12 Free Mitten Patterns For Beginners! Choosing the right knit mitten pattern can be quite the fun adventure! Mittens are the ultimate cozy-meets-practical winter accessory. Is it even possible to have too many? They also make a great small project for beginners who want to learn new skills like shaping, cables, colorwork, and so on! Handmade mittens are also the perfect gift. Knit a few extra pairs of each and poof! You have a meaningful gift ready to go when a special occasion rolls by. Luckily, there are many-a-great mittens knitting pattern free to download and enjoy! We’ve rounded up our favorite knit mitten patterns for you to peruse in a variety of yarns and styles. How Do You Knit Mittens? A typical mitten pattern calls for knitters to knit in the round. If you’re not comfortable using DPNs (double pointed needles) just yet, you can opt for long circular needles and use the magic loop technique. We’ve also included a few mittens that are knit flat and seamed together for good measure too! Pro Tip: When knitting mittens, it’s generally a good idea to have a spare DPN, stitch holder, or some scrap yarn nearby in case a pattern calls for you to put stitches “on hold”. This is a fairly common case in mitten knitting patterns when it comes time to knit the thumb! For beginners, a new term you might come across is the word “gusset”. This is a triangle-shaped area usually found on the area of a knit mitten that curves along the heel of your hand. The added shaping area makes mittens fit better and gives your thumb more room to maneuver! While trying unusual techniques can be a little intimidating, the shaping is done using simple knit increases that are easy to learn! Choosing the Right Mitten Pattern Size. To know what size mittens to make for yourself or a loved one, measure around the palm of the hand while the fingers are relaxed and slightly spread. This will give you the desired finished circumference for your mittens. What Material is Best for Knitting Mittens? The short answer is, it depends. You can use any type of yarn to knit mittens! Wool or wool blends are the way to go for maximum warmth and coziness. But, if you’re allergic to animal fibers, we recommend trying acrylic yarn and blends instead. Acrylic yarn is especially good for beginners because it can be a more affordable option to practice with and it’s machine washable! You also want to take note of wash instructions for different materials. Mittens are clothing items that see a lot of use and get washed quite frequently. Wool needs to be hand washed to avoid shrinking and felting, so that’s another thing you might need to consider when knitting and washing wool mittens. If you’re still in doubt, you can always check what type of yarn and in what weight the designer recommends for their pattern! Free and Easy Mitten Knitting Pattern Round Up Ready to get started? Choose a mittens knitting pattern free to view or download! These 12 fun and easy mitten knitting patterns are beginner-friendly and knitters of all levels are welcome to give any of these projects a go. All credit belongs to the incredibly talented designers who we mention in each of the patterns’ descriptions. Happy knitting! Disclaimer: This article contains links to external unaffiliated websites. Photo Credit: Tin Can Knits 1. World’s Simplest Mittens By: Tin Can Knits YARN: Any worsted weight yarn SIZES: Toddler (child, adult S, M, L) Mitten length: 7.25 (8.5, 10.5, 12, 13)” Cuff length: 2.5 (2.5, 3, 4, 4)” Need a super simple, classic pair of mittens? Here’s a beginner-friendly mittens knitting pattern free to start with. This fast and functional knit is also a perfect blank canvas for experimenting! Knit them in the round from the bottom up, no seaming required. See the pattern > Photo Credit: Purl Soho 2. Arched Gusset Mittens By: Laura Ferguson for Purl Soho YARN: Any worsted weight yarn SIZES: Sizes: Kid (Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large, Adult X-Large) Finished Circumference at Palm: 5¾” (6½,7¼, 8, 8¾)” Finished Length from Cuff to Tip: 8½” (9¾, 10¼, 11½, 12¼)” Here’s a mitten that’s knit in the round from the cuffs-up. It has a nice classic shape and the arched gusset adds a subtle elegance. These gloves would make a lovely handmade gift idea. The instructions for the left and right mittens are separated and easy to follow, and the pattern itself calls for beginner-friendly techniques! See the pattern > Photo Credit: Emilie Luis 3. Crème Knit Mitten Pattern By: Emilie Luis YARN: Lace and sport weight yarn held together SIZES: Depends on gauge Fingerless mitts offer a wonderful balance between warmth and dexterity. The creme mitts extend past the wrists with a ribbed cuff. These mittens definitely show evidence of french influence – with the elegant ribbed cuffs that extend past the wrist. The designer calls this a “perfect project to use up your sweetest and warmest leftovers” and it’s written in two gauges. They’re a lovely sophisticated pair to complete a fall or winter outfit! Or maybe even accompany you to après-ski? See the pattern > Photo Credit: Kris Percival 4. Warmest Mittens By: Kris Percival YARN: Aran weight yarn SIZES: Average mitten size Keep your hands toasty on even the coldest days with these mittens. They’ll be some of the cutest and coziest pairs of mittens you’ll ever make! Feel free to mix and match colors for a fun time. To create a larger mitten, move up a size or two with your needles. See the pattern > Photo Credit: Marianna Mel 5. Easy Garter Stitch Baby Mittens By: Marianna Mel YARN: DK weight yarn SIZES: Baby Sized Looking for a lovely gift for a newborn? Mittens are a must-have in a baby’s wardrobe! For this pattern, it’s all in the name. They’re knit flat in garter stitch, have a little shaping at the top, and then seamed. Give it a try! See the pattern > Photo Credit: Espace Tricot 6. Big Merino Mitts By: Mona Schmidt by Espace Tricot YARN: Aran weight yarn SIZE: 8” circumference –length easily adjustable These “simple and handsome” ribbed-cuff Big Merino Mitts are sure to become a staple in your cold-weather wardrobe. We think this one is a particularly great mittens knitting pattern free to try for beginners who want a little bit more of a challenge. This pattern is knit in the round, in one piece, with the thumbs knit last. See the pattern > Photo Credit: Frankie Brown 7. Padded Mittens By: Frankie Brown YARN: DK or Aran weight yarn SIZES: 8″ (10″, 11″) total length Keep your fingers extra warm and toasty with these padded mittens. It features an intuitive slipped stitch pattern which is what gives it the extra “padding” on the inside. The designer goes the extra mile with detailed instructions, including tips for altering to get small, medium, and large mittens! It’s rare to find a mitten knitting pattern free to download that’s as enjoyable to follow as this one! See the pattern > Photo Credit: Emily O’Brien 8. Bernie’s Mittens By: Emily O’Brien YARN: Worsted weight yarn SIZES: Child (Adult Small, Adult Large) 5-6” (6.5-7.5”, 8-9”) hand circumference We all remember when Bernie Sanders’ mittens gripped the world. We think our round-up of mitten patterns wouldn’t be complete without a call out to what might be the most meme-able mittens! These mittens are knit in the round with a lovely colorwork pattern and ribbed cuffs. See the pattern > Photo Credit: Purl Soho 9. Seed Stitch Mittens + Hand Warmers By: Purl Soho YARN: Worsted weight yarn SIZES: Small (Medium/Large) 7⅓” (8¼)” finished circumference This 2-in-1 free mittens knitting pattern is a great way to add a pile of mittens to your wardrobe! Both the mittens and the hand warmers are knit in the round using a thick seed stitch. The refined texture plus the structure of these mittens – with the elongated cuffs – makes for a posh pair! They’d make a lovely, cozy accessory for just about any excursion in the chilly air – walking your pet, meeting friends, or running a few quick errands! See the pattern > Photo Credit: Kati Maaria 10. The Onni Mittens By: Kati Maaria YARN: Bulky weight yarn SIZE: 7-8” finished circumference Fun fact! “Onni” is Finnish for happiness! These happy pair of mittens have a romantic cable pattern that makes us daydream about enjoying a cup of hot chocolate or coffee on a chilly day. We’d say this pattern is more for intermediate or intermediate beginners, but don’t let that intimidate you. We love finding a mittens knitting pattern free and well-written, complete with a pattern chart for you to follow too! See the pattern > Photo Credit: Meghan Babin 11. Briar Knit Mitten Pattern By: Meghan Babin YARN: Fingering weight yarn SIZES: Hand circumference: 7 (7.5, 8.5) inches Need a pair of mittens you can stuff into a backpack for a fall adventure? These gauntlet-like rustic Briar mitts were designed for that exact purpose! They feature a lovely ombre pattern that’s knit in the round, from the bottom up. Try this free knit mitten pattern out using your favorite color combinations! See the pattern > Photo Credit: Yarnspirations 12. Textured Family Mittens By: Yarnspirations Design Studio YARN: Aran weight yarn SIZES: 2/4 yrs, 8/10 yrs, Adult Get the whole family ready for a snow day (complete with snowmen and a snowball fight) with these textured family mittens! They feel oh-so-soft and warm with a moss stitch pattern and fitted ribbing for cozy cuffs. These mittens are knit flat and call for some seaming at the end. See the pattern > Final Thoughts on Mitten Patterns That’s our round-up of easy mitten knitting patterns free for knitters of all levels! What did you think? Let us know in the comments if you think a specific pattern should’ve made our list! If you need a little refresher on some knitting stitches or techniques like how to cast on, head on over to our library of knitting tutorials! All done with those mittens? Try knitting a bag or a sweater next!