Doesn’t everyone love Jan Brett’s classic The Mitten? It has always been a personal favorite of mine since we wrote author letters in second grade and Jan Brett wrote back. I felt so special having her autograph!
The Mitten was my introduction to her beautiful illustration style. Her folk illustrations reminded me of my mom’s Dala horse collection. I wanted to grow up and be just like her. I took to adding elaborate borders to my drawings.
For the next month I will be sharing a character ball set to tell the story of The Mitten. The animals all fit snugly in the mitten and will really fly when the mitten is flipped inside out.
Week by week I will share another character and will link them all up when finished. We’ll start with the big mitten.
The Mitten by Jan Brett Character Ball Set
by Kayla Pins
- Gauge: Approx 4 dc = 1″
- Size H (5 mm) crochet hook
- Worsted weight acrylic white yarn
Ch 36. Join w sl st to beginning ch, being careful not to twist chain.
Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as first hdc, now and throughout). Hdc in each ch around. Join w sl st to first hdc.
Rounds 2-7: Ch 2, fpdc around next hdc. *Hdc in next hdc, fpdc around next hdc* around. Join w sl st to first hdc.
Round 8: Ch 3 (counts as first dc, now and throughout). 2 dc in next st. *Dc in next 3 st, 2 dc in next st* around. Join w sl to first dc.
Rounds 9-13: Ch 3, Dc in same st. Dc in each st to last st, 2 dc in last st. Join w sl st to first dc.
Round 14: Begin working thumb. Ch 3, dc in next 8 st. Sk to last 9 st, dc to end. Join w sl st to first dc.
Rounds 15, 16: Ch 3. Dc in each dc around. Join w sl st to first dc.
Round 17: Dc decrease around. (9 dc)
Round 18: Dc 3 tog around. Sew thumb shut.
Join yarn in any stitch of hand of mitten and dc evenly around. Join w sl st to first dc. (37 dc)
Work 7 rounds even.
Decrease Round 1: Ch 3. Dc in next 3 dc. Dc 3 tog. *Dc 4, dec* around. Join w sl st to first dc. (37)
Round 2: Ch 3. Dc in next 2 dc, Dc 2 tog. *Dc 3, dec* around. Join w sl st to first dc. (24)
Round 3: Ch 3. Dc in next dc, Dc 2 tog. *Dc 2, dec* around. Join w sl st to first dc. (18)
Round 4: Ch 3, dec. *Dc 1, dec* around. (12)
Tie off and sew mitten top closed. Weave in ends.