If you’ve been following along, you know that I’ve been developing a collection based on the Great Star Pumpkins that I designed earlier this year. So far we’ve had a beanie, a cowl, and a headband. The last installment of the Great Star Collection is finally finished. Today I bring you the Great Star Wristwarmers!
About the Wristwarmers
Would you believe that these are the first pair of wrist warmers that I’ve ever made? I don’t know what took me so long because they are a lot of fun. My 5 year old has been wearing them around since I finished them. He’s pretty insistent that he needs his own set.
I know wrist warmers, or mitts, can come in a variety of shapes. This particular set is both fingerless and thumbless. They are worked flat and seamed, and then the ribbing is adding at the end.
About the Sizing
Hands can be a variety of different sizes. I decided the easiest way to size these was to make them adjustable to each person. To customize the size of your mittens, you will need to take two measurements. One measurement will be from just above the knuckles to just below the wrist. This is the Desired Mitten Height. And the other will be around the widest part of the hand, just below the thumb. This is the Desired Mitten Width.
Just for reference, my Mitten Height was about 4.5″ and my Mitten Width was 8″.
About the Gauge
If you’ve been following along with this collection, you already know that theres a smidge of math involved to get started. Since different yarn weights can effect stitch count greatly, I devised a little gauge method to help you figure out your foundation chain. Once you have that number, you’re all set to go on starting your wrist warmers.
UPDATE: So after creating the Great Star Square for a blanket CAL, I realized there’s an even easier math-free, gauge-less approach to these wrist warmers. You just need a measuring tape! I’ve updated the pattern here for you guys…enjoy!
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Ch – Chain
SC in BLO – Single Crochet in Back Loops Only
SC in FLO – Single Crochet in Front Loops Only
HDC – Half Double Crochet
Star Stitch (Find a tutorial here!)
Using hook recommended by yarn label.
Ch until foundation chain measures Desired Mitten Height from measurement (or 4.5″), being sure to have an even number of total chains.
Foundation Row: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. (Foundation Chain – 1)
Row 1: Ch 1 and turn. Sc in FLO in each stitch across. (Foundation Chain – 1)
Row 2: Complete a row of star stitches doing the following:
Ch 3. Insert hook in 2nd ch from hook, pull up a loop. Insert hook into next ch, pull up a loop. Insert hook and pull up a loop over next 3 st. (6 loops on hook) Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook. Ch 1 to close star stitch (eye of star stitch).
Insert hook into eye of star stitch, pull up a loop. Insert hook between the last two spikes of the previous star stitch, pull up a loop. Insert hook in the same stitch as the last spike of the previous star stitch, pull up a loop. Insert hook and pull up a loop over next 2 stitches. (6 loops on hook) Yarn over and pull through all loops on hook. Ch 1 to close star stitch.
Repeat from * across until you finish the last star stitch. Hdc in last stitch (same stitch as last star stitch).
Row 3: Ch 1 and turn. 2 Hdc in the eye of each star stitch across. Hdc in top of last star stitch. (Foundation Chain – 1)
Row 4: Ch 1 and turn. Sc in BLO in each stitch across. (Foundation Chain – 1)
Repeat Rows 1-4 until rectangle measures 8” or Desired Mitten Width. Move on to ASSEMBLY.
- Tie off leaving a long end, approx. 18”
- Fold the work in half so that the short ends meet. Using a tapestry needle and the long tail, sew the two ends together using the mattress stitch for approximately 1”.
- For Thumb-hole: With tapestry needle, work through stitches on just one side for approximately 2”.
- Continue working mattress stitch across both ends until you reach the bottom of piece.
- Tie off and weave in ends. Repeat with second mitten.
From here we will be using a hook two sizes (1.0mm) smaller. Before you work the ribbing, you will be doing a single crochet stitch in each of the sc BLO and sc FLO rows and 3 single crochet stitches in each of the star stitch sections. You will complete 5 single crochet stitches for each “Row 1-4 repeat” of the main section. As you work the ribbing, you will be working one slip stitch into each single crochet stitch from the base row around the bottom of the mitten. For a video tutorial on adding ribbing check out this video from TLYarncrafts.
Attach Yarn to bottom of mitten.
Base: Ch 1 and sc around. Sl st to first sc.
Ch 10 or until chain is approx 2” long.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd chain from hook and each chain across until you get to the bottom of chain. (9 sc) 2 Sl st along bottom of mitten. Turn.
Row 2: Skip 2 sl st. Sc in BLO of sc. (9 sc)
Row 3: Ch 1 and turn. Sc in BLO until you get to the bottom of mitten. (9 sc) Complete 2 Slip stitches along bottom of mitten. Turn.
Repeat Rows 2-3 around until you reach the first row of chains. Turn mitten inside out and slip stitch the ribbing closed. Tie off and weave in end.
Repeat with second mitten.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the Great Star Collection as much as I have. If you’re loving it, be sure to give me a shout-out on Instagram @craftingforweeks. I’d love to see your work.
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