The crochet Snowball Mittens use the lemon peel stitch and basic construction to create a pair of adult mittens that are warm and beautiful. Keep reading for the free crochet pattern.
Make Mittens using the Lemon Peel Stitch
If you have never crocheted mittens before, don't be intimidated! Mittens are much easier than they look. This pattern uses my basic method of mitten construction, but instead of using HDC stitches like I normally do I used a variation of the Lemon Peel Stitch to make these match my Snowball Slouch Hat pattern. If you want some help with basic mitten construction, I have a right and left handed video tutorial to help you with mittens from beginning to end here.
This particular mitten pattern is well suited for intermediate crocheters. If you want to start with a more beginner-friendly mitten pattern check out my entire collections of mitten patterns here!
Now that you have seen these, remember to take a peek at my Snowball Slouch Hat pattern too.
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Snowball Mittens - Free Crochet Pattern
- One skein of Lion Brand Scarfie yarn (‘Cream/Teal’ pictured) or approx. 155 yds. of a comparable yarn. I would recommend trying a Category 4 worsted weight yarn as a substitute but be sure to check the gauge.
- H/5.0mm crochet hook - I use Clover Amour
- Scissors - I always keep these travel scissors in my hook case
- Yarn needle
Abbreviations (written in U.S. terms):
- ch: chain
- st/sts: stitch/stitches
- sl st: slip stitch
- SC: single crochet
- SC2Tog: single crochet two together
- HDC: half double crochet
- DC: double crochet
Helpful Video Tutorials
How to Crochet a Mitten for Beginners (find the left handed video here)
How to Crochet the Magic Cirlce - the right handed video loads with the page
15 sts x 11 rows = 4” square in HDC
- Tip of fingers to bottom of wrist = 10"
- Width of finger section = 3.75"
- Width of wrist = 3.25"
- Length of thumb = 2.5"
- Width of thumb = 1.75"
- The chain stitches at the beginning of each round do not count as a stitch.
- The last stitch of each round is attached to the first stitch of the round with a slip stitch
- This pattern is written to fit an average adult woman. The size can easily be adjusted by adding or subtracting rounds. Additions or subtractions should happen between rounds 4-20
- I used a fairly tight tension for this project, please check your gauge so the mittens fit properly.
- Thumb size can be adjusted by changing the number of stitches you start with (for a narrower thumb, start with 12 sts, for a wider thumb start with 16). Length can be adjusted by adding/subtracting rounds.
- When the pattern states to work (SC, DC) into next SC st, it means that you will be working both a SC and a DC in the SC stitch from the previous round. Then you will skip the next stitch (a DC) before working into the next SC st from the previous round again. This is known as a variation of the Grit Stitch.
Start with a magic circle
Round 1: ch 1, Work 10 HDC into magic circle, pull tight (10)
Round 2: ch 1, (SC, DC) in each st around (20)
Round 3: ch 1, *(SC, DC) in three sts, skip 1, repeat from * around (30)
Round 4-20: ch 1, (SC, DC) in each SC st from the previous round (this will be every other st)
Round 21: ch 1, (SC, DC) in first SC, ch 6, skip one SC (you will be skipping a DC, SC, DC), (SC, DC) in each SC st around (28 sts + 6 ch)
Round 22: ch 1, (SC, DC) in first SC, (SC, DC) in every other ch st (1st, 3rd, and 5th), (SC, DC) in each SC around (34)
Round 23-24: ch 1, (SC, DC) around (34)
Round 25: ch 1, (SC, DC) in the first 3 SC sts, SC in the next SC st, (SC, DC) in the next 7 SC sts, SC in the next SC st, (SC, DC) in the next 5 SC sts (32)
Round 26: ch 1, (SC, DC) in the first 3 SC sts, SC2Tog in the next 2 SC sts (these stitches will be consecutive - see photo for details), DC in the same st, (SC, DC) in the next 6 SC sts, SC2Tog in the next 2 SC sts (consecutive stitches), DC in the same st, (SC, DC) in the next 4 SC sts (30)
Round 27: ch 1, (SC, DC) in the first 3 SC sts, SC in the next SC st, (SC, DC) in the next 6 SC sts, SC in the next SC st, (SC, DC) in the next 4 SC sts (28)
Round 28: ch 1, (SC, DC) in the first 3 SC sts, SC2Tog in the next 2 SC sts (consecutive sts), DC in the same st, (SC, DC) in the next 5 SC sts, SC2Tog in the next 2 SC sts (consecutive sts), DC in the same st, (SC, DC) in the next 3 SC sts (26)
Round 29: ch 1, (SC, DC) in the first 3 SC sts, SC in the next SC st, (SC, DC) in the next 5 SC sts, SC in the next SC st, (SC, DC) in the next 3 SC sts (24)
Round 30: ch 1, HDC around (24). Do not tie off yarn. Continue to cuff instructions.
Making the cuff (see photos below):
Starting where you ended Round 30, ch 9 sts. In the second chain from the hook, SC in the remaining 8 ch stitches. When you get back to the beginning of the ch, sl st into the first st of Round 30. This creates your first row of ribbing.
Row 2: sl st into the next st of Round 30, ch 1, SC in BLO across to create your next row of ribbing. Turn. (8)
Row 3: ch 1, SC in BLO across. Sl st into the next open st of Round 30. (8)
Row 4-24: Repeat Rows 2 (on even rows) and 3 (on odd rows) until you have gone around the entire base of the mitten.
After completing Row 24: Working through the BLO of Row 24 and the FLO of your starting chain, sl st across to seam the cuff together. sl st into the last st of Round 30. Tie off yarn and weave in ends. Continue on to complete the thumb.
Crochet Ribbing (shown from a left-handed perspective)
Attaching the Thumb:
Round 1: Attach yarn into the thumb hole with a sl st. ch 1, and work (SC, DC) evenly around the thumb hole until you have 14 sts total. Some stitches may be worked into "non traditional" spaces such as stitch posts to achieve this number. (14)
Round 2-8: ch 1, (SC, DC) in each SC st around (14)
Round 9: ch 1, *SC in first SC from the previous round, DC in the next SC st, repeat from * around. You will end with a SC in your last SC st from the previous round (7).
Cut and tie yarn leaving a long tail. Using a yarn needle, weave through every other stitch around the top. Pull to cinch the thumb shut and tie off.
Don't forget that I have the matching hat for you to make these into a set 🙂
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