Basic Crochet Fingerless Mittens

Dec 17, 2007
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Julia V


A pair of simple fingerless crochet mittens I worked up as a last minute Christmas gift. I wrote down the pattern because I really liked how they turned out and I didn't see anything like it around.

They are worked in an Aran weight yarn on a 5mm (H) hook, so they work up rather quickly. Use a solid color for a more classic look or use your favorite hand dyed yarn and make a stylish accessory.

Materials List

Multicolor mittens: Lana Grossa ‘Bingo Print’ (100% merino wool; 80m/87.5 yards - 50g): color 316, 2 balls.

Blue mittens: Fonty Numéro 5 (100% wool; 85m/93 yards - 50g; color 217; 2 balls).

Yarn Substitution: You need about 110 m (120 yards) of Aran weight yarn. I used about 70g of the Bingo Print for both mittens. If you buy 3 balls, you can make 2 pairs.

Other yarns I recommend (this list keeps growing as I make more mittens myself): Rowan RYC Cashsoft Aran, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran

Hook: 5 mm (H)

Finished Size

One size fits most adult women. About 17 cm (6 ¾ inches) around.


18 sts / 14 rows sc tbl


The mittens are worked in a spiral without joining rounds. Place a marker in first st to mark beginning of round. All sts are worked through the back loop only.

Skills needed: crochet in the round, sc through the back loop, foundation sc (explained in this great blog tutorial).

The Pattern

Fsc 28. Join for working in the round with a sl st at bottom of first fsc, being careful not to twist.
Rd 1: Sc tbl in first fsc, place marker, sc to end of round (28 sts).
Rds 2-10: Sc around.
Rd 11: Sc 1 more in last st of last round, sc 1 (= first st of round), sc 2 in next st, sc to end of round.
Rd 12: Sc without increasing.
Repeat last 2 rounds 4 more times (38 sts).
Next Rd: Work to 4 sts before marker, ch 3 (new beginning of round is the second of those 3 sts), skip 4 sts after marker (32 sts).
(Edited because people were having trouble with the last line: You skip 4 sts before the marker, then the marked st, then 4 sts after the marked st, you skip 9 sts in total.)

Work even for another 7 rounds or up to desired length, ending with a sl st in first st of round. Fasten off.

Fingerless Crochet Mittens

Rejoin yarn at thumb opening. Sc in all 9 thumb sts (that were previously on hold), sc 1 in each bottom of 3 ch sts. Continue working in the round for 3 rounds or up to desired length, ending with a sl st in first st of round. .

Fasten off.


Weave in ends. Wash and block. Wear and enjoy.

Crochet fingerless gloves

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on Dec 17, 2007 4:37 PM

These Look great cannot wait to try them. I just did some with half fingers, but these seem more feminine.

on Dec 18, 2007 6:52 PM

what a great basic pattern... I can see so much room for improvisation and customization using this pattern as your guide. Thank you so much.

ChelseaN wrote
on Dec 18, 2007 7:15 PM

So cool! I'm making a pair for my mom for Christmas! I'm using chunky singles of wool that I've spun.


obodil wrote
on Dec 21, 2007 7:07 AM

they look great. i wish i had the time to make a pair right now because my hands are freezing cold.

on Dec 22, 2007 4:26 PM

Hello, fellow crocheters. I bought the Crochet Me book in a local yarn shop and love the patterns. I've been taking it places and showing all my friends (I'm 15). So, I saw that there was a website so I came here and this was the first pattern I tried. I made a lime green pair, but I skipped the thumbs. I love them, and now I'm making a pink pair. I think these will make a wonderful gift!


~Nicole (crochet kitty)

Junemrc wrote
on Dec 24, 2007 7:22 PM

love the thumb on these! they really do look different from most other fingerless glove patterns. I'll definitely have to try these soon, thanks for posting your pattern!

Tarra wrote
on Jan 3, 2008 2:44 PM
Great pattern! I made a pair using black 8 ply wool for my boyfriend for Christmas and he loved them. I did a normal sc instead of working through the back loop so they were pretty sturdy. Love the thumb :)


rebma.eneri wrote
on Jan 5, 2008 6:35 PM

I'm having a hard time understanding "Sc tbl in first fsc"

Can anyone clarify this for me please? Thanks.


JuliaV@5 wrote
on Jan 6, 2008 3:03 AM

Hi Amber, it means: single crochet through the back loop of the first foundation single crochet. You make a row of foundation single crochet first, join to the round and then you work single crochet only through the back loops of the stitches below.

rebma.eneri wrote
on Jan 6, 2008 2:28 PM

Oh perfect, thank you so much!


on Jan 8, 2008 5:58 PM

Hi Julia,

Thanks so much for the great pattern. I've had two balls of white Jaeger Merino Aran wool (now discontinued, I think) just sitting around forever, and they were perfect for the mittens. Last winter I crocheted a great looking pair of mittens in some aran weight wool, the pattern called for them to be worked flat and then stitched together. They were a disappointment because although they looked great, even in sc they weren't really dense, and the cold air still penetrated. Because your design is in the round I think it makes a more solid fabric, something you really need in mittens!

All the best,


on Jan 10, 2008 6:57 AM

Off to make them now!!

on Jan 23, 2008 4:42 PM

Dear Julia,

in my first comment, I said I skipped the thumbs. I've made four pairs of these without the thumbs, but now I would like to make the thumb. My question is that when you make the hole for the thumb, or at least when I do, there are only 6 stitches to work in, but your pattern says there should be 9.

...can you help me, please?

JuliaV@5 wrote
on Jan 24, 2008 1:52 AM


This is the row where you put aside the sts for the thumb:

"Next Rd: Work to 4 sts before marker, ch 3 (new beginning of round is the second of those 3 sts), skip 4 sts after marker (32 sts)."

That's 4 sts before and after the the stitch marked as beginning of round, plus the marked stitch = 9 sts. Then you pick up 3 more = 11 sts.

on Jan 27, 2008 8:05 PM

hey, just a question about gauge... I'm substituting some other yarn in, and I'm sure that it'll make these mittens larger than I would like. So I'm altering the gauge via my handy dandy gauge adapter formula, but I need a measurement to do that... or maybe I'm just clueless.... help me!!

JuliaV@5 wrote
on Jan 28, 2008 2:03 AM
The mesurement given is About 17 cm (6 ¾ inches) around your wrist. But if you're changing yarn and gauge, you can also measure your own wrist and go from there.

Row gauge isn't that crucial, if you see it's not long enough, just continue for a few more rows.

on Jan 28, 2008 4:26 PM

thanks so much! I can't wait to finish these... i've been waiting for a new wip for a long time... lacking inspiration. But now i have it! huzzah...

PINK1 wrote
on May 9, 2008 10:19 PM

I need help please I want to make gloves and I made the fsc but I can not join them to make a ring gloves. someone can help me. Thank you

I am of chile that's why I do not speak English very well

on Aug 7, 2008 11:27 AM

I love those, they're so cute! XD

Emma-SophiaR wrote
on Aug 7, 2008 3:36 PM

Nice one! Thank you. Best, Sophia

caitirin wrote
on Sep 19, 2008 1:48 PM

I have perhaps a stupid question, but what does "fsc" and "sc tlb" stand for? I'm newish to crocheting and I haven't seen those abbreviations yet.

Jean K wrote
on Nov 18, 2008 9:16 AM

I love love love these basic fingerless mitts. The instructions are great and I didn't have any problems following them (although I've been crocheting since I was 8 years old so I might have an advantage over newer crocheters). I whipped up a pair during my son's hockey tournament. Crocheting in the round sure beats knitting in the round with 3 or 4 double pointed needles. I like the snug fit of these crocheted mitts compared to some knitted mitts I have made in the past. I registered just so I could tell you how much I love these mitts. I'll definitely be making more! Thanks for the great pattern!

jewelmcjem wrote
on Dec 9, 2008 10:32 PM

OK, I finally got started -- saw the tutorial on fsc, got that. I *think* i figured out how to join -- mine isn't pretty, but I got it done. Now I'm working on the rounds and that neat little strip of st you have going there that give these that unique texture -- I think it's the extra loops from sc in the back loop only -- mine is on the inside of my tube. Am I doing something wrong?

Edited: I think I figured that out -- I just flipped it inside out and it was fine. I was over thinking, that if I did that I wouldn't be using the back loop, but I just kept going and it worked out.

New question, just to orient the project in my mind. The pattern, it starts from the top of the hand and works down the arm, right?


Newbie to crochet at 40, lovin' it!

clatter wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 3:39 PM

This pattern rocks! I've cranked out 5 pair in 4 days and I can't stop! I've used a variety of yarns and they all look great. The first thing I wanted to learn how to do when I started crocheting 6 months ago was make fingerless mittens because my hands get cold very easily and I play the bass guitar, so I was tired of buying cheapy gloves and cutting off the fingers. Now I have a variety of colors in a variety of fibers -- alpaca, wool/mohair, merino, and wool/soy. Can't wait to make some "summer weight" mitts out of tencel and bamboo!

The only question I have is in the joining of the fsc -- should I have an even edge on the bottom or will it look a bit spiraled?

And Jema, I've been making them from the bottom up toward the fingers, it was my understanding that it was written that way, but I could be wrong! I'm a newbie at 41 and also lovin' it!


jewelmcjem wrote
on Dec 10, 2008 9:42 PM

Woot! My first project, it's lookin' good. But I'm to the thumb now -- how do I rejoin the yarn at the thumb opening?


Newbie to crochet at 40, lovin' it!

Unlikelymom wrote
on Dec 22, 2008 4:00 PM

I love this pattern-- quick, useful, and everyone loves it! Best of all, I found I could work on these while watching t.v. or the toddler! I did a pair without marking my rounds, but just eyeballed it, didn't count rows, and they still turned out wonderful.

on Jan 2, 2009 8:23 AM

I made these for a friend of mine and she loved them. The "wrong side" is just as pretty as the "right side". The instructions were perfect, very easy to follow. Thank you so much for providing this pattern.

Chairrish wrote
on Jan 22, 2009 12:52 PM

I love these!! I have made two pairs for friends already in the past two days. And this pattern also lead me to the tutorial for Foundation SC, something I never knew existed. And now can not imagine how I lived without.

Thanks so much for posting. I'm off to make a pair for myself now.

becca_c wrote
on Feb 22, 2009 12:05 PM

yeah! i love this pattern. my gloves came out really good and now all of my friends want a pair. and it was easy to adapt the pattern as well. thanks for posting!

on Jul 28, 2009 11:39 AM

Well I just finished my pair and they're two different sizes :-D I'm not completely sure what I did differently. They both generally fit, but one goes on comfortably while the other takes a bit more finagling to get it on but it still fits. I actually think the smaller one looks a bit better. Oh well. I'm going to try again and see if I can make a smaller one to fit the smaller one and a larger one to fit the larger one.

A Crocheter wrote
on Sep 1, 2009 7:25 PM

Thank you very much for sharing this pattern. I appreciate it! It's a very practical, and also stylish pattern. Last winter I made for all of my family & am currently working on making for the coming winter.

Thank you!

on Oct 19, 2009 6:43 PM

I made these with Cascade Heathers. They fit amazingly well! The only change I made was creating a sc in blo cuff (like in Nicki's "Fingerless Gloves" pattern)...but that was more a personal preference than anything. Thanks for the rad pattern!

-And the Mome Raths Outgrabe-

DarlynnC wrote
on Nov 8, 2009 1:04 PM

thanks for posting this pattern- the best gift for my texting friends! + its written well & looks easy!

sunshine221 wrote
on Dec 1, 2009 9:55 AM

Hey there, this pattern is great however i'm having a hard time understanding this part:

"Rd 11: Sc 1 more in last st of last round, sc 1 (= first st of round), sc 2 in next st, sc to end of round.
Rd 12: Sc without increasing.

Repeat last 2 rounds 4 more times (38 sts)."

I cannot understand if I have to increase every time and how many stitches per round. I know that it cannot be 38 sts. can you please elaborate or explain. thanks!!!

JuliaV@5 wrote
on Dec 1, 2009 12:33 PM

Hi, the (38 sts) is the number of sts you have when you've finished repeating those 2 rounds 4 more times. That means there are 4 more rounds where you work increases, 2 per round.

sunshine221 wrote
on Dec 1, 2009 7:36 PM

thanks so much!

wlandlady wrote
on Dec 2, 2009 6:16 AM

I had a similar pattern last year, made up several pair, then promptly lost the pattern. I'm so glad I found this one. I work in an old antebellum mansion [read that as drafty, ill heated and generally miserable in winter.]

Made up a pair of mitts and a matching hat, using Caron's Simply Soft bright yellow. They're great. Just had to add two stitches to the foundation row to allow for the slightly finer yarn.

And if I can figure out how I made it, I'll post the hat pattern here.

reshadar wrote
on Dec 3, 2009 8:46 AM

Hi there,

I am very new to crocheting. I just taught myself to do slip stitch, sc, dc, tc, star stitch, working in the round, etc. from over the internet just in the past week. Because I am so new, I am confused about the thumbs. I can't figure out how to make them - what am I missing? When you work the part that says "Work to 4 sts before marker, ch 3 (new beginning of round is the second of those 3 sts), skip 4 sts after marker (32 sts).", does that mean that you take that ch 3 and join it and continue stitching after the 4 sts after the marker? Where do you go from there? I am confused about how to make the thumb while also crocheting some more to cover up the fingers. I'm sorry if this question is vague and confusing, but since I don't know how to do it, I don't really know what and how to ask about what I need to know lol

JuliaV@5 wrote
on Dec 3, 2009 1:07 PM

Yes, I think you do understand it correctly. The stitches you skip leave an opening for the thumb. For now, you continue working the hand. Later, you go back to that opening and work the thumb.

mariamihabib wrote
on Dec 3, 2009 2:40 PM

Hi Julia,

Just want to say that of all the patterns for crocheted fingerless mitts out there, this is hands-down my favorite. Its brilliant and simple, and produces such clean, modern looking mitts. I've made (and gifted) a million of them. Thank you so much for your smarts and for sharing!!!

JuliaV@5 wrote
on Dec 3, 2009 3:26 PM

thank you, that just made my day :)

reshadar wrote
on Dec 4, 2009 8:17 PM
I wrote earlier - I'm very new to crochet. I finished everything and am up to the thumb, but I'm confused. What does "sc 1 in each bottom of 3 ch sts." mean? I know what it literally means, but I don't really. Single crochet one in each bottom of three chain stitches? I can't figure that out. I'm sure it's really simple and I'm just being slow, but can you help me? Thanks :-)


JuliaV@5 wrote
on Dec 5, 2009 2:15 AM

When you skipped the stitches for the thumb and continued working on the hand, you made those 3 chain stitches. Now, for the thumb, you have to work 1 sc in each of those chain stitches, too. You have to crochet in the chaines opposite the stitches you crocheted for the thumb. "Bottom" just means, it's the other end of each chain stitch, and for the hand you worked into the "top". Maybe that's a slightly confusing way of saying it. Basically you just crochet in each chain stitch again.

reshadar wrote
on Dec 5, 2009 7:59 AM

So did I make a mistake when used those chain stitches and I sc through tbl of those to finish up the hand part? Was I supposed to leave them alone when I was finishing the rest of the hand? Again, I'm sorry if I seem slow about this - I am just really new to this and am teaching myself, so I have nobody to actually show me how to do things. I appreciate your help and your patience with me :-)

JuliaV@5 wrote
on Dec 5, 2009 8:03 AM

No, no, not a mistake! You just use them twice, once for the hand and then again for the thumb.

bbyers84 wrote
on Dec 14, 2009 3:56 PM

So I picked this pattern as a quick Christmas gift for my sister and I've found that I am confused on how you go from 38 sts to 32 sts after Rnd 16; even after you skip 4sts, ch 3, and skip another 4 sts. Am I reading this wrong? Otherwise it's a great pattern!

bbyers84 wrote
on Dec 14, 2009 5:56 PM

It took me a few minutes, but I figured it out! Thanks and I love the pattern. Very easy for a beginner!

ArabellaLove wrote
on Mar 26, 2010 11:16 PM


I got to where you connect the foundation sc, but I can't figure out how to connect them, and the enternet has been no help. Can anyone explain it to me?

Thanks, Arabella

raynabdmb wrote
on Nov 12, 2011 6:40 AM

Hi, I'm new to crocheting, again.  I really want to try this pattern, but I need photos or a video!  I dont' understand the terminology yet and I can't seem to find a site to help me.  Please, if someone would be so kind as to post some photos or a quick video on the pattern I would love it!  I know the basic crochet stitches, like single and double.  Thats it. HELP!!!!!!!

mikestatf wrote
on Nov 20, 2011 8:09 AM


mikestatf wrote
on Nov 20, 2011 8:10 AM
momblob wrote
on Nov 26, 2011 9:29 PM

I tried 3 different patterns this week  & could not get them to turn out right! This one came out GREAT! It was so easy to understand & flowed smoothly. I LOVE how they turned out!  I added a small scallop on the edge toward the knuckle & it turned out so cute! Thank you so much for sharing this! I forsee Christmas gifts!! :>

Nkwarneke wrote
on Dec 18, 2011 8:34 PM

Would like to have a list of stitch accronym references, thanks. 

cs9295 wrote
on Dec 26, 2011 10:40 AM

These are very nice looking...however you have made it way too hard for the beginner or even intermediate crocheter to figure out the thumb portion....pls have an experienced crocheter help you write it out so it is easy to understand. I have crocheted for years myself and it took me quite awhile to figure out what you meant on how to do the thumb (ie:skipping 3 stitches) you should add that they need to join from there or something...this is just wrong in my opinion.


ljjone0527 wrote
on Jan 20, 2012 10:24 AM
ljjone0527 wrote
on Jan 20, 2012 10:27 AM

Thank you so much for this lovely pattern.  I thought it was very easy to follow and quick.  I made mine out of wool gray and added a beige crochet flower at wrist.  Great homespun gift idea!  THNK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

monecat wrote
on Jan 26, 2012 10:37 AM

Really like pattern but have to constantly count wondering about no mention of doing ch1 at beginning of each row as most patterns do.I usually go flat for 2rows then do ss to do in round.Thanks

monecat wrote
on Jan 27, 2012 11:09 AM

Hi Julia I guess no one else had this add ch1 need so i'm not sure why it i did.i asked this question yesterday.Thanks

cskiwi wrote
on Jan 28, 2012 10:45 PM

I just made one to try it out. The thumb isn't as complicated as it sounds. And once you skip 4, ch 3 and then skip another 4 and start crocheting again, you'll see how the thumb becomes shaped.

janoz63 wrote
on Feb 2, 2012 7:41 PM

Hi I'm about to make these for my they work for men??? do I have to use a different sized hook to make them bigger???  Still new to crochet :-) 

Jannel1 wrote
on Feb 27, 2012 2:40 PM
Could you please email me specific instructions on Round 11. I don't understand how it's written what i'm supposed to do.
Jannel1 wrote
on Feb 27, 2012 2:40 PM
Could you please email me specific instructions on Round 11. I don't understand how it's written what i'm supposed to do.
on Oct 24, 2012 9:00 AM

I love the look of these gloves! I especially love that it has a thumb.   But I am having a hard time understanding where to join after you make the foundation sc chain.

The instructions say to join "with a sl st at bottom of first fsc, being careful not to twist"

Where exactly is that?? Just through the first sc like one normally would for when joining any round???  



I'd love to make a pair but find this confusing........ THANKS FOR ANY HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

on Nov 18, 2012 7:01 PM

NOT for a beginner for sure---i am an intermediate crocheter and have finished several advanced patterns too-----THIS pattern was far too confusing---i did not finish it, as it was just not well written at all.

sherlene08 wrote
on Nov 21, 2012 5:04 PM

Just made them LOVE them so much i used "I love this cotton" yarn from Hobby Lobby, this is perfect to keep my hands warm and able to use my computer & continue crocheting - thanks so much for sharing this pattern. Perfect for Raynauds disease!

Lorikay7 wrote
on Jan 23, 2013 10:18 AM

I just made these, I LOVE them! Once I understood the FSC it was really easy. I'm planning on making more for gifts. I'm a beginning crocheter, and this pattern was simple to understand. I like that it is in the round, makes for a smoother look.

HaagCrochet wrote
on Jan 22, 2014 12:33 PM

Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. I made a pair of these for my daughter, and she just loves them. Very easy to follow instructions, and I really love that these have a thumb to round up. I also love that these are made in the continuous round, making them look so much nicer without the slip-stitch connect. Thank you again for sharing this really great pattern.

grams4 wrote
on Sep 28, 2014 6:40 PM

is it possible to make these in a bulky size 6 yarn? and if so , what size hook do i use?  thanks, i love them but i made a poncho for my daughter-in-law using the  bulky 6 and want to make the gloves to match....


grams4 wrote
on Sep 28, 2014 6:40 PM

is it possible to make these in a bulky size 6 yarn? and if so , what size hook do i use?  thanks, i love them but i made a poncho for my daughter-in-law using the  bulky 6 and want to make the gloves to match....


grams4 wrote
on Sep 28, 2014 6:40 PM

is it possible to make these in a bulky size 6 yarn? and if so , what size hook do i use?  thanks, i love them but i made a poncho for my daughter-in-law using the  bulky 6 and want to make the gloves to match....


grams4 wrote
on Sep 28, 2014 6:40 PM

is it possible to make these in a bulky size 6 yarn? and if so , what size hook do i use?  thanks, i love them but i made a poncho for my daughter-in-law using the  bulky 6 and want to make the gloves to match....


on Dec 18, 2014 1:16 PM

I am trying to email a questrion to the author of this pattern but I am not able to.  My question is I am starting a small home business can I sell the finished item.  I will not always be on this site so if anyone knows please send me the answer to my email\


Riddlekn wrote
on Jan 3, 2015 2:42 PM

This is my "go-to" pattern for fingerless gloves. Might have made two dozen pair so far!  :)

How would the pattern be adjusted for chunky yard?