Mistletoe Mittens 

I know its a little late for mistletoe, but the truth is I am really rubbish at finding the time to write up patterns! 

I made these mittens with a lovely ball of Sirdar Giselle in a colourway called mistletoe. I fell in love with it as I absolutely loved the combo of green and copper. Unfortunately it wasnt as lovely all the way through. The green gets rather muddy at times. 

Anyways, these mittens are very easy. They are done corner to corner. Essentially, you are just creating a square. And they are a perfect stash buster! You can find a link below to a video I found really helpful when learning c2c.

I used a 4.5mm hook and dk yarn, but since you are just creating a rectangle you can use whatever size hook and weight of yarn you fancy! 

To make them, follow these instructions.

1. Chain 6. Dc into the 4th 5th and 6th chain from the hook.  Chain 6. Turn. 

2. Dc into the 4th 5th and 6th chain from the hook. Ss into the space between the chain and first Dc of the previous row. Chain 3. Then Dc 3 times into the same space. Chain 6. Turn. 

3. Dc into the 4th 5th and 6th chain from the hook. Ss into the space between the chain and first Dc of the previous row. Chain 3. Then Dc 3 times into the same space. Ss into the next. space between the chain and first Dc of the previous row. Chain 3. Then Dc 3 times into the same space. Chain 6. Turn.

The process at the beginning of the row, wherein you create a new block or tile by chaining 6 the Dc into the 3 furthest chains from the hook is called an increase.

From this point onwards, it is very simple. You just continue working rows as above, increasing at the beginning of every row, until one edge of your triangle measures up to be roughly the distance from the nuckle on your little finger to an inch below your wrist. Of course, you could make it longer if you wanted to have something more like arm warmers. Once the desired length is reached you will need to begin the decrease. 

To begin to create the rectangle or square shape, all you need to do is stop one block short of the complete row, and instead of Ss then Ch 3, you should Ss, then turn your work, then Ss back up the 3 Dc from the previous round. This is called a decrease. 

To create a square, you would decrease at the beginning of each row. To create a rectangle, you would decrease at the beginning of one row, then increase at the beginning of the next until it has reached the width you desire, at chich point you would decrease at the beginning of both rows. 

My mittens were 8 blocks by 11 blocks, but yours may vary.

Once you have created your square, just fasten off. Then, fold the rectangle in half. Lay your hand on top to gauge where you would like the thumb hole to be. Then place a stitch marker just below and just above where your thumb will be.

Take the ends (you should have one at the top amd one at the bottom) and use them to sew up the side of the folded rectangle until you hit the stitch markers. (So one end would sew up the sides up to the marker placed below your thumb and the other end will would sew up the sides down to the marker placed above your thumb) If you have done it right, you should now have a complete mitten with a hole to poke your thumb out of! 

Yaaaaay! Now you just have to make another in exactly the same way!

What do you think? I love the end result even if I wasnt so pleased with the varigation of the yarn. Have any of you found that the initial impression of a varigated yarn doesnt live up to expectations once you have worked it up? Please share in the comments! I would love to know so I avoid this dissapointment in the end! 

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