Star Gazer's Mittens Crochet Pattern

My Seven Days of Scarfie Collection is so much more than just scarves! And today's pattern actually combines two of my favorite patterns from my 2016 pattern collection.  If you were to combine my Star Gazer's Cowl Hood and my Warm Wool-ish Mittens pattern, this would be the result!  Lion Brand Scarfie Yarn makes the Star Gazer's Mittens incredibly warm.  You will want these for the cold and blustery winter days to come!  Keep reading for the free crochet pattern and the second pattern from my Seven Days of Scarfie 2017 collection.

 The Star Gazer's Mittens combine texture and warmth to give you a beautiful and functional pair of mittens for the coldest winter days.  They take less than one skein of Lion Brand Scarfie yarn and will be a perfect addition to your last-minute gift list this holiday season!  This is the second free crochet pattern of my Seven Days of Scarfie pattern collection.

There are many wonderful things I could tell you about Scarfie yarn, but one of the neatest things about it is that it can work up almost as a worsted weight yarn (even though the label states it is a Category 5 Bulky).  The yarn is so lofty that, if you use a smaller hook, it works up like a lighter weight yarn.  But lofty doesn't mean that these aren't warm!  In fact Scarfie mittens are the warmest I have ever crocheted, and that is saying something since I live where the temps get WELL below 0 degrees F in the winter months.

 The Star Gazer's Mittens combine texture and warmth to give you a beautiful and functional pair of mittens for the coldest winter days.  They take less than one skein of Lion Brand Scarfie yarn and will be a perfect addition to your last-minute gift list this holiday season!  This is the second free crochet pattern of my Seven Days of Scarfie pattern collection.

Lion Brand Scarfie yarn is available at most stores that sell yarn and also online, but if you can't get your hands on it (or can't work with yarn that has wool in it) I would recommend substituting a Category 4 worsted/aran yarn for this pattern.  Definitely work up a gauge swatch to make sure you will still achieve the same size, but using another bulky yarn for this pattern probably wouldn't work out so well unless it is very similar to Scarfie yarn.

If you want to read some more about the Seven Days of Scarfie 2017 collection you can read my announcement post here where you will also be able to see the other patterns I have released in this collection so far.  Also, remember that through November 30th, you can purchase the ad-free pdf patterns from my 2016 Seven Days of Scarfie collection for just $7 for all seven patterns!  


Supplies:

  • One skein of Lion Brand Scarfie yarn (‘Charcoal/Magenta’ pictured) or approx. 160 yds. of a comparable yarn.  I would recommend trying a Category 4 worsted weight yarn as a substitute but be sure to check the gauge.
  • 5.0mm crochet hook (I use Clover Amour) 
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors - I always keep these travel scissors in my hook case

Abbreviations (written in U.S. terms):

  • YO: yarn over hook
  • LOH: loops on hook
  • ch: chain
  • SC: single crochet
  • HDC: half double crochet
  • HDC2Tog: half double crochet two together

Special Stitch

First start stitch of a round: Ch 2, Insert hook into back loop of the second ch from the hook and pull up a loop (2 LOH), insert hook into front loop of the same ch stitch and pull up a loop (3 LOH), insert into the next 3 sts and pull up a loop through each one (6 LOH).  YO and pull through all 6 loops, ch 1 to make the "eye" of the star.

Star stitch: Insert hook into the "eye" of the previous star and pull up a loop (2 LOH), insert hook into the last post of the previous star and pull up a loop (3 LOH), insert your hook into the last stitch of the previous star and pull up a loop (4 LOH), insert hook into the next 2 sts and pull up a loop in each one (6 LOH).  YO and pull through all 6 loops, ch 1 to make the "eye of the star. 

Helpful Video Tutorials:

How to Crochet the Star Stitch in the Round - Right Handed

Gauge

15 HDC x 11 rows = 4” square in HDC

Finished Size:  

  • Tip of fingers to bottom of wrist = 9.75"
  • Width of finger section = 4.25"
  • Width of wrist = 3.5"
  • Length of thumb = 2.5"
  • Width of thumb = 1.75"

Pattern Notes

  • The chain stitches at the beginning of each round do not count as a stitch. 
  • The last stitch of each round is attached to the first stitch of the round with a slip stitch
  • This pattern is written to fit an average adult.  The size can easily be adjusted by adding or subtracting rounds.  Additions or subtractions should happen between rounds 4-16
  • I used a fairly tight tension for this project, please check your gauge so the mittens fit properly.
  • Thumb size can be adjusted by changing the number of stitches you start with (for a narrower thumb, start with 12 sts, for a wider thumb start with 16).  Length can be adjusted by adding/subtracting rounds.

Instructions

Start with a magic circle (see the video tutorial below if you need help with this)

Round 1: Ch 1, Work 10 HDC into magic circle, pull tight (10)

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 HDC in each stitch around (20)

Round 3: Ch 1, *2 HDC, HDC, repeat from * around (30)

Round 4-16: Ch 1, HDC around (30)

Round 17: Ch 1, HDC, ch 6, skip 2 stitches and HDC around. (28 HDC + 6 ch stitches-this creates the thumb hole)

Round 18-20: Ch 1, HDC around (34)

Round 21: Ch 1, HDC in 6, HDC2tog, HDC in 15, HDC2tog, HDC in 9. (32)

Round 22: Ch 1, HDC around (32)

Round 23: Ch 1, HDC in 2, HDC2Tog, HDC in 6, HDC2 Tog, *HDC in 2, HDC2Tog, repeat from * around (25)

Round 24: Ch 2, make the first star stitch of the round and continue with star stitches around. When you reach the end of the round, HDC in the last st of the round (this will have already been worked into by the previous star stitch) (12 stars + 1 HDC)

Round 25: Ch 1, work 2 SC into each "eye" of the star stitches from the previous round and SC in the last HDC st from the previous round. (25)

Round 26-29: Repeat Rounds 24 (on even rounds) and 25 (on odd rounds)

Round 30: Ch 1, HDC around (25)

 

Attaching the Thumb:

Round 1: Attach yarn into the thumb hole with a sl st.  Ch 1, and work 14 HDC around the thumb hole.  Some stitches may be worked into "non traditional" spaces such as stitch posts to achieve this number. (14)

Round 2-5: Ch 1, HDC around (14)

Round 6: Ch 1, HDC2tog around (7)

Cut and tie yarn leaving a long tail.  Using a yarn needle, weave through every other stitch around the top.  Pull to cinch the thumb shut and tie off.  Weave in all ends and you are done!

 The Star Gazer's Mittens combine texture and warmth to give you a beautiful and functional pair of mittens for the coldest winter days.  They take less than one skein of Lion Brand Scarfie yarn and will be a perfect addition to your last-minute gift list this holiday season!  This is the second free crochet pattern of my Seven Days of Scarfie pattern collection.

Are you busy with holiday crochet projects?  Stay tuned because I have a TON more free patterns coming for you this month!  Keep up with all new releases in my Facebook community group or on Instagram!


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