Free Crochet Pattern for Grandma’s Mitts

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I have been meaning to create this pattern for some time now. This is a free crochet pattern for Grandma’s Mitts. These crochet mittens do not have a thumb. These are mittens for people who want to keep their hands warm but have arthritis or other hand issues which make putting on and wearing mittens difficult.

My Grandma has snapped tendons in a number of her fingers. She is unable to use them and these mitts have been designed to allow someone else to easily slide them onto her hands to keep them warm. The cuff overlaps slightly to keep the wrist warm. The cuff can be folded back as well to allow it to fit at the wrist or under a jacket.

I hope these are helpful to others who have loved ones that have physical issues or arthritis pain stay warm this winter.

Grandmas Mitts. Free Crochet Pattern. Oombawka Design Crochet

Free Crochet Pattern for Grandma’s Mitts

Supplies

    • Yarn: Red Heart Hopscotch. (4 oz/113 g; 210 yds/193 m), 100% acrylic. Medium [4] Weight.
    • Colors: 1 skein in Scooter.
    • Hook: 5 mm (H) and 5.5 mm (I). I used these hooks.
    • Finished Project Yardage: less than 1 ball of yarn
    • Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker

Difficulty Level

Easy

Finished Sizes

Adult Small: 8.5 inches length X 5 inches width (cuff: 3 inches length X 3.5 inches width)
Adult Medium: 9.5 inches length X 5 inches width (cuff: 3 inches length X 3.5 inches width)
Adult Large: 10.5 inches length X 5.4 inches width (cuff: 3 inches length X 3.75 inches width)

Gauge

3 hdc / inch and 2 rounds / inch
Cuff: 4 rows / inch and 4 sc / inch

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.

Abbreviations

US Terminology used

beg – beginning
BL – back loop
ch – chain
FL – front loop
hdc – half double crochet
hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 stitches together
R – row or round
RS – right side
rem – remaining
rep – repeat
sc –  single crochet
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
st/sts – stitch/stitches
WS –  wrong side (back of project)
* to **– Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain of 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

Special Stitches

Special hdc2tog

Yarn over the hook, insert your hook under the front loop of the next st, insert your hook under the front loop of the next st. You will have 4 loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops on the hook.

Helpful Tutorials

Stitch Anatomy

Invisible Join

Helpful Video Tutorials

Quick Stitch Guide

Slip Knot and Starting Chain

Notes:

  • I work the hdc2tog in a special way, using only the front loops of the 2 stitches. I find this less bulky and less noticeable. You may substitute a regular hdc2tog for the special hdc2tog technique I use.
  • These mitts do not have a thumb. They have been designed to allow the wearer to be comfortable with their hands in a relaxed (fisted) position, or with some fingers extended and some curled into their palms. These mitts are super comfortable for persons with arthritis and other hand issues (like snapped finger tendons).
  • The wrists of these mitts are not seamed. This allows the mitt to be put on and taken off easily by a caregiver or the person who is wearing them. You can fold the cuff up as well in case it is necessary when being worn with a jacket.

Free Crochet Pattern for Grandma’s Mitts

Size Small

Adult Small: 8.5 inches length X 5 inches width (cuff: 3 inches length X 3.5 inches width)

 

Grandma’s Mitts are worked in one piece beginning with the cuff and then continuing to the hand of the mitten.

The Cuff is worked back and forth in rows. Once complete, we crochet across the row ends of the cuff and then begin working in continuous unjoined rounds for the remainder of the mitt.

 

The Cuff

R1: Ch 12, beg in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc in the bl of each ch across. Ch 1, turn. [11]

R2-32: 1 sc in the bl of each of the first 10 sts, 1 sc (under both loops) in the last st. Ch 1, turn. [11]

 

Rotate your work to crochet across the edge of the cuff rows.

 

The Main Mitt

R1: 1 sc in each row end. [32]

Overlap the last 7 sts worked with the first 7 sts worked (last stitches being on top of the first 7 sts) to form an oval.

R2: Sk the first 7 sts, 1 sc in each of the next 18 sts. Working through both layers of the overlapped stitches, 1 sc in each of the next 7 sts. [25]

R3: *2 hdc in the first st, 1  hdc in the next st**. Rep from * to ** 4 times. 1 hdc in each rem st around. [29]

R4-11: 1 hdc in each st around. [29]

R12: *Hdc2tog, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts**. Rep from * to ** 7 times. 1 hdc in the last st. [22]

R13: *Hdc2tog, 1 hdc in the next st**. Rep from * to ** 7 times. 1 hdc in the last st [15]

R14: Hdc2tog around to the last st. 1 hdc in the last st. [8]

 

Finish off leaving a long tail (6 to 7 inches) to close up the top of the mitten.

 

Size Medium

Adult Medium: 9.5 inches length X 5 inches width (cuff: 3 inches length X 3.5 inches width)

Grandma’s Mitts are worked in one piece beginning with the cuff and then continuing to the hand of the mitten.

 

The Cuff is worked back and forth in rows. Once complete, we crochet across the row ends of the cuff and then begin working in continuous unjoined rounds for the remainder of the mitt.

 

The Cuff

R1: Ch 12, beg in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc in the bl of each ch across. Ch 1, turn. [11]

R2-32: 1 sc in the bl of each of the first 10 sts, 1 sc (under both loops) in the last st. Ch 1, turn. [11]

 

Rotate your work to crochet across the edge of the cuff rows.

 

The Main Mitt

R1: 1 sc in each row end. [32]

Overlap the last 7 sts worked with the first 7 sts worked (last stitches being on top of the first 7 sts) to form an oval.

R2: Sk the first 7 sts, 1 sc in each of the next 18 sts. Working through both layers of the overlapped stitches, 1 sc in each of the next 7 sts. [25]

R3: *2 hdc in the first st, 1  hdc in the next st**. Rep from * to ** 4 times. 1 hdc in each rem st around. [29]

R4-13: 1 hdc in each st around. [29]

R14: *Hdc2tog, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts**. Rep from * to ** 7 times. 1 hdc in the last st. [22]

R15: *Hdc2tog, 1 hdc in the next st**. Rep from * to ** 7 times. 1 hdc in the last st. [15]

R16: Hdc2tog around to the last st. 1 hdc in the last st. [8]

 

Finish off leaving a long tail (6 to 7 inches) to close up the top of the mitten.

 

Size Large

Adult Large: 10.5 inches length X 5.4 inches width (cuff: 3 inches length X 3.75 inches width)

Grandma’s Mitts are worked in one piece beginning with the cuff and then continuing to the hand of the mitten.

 

The Cuff is worked back and forth in rows. Once complete, we crochet across the row ends of the cuff and then begin working in continuous unjoined rounds for the remainder of the mitt.

 

The Cuff

R1: Ch 12, beg in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc in the bl of each ch across. Ch 1, turn. [11]

R2-34: 1 sc in the bl of each of the first 10 sts, 1 sc (under both loops) in the last st. Ch 1, turn. [11]

Rotate your work to crochet across the edge of the cuff rows.

 

The Main Mitt

R1: 1 sc in each row end. [34]

Overlap the last 7 sts worked with the first 7 sts worked (last stitches being on top of the first 7 sts) to form an oval.

R2: Sk the first 7 sts, 1 sc in each of the next 18 sts. Working through both layers of the overlapped stitches, 1 sc in each of the next 7 sts. [27]

R3: *2 hdc in the first st, 1  hdc in the next st**. Rep from * to ** 5 times. 1 hdc in each rem st around. [32]

R4-15: 1 hdc in each st around. [32]

R14: *Hdc2tog, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts**. Rep from * to ** 8 times. [24]

R15: *Hdc2tog, 1 hdc in the next st**. Rep from * to ** 8 times. [16]

R16: Hdc2tog around. [8]

 

Finish off leaving a long tail (6 to 7 inches) to close up the top of the mitten.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Janice, I apologize!! I meant to post the video but ended up having to take some time off because I was unwell. I will try to post it soon. Row 1 of the main mitten is where you work around the edges of one end of the cuff (which was worked in rows). So you work 1 sc in each row end for each of the rows (32 rows so 32 sc). Then instead of joining immediately and working the mitt in rounds you count over to the 8th stitch. These mitts have an overlapping cuff where those first 7 rows overlap so the actual cuff is not seamed at all it just closes due to the overlapped section. This makes it super easy to slide onto arthritic hands. I will see if I can get that video up this weekend. I’m still recovering but I should be able to get this done! So sorry about this, Rhondda

  2. hi
    in making the mitts, i am totally puzzled by rounds 1 and 2 in the main mitt. i have no idea what it means….

    i joined the cuff after row 32 and then sc around. wrong?