Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Tutorial: How to Crochet a Mitten String **Complete Beginner's Guide to Crocheting a Foundation Chain**

Lots of people have been complimenting me on my mittens on strings, which I made using this pattern and simply added a crocheted chain to them to run through my sleeves.  I pretty much believe now that every busy person should have a string attaching their mittens to their person.  To that end, I've decided to publish a crochet tutorial for complete beginners.  This is an ideal project for beginners.

You will need:

  • A pair of mittens
  • Wool in the same or a complementary colour (probably DK and you'll need a length about triple the length that you want your mitten string to end up - ie slightly longer than your arm span)
  • Crochet hook (I used size 5 but any size between 3 and 6 would do)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

How to Crochet a Foundation Chain

  • Make a slip knot by making a loop and then putting the centre of the wool through.  Leave a long enough end for stitching the string to a mitten.   
  • Tighten the knot onto your hook, but not too much! Make sure you can still slide the yarn up and down the hook.  Hold the hook like a pencil or a knife in your right hand.  Use your peter pointer finger to hold the slip knot in place and stop it sliding around. 
  • Wrap the ball end of the wool over the hook from back to front so that you have two loops on your hook as shown in the third picture above.
  • Pull the slip knot along the hook towards the hook end.  
  • Pull it off over the loop you just made and the hook as shown in the second picture above.  You should have made a chain that looks a wee bit like a "v".  This is your first chain!
  • Make a second chain by wrapping the wool around the hook from back to front, using your peter pointer to hold the chain in place. 
  • Pull the chain over the loop you just made and the hook. This is your second chain! 
  • Keep repeating until you have the desired length of chain. 
  • Cut a tail. Leave a long enough end for stitching the string to a mitten. 
  • Take the last loop chain off the hook and pass the end of the wool through the loop as shown in the last picture.

Finishing Off

  • Use a yarn needle to stitch each end of your chain to the inside of the cuff of each mitten.
  • Darn in the ends.
  • Slide the mittens through the sleeves of your coat.
  • Wear with pride.

As always, I love getting feedback on my tutorials, so if you do end up using, please write me a comment! x

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  1. Hi Emma - great tutorial. I think I've commented before that I would like to learn how to crochet - and now I have a small winter project :) PS. I've tagged you for the blogging Sunshine Award. Enjoy! http://somewhereyonder.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/sunshine-award.html
    Claire xx

    1. Hi Claire! That you for the tag, I will definitely try and have a go at an 11 things post at some point in the near future! Also I definitely think you should learn how to crochet...it's amazing! x

  2. Tee hee -- it never occurred to me mitten strings could look so hip! These must of been among my first crochet projects. I remember making them in a hurry for my kid brother.

    1. Of course they look hip! They are such a good project, not to difficult but oh-so rewarding! x

  3. hello love your blog! many thanks for sharing this i will come back over the hols as i want to start practising crochet :)

    1. Please do I'd absolutely love that! x

  4. Hey, how do you keep it from curling? Am I making it too tight? Thanks by the way, everything else is working well, great tutorial!

    1. My initial chain usually curls. Once you work more rows into it it should straighten out. x


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