This month I’ve got a something extra special for you. Not only is there a brand new, free crochet pattern, but it’s a special guest design! The Sweetheart Mittens by Carla of Yarn-Over Central feature a fun color work design that showcases some gradient hearts. Cozy, cute, and just in time for Valentines Day! And they’re a part of the Pineapple and Pine brand new Designer Spotlight Crochet-a-Long!


About Designer Spotlight CAL

Designer Spotlight Crochet-a-Long is something that we’re kicking off this year for Pineapple & Pine. We’ve been featuring different crochet designers with our Designer Spotlight posts for nearly a year now. AND we’ve also been hosting Crochet-a-Long’s since last year as well. We decided to combine the two concepts and feature a couple designers for our Crochet-a-longs!

What to Expect

We will be hosting two guest patterns on our blogs for free! You will also have the option to purchase the PDF from the designer if you choose to. For the first two weeks, we will be making one pattern together. Then halfway through the month, we will switch gears and start on the next design. We chose smaller projects so that you will have time to make both if you choose!

And just like all our CAL’s you can share your progress or finished photos in our Facebook group or on Instagram using the hashtag #pineappleandpinecal. We like to do a little drawing from all the photos that get submitted and send a fun participation prize to the winner!


January’s CAL Schedule

January 4 – January 17

The first half of January will be spent at with Sarah at the A Plush Pineapple blog. She will be featuring April of Northern Maple Yarn Designs and her new Windy Walk Slouch Hat. The free pattern will be available starting on January 4! Click the button below to head there for the supplies list!

January 18 – January 31

The second half of January will be spent right here! We will be making the Sweetheart Mittens designed by Carla of Yarn-Over Central. You can keep scrolling to find the supplies list and free pattern!


About the Designer

Carla is creator and designer behind Yarn-Over Central. When she’s not working on her designs, she enjoys her job as a nurse and also spending time with her family. She hopes that her unique and one-of-a-kind designs inspire others to make their own creations.

You can find her work on Instagram, Facebook, and Etsy

Carla’s Inspiration

Carla: “I am the warm body behind Yarn-Over Central. I have been crocheting for about 3 years now, although I have always known how to chain and make single crochets. I was inspired to make these mittens after seeing a gray sweater with a purplish-pink heart on it close to Valentine’s Day last year. (The pattern for it can be found here!)  I hope you enjoy making these mittens as much as I enjoyed designing them!”

Purchase the PDF

If you’d like to purchase the printable PDF version of this pattern, you can find it in Carla’s Etsy shop. (For the free version of this pattern, keep scrolling!)


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The SweetHeart Mittens

Difficulty level

Advanced Beginner

Supplies

  • One skein of Big Twist in medium gray (or approx. 200 yds of comparable worsted weight yarn)
  • One skein of Caron Simply Soft Grape Ombre (or comparable worsted weight yarn)
    • Note: I separated the 3 colorways from the Grape Ombre yarn. You’ll need around 5 to 7 yards of each colorway.
  • 4mm and 4.5mm crochet hooks; I used Clover Amour
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors

Size Available

Adult Women

Gauge

15st x 18 rows = 4″
Waistcoat single crochet in the round

Key/Abbreviations

Ch – chain
St – stitch
Sc – single crochet
Blo – back loop only
Sl st – slip stitch
WC – waistcoat stitch
MC – main color
Color A, B, C – colors for the colorwork of the hearts
Cont – continue 

Special Techniques

Yarn placement/carrying for heart stitches: Uses a form of intarsia crochet; gray yarn is carried over through heart stitches; yarn for heart stitches is carried across in the opposite direction loosely and stitched over with gray yarn. Using this method provides extra bulk and warmth, and less ends to weave in. 

Waistcoast stitch: Insert hook between the two sides of the “V” that is formed from the sc st. Yo, pull yarn through st, LOOSELY. Yo, pull through 2 loops on hook LOOSELY.  This creates a knit-look stitch.

  • Tension: You want your tension to be a bit loose for the waistcoat stitches. Pull UP slightly as in the picture before finishing the stitch.

To change colors: On the stitch before the color change, do not finish the st. You should have 2 loops on your hook. Yo with new color, and pull through the two loops. Crochet with new color for indicated number of stitches.


Pattern

Mitten

With 4.5mm hook:
Make a ring: With MC, ch 31. Sl st first st to last st to form a ring. Be careful not to twist chain. Ch 1.

Row 1: Sc in first st as join, and every st around. Sl st to join in first st. Ch 1. (31)

Row 2:

Right Hand: Begin waistcoat st. With MC, WC st in same st as join, and next 4 sts. On 6th st, switch to color A for first heart st. WC st in 7th st with color A. Switch to MC, and WC st in next 24 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (31)
Left Hand: Begin waistcoat stitch. With MC, WC st in same st as join and next 23 sts. On 24th St, switch to color A. WC st in 25th st, switch to MC, WC st in next 6 sts. Sl st to join in first st. Ch 1. (31)

Row 3:

Right Hand: With MC, WC in the first 5 stitches, switch to color A, WC st in the next 3 stitches, then WC in the next 23 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (31)
Left Hand: With MC, WC st in 23 sts, switch to color A, WC st in the next 3 sts, switch to MC, WC st in the next 5 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (31)

Row 4: 

Right Hand: With MC, WC in the first 4 sts, change to color A, and WC in the next 5 sts, switch to MC, sc in next 22 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (31)
Left Hand: With MC, WC st in 22 sts, switch to color A, WC st in the next 5 sts, switch to MC, WC st in the next 4 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (31)

Row 5:

Right Hand: With MC, WC in the first 3 sts, change to color A, WC in the next 7 sts, change to MC and WC in the next 21 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (31)
Left Hand: With MC, WC st in 21 sts, switch to color A, WC st in the next 7 sts, switch to MC, WC st in the next 3 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (31)

Row 6: 

Right Hand: With MC, WC in the first 2 sts, change to color A, WC in the next 9 sts, change to MC, WC in the next 20 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (31)
Left Hand: With MC, WC st in 20 sts, switch to color A, WC st in the next 9 sts, switch to MC, WC st in the next 2 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (31)

Row 7-9: 

Right Hand: With MC, WC in first st, change color to color A, WC in next 11 sts, change to MC, WC in next 19 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (31)
Left Hand: With MC, WC st in 19 sts, switch to color A, WC st in the next 11 sts, switch to MC, WC st in the next 1 st. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (31)

Row 10: 

Right Hand: With MC, WC in first st, change to color A, WC in next 5 sts, change to MC, WC in next st, change to color A, WC in next 5 sts, change to MC, WC in next 19 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (31)
Left Hand: With MC, WC st in 19 sts, switch to color A, WC st in the next 5 sts, switch to MC, WC st in the next st, change to color A, WC in the next 5 sts, change to MC, WC in the next st. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (31)

Row 11: 

Right Hand: With MC, WC in first 2 sts, change to color A, WC in next 3 sts, change to MC, WC in next 3 sts, change to color A, WC in next 3 sts, change to MC, WC in next 20 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (31)
Left Hand: With MC, WC in first 20 sts, change to color A, WC in next 3 sts, change to MC, WC in next 3 sts, change to color A, WC in next 3 sts, change to MC, WC in next 2 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (31)

Row 12: Thumbhole Row 

Right Hand: With MC, WC in first 13 sts, ch 6, sk 8 sts, WC in next 10 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (29 sts)
Left Hand: With MC, WC in 10 sts, ch 6, sk 8, WC in next 13 sts.  Sl st to join. Ch 1. (29 sts)

Row 13: 
Both Hands: With MC, WC st around. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (29 sts) 

Row 14: 

Right Hand: With MC, WC st in first 5 sts, change to color B, WC st in next st, change to MC, WC st in next 23 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (29)
Left Hand: With MC, WC st in first 23 sts, change to color B, WC st in next st, change to MC, WC st in next 5 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (29)

Row 15: 

Right Hand: With MC, WC in the first 4 sts, change to color B, WC in the next 3 sts, change to MC, WC in the next 22 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (29)
Left Hand: With MC, WC in the first 22 sts, change to color B, WC in the next 3 sts, change to MC, WC in the next 4 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (29)

Row 16: 

Right Hand: With MC, WC st in first 3 sts, change to color B, WC st in next 5 sts, change to MC, WC in next 21 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (29)
Left Hand: With MC, WC st in first 21 sts, change to color B, WC st in next 5 sts, change to MC, WC in next 3 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (29)

Row 17: 

Right Hand: With MC, WC st in first 2 sts, change to color B, WC st in next 7 sts, change to MC, WC in next 20 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (29)
Left Hand: With MC, WC st in first 20 sts, change to color B, WC st in next 7 sts, change to MC, WC in next 2 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (29)

Row 18 & 19: 

Right Hand: With MC, WC st in first st, change to color B, WC in next 9 sts, change to MC, WC in next 19 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (29)
Left Hand: With MC, WC st in first st, change to color B, WC in next 19 sts, change to MC, WC in next 9 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (29)

Row 20: 

Right Hand: With MC, WC in first st, change to color B, WC in next 4 sts, change to MC, WC in next st, change to color B, WC in next 4 sts, change to MC, WC in next 19 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (29)
Left Hand: With MC, WC in next 19 sts, change to color B, WC in next 4 sts, change to MC, WC in the next stitch, change to color B, WC in next 4 sts, change to MC, WC in the last st. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (29)

Row 21: 

Right Hand: With MC, WC in first 2 sts, change to color B, WC in next 2 sts, change to MC, WC in next 3 sts, change to color B, WC in next 2 sts, change to MC, WC in next 20 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (29)
Left Hand: With MC, WC in first 20 sts, change to color B, WC in next 2 sts, change to MC, WC in next 3 sts, change to color B, WC in next 2 sts, change to MC, WC in next 2 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (29)

Row 22 & 23: 
Both Hands: WC around in MC. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (27)

Row 24:

Right Hand: With MC, WC in first 4 sts, change to color C, WC in next st, change to MC, WC in next 24 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (29)
Left Hand: With MC, WC in first 24 sts, change to color C, WC in next st, change to MC, WC in next 4 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (29)

Row 25: 

Right Hand: With MC, WC st in first 3 sts, change to color C, WC st in next 3 sts, change to MC, WC st in next 23 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (29)
Left Hand: With MC, WC st in first 23 sts, change to color C, WC st in next 3 sts, change to MC, WC st in next 3 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (29)

Row 26: 

Right Hand: With MC, WC st in first 2 sts, change to color C, WC in next 5 sts, change to MC, WC st in next 22 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (29)
Left Hand: With MC, WC st in first 22 sts, change to color C, WC in next 5 sts, change to MC, WC st in next 2 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (29)

Row 27 & 28: 

Right Hand: With MC, WC st in first 1 st, change to color C, WC in next 7 sts, change to MC, WC st in next 21sts. Sl st to join.  Ch 1. (29)
Left Hand: With MC, WC st in first 21 sts, change to color C, WC in next 7 sts, change to MC, WC st in next 1 st. Sl st to join.  Ch 1. (29)

Row 29:

Right Hand: With MC, WC st in first 1 st, change to color C, WC in next 3 sts, change to MC, WC in next st, change to color C, WC in next 3 sts, change to MC, WC in next 22 sts. Sl st to join.  Ch 1. (29)
Left Hand: With MC, WC st in first 22 sts, change to color C, WC in next 3 sts, change to MC, WC in next st, change to color C, WC in next 3 sts, change to MC, WC in next 1 st. Sl st to join.  Ch 1. (29)

Row 30: 

Right Hand: With MC, WC in first 2 sts, change to color C, WC in next st, change to MC, WC in next 3 sts, change to color C, WC in next st, change to MC, WC in next 23 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (29)
Left Hand: With MC, WC in first 23 sts, change to color C, WC in next st, change to MC, WC in next 3 sts, change to color C, WC in next st, change to MC, WC in next 2 sts. Sl st to join. Ch 1. (29)

Row 31-34: 

Both Hands: WC st around in MC, Sl st to join, and ch 1 at the end of each row. (29)

Leave tail for cinching shut.

Note: After last row of mittens, weave in ends from the heart stitches BEFORE cinching the top shut. Weaving in ends now is easier with both ends open.

Cuff Ribbing

With 4mm hook: Attach MC with sl st to outer side of mitten where rows start. 

Row 1: Sc around, sc2tog on the 10th and 15th sts. Join with a sl st. (29)

Row 2: Ch 11. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and next 9 sts. (10)

Row 3: Sl st in next two sts on mitten body, and ch 1, turn. Sk the two sl sts, sc blo in first ch from hook, and next 9 sts, going through BOTH LOOPS for the last stitch. Ch 1, turn. (10)

Row 4: Sc blo for next 10 sts. Ch 1, turn. 

Repeat row 3 & 4 until all the way around the mitten. You should end on the outside of the mitten, not next to the mitten body. 

(Note: For a video on this technique, check out this tutorial.)

Pull the ch 1 through the back loop of the cuff that is nearest to you. Cont with sl sts through the back loops for both sides of the cuff. Sl st through the two sl sts next to mitten body. Ch 1 and fasten off.

Thumbhole

With 4mm hook: Attach yarn on inside (palm side) top of thumb opening with MC with a sl st, sc in same st as sl st and next 5 sts. Cont for the bottom of the opening, but use WC st. (14)

Cont WC sts around, joining each row with a sl st, and ch 1 before the start of each row. Complete enough rows to cover thumb.

Last row: WC in first 5 sts, Sc2tog, WC in next 5 sts, sc2tog. Sl st to join. Ch 1. WC st around. Leave long tail and cinch shut.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed the Sweetheart Mittens, whether you were joining the CAL or just making these on your own time. It was a pleasure to have Carla as a guest designer for these fun mittens. And whether you’re making a set for Valentine’s Day or just adding a little love to your cold weather accessories, we’d love to see your projects. Use hashtag #sweetheartmittens and tag @yarnovercentral and @craftingforweeks for a chance to be featured on Instagram. You can also use hashtag #pineappleandpinecal and tag @pineapple.and.pine this month for the Crochet-a-long to be entered in the drawing for a giveaway prize.

If you’re looking for more mitt patterns, check out:

The Luxe Leopard Mittens
XOXO Mitts
The Great Star Wristwarmers

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Kelsie

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Kelsie

I'm a stay-at-home mom of 3 little ones that loves to create with yarn. I design crochet patterns, and create tutorials for fun crafts.