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Monday, February 13, 2017

Toddler Quick Mitts

My little one loves to wear mittens. She also loves pockets. If a shirt or pants have pockets in them she gets very excited and wants immediately to hide her little hands. I've bought some small mittens for her in the past, and we always seem to loose one of the pair. Where it goes, we'll never know. 

Northern West Virginia winters are long, gray and a mixture of snow, rain, sunless days and varying temperatures. One week, we expect snowfall, the next moderate temps and intermittent rain. It's super fun.... not. As a rule of thumb in our family, we wear coats until April. Just because it's randomly 56 degrees today doesn't mean you can run around coat-less. It's not good for the body, and roller coaster highs and lows contribute a lot to decreasing people's immune systems. 

We can also experience very cold temperatures. Two winters ago, we had an arctic blast that still shows its visible scars on many trees and bushes. It was so cold that even some evergreens were dying. Driving down the road, I can still see many people's trees and bushes have dead branches on their lower third where the sub-zero air and snow touched them. A reminder of that bitter cold winter. 

This is why children need mittens. They need super cute mittens, easy mittens- ones you can whip up yourself in minutes. That's what I did for my little one when I realized she might need them, and the only pair I could find was no longer a pair! 

These Toddler Quick Mitts can be made using any worsted weight yarn, and a size H8/5mm hook. Employing the same techniques as the adult Quick Mitts, these baby versions are sized down for a 2-3 year old and completely cover little fingers, keeping them safe and toasty warm. 

Of course if you live in a warmer environment, or you need your toddler to be able to play on a tablet or phone while wearing mittens, simply stop and fasten off at the last row before the decreases to make chic little fingerless versions. 

Make it unique:
-Try in a colorful variegated for even more fun! 
-Use remnants for a fun and quirky boho style stash buster project!
-Stripe the rows for an easy exercise in color work!
-Customize or alternate colors for team spirit! 

Let's get started!

Toddler Quick Mitts Free Crochet Pattern

Hook: H8/5mm
Yarn: Any Worsted
Notions: Yarn needle
Gauge: 6 sts=2” in hdc
Size: 2-3 Years (6 ½” from fingertip to cuff and 7” around palm)
Difficulty: Easy

Special Stitches:
Hdc2tog- Half double crochet two together: yo, insert hook into st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, insert hook into next st, yo, draw up a loop (5 loops on hook) yo, draw through all loops. Hdc decrease made.

Notes: Left and Right Hand gloves are made identically, except for thumb hole round. See instructions for more details. Joined rounds are worked as follows: make first hdc in next st (after join), at round end, make final hdc in join st. On thumb rounds only, joins are left unworked.

Chain 7
Row 1: hdc in third ch from hook, and in each st across, ch 2, turn. (5 sts)

Row 2: hdc in the blo of each st across (5 sts), ch 2, turn.

Rows 3-12: repeat row 2. Ch only 1 for end of row 12. Do not break yarn.

Fold cuff in half  to form a tube, lining up stitches. Working through both layers, sl st through the back loop and front loop of both ends to sl st the cuff together into a tube shape. Pivot cuff to work along raw edge, keeping right side facing. Ch 1, sl st loosely and evenly around raw edge of cuff (19 sts) do not join, ch 1.

Rounds 1- 2: hdc in each st around, join, ch 1. (19 sts)

Round 3 FOR RIGHT HAND MITT: hdc, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, hdc in each st around, join, ch 1. (17 sts + 2 st space) Thumb hole made.

Round 3 FOR LEFT HAND MITT: hdc in each of the first 16 sts, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, hdc in last st, join, ch 1. (17 sts + 2 st space) Thumb hole made.

Round 4: hdc in each st around, join, ch 1. (19 sts)

Rounds 5-8: repeat round 4

Round 9: hdc2tog, hdc2tog, hdc in each of next 6 sts, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, hdc in each of remaining 5 sts, join, ch 1. (15 sts)

Round 10: hdc2tog, hdc in each of next 4 sts, hdc2tog, hdc2tog, hdc in each of remaining 3 sts, join, ch 1. (11 sts)

Round 11: hdc2tog four times, hdc, hdc2tog, join, fo. (6 sts) Sew small hole shut with yarn tail, weave in ends.

Round 1: join with a hdc to bottom edge of thumb hole, and hdc evenly around as follows: hdc 2 along bottom edge, pivot, hdc 2 along side, pivot, hdc 2 along top, pivot, hdc 2 along side, join, ch 1. (8 sts)

Round 2: hdc around, leave last st unworked, join ch 1. (7 sts)

Round 3: hdc2tog around, leave last st unworked, join, fo. (3 sts)  Sew small hole shut with yarn tail, weave in ends.

I hope you enjoyed making the little love in your life an adorable and warm pair of winter mittens! Share your work with me on facebook, instagram or pinterest! #hautekippy

xoxo- Bethany

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