Over the years, I've made a lot of gloves and mittens, most of them knitted. The few pairs of crocheted mittens I've made I haven't enjoyed wearing. As I've looked around at crocheted mitten patterns, most have not appealed to me, either because of their appearance or because of their structure. Over the last month or so, I challenged myself to crochet mittens that I would enjoy wearing, and this pattern is the result.
These mittens start at the top, using foundation double crochet, and are worked in the round, down to the cuff. Foundation double crochet is also used to create the thumb hole. In order to keep the fabric from torquing, these mittens are crocheted in the round, but not in a coil--every other round is a wrong side round. The thumb gusset is also placed slightly to the front, meaning that there is a left mitten and a right mitten, and the two are not interchangeable.
In order to make mittens that are not too bulky or stiff and don't have large gaps between stitches, this pattern calls for fingering weight yarn. I used sock yarn. The pattern includes instructions for a smaller and larger size (both suitable for women's hand sizes, but also usable for older children). The smaller size (7 inch hand circumference) can be made with a 50 gram ball of sock yarn, making this a great project for that lone skein of hand dyed sock yarn you picked up somewhere and don't know how to use. Enjoy!