The Easy-On, No Scratch Baby Mitten Crochet Pattern

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If you are looking for the perfect baby gift, then these practical easy-on, no scratch baby mittens should be on your list! These tiny baby infant mittens are based on my unique easy-on crochet mittens patterns. This means you can easily open the cuff to slide hands and fingers inside. No more worrying about their sharp little nails!

To make these mittens even more appropriate for our little babies, there are no button closures to worry about and there is no elastic to cut off the circulation and leave red marks on our baby’s wrists.

These little mitts are adjustable and secured using the extra length of the cuff and a simple chain row closure at the wrists. You simply slide the extra length of the cuff under the closure chains (both) and pull slightly to tighten.

If you have a lot of extra cuff once you have done this simply fold it and tuck it under the first closure chain to secure it and keep it from flopping about.

I hope you love these little easy-on, no scratch baby mittens and baby loves them too.

Buttonless Easy On No Scratch Baby Mittens Pattern by Oombawka Design Crochet

I recently crocheted these 3 pairs of little baby mittens for Nadia’s Baby Shower. If you would like to see all the other great crochet projects our crochet group sent her and get some great free patterns to make for your next baby shower invite, visit this post which includes links to them all. I’m sure you will find the perfect baby shower gift in this collection.

If you are looking for a good pair of baby mittens for chilly winter days, you may want to try this easy crochet pattern. My warm baby mitts free baby mittens crochet pattern includes sizes 0-3 months, 3-6 months and 6-months to 18-months mittens crocheted in Medium Worsted Weight Yarn (Aran). They are the perfect accessory and include instructions for the crocheted mitten string so that the mitts can be threaded through the arms of a coat. This way they can be there when you need them and you won’t need to go searching for a missing mitten.

The Easy-On, No Scratch Baby Mitten Crochet Pattern

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Difficulty Level

  • Easy

Crochet Baby Mittens Finished Sizes

  • Small (Preemie approximately 3 to 7 pounds) Mitten height (including cuff) approximately 4.25 inches X 2.25 inches width
  • Medium (Newborn approximately 7 pounds) Mitten height (including cuff) approximately 5 inches X 2.75 inches width
  • Large (Newborn more than 7 pounds) Mitten height (including cuff) approximately 5.25 inches X 2.875 inches width

Free Hand Size Chart for Mittens and Gloves


  • Small Mitten approximately 3.6 rounds per inch and 4.8 sts per inch
  • Medium Mitten approximately 3 rounds per inch and 4 sts per inch
  • Large Mitten approximately 2.8 rounds per inch and 3.8 sts per 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.


US Terminology used

  • beg – beginning
  • bl – back loop
  • ch – chain
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • hdc2tog – half double crochet 2 together
  • R – round
  • rem – remaining
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st/sts – stitch/stitches
  • * 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

Helpful Tutorials

Helpful Video Tutorials


  • Initial ch 2 counts as 1 hdc but we never work into the top of the ch 2. Instead, sl st to the first real hdc of the round (which is the stitch following the ch 2). Then work both the ch 2 and the first hdc in that first real hdc.
  • You may also enjoy the baby crochet patterns included in Bold Baby Crochet. I designed a cute pair of snuggly monster mittens, a colorful rainbow cardigan, a bright striped sunhat and a pastel chevron hat and mitt set for this book.

You can click on the images in this post to open them in their own page. Then click again on the new image to make them larger.

Crochet Baby Mitts Pattern

Easy On No Scratch Baby Mitten Crochet Pattern Oombawkadesigncrochet

The mittens are crocheted from the cuff (wrist-band) up to the tip of the fingers in one single piece. The cuff is crocheted back-and-forth in rows, the main mitten is crocheted in joined rounds. The closure strap is added after the mitts are complete.

Easy-On No Scratch Baby Mitts by oombawkadesigncrochet

Hook: 3.5 mm (E) for Small, 3.75 mm (F) for Medium and 4 mm (G) for large.

Using the size hook required for your mitten size (or size required for gauge):

Make 1 Right Mitten and 1 Left Mitten

Right Mitten Cuff

Row 1: Ch 9, sk the first ch, 1 sc in each rem ch across, ch 1, turn. [8 sc]

Row 2-31: 1 sc in bl of each of the next 7 sts, 1 sc in the last st, ch 1, turn. [8 sc]

Do not finish off.

Rotate your work to begin crocheting across the row-ends of the cuff.

Right Main Mitten

R1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc), 1 hdc in each of the next 21 row ends. Leave the rem row ends unworked. Fold the cuff (bring the right edge under the left edge to allow you to continue working around the outside of the mitten) to bring the first and last hdc together; sl st to the first hdc to join. [22 hdc]

You will now continue working in joined rounds.

R2-R9: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc), 1 hdc in each rem st around. Sl st to the first hdc to join. [22 hdc]

R10: Ch 1 (does not count as a st). Hdc2tog around. Sl st to the first hdc to join. Finish off leaving a 5 inch tail of yarn. Proceed to Finishing Section. [11 hdc]

Proceed to Adding the Simple Tie to the Mitten Cuffs and the Finishing Section below the Left Mitten Instructions.

Left Mitten Cuff

Row 1: Ch 9, sk the first ch, 1 sc in each rem ch across, ch 1, turn. [8 sc]

Row 2-31: 1 sc in bl of each of the next 7 sts, 1 sc in the last st, ch 1, turn. [8 sc]

Do not finish off.

Rotate your work to begin crocheting across the row-ends of the cuff.

Left Main Mitten

R1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc),  fold the cuff bring the left side of the cuff on top of the right side. Count over 8 row ends and work 1 hdc in the next (9th) row end. 1 hdc in each of the next 21 row ends. Leave the rem row ends unworked. Sl st to the first hdc to join. [22 hdc]

You will now continue working in joined rounds.

R2-R9: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc), 1 hdc in each st around. Sl st to the first hdc to join. [22 hdc]

R10: Ch 1 (does not count as a st). Hdc2tog around. Sl st to the first hdc to join. Finish off leaving a 5 inch tail of yarn. Proceed to Finishing Section. [11 hdc]

For Both Mittens

Add the Simple Tie to the Mitten Cuffs

Using the below images as a guide:

  • join your yarn to the cuff of the mitten with a sl st (IMAGE 1)
  • Ch 20 (IMAGE 2)
  • Finish off leaving a 4-inch tail of yarn

  • Thread the yarn end onto your yarn needle and weave it between the cuff stitches, from the front (in line with your initial join location) to the back (IMAGE 3).

NOTE: the crochet hook in the image is being used to show you where to thread the yarn end through with your sewing needle.

Tie for Mitten Cuff No Scratch Baby Mitts 3 Oombawka Design
  • Carry the yarn over 5 rows. The crochet hook shows you where to put the yarn tail (IMAGE 4)
  • and weave the yarn end back through to the front of the mitten (IMAGE 5)
  • weave the yarn end through the base of the cuff (IMAGE 6)

  • Weave in your yarn ends neatly.
Easy-On No-Scratch Baby Mittens Extra Photos of closure


  • Use my simple closing method to close the tops of the mittens. Tutorial: Simple Closing Method
  • Weave in any remaining ends.

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Practical baby gifts are always appreciated by new parents. Easy-on, no scratch mittens are an excellent choice for keeping those little hands safe and protected. With their unique crochet pattern and adjustable design, they are both functional and adorable. So if you’re looking for a thoughtful and useful gift, consider these mittens. Your loved ones will thank you for it!


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  1. Hi Susan, Thank you for letting me know – I will see about adding that into the pattern itself! I’m happy you were able to figure it out. I’m sorry the pattern didn’t explain it fully. Best wishes, Rhondda

  2. Until I read your response to Hannah about how to close the cuff by tucking the extra cuff under the loose “flaps” of chain stitch, I couldn’t figure it out at all as there are no pictures here that show the mittens closed.

    Thanks for explaining it much better to Hannah!

    *Edited to add missing words*

  3. I’ve visited your blog many times for various things. I am a 70 year old woman who has been crocheting since I was 8 and my Grandmother began me on this journey. I am very appreciative of young people like you that are willing to share new knowledge and techniques. Your patterns are excellent for beginners through to OLD “hookers” like me. Just wanted to say thank you!

  4. Hi Barbara, these are easy-on mittens that allow you to place the mitten easily on the hand and then close the cuff separately so you don’t have to jam the babies little fingers through the cuff (they often do not cooperate and their fingers get pulled/jammed as you try to slip them into regular mitts). It is just an easier way to put the mittens on uncooperative little hands and I have this pattern available in childrens, and adults sizes too. Regular mittens patterns without the gap in the cuff are also available on the site or you can omit the extra cuff part if you want to squeeze babies fingers into the mitten instead of closing it in this unique way.

  5. I’m new crocheting and this is my first mitten. What is the reason for the extra cuff piece remaining?

  6. On what a headache the ties are! I’m a fairly experienc ed crocheter. I just had to figure out that they are basically a series of belt loops and free hand! After picking the project up several times over 2days, I gave up and figured something else out!

  7. Thanks for the cute, easy pattern!!! I added an extra row of scdec to the top of each mitt so that they wouldn’t have as much gathering on top when I finished them out. It took me a bit but I managed to figure out the ties. Maybe a video would help some people see what’s going on better.

  8. Hi Charley! Thank you ! I was starting to get concerned I hadn’t explained it enough or the photos weren’t helpful. I’m happy you were able to figure the mitts out! Best wishes, Rhondda

  9. So easy to follow! I did get a little confused about the tie/strap, but the pictures helped so much!
    I’ve only been crocheting a few months, but I wish all patterns were written like yours an had pictures to help!

  10. Was ok up until the tie part. Could not follow it. Instead I have made a small chain loop to the end of the flap and put the flap on top of cuff. I will sew on a small button to attach.

  11. Hi Janice, yes you would chain a long string to run from one mitt to the other and slip stitch to each cuff. You could go down a hook size or two to make the chains tighter if you wanted to but you don’t have to do this. The chained string would need to be slightly longer than the distance from wrist to wrist across the back to allow for the mitts to be put on and off easily and so they do not get pulled inside the coat when it is taken on and off. Hope this helps! Rhondda

  12. Hi. I don’t want to use a tie but would like to attach the mittens together to thread through the span of a coat or snow suit. Maybe doing just a chain? And would this chain be with the same size hook? Could you advise please on how I’d go about doing this and how to attach the chain to the mittens as I’m a total newbie to crocheting 😊 Thank you.

  13. Hi Marie, you might want to try the wrist I use for these mitts – they are slightly larger but if you are using a finer weight yarn the may size down for you enough that you can use them for the baby mitts too. I know my son’s old brown mitts are not the prettiest but the closure is the one I use on my child and adult mitts too and it makes it so much easier to put on and keep on on the little ones. I should recrochet this pattern to make a prettier mitt lol Hope this helps! R

  14. Hi Rhondda,

    Thank you for the free pattern for these mittens. I am going to go up a size or two to make mittens for my 6 month old grandbaby. I was wondering, if I could use the flaps to fix a button to adjust the fit on her wrist? I’m going to start on it now, but was wanting your input. I don’t want to use the simple tie, just either an adjustable wrist button or a wrist cuff with no flap. Thanks!

  15. Hi
    I would just like to say what an ingenious pattern this and how quick and lovely these mittens crochet up… This is the best pattern I have found for crocheted mitts and would like to say thank you and beautiful the finished mitts are

    Thank you 😊

  16. Hi Hannah, Did you see the photos included in the post that demonstrates how to make the simple ties? It is a slip stitch to join (shown in the first image), then you chain 20 stitches and finish off your yarn leaving a tail to sew in afterwards (shown in the next image). Now thread that yarn tail onto a yarn needle and into the cuff of the mitten on the opposite side from where you joined with the slip stitch (shown in the next image). Now the yarn end is on the inside of the mitt so we need to bring it back to the front of the mitten, but before we do this we need to position it closer to the edge of the cuff – so thread the yarn tail from inside the mitten to the front (outside of the mitten) near the opening (shown in the next photo). These last images also have the chain 20 in a totally different color so you can see how it is positioned through the mitten. Now we have the yarn end at the front of the mitten but we need to bring it back to the same edge of the mitten where you began (where we started with that first slip stitch to join) so take the yarn end across to the same side where you started on top of the mitten and then thread that yarn end back inside the mitten and weave in your ends. Be sure not to weave in the actual chain 20, just the yarn end that you had left over. Now you have two fairly large chain loops on the outside of the mitten with a few rows in between that you can weave the mitten cuff into to hold the mitten in place. You can even bring the flap back toward the opening and back under that first loop (by the opening) to tighten a bit more for smaller wrists. Did you maybe print the pattern without the tutorial images to work from? Please let me know because I’m not sure how to make this more clear than with the images in the post. Wishing you the very best, Rhondda

  17. I’m so angry that I just wasted nearly 2 hours and decent yarn on this pattern. The ‘Simple Tie’ is written awfully and does not make sense. Was so excited about this, too. Total let down.

  18. Thank you so much these are just what I needed to finish my layette! The instructions were clear and easy to follow.

  19. Hi Linda, The left and right are only for those who what the wrist closure strap to be opposite for a left and right hand. Some people do prefer that as an option. You can easily make 2 left or 2 right as the actual mitt is exactly the same, it is only which side you put the wrist strap closure on that varies. Hope this helps! Rhondda

  20. I was thinking of using your pattern but when I saw there was a left and right I changed my mind. Need to interchangeable.

  21. Hi Hils, The simple tie is basically a long chain stitch that is attached to the cuff of the mitten to allow you to weave the flap underneath to tighten it gently so it doesn’t fall off. There are a series of images in my post that illustrate how to weave that long chain stitch and how to slip stitch it to the cuff. I didn’t realize the chain would be the complicated part of the mitten! I will add this to my list to make a video tutorial. There were 6 step-by-step images included to help you both where to slip stitch and where to weave the chain through the mitten cuff…I thought that would be enough. Thank you for letting me know that it was difficult to understand. All the best, Rhondda

  22. Thanks for the free pattern, however the instructions for the ‘simple tie’ don’t make any sense – and I’m an intermediate crocheter! I couldn’t finish these mittens, so had to come up with my own solution, but now have these stupid flaps on each one. Will see if they fit!

  23. Hi Arlene, I apologize that the pattern was difficult to follow. I actually am not sure what part you were confused with in your message. Thank you for letting me know that there was some confusion with the instructions though. I will take a look and see if I can make time to film a video for it so it is easier to understand. Thank you for taking the time to leave me a message. Best wishes, Rhondda

  24. you NEED to furnish better directions. this pattern makes NO SENSE. put tutorial link on pattern for the part where you start to bring right edge under left edge- your directions ate CONFUSING. I threw away your pattern— it MADE NO SENSE