Monday, October 21, 2013

ITTY BITTY AND NOT SO ITTY BITTY MITTS FOR KIDS

The local Salvation Army was so pleased to get my caps I decided to make something to keep little hands warm.  I made a mitten, then thought if only the end was open it would fit a wider range of ages.  So I played around with my envisioned mitt.  It had to be quick, no sewing and fit lots of kids.  I came up with was the Itty Bit Bigger mitt, of course at that point I hadn't named it. Then I decided I needed a wider range of sizes so came up with the Itty Bitty and the Not So Itty Bitty mitts.   So today I delivered the first batch of mitts and 59 more caps.

I hope you will enjoy this pattern and maybe make a few for a charity.  After all these kids didn't make the decision to live in a car or under a bridge.

ITTY BITTY AND NOT SO ITTY BITTY CROCHETED MITTS FOR KIDS
Many thanks to Vanessa in WA who tested this pattern for me.
 Below you see her mitt.
SIZES:  Crocheted with Red Heart Super Saver (if made with a different thickness yarn your results will be different.  Vanessa made hers with a G and H hooks.

Itty Bitty: 2.75 inches across above thumb hole and 5.75 inches long
Itty Bit Bigger: 3 inches across above thumb hole and 6.5 inches long
Not So Itty Bitty:  3.25 inches across above thumb hole and 7.5 inches long

MATERIALS:
Worsted weight (4) yarn approximately 1.5 (1.75, 2) ounces 
US Size G (4.50 mm) crochet hook
US Size F (4.00 mm) crochet hook
Marker ( I use a bobby pin)
Tapestry needle

GAUGE:
8 sc = 2 inches 

ABBREVIATIONS:
Ch = chain
Sc  =  single crochet
St = stitch
Sts = stitches

NOTES:
  1. Read instructions through before beginning.
  2. Mitts are the same for both hands.
  3. After the cuff is joined into a tube the hand portion of the mitt is worked in continuous rounds.  This is where your marker needs to be used to keep track of rounds.
  4. Okay, here’s my spiel about the different thicknesses of worsted weight (4) yarns.  The thickness vary from the thinner yarns like Lion Brand Pound of Love and Caron Simply Soft to the thicker Caron One Pound.  All called worsted weight (4) yarns, go figure.  Due to this huge difference you may need to change your hook size and if making for a specific person use instructions for smaller or larger size than the measurements above indicate. 

INSTRUCTIONS:
Smallest size is first, medium and large in parentheses.  Small (medium, large)

CUFF:

With G hook, ch 8 (9, 10) sts. 

Switch to F hook for remainder of cuff.

Row 1:  Sc in the 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch.  I like to work into the bumps on the back of the chain, but that isn’t necessary.  (7, 8, 9 sts)

Rows 2-21 (2-23, 2-25):   Ch 1, turn.  Sc in the back loop of each st across.  (7, 8, 9 sts)

Joining cuff into a tube:
Ch 1, turn.  Hold the cuff as though you are about to work another row.  Take the beginning edge of your cuff and fold up to meet the last row worked.  Hook should be to the right, and in the row behind the beginning yarn tail.  Slipstitch these rows together through the back loop.  (7, 8, 9 sts)

Do not fasten off. 

Turn cuff so that the slipstitch row is to the inside. 

Change to G hook for remainder of mitt.

Round 1:   Ch 1, working into the sides of the cuff rows, sc 21 (23, 25) sts around top edge of cuff.  Do not join, work in continuous rounds.  (21, 23, 25 sts)

Round 2:  Sc in next 9 (10, 11) sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in  next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 8 (9, 10) sts.  (23, 25, 27 sts)

Round 3:  Sc around.  (23, 25, 27 sts)

Round 4:  Sc in next 10 (11, 12) sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 9 (10, 11) sts.  (25, 27, 29 sts)

Round 5:   Sc around.  (25, 27, 29 sts)

Round 6:   Sc in next 11 (12, 13) sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 10 (11, 12) sts.  (27, 29, 31 sts)

Round 7:  Sc around.  (27, 29, 31 sts)

Round 8:  Sc in next 12 (13, 14) sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 11 (12, 13) sts.  (29, 31, 33 sts)

Round 9:   Sc around.  (29, 31, 33 sts)

Round 10:  Sc in next 13 (14, 15) sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 12 (13, 14) sts.  (31, 33, 35 sts)

Small size skip to round 13.

Round 11 (medium and large only):   Sc around.  (33, 35 sts)

Medium size skip to round 13.

Round 12 (large only):   Sc in next 16 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 15 sts.  (37 sts)

Round 13 (all sizes):  Sc in next 11 (12, 13) sts, skip 9 (9, 11) sts (for thumb hole), sc in next 11 (12, 13) sts.  (22, 24, 26 sts)

Round 14:  Sc into each st around. (22, 24, 26 sts)

Repeat round 14 until the measurement from the thumb hole is 1.5 (1.75, 2) inches.  Approximately 6 (7, 9) rounds]. 

Remove marker and lay mitt flat with thumb hole to one side.  Last st should be at the side opposite the thumb hole, if it not sc to 1 st before side and slipstitch in next st.  Here you can fasten off your usual way or use the invisible fasten off.

Weave in ends.

Make a second mitt.



Comments:
Hi Suzetta,
These are cute. Several years ago when I was donating hats and mittens, I made mittens, but these are a lot more practical as you say they will fit a wider range...

Great Job as always...
Judy
 
Well done!
 
Wow..great my friend.
 
I'm making these into Spiderman "web shooters" for my nephew. Love your pattern! Very easy to follow, and the mitts are perfect. Thank you so much for sharing it!
 
He's going to love them.
 
I think so, too :)
 
Really nice DIY stuff you make!!! Nicely explained procedure and all!!!
 
Thanks you for your kind words.
 
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