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Reach for the Star Stitch Fingerless Mitts ~ Free Crochet Pattern

This pattern has been in the works for quite some time. I made them over three weeks ago for my younger sister as a replacement for an incredibly worn-out pair I'd made years ago. I combined my favorite stitches, half double crochet and stars. Star stitches look fancy and complicated but really are surprisingly simple. She loved them-- a little too much. Before I could get a single picture or measure gauge, she took them out and completely ruined broke them in. I was a little bit crushed and didn't feel like remaking them so soon, so I made a Star Stitch tutorial instead. Find it HERE. 

When I did remake them, I got so busy I didn't have time to take any picture or compile a post for more than a week. But the Reach for the Star Stitch Mitts are finally here! (And you get a photo tutorial as a nice bonus 😉)


The construction is very simple with no increasing or decreasing. Begin at the bottom, working hdc in the round. Then, switch to working star stitch in rows (which creates the thumb slit) and then go back to rounds of hdc to close off the top. They're reversible, made in one piece, and easy enough to whip up in one or two evenings. 



Don't have time to make them now? Add them to Ravelry HERE. Not on Ravelry? Add them to Pinterest HERE.

Materials:
  • H/5mm hook (I crochet very tightly so if you're average or looser, try a G/4mm first)
  • 55 yds DK yarn (I used Adriafil Knitcol in Degas)
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends

Pattern Notes:
  • Size: Age 6/7
  • Gauge: 7 rows and 10hdc (4 stars) = 2 inches in st pattern (Beginning with a row of hdc)
  • Each Hdc row begins with a ch 1, which does NOT count as a stitch. Make sure it's fairly loose, or the ends of your rows/rnds might slope downward a little.
  • The stitch multiple is 2 (excluding turning chs) so to make these in a different size, begin with any multiple of 2, plus your turning ch.
  • I began with foundation half double crochet (fhdc) instead of a chain but include an alternate first row that starts with a ch.
Special Stitches: 

Beg Star: Beginning Star. Ch 3. *Insert hook into second ch from hook, and pull up a loop.* Repeat in next chain. *Insert hook into next stitch, pull up a loop* Repeat 2 more times. 6 loops on hook. Yarn over, and pull through all six loops. Ch 1. (the ch 1 is the center of your star) Beg Star made.

Star:  Insert hook into center of previous star (the ch 1) and pull up a loop. Insert hook into the same stitch as last yarn over of prev. Star, and pull up a loop. Insert hook under last loop of prev. Star and pull up a loop. * insert hook into next stitch, and pull up a loop.* Repeat again. 6 loops on hook. Ch 1 (center made). Star made.

A note about star stitches: The beg star is worked across 2 ch and 3 hdc. Every other star is worked over 2 hdc. For a more in-depth explainations (and photos), check out THIS tutorial.

Mitt (Make 2):

Round 1: 30 fhdc, sl st to 1st hdc to join. (30)
   (Alternate round 1: Ch 31, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each across. Sl st to 1st hdc to join. (30) )

Round 2: Ch 1, hdc in each hdc around, join with a sl st to 1st hdc. (30)

Round 3-4: Repeat round 2.

Now switch to working in rows.

Row 5: Beg star. Work 13 more stars around, hdc in last hdc. (14 stars, 1 hdc.)

Row 6: Ch 1, hdc in next st, work 2 hdc in the center of each star. Work 1 hdc in the top of beg star ch. (30 hdc)

Rows 7-10: Repeat rows 5-6 twice more. 

Row 11: Ch 1, hdc in each st across, join with a sl st to 1st hdc to form round. (30)

Round 12: Ch 1, hdc in each st, join with a sl st to 1st hdc. 

Fasten off. 

Thumbhole edging: Join yarn to any space in thumb opening. Sc evenly around.


Fasten off. Weave in all ends and rock your new mitts!






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