Have you been enjoying the Olympics? I love seeing all the athletes work hard and excel (I have been trying to figure out the rules of curling, don’t quite get it yet). My husband thinks I am weird when I cheer for everyone. I just want everyone to do their best (especially the very young competitors)! It’s been so fun to see the events and even to see all the cold weather hats everyone is wearing. If you made my Neva Hat (Olympics Team USA Hat), you may be interested in this pretty follow-up project, Crochet Neva Mittens! These fair isle crochet mittens use the same pretty technique, so they make a perfect set. Give them a go!
Fair Isle Crochet Mittens
Remember, you will be working the whole pattern in the back loops only, this allows the graph to line up. I did the graph slightly different than the hat, I eliminated the splash of red in the middle of the diamond. It’s still so pretty and it makes the pattern a bit easier to work up (less bobbins!).
Just like the hat, you will carry the blue and white alternatively, and then keep the red on the bobbin, using it when needed.
These work up quite quickly, I think you will really enjoy making them.
CROCHET NEVA MITTENS (ADULT SIZE)
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– G Hook (check gauge)
– Mighty Stitch in Navy, Serrano and White (< 1 skein each)
– Plastic Thread Bobbins
– Darning Needle
Gauge: 14 hdc = 3″ (Gauge Pattern)
Note: The entire pattern will be worked in BLO (back loops only). This is the back loop of the two loops on top of the stitches. This allows the graph to line up properly.
Also, you will carry both the blue and white throughout the pattern, switching when needed. Don’t carry the red, instead wrap a bit of yarn around a bobbin and leave the red in one place, picking it up and dropping it each time you come around. For a bit more info, watch the Neva Hat video.
Starting with Navy:
1. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Hdc 11. Turn. (12 sts)
2. Ch 1. Hdc in same st. Hdc 10 in BLO. Hdc in last st, going through both loops. Turn. (12 sts)
Repeat row 2 until your piece is approx. 6″ (it should be very stretchy) Use your judgment if you need yours to be longer. Don’t tie off.
Fold in half, with ribs going vertically. Sl st the two ends together, forming a tube. Turn tube so the seam is on the inside, and the loop is at the top. Continue to step 1 of the body.
1. Ch 1. Sc all across the top of the band, working an increase every few spaces, achieving a total of 36 sts. Join with a sl st.
2. Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc 7. 2 sc in next st. *Sc 8. 2 sc in nex st* work 3 times. Join with a sl st. (40 sts)
3. – 4. Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc in each remaining st. Join with a sl st. (40 sts)
5. – 8. Begin working the graph. You will repeat it twice. Be sure to end each row with a sl st to join, and begin each row with a ch 1.
Row of 9 (the row of all navy) is the row with the thumb hole.
For RIGHT mitten, Ch 1. work 30 sc. Ch 8. Sk 8 sts. Sc in last 2 sts. Join with a sl st. (40 sts)
For LEFT mitten, Ch 1. Work 2 sc. Ch 8. Sk 8 sts. Sc 30. Join with al st. (40 st)
10 – 25. Finish working the graph. (Be sure to work in each chain from round 9)
26. Ch 1. Sc in same st. *Sc2tog. Sc in next st* repeat all around the mitten. Join with a sl st. (27 sts)
27. Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (27 sts)
28. Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc2tog 13 times. Join with a sl st. (14 sts)
29. Ch 1. Sc2tog 7 times. Join with sl st. (7 sts)
Tie off. Use the tail to sew small hole shut.
Join 1st color in the 1st sk st of row 9.
1. Ch 1. Sc 8 across the skipped stitches. Turn mitten 90º and work one sc in the side of the hole. Turn 90º and sc 8 across the chains from row 9. Turn 90º and work a sc in the side of the hole. Join with first st. (18 sts)
2. Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc in next 6 sts. Sc2tog. Sc in next 7 sts. Sc2tog. (16 sts)
3. Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc in next 5 st. Sc2tog. Sc in next 6 sts. Sc2tog. (14 sts)
4. – 10. Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with sl st. (14 sts)
11. Ch 1. Sc2tog 7 times. Join.
Tie off, use tail to close small hole.
Weave in all ends.
Isn’t tapestry crochet so fun? They turned out so pretty. I am a bit sad to see winter go, I have so many cold-weather graph project ideas swimming around my head. I guess this just means I need to gear up for next fall because I have BIG plans.
Enjoy your new mittens!
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