I hate knitting with 4 needles, but I love mittens, so I decided to use one crochet hook instead. Here is the result, autumn mittens, because they are not so thick, and quite fitting. They are made top down, which is logic when crocheting.
Hook 3,5 mm
10 st an 12 rounds = 5 cm x 5 cm
Increase 1 st: Two sc in same st
Increase 2 sts: Three sc in same st
Decrease 2 sts: *insert hook, yo, draw hook through st* three times. yo, draw yarn through all 4 loops.
The mittens are quite tight, so if you want them a little wider, I suggest you use a thicker yarn and/or hook.
4 ch to a ring. Do not join rounds
1. 12 sc in ring
2. and 3. Increase 2 st in each side (20 sts). If you want, put a contrasting colour thread in each side to mark
5. Increase 2 st in each side
Repeat rounds 4 and 5 till you have 36 sts. Continue till the hand measures 14,5 cm. Draw yarn through loop 2 sts before the side mark. Cut yarn.
4 ch to a ring. Do not join rounds.
1. 6 sc in ring
2 2 sc in each st (12 sts)
Continue till the thumb measures 3 cm. Then increase 1 in each side. Continue till the thumb measures 6 cm. Then increase 1 in each side twice. Don’t cut the yarn.
Joining of hand and thumb:
Put them together RS facing RS (see photo) so that 5 st between the side increases of the thumb, ar facing the 5 sts of hand just before the point where ypu cut the thread. You’re going to crochet them together with 5 sc. Then continue around with sc, going round the thumb first. In the corner between thumb and hand, you decrease 2 sts every 2nd round 5 times. 9 more rounds of sc. Then for the last 3 rounds you make 2 sc in each st. Voilà!
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