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Beginner Mitts for All

By: Nancy Anderson for Red Heart Yarn

Give the entire family new mittens with the Beginner Mitts for All pattern! Work up this free crochet mitten pattern for all sizes using a worsted weight yarn. Create different styles with colors and stripes for each pattern so you can easily tell them apart. This free crochet pattern is definitely fun to make because you won't be leaving anyone out.

Beginner Mitts for All
Beginner Mitts for All
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Crochet Hook: I/9 or 5.5 mm hook

Yarn Weight: (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)


  • Child’s Version - RED HEART® “Super Saver®”: 1 skein each 387 Soft Navy B and 984 Shaded Dusk C
  • Women’s Version - RED HEART® “Super Saver®”: 1 skein each 624 Tea Leaf A and 387 Soft Navy B
  • Men’s Version - RED HEART® “Super Saver®”: 1 skein 624 Tea Leaf A
  • Crochet Hook: 5.5mm [US I-9]
  • Stitch markers
  • Yarn needle

GAUGE: 16 sc = 4”; 17 rows = 4”. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.
Special Abbreviation:  Sc2tog = [insert hook in next st, yo, draw yarn through st] twice, yo, draw yarn through all 3 loops on hook.

These simple mittens are designed without a definite left or right hand and are worked in joined rounds.
Cuffs are done in ribbed stitch rows by working sc in the back loops only. They are extra long for added warmth or can be folded at the wrist.
Men’s mittens are worked in a solid color, Child’s and Women’s in stripe patterns as follows:
Work in 2 row stripes for Child’s mittens, ending with 5 rounds of C at fingertips.
Work in 1 row stripes for Women’s mittens, ending with 7 rounds of A at fingertips

Directions are for Child’s size 4/5 yrs. Changes for sizes Women’s and Men’s are in parentheses.
Child size measures 6” around x 7½” long.  Women’s size measures 7½” around x 11½” long.  Men’s size measures 9½” around x 12” long.

Using C (B, A), ch 15 (21, 24).
Row 1: Working in back loops only, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across, ch 1, turn.
Repeat Row 1 for a total of 18 (22, 24) rows.
Fold cuff in half and join ends with slip st to form cuff. Do not fasten off.

Round 1: Working along row ends on cuff, slip st evenly around for 18 (22, 26) sts, join round with slip st.   
Round 2: Ch 1, place marker, [sc in next 8 (10, 12) sts, 2 sc in next st] twice. Join with slip st [20 (24, 28) sts].
Round 3: Ch 1, [sc in next 9 (11, 13) sts, 2 sc in next st] twice. Join with slip st [22 (26, 30) sts]. 
Round 4: Ch 1, [sc in next 10 (12, 14) sts, 2 sc in next st] twice. Join with slip st [24 (28, 32) sts].
Child’s size: Proceed to next step. 
Women’s size: Ch 1, [sc in next 13 sts, 2 sc in next st] twice. Join with slip st (30 sts).  
Men’s size: Ch 1, [sc in next 15 sts, 2 sc in next st] twice. Join with slip st (34 sts).   
Repeat as established, working 1 more sc before increasing each round, for 2 more rounds (38 sts).
Next Step: Continuing with stripe/solid pattern as set, ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with slip st. Repeat for a total of 1 (3, 3) rounds.

Thumb Opening:
Next round: Ch 1, [sc in next 20 (26, 32) sts, ch 4 (5, 6), skip remaining sts and join with slip st to first st.

Upper Hand:
Sc in each st around for 8 (10, 12) rounds [24 (31, 38) sts], decreasing 1 st on last round for Women’s size only [24 (30, 38) sts].    
Round 1: [Sc 10 (13, 17), sc2tog] twice [22 (28, 36) sts].   
Round 2: [Sc 9 (12, 16), sc2tog] twice [20 (26, 34) sts].  
Round 3: [Sc 8 (11, 15), sc2tog] twice [18 (24, 32) sts].   
Round 4: [Sc 7 (10, 14), sc2tog] twice [16 (22, 30) sts].   
Child’s size only: Sc2tog around (8 sts), fasten off. Continue with thumb.
Round 5: Sc in each st around.
Round 6: [Sc 9 (13), sc2tog] twice [20 (28) sts].  
Next 2 rounds: Sc2tog around [5 (7) sts]. Fasten off at end of last round.

Round 1: Join yarn to thumb opening at st closest to upper hand, ch 1, sc in each st around, joining with slip st [8 (9, 12) sts]. Sc in each st around for 4 (7, 8) rounds.
Next round: Sc2tog, sc to 3 sts from last st, sc last 2 sts tog [6 (7, 10) sts]. Sc2tog around, working last st as sc on Women’s size [3 (4, 5) sts]. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

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