Fingerless crochet mittens

I’ve finally managed to write up a new crochet pattern – it’s been a long time since the crochet snowflakes from last year! This one, I hope, will be useful for people wanting a really quick project for Christmas/winter gifts. I reckon that an experienced crocheter could run up a pair of these in a couple of hours (probably with time to spare).
Fingerless Crochet Mittens

The pattern starts off with a few straight rows of an open ‘V’ pattern to create the wrist section, then you form the glove shape and crochet the hand section in the round. When you come to finishing you can choose how much of the wrist section to sew up – all of it, part of it, or not at all. For the pictured version I’ve sewn up part of the seam and then embellished with a groovy button. But you could sew up the whole thing for a simple look, or crochet  a decorative flower to embellish, or use a row of buttons – whatever takes your fancy.

These mittens are very quick to make because I’ve used a super chunky yarn and a 10mm hook which means that your crochet grows incredibly quickly. I used Wendy Serenity which is a bargain at £3.50-ish for 100g  and you only need around 80g! You could substitute any yarn that needs a 10mm hook.

The pattern is written in USA crochet terms – here are the UK equivalents and abbreviations I’ve used.

USA UK Stitch – USA Version & UK Version
ch ch chain
dc tr double crochet / treble
hdc htr half double crochet / half treble
ss ss slip stitch
ch sp ch sp chain space

The Pattern

Chain 21

Row 1: dc in 4 ch from the hook, ch1, dc in the next ch, *skip 1 ch, dc in next chain, ch1, dc, repeat from *4 times; dc in final chain.

Here’s a diagram of row 1 just to help you along. This is by far the most complicated row, and it wasn’t too bad was it??
stitch pattern

Row 2: Make 3 chain, then make 1 dc in first chain space, chain 1 then make another dc in the first chain space. Move on to the next chain space and repeat the pattern of 1 dc, 1 ch, 1dc in the second chain space. Repeat in each chain space along the row. Finally make 1 dc in 3rd chain of turning chain of previous row.

Row 3-5: Repeat row 2

Now it’s time to form the mitten and you will be working in the round from here.

Row 6: Fold your work so that you can join the end of row 5 to the beginning of the same row. Make a ss in the 1st dc of row 5, ch 1, make 1 hdc in same the same place; 2 hdc in next 1 ch sp; continue along the row making 2 hdc in each 1 ch sp;  1 hdc in 3rd ch of turning ch in previous row. You should end up with a round of 14 hdc. If you don’t, please feel free to shout at me in a comment and I will try and help you out!

Row 7:  Join with ss to 1st hdc of previous row; 1 ch, 1 hdc in the same place; make 1 hdc in each hdc round.

Row 8-9: Repeat row 7.

Now to form the hole for your thumb!

Row 10: Join with ss to 1st hdc of previous row; 1 ch, 1 hdc in the same place; 1 hdc in next 6 hdc; skip 1 hdc, ch 2; 1 hdc in next 6 hdc.

Row 11: Join with ss to 1st hdc of previous row, 1 ch, 1 hdc in the same place, 1 hdc in next 6 hdc; 2 hdc in 2 ch sp; 1 hdc in next 6 hdc. You should now have 15 hdc.

Row 12: Join with ss to 1st hdc of previous row, 1 ch, 1 hdc in the same place, 1 hdc in next 6 hdc; decrease 1 stitch over next 2 hdc; 1 hdc in next 6 hdc. (14 hdc)

Now it’s up to you how long you want to make the finger section of your gloves. I crocheted just 1 more row of hdc because I am not blessed with long slender fingers (you’ve seen the picture!).

Row 13: Join with ss to 1st hdc of previous row; 1 ch, 1 hdc in the same place; make 1 hdc in each hdc round.

Repeat row 13 as required.

Final Row: Join with ss to 1st hdc of previous row, ss all round.

Fasten off and weave in your ends, making up the mittens in your preferred style.


I hope you like the pattern. I’m the only person who has tested this, so if you are struggling it could be because I’ve made a snafu. Just give me a shout if you get stuck – am happy to try and help.

26 thoughts on “Fingerless crochet mittens

  1. I just keep getting stuck after row one:p:(:(:(:'(((
    Please help, I don’t understand how the v is shaped, do u crochet one row up on top of the other, or do u crochet ‘around’ the first row if u can understand what I’m saying?

      1. Actually I get it that u have to crochet row on row, but the part that messes me is that in row 2 u r doing 2 DC in each chain space, thus increasing the length of each row and I end up with ruffles from how much each row is expanding. I think the goal is to shrink each row, so I’ll try to figure out a way to do that somehow I guess.

      2. Hi there – I am sorry you are struggling with this. I can’t quite figure out how it is going wrong for you. Do you read crochet charts? I can send you a picture of the first 2-3 rows if that would help? Let me know!

  2. Oh, I just discovered your website this week and though this fingerless mitten pattern was posted November 2011, it is still a treat to find in July 2014. It’s a nice little project to work on– even on a hot summer’s day sitting under a big beach umbrella watching the waves roll in! I shall soon be digging through my stash of yarns and what fun to go through my stash of old buttons, too, to find just the right ones for this pattern! I really like this pattern and loved that extra touch of the button! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Thank you for the adorable patterns. These gloves will be next on my list! The flowers are really cute too and so useable. I have to say I am impressed at your kindness. Any blog or site that I have ever left a note, I have yet to have a reply or even see a follow-up. Yet, you reply and thank each one and make a positive comment. So THANK YOU! You have been a refreshing breath of air in today’s world.

  4. Thanks! I just bought this same yarn in pink cause it was pretty, and needed a pattern for the one skein I bought. And as it’s snowing again, this is the most perfect pattern I could have found. So tar! I’m starting them now!

  5. Thanks for the sharing your pattern, I am a beginner crocheter and your pattern read beautifully. I also chained 15 at the very beginning so I could make them small enough for my daughter. She loves them!

  6. This is a useful, quick pattern for a last minute gift. The open wrist and button add a different touch to the usual. Thank you for taking the time to write it up!
    Teresa x

  7. Fab pattern and I love the gloves, especially your little diagram, its really clear and quite cute which I know is strange for a pattern, but the way you have drawn it it looks really enticing!
    Will add it to my todo list!

    1. Am glad you appreciate my cute diagram Jane. My art skills are not the best… but sometimes a picture is so much clearer than words. I used to think crochet charts were pointless, but feel fed up when there isn’t one these days!

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