When you’re a beginner in crochet, everything can be daunting: reading patterns––the ones that look like crop circles or the ones that look like random letters and numbers; colorwork; pretty much anything that isn’t a rectangle.

But there are some crochet projects that are really much simpler than you think! While fishing around for a beginner-level mitten, I realized that there really wasn’t a simple pattern that didn’t make a mitten look strange. They were too spacious at the top, or too bulky in the middle. Nothing seemed to really scream, “I’m an easy mitten crochet pattern that will actually fit like I’m supposed to.”

So I did what any crocheter would do: I made it up as I went! But seriously, I tried to create a pattern that would yield a simple pair of mittens that actually felt like mittens and not just yarn bags with some ribbing on the end. Let’s see how I did!

What You'll Need

  • 100g Size 5 Yarn (50g ball was enough for 1 mitten with some leftover. I prefer to use a wool blend, but you can also use another fibre)

  • 5.5mm crochet hook (check your yarn for sizing suggestions. I recommend a smaller size than the yarn suggests for a tighter stitch)

  • Scissors

  • Tapestry Needle

Notes

This size is for an adult M/L sized hand. If you want to make it smaller or larger, check the pattern for where you should increase or decrease rows.

Gauge: 10 stitches x 6 rows is 6x6cm.

Abbreviations (US Terms)

US Terms

  • CH chain

  • DC double crochet

  • FPDC/BPDC front post double crochet / back post double crochet

  • HDC half double crochet

  • 2HDC increase, place two hdc in the same stitch

  • SL ST slip stitch

Directions

Palm & Fingers

Row 1: ch 10. This pattern is worked by crocheting across and then through the backside of the chains. It will then be worked in the round.

Row 2: 3hdc in the second chain from the hook, hdc 7, 3hdc in final stitch.

Turn your work and crochet into the other side of the chains, hdc 7 spaces. [20]

Row 3: 2hdc in each of the next 3 spaces (each stitch from 3hdc of the previous row) and then hdc 7. When you reach the 3hdc from the last row, put 2hdc in each of the next three stitches to finish the round. [26]

Row 4-16: Make one hdc in each stitch around for about 14 rounds (this is the section of your hand from the tip of your middle finger to above your thumb. Add or remove rows to adjust length here).

Row 17: Start your final row of this section by hdc 10 from one edge of the mitten, dc 1, chain 4, skip 3, dc 1, and hdc to end of round. You can also just crochet to where you'd like the thumb to be and insert the hole there.

Row 18: Hdc around in each stitch including each chain.

Row 19-23: Hdc around for another 5 rounds (this is the section below your thumb to the base of your palm, or the last third of your palm. Adjust length for this section here by adding or removing rounds).

Row 24: Double crochet around.

Row 25-29: Alternate fpdc and bpdc around and continue this pattern of ribbing (fpdc in each fpdc from previous row and bpdc each bpdc from previous row) for 5 rows total. You can add ribbing by continuing this pattern until it reaches the desired length. Sl st into last stitch of round. Leave a tail, cut, and sew in your ends.‍

Thumb

Row 1: Turn the mitten inside out and attach your yarn in any stitch around the hole you created by skipping three stitches earlier.

Row 2: Ch 1, Hdc around evenly, creating 12 stitches (they don't need to be perfectly equidistant).

Row 3-6: Hdc around for 4 additional rounds.

Row 7: Decrease around (hdc decrease around the entire round).‍

Row 8: Decrease around again, fasten off, cut and sew in ends.

Repeat all steps to create your second mitten including any changes you made to sizing!

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