see rounds 1-3 above).
To make it easier – because I know math can really scare some people off 😉 here is a chart for you with some measurements.
4″ circumference = 1.30 FCD
4.5″ circumference = 1.45 FCD
5″ circumference = 1.60 FCD
5.5″ circumference = 1.75 FCD
6″ circumference = 1.90 FCD
6.5″ circumference = 2.10 FCD
Find the circumference you would like to make (the measurement around the widest part of the hand) and then crochet to theFCD specified (or as close to it as you can get).
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You can do this in single crochet, half double crochet, or double crochet – or a speciality stitch.
If you need more than the 3-increase rounds I showed above (i.e. you are using a lighter weight/smaller hook combo, or a shorter stitch) this is basically how you would proceed:
(2 stitches in each stitch around)
(1 stitch in the first stitch, 2 stitches in the next stitch) around
(1 stitch in the first 2 stitches, 2 stitches in the next stitch) around
(1 stitch in the first 3 stitches, 2 stitches in the next stitch) around
(1 stitch in the first 4 stitches, 2 stitches in the next stitch) around
…until you reach your chosen FCD.
Please note: if your FCD is not FLAT then you need to increase the starting number of stitches…so if 6 makes your piece curl up, try 8, 10, or 12…
For the length, decide how long you want the mitts (measure from the fingertip to the wrist) and add 1-inch for the ‘cuff’ of the mitt.
For my pattern I stopped hdc rounds once the length of the mitten reached 4.75″ and then added the final 2-rounds of the pattern.
If you have any questions, please let me know – I will be happy to help 🙂