Crochet Mittens Free Pattern - Mrs. Murdock's Mittens

Mar 27, 2010
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Brenda K. B. Anderson

Introduction

My sister-in-law (who incidentally lives in Michigan, the nation's high-five) asked me for a no-frills crochet mitten pattern using worsted weight yarn.  Finding one was harder than I thought, so I came up with this one.  It is quite simple, worked in single crochet only. I have included a pattern for an optional star appliqué, but feel free to experiment with other embellishments, such as crocheted flowers or beading.  Or not.  Sometimes less is more.

Materials List

  • Size G - 6/4.00mm hook
  • Approximately 200 yards of worsted weight yarn in color of your choice for Women's size.  (I used Ella Rae washable yarn in 75% Acrylic, 25% wool).  Approximately 150 yards of worsted weight yarn for Older Kid's size.  (I used Lion Brand "Vanna's Choice in "Magenta", 100% acrylic).  Approximately 100 yards of worsted weight yarn for Preschool size.  (I used Lion Brand "Vanna's Choice" in "Fern", 100% acrylic).
  • Less than 10 yards of worsted weight yarn for a pair of stars (optional)
  • Yarn needle

Finished Size

These mittens are patterned for preschool sized hands with older kids and women's sizes shown in parenthesis.

 

Preschool

These mittens measure approximately 6.5" in length, including ribbed cuff.  They measure about 6" around the hand (circumference was measured just above where thumb splits off).

 

 Older kids

These mittens measure approximately 8" from ribbing edge, to fingertip.  They measure about 7.25" around the hand (circumference was measured just above where thumb splits off).

 

Women's Size

These mittens fit most women's hands.  They measure approximately 10" from ribbing edge, to fingertip.  They measure about 9" around the hand (circumference was measured just above where thumb splits off).

 

Star measures 2 ¼" from tip to tip.

Gauge

17 sts and 18 rows worked in sc = 4" x 4"

Notes

Abbreviations and terms used in this pattern:

Ch = chain

Dc = double crochet (used in star pattern only)

Hdc = half double crochet (used in star pattern only)

sc = single crochet

sc2tog =  single crochet 2 stitches together.  This is a decrease stitch. (Insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, pull loop through to the front of work, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, pull loop through to the front, yarn over and pull through all three loops on the hook.)

Sl st = slip stitch

st(s) = stitch (stitches)

Tbl = through back loop. When you sc tbl (single crochet through back loop) you will insert your hook under only the back loop of the next stitch, not under both loops like a normal single crochet stitch.

 

The back bump

This is also known as the back, backside, or butt of a chain stitch.  This is the part of the chain stitch that is opposite of the two loops (the ones that form the "v") that you would normally insert your hook under.  In other words, if you turn the chain upside down, so that you are looking at the bottom of it, you will see a line of dashes.  It is under each dash, that you would insert your hook if you were instructed to crochet into the back bump of each chain stitch.

 

Magic Ring:

The star pattern starts out with a magic ring.  If you are not familiar with this technique, I highly recommend typing "magic ring crochet" into your preferred search engine, to learn how to do it.  Crochet Me also has these instructions. However, if you prefer not to use the magic ring method, you can chain 2 stitches, and then work into the second chain from the hook as directed.  For example, if the pattern reads: "make a magic ring, sc 5 times into ring..." you could instead: "ch 2, sc 5 times into the second ch from the hook".

The Pattern

Directions:

Directions are the same for right and left mittens; make 2. The ribbing band (at the wrist) is worked back and forth in rows and then slip stitched to form a tube.  The body of the mitten is then worked in a spiral from the ribbing up to the fingertips.  

Crochet Mittens - Mrs. Murdock's Mittens

Make the ribbing:

row 1.                   Using size G hook and main color yarn, Ch 7 (9, 11) sts.  Make 1 sc st into the back bump of the 2nd ch from hook, make 1 sc st into the remaining 5 (7, 9) sts.  6 (8, 10) sts.

row 2.                   Turn, ch 1 (this is a turning chain, do not count as a stitch), 1 sc tbl into each st across.  6 (8, 10) sets

 

rows 3 through rows 21 (27, 31):   Repeat row 2, 19 (25, 29) more times.  6 (8, 10) sts in each row, 21 (27, 31) rows worked, not including the foundation chain).

 

Hold the ribbing so that your crochet hook is at the right side of your work (as though you are about to work another row).  Take the beginning edge of your ribbing (the foundation chain edge) and bring it in front of the last row that you worked.  In other words, fold the ribbing in half and line up the short edges.  Your crochet hook will be to the right, and in the row behind the beginning yarn tail.  Slip stitch these rows together by inserting your hook into the back loop of the foundation chain and then through the back loop of the stitch directly behind it (from the last row worked), yo and pull loop through to front of work and through loop on hook.  Repeat across row.  6 (8, 10) sl sts worked.  Do not fasten off!  Turn ribbing tube so that the sl st row is to the inside.  (The sl st row is on the wrong side of the cuff.)  You will now stitch into the edges of the previous rows.

 

Make the body of each mitten:

Round 1.             Make 23 (28, 33) sc sts, equally spaced, around top edge of ribbing.  (23, 28, 33 sts)

Round 2.             1 sc into each of the next 10 (12, 15) sts, 2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into each of the next 9 (12, 14) sts.  25 (30, 35) sts

Round 3.             1 sc into each st around.  25 (30, 35) sts

Round 4.             1 sc into each of the next 11 (13, 16) sts, 2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into each of the next 10 (13, 15) sts.  27 (32, 37) sts

Round 5.             1 sc into each st around.  27 (32, 37) sts.

Round 6.             1 sc into each of the next 12 (14, 17) sts, 2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into each of the next 11 (14, 16) sts.  29 (34, 39) sts

Round 7.             1 sc into each st around.  29 (34, 39) sts.

Round 8.             1 sc into each of the next 13 (15, 18) sts, 2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into each of the next 12 (15, 17) sts.  31 (36, 41) sts.

Round 9.             1 sc into each st around.  31 (36, 41) sts.

Round 10.          1 sc into each of the next 14 (16, 19) sts, 2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into each of the next 13 (16, 18) sts.  33 (38, 43) sts.  For Preschool size only: skip to round 16 after completing this round.

Round 11.          1 sc into each st around.   (Older kids-38, Women-43) sts.

Round 12.          1 sc into each of the next (17, 20) sts, 2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into each of the next (17, 19) sts.  (Older kids-40, Women-45 sts). 

Round 13.          1 sc into each st around.  (Older kids-40, Women-45 sts).  For older kids size only: skip to round 16 after completing this round.

Round 14.          1 sc into each of the next 21 sts, 2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc into the next st, 1 sc into each of the next 20 sts  (Women-47 sts).

Round 15.          1 sc into each st around (Women-47 sts).

Round 16.          1 sc into each of the next 12 (14, 17) sts, skip the next 10 (12, 14) sts (for thumb), 1 sc into each of the next 11 (14, 16) sts.  23 (28, 33) sts around hand, not including thumb.

Round 17.          1 sc into each st around.  23 (28, 33) sts.

Repeat round 17 until the measurement from the thumbhole, up, is 2 (2 ¾", 3 ½").  [Approximately 9 (12, 15) more rounds]

 

For Preschool Size only:

Next round:       [1 sc into each of the next 6 sts, sctog] 2 times, 1 sc into each of the next 5 sts, sc2tog (20 sts).

Next round:       [1 sc into each of the next 3 sts, sc2tog] 4 times (16 sts).

Next round:       1 sc into each st around (16 sts).

Next round:       sc2tog 8 times (8 sts).

Fasten off with a 10" tail.  Using yarn needle, thread yarn tail through the front loop of the remaining 8 sts and pull tight.  Weave in ends.

 

For Older Kid Size only:

Next round:       [1 sc into each of the next 5 sts, sc2tog] 4 times (24 sts).

Next round:       1 sc into each st around (24 sts).

Next round:       sc2tog 12 times (12 sts).

Next round:       1 sc into each st around (12 sts).

Next round:       [1 sc into the next st, sc2tog] 4 times (8 sts).

Fasten off with a 10" tail.  Using yarn needle, thread yarn tail through the front loop of the remaining 8 sts and pull tight.  Weave in ends.

 

For Women's Size only:

Next round:       [1 sc into each of the next 9 sts, sc2tog] 3 times  (30 sts).

Next round:       1 sc in each st around (30 sts).

Next round:       [1 sc into each of the next 3 sts, sc2tog] 6 times  (24 sts).

Next round:       1 sc into each st around (24 sts).

Next round:       sc2tog 12 times (12 sts).

Next round:       1 sc into each st (12 sts).

Next round:       [1 sc into the next st, sc2tog] 4 times (8 sts).

Fasten off with a 10" tail.  Using yarn needle, thread yarn tail through the front loop of the remaining 8 sts and pull tight.  Weave in ends.

Thumb:

Join yarn to any thumb stitch and make 10 (12, 14) sc stitches around.

1 sc into each st around until thumb measures 1 ½" (2", 2 1/2") from crotch (about 5, 7, 9 more rows).

Next row:  sc2tog 5 (6, 7) times  (5, 6, 7 sts left).

Fasten off with a 10" tail.  Using yarn needle, thread yarn tail through the front loop of the remaining 5 (6, 7) sts and pull tight.  Weave in ends.

 

Optional Star Appliqué:

Round 1.             Make a magic ring, 5 sc into ring, pull on beginning yarn tail to tighten ring.  (5 sts)

Round 2.              2 sc into each stitch around.  (10 sts)

Round 3.              [Chain 4, 1 sc into the back bump of the second chain from the hook, 1 hdc into the back bump of the next chain, 1 dc into the back bump of the next chain, skip the next stitch from round 2, 1 slip st into next st] 5 times.

Fasten off with long yarn tail.  Use this yarn tail to stitch the star onto the mitten.

Hey! You just made a mitten that rocks.  Give yourself a high-five and then make one more!


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Comments

Immaculada wrote
on Apr 18, 2010 10:54 PM

I've never seen such a good pattern for crocheted mittens. I've only seen knitted ones.

on Apr 19, 2010 1:37 PM

This is the best looking crocheted mitten pattern I have ever seen.  The shaping mimicks the shaping in the knitted ones.  I can hardly wait to get started.  Thanks.

Yarnville wrote
on Apr 19, 2010 9:39 PM

Thank you for the compliments.  I am so glad you like 'em!

mleal68 wrote
on Nov 22, 2010 7:58 AM

This pattern is so easy to follow.  I've made three pairs of mittens so far for Christmas gifts.   Now I need to make a pair for me :).  Thank you for sharing this pattern!

krissy_bare wrote
on Dec 19, 2010 2:03 PM

I have been searching all over for a mitten pattern that was simple to make. This one is amazing! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing it!!!

on Dec 20, 2010 12:43 PM

they're beautiful - and sooo simple. thanks!  we'e been looking for something like this. fredw

on Dec 9, 2011 4:49 PM

Well written and I love how the thumb worked up.  Thank you for this.

 

on Dec 9, 2011 11:07 PM

Do you know how this would be adapted for a toddler size? Thanks!

on Jan 2, 2012 5:58 PM

I'd like to try the shaping you used, but in a slip stitch mitten. Any ideas? I thought maybe doing every round twice might work...

marybreach wrote
on Jan 5, 2012 12:41 AM

Thank you so much for an excellent pattern! This is by far my favorite of all those I have tried. Very nice...Thanks again!

on Jun 10, 2012 6:11 PM

I loved this mitten pattern and it was so quick and easy. I have used scraps of leftover wool for my preschooler and I changed the ribbing to a cable which gives it a faux fur type look.

rogannomes wrote
on Jun 11, 2012 6:54 AM

I just made this pattern and it looks fantastic. Thank you for the easy to understand pattern.

AnninCam wrote
on Jul 11, 2012 1:25 PM

I've made 4 pair of these now, they're just terrific!  Fast to make and such a clearly written pattern, I can't thank you enough.

MarionR@2 wrote
on Sep 10, 2012 1:32 PM

Hi, This is my first time being on.  This is for dramaticattic.  She asked if there was a size for the mitten to fit the toddlers.  I didn't see an answer.  Could a smaller hooker or less stitches do that.  If she is retired like I am, maybe she has time to figure it out.  It probably would help others with the same question.

Happy Hooking to All

SmithC wrote
on Sep 22, 2012 12:29 PM

This just the pattern I have been looking for to make mittens for my granchildren. Thanks. I may make myself some too. I may just start now for Christmas if I have the right yarn for everyone.  Thanks and God Bless.

Saannis wrote
on Oct 1, 2012 1:37 AM

Hello!
I just love this pattern!

I wonder if there’s an opportunity for me to translate this wonderful pattern to Swedish? Of course I link to your blog where the original pattern is, and do you have anything else to say about the pattern, I write naturally with it.

Thanks in advance
/ Saannis

crazymered wrote
on Oct 13, 2012 9:03 PM

Do you have any idea how I could make this smaller to be toddler mittens? I did make the preschool sized ones and like everyone else said the pattern is so easy to follow! Love how they turned out! Thanks!!

farnoush55 wrote
on Nov 8, 2012 8:23 PM

I really like this pattern but I don't undrestand how to start the begining. 7 CH seems to be very small for the ribbing. I am making this for my son who is 2 and half. I really appreciate if you explain the begining. Thanks, Farnoush

barabosha wrote
on Nov 9, 2012 8:17 AM

This pattern is fantastic! Very precise and easy! Thank you!

jgaustin wrote
on Nov 13, 2012 12:57 PM

This comment is in response to Famoush55

The beginning starts out with the seven stitches from the bottom of the rib to the top of the rib vs the 21 stitches around.  So you will be working the cuff bottom to top then joining and working the body around the cuff. 

I hope that helps - it's harder to explain in writing than I expected :).

megshep wrote
on Nov 14, 2012 3:51 AM

Thank you so much for this pattern. Wonderfully easy to follow instructions and so nice to do it in the spiral, avoiding the join on every round. I used this pattern as the foundation to some oven gloves I just made. They came out superbly. Thanks so much.

I have added a post to my blog with a link back to your pattern:

http://megsjshep.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/cotton-oven-gloves/

Flemmerjm wrote
on Nov 20, 2012 11:34 AM

Have to say that this pattern is very easy to follow.  I just started to use patterns because I had such a hard time following all of the abbreviations.  This one is so simple that I made the one mitten in just one hour which is a speed record for me.  Thanks so much for publishing it.  I can start whipping out mittens in no time!

Yarnville wrote
on Dec 14, 2012 6:53 PM

Hi Sannis,

You are welcome to translate my pattern into swedish as long as the pattern remains free, you give me credit as designer, and link to my pattern. Thank you for asking!

 

-Brenda

moogly wrote
on Dec 17, 2012 4:07 PM

Love these, thanks so much for sharing! I linked to the page on my blog this morning: http://www.mooglyblog.com/last-minute-crochet-gifts-30-free-patterns/

Amandas1 wrote
on Jan 1, 2013 1:47 PM

Thank you for the pattern. I like. How easy it is to read but im new to crochet and im confused by how you simply 'skip' ten stitches for the thumb holw....

nellyru wrote
on Jan 22, 2013 10:38 AM

Such a great pattern!

Thanks for sharing it with us. :)

I'm still really new to crocheting, so I use Youtube and google search engine

when I get stuck, but for the most part it was fairly easy for me.

I used sort of a "fancy" yarn so it was a little bit harder to see each stitch,

but it looks ok. I learned my lesson with doing something new!! :)

Thanks again.

Sara

on Feb 8, 2013 1:18 PM

Hi,

 

Love this pattern, but was thinking on crocheting the main body of the mitten first and knitting the cuff on after as I find the knitted cuff is not as bulky. Gonna try it and see what happens

 

Ann

thewidi wrote
on May 2, 2013 12:02 AM

 

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. judi online I truly appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your next write ups thank you once again.

raetulipano wrote
on Jul 18, 2013 3:45 PM

Beautiful pattern so easy. I was able to convert to fit my 18 month old granddaughter.

Thank-you

scaredstiff wrote
on Aug 12, 2013 12:06 AM

Used what I had on hand (Redheart supersaver and a K hook) and recieved a passible, smallish adult mitten from the smallest instruction size. For my first mitten ever, knit or crochet, it's pretty good. Apreciate the simple instructions greatly.

Cindy12538 wrote
on Sep 1, 2013 4:32 PM

I was hesitant but needed a pattern for mittens for Christmas gifts, VERY easy and works up nice (other patterns I found always seem to have a point at the top instead of being rounded).  Thanks so much for taking the time to share this pattern!

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on Oct 4, 2013 1:32 AM

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Nice post thanks for sharing with us. I think we all should appreciate the efforts of the owner of this blog and the writer of this article as well. 

on Nov 21, 2013 3:00 PM
on Dec 8, 2013 4:49 PM

Why can't I print this pattern???  

on Dec 8, 2013 4:49 PM

Why can't I print this pattern???  

jlt936 wrote
on Dec 15, 2013 10:01 AM

I don't see an answer to Amands1 post - I am also Confused by how you simply skip 10 stitches for the the thumb.  Can someone help explain?

on Dec 16, 2013 1:12 PM

Hi! I am working on a pair of adult mittens at the moment. I am stuck because I can't figure out how to make the hole for the thumb. How do you just skip over 14 stitches. Can anyone help? thanks!

 

Notworking wrote
on Dec 19, 2013 5:00 PM

Looks great, but I'm having trouble with the ribbing. 10 rows gives me 4". If I do the full 31 rows it would be way too big to be a cuff even when folded in half. Any thoughts on what I may be doing wrong? Many thanks.

Vyndetta wrote
on Jan 2, 2014 12:55 PM

Are the rows worked in a spiral? Or do you join at the end of each row?

Vyndetta wrote
on Jan 2, 2014 8:33 PM

When you skip over x amount of stitches and sc in the next one, it kinda folds the mitten and creates the thumbhole that you will later sc into. Hope that helped!

stephanieMP wrote
on Jan 12, 2014 7:42 PM

how long does it take to make the smallest size?

milanic wrote
on Jan 28, 2014 10:33 PM

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I truly appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your next write ups thank you once again.

eurogirl87 wrote
on Jan 29, 2014 11:27 PM

Thank you for the pattern. I've had so many complicated crocheted mitten patterns that turned out horrible. This pattern was simple and fast!

 

on Jan 30, 2014 11:31 AM

I used this pattern to as a starting base to make a toddler sized Minion mitten pattern.  I have shared, giving credit to this mitten post, but rewriting the directions for my changes.  I will share the link to my version of these and if I have violated in copying anything at all, please let me know and I'll make the approripate changes.  I tried to give much credit to this pattern as my starting point.  Thank you.

http://kellysplainpath.blogspot.com/2014/01/minion-mittens.html

jhon321 wrote
on Feb 9, 2014 6:39 AM

Those are very nice hand gloves home made they are nice. http://www.twinsprostore.com

Debmarie22 wrote
on Mar 23, 2014 2:32 AM

This is a fantastic pattern! I've already made several pairs. So easy to follow! Thanks so much for sharing!!

ajh91 wrote
on Mar 25, 2014 12:05 PM

I used you pattern to make a pair of mittens to go with my hat I designed. Don't know how to add a pic with my phone.

https://m.facebook.com/HatsandMorebyAmy

thingswelove wrote
on Mar 26, 2014 3:35 PM
Dottie Mason wrote
on Apr 28, 2014 7:47 PM

Is there a video for this pattern? 

Dottie Mason wrote
on Apr 28, 2014 7:47 PM

Is there a video for this pattern? 

Dottie Mason wrote
on Apr 28, 2014 7:47 PM

Is there a video for this pattern? 

Dottie Mason wrote
on Apr 28, 2014 7:47 PM

Is there a video for this pattern? 

Dottie Mason wrote
on Apr 28, 2014 7:47 PM

Is there a video for this pattern? 

Dottie Mason wrote
on Apr 28, 2014 7:47 PM

Is there a video for this pattern? 

Dottie Mason wrote
on Apr 28, 2014 7:48 PM

Is there a video for this pattern?