How to Crochet Finger Flap Mittens

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Mittens are beneficial for keeping your hands and fingers warm, but they can be a problem when you need to manipulate something with your fingers, such as a car key. Mittens sometimes have a flap that opens up to expose the fingers without removing the entire mitten. If you can crochet a basic chain and a single crochet stitch, you can make your own finger flap mittens. Finger flap mittens are also a thoughtful and creative gift idea. Crochet finger flap mittens in as little as two days.

Things You'll Need

  • 16 ounces of light or medium weight worsted yarn
  • Fastener strips
  • 5 mm crochet hook
  • Darning needle
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread

Mitten Cuff

  • Crochet the cuff of the right mitten first. Make 15 chain stitches. Make one single crochet in the second chain stitch from the end. Make a single crochet stitch in the next 13 chain stitches.

  • Make one chain stitch and then turn and make 14 single crochet stitches in each single crochet across. Make another row of single crochet stitches in the same fashion.

  • Make one chain stitch. Turn and single crochet in the back loops of the stitches in the previous row. Repeat this pattern for 29 rows.

  • Fold the cuff with the long, front side together to create the cuff and single crochet the two sides together.

Body of Mitten

  • Make one chain stitch after connecting the two ends of the cuff together. Make one single crochet at the end of each row of the cuff. Make a slip stitch to join the first single crochet to the last single crochet stitch. Count the single crochet stitches to make sure you have 30 single crochets around the end of the cuff.

  • Make one single crochet stitch in each of the first three single crochet stitches. Make two single crochet stitches in the next single crochet stitch and one single crochet in each of the next seven single crochets. Repeat the pattern of two single crochet stitches followed by seven single crochet stitches two more times. Make one single crochet in the final two single crochets. You should now have 34 single crochets.

  • Make one single crochet in each stitch all the way around the row for a total of 34 single crochet stitches. Make one single crochet in the next 16 stitches and then two single crochet stitches in each of the next two single crochets. Make one single crochet in the next 16 single crochet stitches and then chain one for a total of 36 single crochet stitches.

  • Make one single crochet in the next 16 stitches, two single crochet stitches in single crochet stitch number 17. Make one single crochet in the next two stitches and then two single crochet stitches in the next stitch. Finish the round by making one single crochet in the next 16 stitches, slip stitch to the beginning of the round and make one chain stitch for a total of 38 single crochet stitches all the way around.

  • Increase the number of single crochet stitches in the next four rounds by making 16 single crochet stitches followed by two single crochet stitches in each of the next four stitches and then finishing with 16 single crochets. On the next row, single crochet 16 stitches, make two single crochets in the next six single crochets and finish the row with 16 single crochets. Single crochet 16 stitches to start the next row, make two single crochets in each of the next eight stitches and then make 16 single crochets. In the final increase row, single crochet 16, make two single crochets in each of the next 10 stitches and then single crochet 16 stitches to the end.

Mitten Thumb

  • Make one single crochet in the next 30 stitches from the end of the last row. Count back 14 single crochet stitches and then slip stitch in that stitch to make a loop. Make one chain stitch.

  • Make one single crochet stitch in the next 14 stitches around the loop back toward where the loop began at the mitten palm. Slip stitch to join the end. Make one chain stitch. Repeat this pattern for rows two through eight.

  • Cut the yarn about six inches from the last slip slip stitch. Use a large darning needle to thread the yarn through the top loop of each single crochet around the end of the thumb. Pull the yarn tight to close the end of the thumb and knot to secure the yarn.

Mitten Flap

  • Locate the row of single crochet stitches midway between the thumb and the last round of the mitten palm. Crochet 16 single crochet stitches. Make 18 chain stitches. Attach the end of the chain at the other side of the thumb with one slip stitch and then make one chain stitch.

  • Make a single crochet in each of the 18 chain stitches. Make one single crochet stitch in the next 16 stitches. Make a slip stitch to join the ends. Chain one for a total of 34 single crochet stitches. Make one row of 34 single crochet stitches all the way around the end of the mitten flap.

  • Make another row of 34 single crochet stitches around the flap. Reduce the number of stitches around the flap with each row by dropping two stitches in each row. Drop stitches by making one single crochet in 16 stitches then slip stitch in the next stitch.

  • Drop another stitch in the next row by making one single crochet in the next 14 stitches and then slip stitch in the next two stitches. Drop stitches for each row until row 20. Make two single crochet stitches 5 times. Make a slip stitch to finish the last row.

  • Cut the yarn about six inches from the last slip stitch. Thread the end of the yarn through a darning needle. Weave the yarn through the loops of the stitches in the last row. Pull to close the end of the mitten flap and knot the yarn to secure.

  • Place one section of Velcro on the back of the mitten. Place the matching piece of Velcro on the top of the mitten flap. Sew both pieces to the mitten using a needle and thread.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add rounds to the end of each section to make the mittens longer for larger hands.
  • Sew the fastener strip in place even if it has the "sticky" backing to make sure that it does not pull away from the mitten.
  • These instructions are for the right hand mitten. To make the left mitten, follow the same instructions except when making the flap, count 14 stitches to the left of the thumb as instructed in Step 1 under the "Mitten Flap" instruction.

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