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Simple Shell Mitts

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Sometimes when I’m in a crochet slump, I like to break out my favorite colorful yarn and make up something quick. There’s something about holding a finished project that  inspires me to keep creating. Maybe it’s the feeling of completion, or maybe it’s just simple pride in a job well done.

Whatever the case, these sweet and simple fingerless gloves are the perfect project to chase away that late January funk and get you motivated to crochet again! Crocheting with Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable yarn adds effortless interest and color, but they would look equally fantastic in another worsted weight solid color. Even better, they are a great accompaniment to the Seashore Messy Bun Hat by Simply Collectible Crochet!


Materials Abbreviations
1 skein Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable yarn
Peacock color way I-9/5.5mm Crochet HookYarn needle for finishing


Ch – Chain

Sc – single crochet

Hdc – half double crochet

Dc – double crochet

Lp – loop

Sk – skip

Special Stitches: HDC through 3rd Lp: Insert your hook under the 3rd loop located below the top v. For a great tutorial on this, visit Little Monkeys Crochet’s tutorial post here:

Gauge: Not crucial for this project. Instructions for increasing the size of the glove are below.

Notes: To increase the size of the glove, simply add multiples of 4 rows to the cuff. Check sizing by fitting the cuff to your wrist.


Shell Mitt: (Make two.)

Begin cuff: Ch. 9.

Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each st across. [8 hdc]

Row 2: Ch. 1, turn. HDC 8 through 3rd loop. [8 hdc]

Row 3-16: Repeat row 2. [8 hdc]

Row 17: Ch 1, turn. Sl 8 to join cuff. Turn cuff inside out to hide seam.


Round 1: Ch 1, sc  around working 3 sc for every 2 rows.  [24 sc]

Round 2: Ch 1, *sc. Sk 2, 5 dc in next st. Sk 1, sc. Sk 2* repeat around, sl to join. [5 shells]

Round 3: Ch 1, sc. 5dc in next st. Sk 1, sc. *sk 2, 5dc. Sk 2, sc* repeat around until 2 sts remain. Sk 1, 5dc. Sl to join. [6 shells]

Round 4: Repeat Round 3. [7 shells]

Round 5: Ch 2, 3dc. Sk 2,  sc. *Sk 2, 5dc. Sk 2,  sc* Repeat around until 2 sts remain. Sk 2, 2dc into same space as the first 3dc to complete the shell. Sl to join. [7 shells]

Round 6: Sl 3. Ch 2, 3dc in same sp. Sk 2,sc. *Sk 2, 5dc, sk 2, sc.* Repeat around until 5 sts + 3sl sts remain. Sk 8 sts to create thumb hole, and complete the first shell with 2dc in the first space. [6 shells]

Round 7: Ch 1. *sc. Sk 2, 5dc, sk 2* repeat around. Sl to join. [6 shells]

Round 8: Ch 2, 3dc. *sk2, sc, sk 2 5dc.& repeat around until 2 sts remain. Sk 2, 2dc to complete first shell. [6 shells]

Round 9: Repeat round 7. [6 shells]

Round 10: Repeat round 8. [6 shells]


Finishing: Break yarn weave in ends.


If you end up making them, I would love for you to tag me on Instagram (@SaltyPearlCrochet) or upload photos of your finished projects to the Ravelry pattern page so I can see! I have checked and double-checked this pattern, but I’m only human- please let me know if you have any questions or if I have missed anything at all so I can correct it for you all.

You are more than welcome to sell any finished items made from this pattern. Links back to my blog post are greatly appreciated! Please feel free to share this pattern by directing others to this blog post or the Ravelry listing, NOT by distributing the pattern or photos as your own.

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