Whip up some easy crochet mittens for your kids in under an hour. This pattern only uses single crochet and is great for beginners.
There just seems to be nothing cuter than mittens on kids. Handmade, crochet mittens just top the charts for the cutest. It has been cold in the mornings and everyone’s hands have been tucked in their pockets. A crochet mitten pattern became a must.
Keep reading my friends and you will find the pattern for toddler crochet mittens and mittens for small children. My son is 6 and wears these mittens. All the materials, stitches and sizing are listed below with the complete pattern. If you would like all of this in a nicely formatted printable version, you can purchase the Ad-Free Large Print PDF Pattern.
Constructing the Crochet Mittens
How do you crochet a mitten? They can look really complicated, but the truth is that they are quite easy. My goal with this pattern was to keep it as easy as possible. I did add the ribbed cuffs and the button just for a little uniqueness.
We will start by working the cuffs using single crochet in the back loops only. We will make a buttonhole for our button. Then, we will work along the side of the cuff and strategically place increases and skip some stitches to create the mitten.
Choosing Yarn for Your Crochet Mittens
Honey, it is cold outside and I needed some mittens made up quickly for these pairs of hands. I decided to use Lion Brand’s Color Made Easy yarn. This is a size five yarn and works up very quickly. The toddler mittens can be made in under an hour. They would make a great last minute crochet gift.
All Single Crochet Mittens
To keep this pattern very easy, I limited myself to only using single crochet. TO complete this pattern you will want to know how to single crochet, increase and decrease with single crochet, and work in the back loops. Add skipping stitches so we can create the thumb hole and you know everything you need to know to make these crochet mittens.
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Easy Crochet Mittens
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2.6 oz of Lion Brand Color Made Easy, Kingfisher, and White
Crochet Hook, Size K/6.5mm
2 – 1″ Buttons
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Stitches and Abbreviations
CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
BLOSC – Single Crochet in the Back Loop Only
SC2TOG – Single Crochet Two Stitches Together
ST(S) – Stitch(es)
SLST – Slip Stitch
Gauge and Size
5SC x 6 Rows = 2 inches
Toddler Size is 5 inches around the cuff and 5 inches from the cuff to top of mittens.
Child Size is 6 inches around the cuff and 6.5 inches from the cuff to top of mittens.
SC2TOG – Single Crochet 2 Stitches Together – Insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull the loop through the hook (2 loops on hook), insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull the loop through the hook, (3 loops on the hook) yarn over and pull the first loop through all the loops on the hook. Your decrease is complete.
Easy Crochet Mittens
-Written in US terms.
-I do not count the chain 1, turning chain, as a stitch.
-The pattern is written for the toddler size with the child-size in the parenthesis.
-You will need to make 2 mittens for a pair. Instructions are provided after Mitten Row 1 to tell you how to make a left and right-handed mitten.
How to Crochet the Mitten Cuff
Cuff Row 1: SC in the 2nd CH from the hook and each Ch across. (3 SC, 5 SC)
Cuff Row 2: CH1, turn, SC into the next ST (2STS), Ch1, Skip a Stitch, SC into the next ST (2STS). (2 SC and 1 CH, 4 SC and 1 CH)
Cuff Row 3-19: CH1, turn, BLOSC in each ST across. (3SC, 5SC).
Child Size Note: For the child-size crochet mittens, continue crocheting row 3 until you have 23 total rows.
How to Crochet the Mitten
Notes – We will be working along the side of the cuff rows.
Mitten Row 1: Working down the side of the cuff rows. SLST to the side of the first 3 rows. CH1, SC into the side of the next 13(17) rows. Skip the last 3 rows.
Moving back to the first three rows, SC into the 3 SLSTs, SLST to the first SC of the row. (16SC, 20SC)
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are working your first mitten, just follow the instructions below. If you are working your second mitten, take your work and turn it inside out. This will place your mitten thumb on the opposite side as you first mitten.
Mitten Row 2: CH1, turn, SC in the next 7(9) STs, 2SC into the next 2 STs, SC into the next 7(9) STs, SLST to the first SC. (18SC, 22SC)
Mitten Row 3: CH1, turn, SC in the next 8(10) STs, 2SC into the next 2 STs, SC into the next 8(10) STs, SLST to the first SC. (20SC, 24SC)
Toddler Mitten Row 4-5: CH1, turn, SC into next 20 STS. SLST to first SC. (20SC)
Child Mitten Row 4: CH1, turn, SC in the next (11)STs, 2SC into the next 2 STs, SC into the next (11) STs, SLST to the first SC. (26SC)
Child Mitten Row 5: CH1, turn, SC into next 26 STS, SLST to first SC. (26SC)
Color Notes: For the stripe on the toddler mittens, use white for rows 6-8. For the stripe on the child mittens, use white for rows 6-9.
Mitten Row 6: (Both Sizes) – CH1, turn, SC into next 7(10) STS, Skip 6 STs, SC into next 7(10) STs, SLST to first SC. (14SC, 20SC)
Mitten Row 7-10(14): CH1, turn, SC into next 14(20) STS. SLST to first SC. (14SC, 20SC)
Child Size Note: Continue to repeat row 5 until you have 14 total rows for the mitten portion of the pattern.
Mitten 2nd to the Last Row: CH1, turn, SC2TOG, SC into next 3(6) STS, SC2TOG, SC2TOG, SC into next 3(6) STS, SC2TOG, SLST to first ST. (10STS, 16STS)
Mitten Last Row: CH1, turn, SC2TOG, SC into next 1(4) STS, SC2TOG, SC2TOG, SC into next 1(4) STS, SC2TOG, SLST to first ST. (6STS, 12STS)
Fasten off leaving a long yarn tail. Use this yarn tail to sew up the top of the mitten. Just flatten the mitten on a surface and sew the last row of stitches together.
How to Crochet the Mitten Thumb
The thumb is worked exactly the same for both sizes. The child mitten simply has one extra row to create a longer thumb.
Thumb Row 1: Attach your yarn with a SLST to one of the skipped stitches in Row 6. Choose a stitch that is close to the mitten stitches. CH1, work a SC into each of the 6 STS that were skipped in Row 6. SLST to first SC. (6,6)
Thumb Row 2-3(4): CH1, turn, SC into next 6 STS. SLST to first SC. (6,6)
Fasten off leaving a long tail. Using this tail gather together the last 6 stitches of the last thumb row worked. Fasten off and weave in all your ends.
Now you can sew a button on to the cuff of the mitten. Make mitten number two. Make sure to read the important note included after Mitten Row 1 to make your mitten for the opposite hand.
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