Learn how to crochet a simple pair of mittens with bulky weight yarn and my free crochet pattern for Daddy’s Simply Easy Mittens. These easy mittens can be made in only a couple of hours and they are perfect for any adult with medium to large sized hands.
This is my go-to beginner crochet mittens pattern and my husband still loves and wears the pair I crocheted for him. These crocheted mitts are great to give as gifts and perfect for donating to local charities and homeless shelters.
Daddy’s Simply Easy Mittens Pattern
To make these mittens, you need to know how to crochet only simple stitches.
The cuff of the mittens is made using single crochet stitches (sc) and the main mitten and thumb are worked in half double crochet stitches (hdc).
I find that half double crochet stitches (hdc) create a fabric that is less open than double crochet stitches (dc) so they are better for warmth. I prefer using the half double crochet stitch over just regular single crochet stitches for the main mitten because the finished fabric is less stiff and easier to wear.
These mittens have very little texture, so you don’t need to worry about stitches that stick out getting caught on things. The finished mittens are toasty warm and comfortable to wear.
You don’t need to know how to knit to make a great pair of mittens!
Make these easy-to-crochet mittens with your favorite
bulky weight yarn and my free crochet mitten pattern!
Daddy’s Simply Easy Mittens
- Yarn: King Cole Subtle Drifter Chunky (check your local yarn shop here). Find it online here. (affiliate link) 3.52 oz (100 g) and 164 yds (150 m). 69% Premium Acrylic, 25% Cotton and 6% Wool. Chunky Weight Yarn . Machine wash warm (permanent press cycle), tumble dry cool (low heat).
- Colors: 2 skeins Midnight (Shade: 4669; Dye: 629749)
- Crochet Hook: 5 mm (H) Clover Amour (affiliate link)
- Finished Project: Mittens: 4.2 oz (120 g) and 197 yds (180 m)
- Scissors, Tapestry Needle (yarn needle), Stitch Marker (optional)
King Cole Drifter Chunky can be substituted for King Cole Subtle Drifter Chunky.
The video tutorial was filmed using King Cole Big Value Tonal Chunky and it works equally well. (check your local yarn shop here). Find it online here. (Affiliate Link). Finished Project: Mittens: 3.87 oz (110 g) and 184 yds (167 m).
On a flat surface.
- Palm width approximately 5.5 inches across.
- Upper hand width approximately 4.75 inches across.
- Cuff width approximately 3 inches and length (before seaming) approximately 7 inches.
- Mitten length including cuff approximately 11.5 inches.
Approximately 13 half double crochet per 4 inches and 11 rows in half double crochet per 4 inches.
You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size, and amount of yarn used for your project will also be different.
- bl – back loop
- ch – chain
- hdc – half double crochet
- hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 together
- g- grams
- m – meters
- oz – ounces
- R – row
- Rnd – round
- RS – right side
- rem – remaining
- rep – repeat
- sk – skip
- sl st – slip stitch
- st/sts – stitch/stitches
- yds – yards
- * to **– Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain multiple instructions.
-  – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches
- () – important notes AND sets of stitches to be worked within one stitch, or space
- Free Crochet Stitch Dictionary
- How to join a new ball of yarn
- Simple closing method for mittens
- Daddy’s Simply Easy Mittens Video
- This chunky crochet mittens pattern begins by working the cuff. The cuff is worked in rows.
- Leave a 6-inch tail of yarn each time you start crocheting, or joining yarn to the project for weaving in purposes.
- The remainder of the mitten is worked in rounds, beginning at the edge of the cuff and continuing toward the fingertips. We leave a hole for the thumb and the thumb portion of the mitten is added after the main mitten portion is complete.
- Do not slip stitch to join or chain additional stitches unless it is written in the instructions below.
- Add this project to your Ravelry Library here
- The original Daddy’s Simple Easy Mittens were crocheted with 2 balls BERNAT Softee Chunky Twists Yarn and a 5.5 mm (I) crochet hook. 117 m/128 yds; 80 g/2.8 oz. This yarn has been discontinued. The written instructions are the same, only the type of yarn and hook size has been changed.
- Watch the full video tutorial for Daddy’s Simply Easy Mittens on YouTube here.
Daddy’s Simply Easy Mittens Pattern
This project is crocheted from the cuff to the top of the mitten in one piece.
Using your 5 mm (H) crochet hook (or size required for gauge):
The mitten cuff measures approximately 7 inches in length and 3 inches in width.
R1: Ch 12, sk the first ch, 1 sc in each rem ch across, ch 1, turn. [11 sc]
R2-R25: 1 sc in the bl of each of the next 10 sts,1 sc in the last st, ch 1, turn. [11 sc]
Do not finish off.
Fold the cuff in half. You will seaming the cuff using a slip stitch seam. When folded, “R1” is on the top and “R25” is on the bottom. Slip stitch through the bl of the R25 st and the fl of the R1 ch, for each st across. [11 sl st]
Do not finish off. Proceed to the main mitten pattern below.
Main Mitten Pattern
The main mitten is added directly to the top edge of the cuff. I spaced mine by working 1 sc for each row end (not including the seam).
Rnd 1: Ch 1, work 1 sc in each row end of the cuff. [25 sc]
Rnd 2: 1 sc in the first st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts, 2 hdc in the next st. *1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 hdc in the next st**. Work from * to ** around. [1 sc, 29 hdc]
Rnd 3: *1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 hdc in the next st**. Work from * to ** around. [36 hdc]
Rnd 4-Rnd 9: 1 hdc in each st around. [36 hdc]
Rnd 10: 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts, 2 hdc in the next st, sk the next 10 sts, 1 sc and 1 hdc in the next st. *1 hdc in each of the next 5 sts, 2 hdc in the next st**. Work from * to ** one more time. 1 hdc in each rem st around. [1 sc, 29 hdc]
Note: we skipped those 10 stitches to make the thumb hole. We will be adding the thumb in this space at the end of the project.
Rnd 11: 1 hdc in each of the next 6 sts. Work 1 hdc around the next st (which is the sc) and into the st below it (see image below), sk the sc, 1 hdc in each rem st around. [30 hdc]
Rnd 12-Rnd 20: 1 hdc in each st around. [30 hdc]
Decrease Rounds to Shape the Top of the Mittens.
Rnd 21: Hdc2tog around. [15 hdc]
Rnd 22: 1 hdc in each st around. [15 hdc]
Rnd 23: Hdc2tog 7 times. 1 hdc in the last st. Sl st to the first st to join. [8 hdc]
Finish off leaving a 7 to 9 inch tail of yarn. Thread your yarn end on your needle and weave your yarn and through the loops of the final round, pull to tighten and then weave the yarn end in on the inside of the mitten. Please see this tutorial for assistance.
Adding the Thumb
Place the mitten on a flat surface with the thumbhole opening on the left-hand side of your crocheted work, attach the yarn to the furthest stitch on the right-hand side of the opening. This stitch already has 1 stitch in it from the main mitten. (see image below)
Rnd 1: Sl st to the right-most stitch to join, ch 1, 1 hdc in each rem st around. Sl st (we are counting this as a stitch) to the first ch 1 to join. [10 hdc and 1 sl st]
Rnd 2: 1 hdc in each st around; making your last hdc in the sl st join from Rnd 1. Sl st to the first st to join. [11 hdc]
Rnd 3-Rnd 7: 1 hdc in each st around. Sl st to the first st to join. [11 hdc]
Rnd 8: Sk the first st (where you have the sl st to join), 1 sc in each rem st around. Sl st to the first sc to join. [10 sc].
Finish off leaving a 6-inch tail of yarn for finishing. Thread your yarn end on your needle and weave your yarn and through the loops of the final round, pull to tighten and then weave the yarn end in on the inside of the mitten. Please see this tutorial for assistance.
Proceed to finishing instructions.
- Weave in any remaining yarn ends.
Repeat the instructions for a second mitten.
Are you looking for a smaller pair of these mittens?
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