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.


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8 comments:

  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

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    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

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  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.

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

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

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

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  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!

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

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