Halloween decorations, pumpkins, and trees kissed with hints of orange and brown – all sure signs that Autumn is settling in and cooler weather is on the way. Keep your hands toasty warm this fall with these easy crochet fingerless mitts!
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CAL Central Halloween Crochet Along
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An Autumn Yarn
For my mitts, I used some yarn that I spun myself just for the season. The yarn had a little unevenness to it, but averages out to a worsted (medium) weight. Some of it was just orange, and some of it had a strand of sparkly brown thread wrapped up in it. The carry-along thread is Twist from Krenik Yarns, and you can see all the details of the spinning project on my Ravelry handspun project entry.
Choosing Your Yarn
I like the effect that the marled yarn created with the matching solid, but you don’t have to spin your own yarn for this project! Lion Brand Jeans in the Top Stitch colorway would combine beautifully with Vanna’s Choice in Rust to create a similar effect.
This pattern will also work equally well with other color choices. Try two solids for a colorblocked effect, or use one self-striping yarn. They’d be perfectly nice in a single color too. What color or colors will you choose?
Working into the 3rd loop
The texture of these mitts is created by alternating between working normal half double crochet stitches, and working half double crochet stitches into the third loop. The third loop is in the back, and just below the front and back loops that we normally work into.
For a more detailed look at working into the third loop of hdc, see this tutorial
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Autumn’s Kiss Fingerless Mitts
- Worsted weight yarn:
- 80 [90, 100] yds solid color (A)
- 140 [155, 170] yds multi-color (B)
- Size H / 5 mm hook, or size needed to obtain gauge
- Size 7 / 4.5 mm hook, or 1 size smaller than the other hook.
- Yarn needle
Easy: Working in rounds, post stitches, working into 3rd loop only.
S [M, L]. To fit hand circumference of 7 [8, 9] inches, with a finished length of 7 [8.5, 9.5] inches.
14 hdc x 12 rows = 4 inches with larger hook. Use pattern as gauge swatch. Cuff should measure 7 [8, 9] inches in circumference and 1.5 [1.75, 2] inches long.
(Pattern is written in US terms)
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
fphdc = front post half double crochet
bphdc = back post half double crochet
sl st = slip stitch
sk = skip
tlo = third loop only
st(s) = stitch(es)
sp(s) = space(s)
ch sp = chain space
- Front and Back Post Stitch Crochet from Jessie at Home
- Working into the 3rd Loop of Half Double Crochet
- Continuous Rounds and Running Stitch Markers
Entire pattern is worked on the right side. Do not turn at the end of rounds.
With A and smaller hook:
Ch 25 [29, 33] (multiple of 2 plus 1), join with sl st to form a circle.
Rnd 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook, and in each ch across, join with sl st to first st. (24 [28, 32] sts)
Optional – For a stretchier edge, try starting with foundation hdc instead of the chain circle and rnd 1:
Alternate Foundation Rnd 1: 24 [28, 32] fhdc, join with sl st to first st. (24 [28, 32] sts)
Rnds 2-5 [6, 7]: Ch 1, fphdc in first st, bphdc in next st, (fphdc in next st, bphdc in next st) around, join with sl st to first st, changing to B at end of last rnd.
Bottom of Hand
With B and larger hook:
Rnd 6 [7, 8]: Ch 1, sc in first st, hdc in tlo of next st, (hdc in next st, hdc in tlo of next st) around, do not join.
Rnds 7-14 [8-17, 9-19]: (Hdc in in next st, hdc in tlo of next st) around, do not join.
Size S only
Rnd 15: Hdc in next st, ch 2, sk next 4 sts, hdc in next st, (hdc in next st, hdc in tlo of next st) around, do not join. (21 sts)
Rnd 16: Hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 chs, hdc in tlo of next st, (hdc in next st, hdc in tlo of next st) around, do not join. (23 sts)
Size M & L only:
Rnd 18 : Hdc in next st, ch 3 sk next 5 sts, (hdc in next st, hdc in tlo of next st) around, do not join. (23  sts)
Rnd 19 : Hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 chs, (hdc in next st, hdc in tlo of next st) around, do not join. (26  sts)
Top of Hand
Rnds 17-19 [20-24, 22-26]: (Hdc in next st, hdc in tlo of next st) around to last 2 sts, hdc in next st, sc in tlo of next st, join with sl st to first st, changing to A.
With A and smaller hook:
Rnds 20-22 [25-27, 27-29]: Ch 1, fphdc in first st, bphdc in next st, (fphdc in next st, bphdc in next st) around, join with sl st to first st. Fasten off.
With smaller hook, join A with sl st in first skipped from rnd 14 [17, 19].
Size S only: Bphdc in first st, fphdc in next st, bphdc in next st, fphdc in next st, work 4 sc evenly spaced around remainder of thumb opening, join with sl st to first st. (8 sts)
Size M & L only: Bphdc in first st, (fphdc in next st, bphdc in next st) twice, work 5 sc evenly spaced around remainder of thumb opening, join with sl st to first st. (10 sts).
Rnds 2- 4 [5, 6]: Ch 1, fphdc in first st, bphdc in next st, (fphdc in next st, bphdc in next st) around, join with sl st to first st. Fasten off.
Weave in all ends.
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