At last! We have arrived at the really fun part: CROCHET TIME! These Crocodile Stitch Convertible Mittens works up pretty fast, and for that we selected it as the first project for our Grand CAL event for those of you working on holiday gifts or selling finished items. It’s a busiest of bee time of year, working on stocking stuffers and such!
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- Yarn: The Gloves showcased in pattern pictures are size Small/Medium and were made with: 3 skeins for small/medium sizes or 4 skeins for large/extra large of Bonita Yarns Kaleidoscopic (Sock weight) in Rainbow colorway; 100% Icelandic Yarn (195 yards/50 grams per skein). You can purchase this yarn at www.bonitapatterns.com, or directly at the end of this post.
- Yardage: Approximately 550 yds for sizes Small/Medium and 610 yds for Sizes Large/Extra Large.
- Hooks: Sizes D (3.25 mm) crochet hook or any size hook to obtain gauge.
- Notions: 2 (1.5 mm) buttons
- Yarn needle and sewing needle
With D crochet hook in FPdc pattern: 11 FPdc and 8 rows = 2″
Sizes (measurements based on circumference of hand flat just under knuckles without including thumb):
Small/Medium: 6.5 in to 7.5 in
Large/Extra Large: 7.5 in to 8.5 in
- Beginning (beg)
- Chain (ch)
- Decrease (dec)
- Double Crochet (dc)
- Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc)
- Repeat (rep)
- Right Side (RS)
- Single Crochet (sc)
- Slip Stitch (sl st)
- Space (sp)
- Stitch (st)
- Wrong Size (WS)
- Yarn Over (yo)
Special Stitches Used:
Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc) – Yo and insert hook from the front to the back around the post of the dc of previous row. Complete as for a regular dc stitch.
Front Post Double Crochet Two Together (FP2tog) – Work a FPdc in stitch indicated until two loops are left on hook (this is as an incomplete dc). Keeping these two loops on hook, work another dc in stitch indicated until you have three loops remaining on hook. Yarn over, pull through all three loops on hook. Two FPdc sts decreased.
V-Stitch (V-st) – Work (dc 1, ch 1, dc 1) in stitch indicated]
- The convertible mittens are worked in the round. The cuff is crocheted in Crocodile Stitch. Note that once cuff is completed, the cuff will be turned inside out so the wrong side of work is facing you, before you begin working body of mitten. The remaining sections of the mittens are worked in rounds of FPdc, which will produce a ribbed texture when you look the right side of work.
- The mittens are worked in two sections: the fingerless glove section is worked from cuff to glove; separately, the mitten top is worked in the round from the top down and joined to body of glove during finishing, creating mittens that can convert into fingerless mittens.
- A note about self-stripping yarns: If using a self-stripping or Ombré yarn like the one used in this pattern, the way to achieve the same color sequence on both gloves is to work each side completely from body to cuff. Once the first glove is completed, unravel yarn until you reach the same color sequence you started the first glove with and crochet the second glove. Because different balls of yarn may be spun in different color sequencing, you might need to unravel and re-ravel yarns to reach the desired color sequence. Re-skein unused yarn for future use.
- In short, the Crocodile Stitch is formed by a two-round repeat: a round of V-sts followed by a row of scales (or shells). This is a fairly easy pattern to execute and fast to memorize. The only novelty about this design is that the scales are crocheted in front of the V-sts with clusters of front post double crochets (fpdc) from top to bottom, then from bottom to top, as opposed to working them on top of the row, like in most shell patterns.
Ch 42 (48), being careful not to twist chain, join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Working in the Back Loops Only (working BLO) ,Ch 1 (does not count as sc), sc in first ch and each ch around; join with sl st in top of first sc. – (42  sc )
Note: Instead of working your foundation chain and your Rnd 1, you might also work a “foundation sc chain (fsc)” instead. The fsc you give you an elastic foundation. You can learn about foundation single crochet HERE
Rnd 2: Ch 4 (count as a dc and a ch-1 sp), dc in same stitch as beg ch,* skip 2 ch, V-st in next ch, rep from * around; join with sl st in top of first dc. – (14  V-sts)
Row 3: Ch 3 (count as a dc), working from top to bottom around post of first dc of first V-st, work 4 fpdc (see pic A), ch 1, turn work so V-st is sideways and post of second dc of V-st is on the bottom (V point of V-st will be facing right; see pic B), working from bottom to top around post of second dc of V-st, work 5 fpdc (see pic C), * skip next V-st, working from top to bottom work 5 fpdc around post of first dc of next V-st, ch 1, turn work so V-st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second dc of V-st, work 5 fpdc, rep from * around; join with sl st in top of first dc. – (7  scales)
Rnd 4: Sl st in first 2 sts, sl st in ch-1 sp, Ch 4 (count as a dc and a ch-1), dc in same ch-1 sp, yo, insert hook in next sp between scales and in ch-1 sp directly behind scales and complete a V-st (see pic D), * V-st in next ch-1 sp, yo, insert hook in next sp between scales and in ch-1 sp directly behind scales and complete a V-st, repeat from * around; join with sl st in top of first dc. – (14  V-sts)
Rnd 5: Sl st in ch-1 sp, working from top to bottom around post of first dc of next V-st, work 5 fpdc, ch 1, turn work so V-st is sideways and post of second dc of V-st is on the bottom, working from bottom to top around post of second dc of V-st, work 5 fpdc * skip next V-st, working from top to bottom around post of first dc of next V-st, work 5 fpdc, ch 1, turn work so V-st is sideways, working from bottom to top around post of second dc of V-st, work 5 fpdc, repeat from * around; join with sl st in top of first dc.– (7  scales)
Rnd 6: Rep Rnd 4. – (14  V-sts)
Rnd 7: Rep Rnd 5. – (7  scales)
Rnd 8: Rep Rnd 4. – (14  V-sts)
Rnd 9: Rep Rnd 5. – (7  scales)
Rnd 10: Rep Rnd 4. – (14  V-sts)
Rnd 11: Rep Rnd 5. – (7  scales)
NOTE: Before beginning Rnd 12, turn cuff inside out so the wrong side of work is facing you. The remaining rnds will be worked in a continuous spiral, without joining at the end of each rnd. Place a marker in the 1st st of each rnd.
Rnd 12 (decrease): Sl st in next st, ch 3, dc in next st (beg ch 3 and first dc counts a one dec), dc in next ch-1 sp, dc2tog over next 2 sts, * yo, insert hook in next sp between scales and in ch-1 sp directly behind scales and complete a dc, dc2tog over next 2 sts, dc in next ch-1 sp, dc2tog over next 2 sts, rep from * around to last ch-1 sp, dc in last ch-1 sp. – (28  dc)
Rnd 13 – 14: FPdc in first st, FPdc in each st around. – (28  FPdc)
Rnd 15 (increase): 2 FPdc in first FPdc * FPdc in next FPdc, 2 FPdc in next FPdc, rep from * around to last FPdc, FPdc in last FPdc. – (42  FPdc)
Rnd 16 – Rnd 24: FPdc in first FPdc, FPdc in each st around. – (42  FPdc)
We’ll stop here, To Be Continued, and will resume next week to conclude the project, Friday, December 1st here on the Bonita Patterns Blog.
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