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Free Crochet Mitten Pattern in 3 Sizes: Pemba Mittens

Woman in the woods wearing burnt orange nubby crochet mittens and a navy blue winter coat. The mittens are made using a free crochet mitten pattern found in the post. Text on the image reads: Banana Moon Studio.

Free crochet mitten pattern for children and adults

Pemba Mittens is a free crochet mitten pattern made in Ancient Arts Yarns Lascaux, a worsted weight yarn that is 25% Manx Loaghtan and 75% Punta Arenas Wool.

Wait, what type of yarn is used in this pattern?

This free crochet mitten pattern uses yarn made with the fiber of the Manx Loaghtan breed of sheep. It’s a rare breed. When you purchase yarn made from the wool of rare breeds, you contribute to the preservation of the breed. I invite you to read more about this breed by clicking here. 

Punta Arenas is a city in southern Chile, so I believe this portion of the fiber comes from that area. You can purchase this wonderful yarn from Ancient Arts Yarns, or from an LYS that carries it. Click here to go the the Ancient Arts website.

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Pemba Mittens is a free crochet mitten pattern that comes in three sizes: Child, Women’s S/M, and Women’s L. The size shown in the pictures is a Women’s L. It takes just one skein of yarn to crochet a pair of mittens.

This free crochet pattern is available right here in this post! Just scroll down.

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Woman in the woods wearing burnt orange nubby crochet mittens and a navy blue winter coat. She holds her hands up in front of her to show the mittens. Text on the image reads: Banana Moon Studio.

Pemba Mittens, a Free Crochet Mitten Pattern

By April Garwood of Banana Moon Studio

As with all my patterns, please do not make paper or digital copies for others. Instead, please direct them to my website to get their own. Thank you!

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Available Sizes: Child [Women’s S/M, Women’s L]

Finished Measurements: Cuff circumference 4 ½ [5 ½, 6] inches; Cuff length 3 inches; Hand circumference 6 ¾ [7 ¼, 8 ½] inches; Wrist to fingertip 5 ¼ [6 ½, 7 ¼] inches.

Yarn: Ancient Arts Yarns Lascaux (25% Manx Loaghtan, 75% Punta Arenas Wool; 220 yds/ 200 m; 3.5 oz / 100 g; CYCA weight: 4 medium): 1 skein in color Spice.

Crochet hook: J/10 (6 mm), or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions: Yarn needle

Gauge: 14 sts and 13 rnds = About 4 inches in Crinkle st, as for hand of mitten.

Notes

This free crochet mitten pattern is written in standard US terms. For help with abbreviations, get my free printable crochet abbreviation list here.

See video tutorials for all the basic crochet stitches here.

See a tutorial for Crinkle Stitch here.

The mittens begin with a cuff made in ribbing using single crochet in the back loop, which you can see in this tutorial.

Mittens

Cuff

Ch 13

Row 1 (WS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch, turn – 12 sts.

Rows 2-18 [22, 24]: Ch 1, sc in BLO of each st across, turn.

Joining

After turning at the end of Row 18 [22, 24], bring other short end of cuff even with current row, do not twist piece, working through both loops of closest end, and through BLO of further end, sl st across. Turn cuff RS out.

Burnt orange nubby crochet mittens together on a bare cement surface. Text on the image reads: Banana Moon Studio.
Heel of Hand

Rnd 1(RS): Ch 1, *sc in next 3 [4, 5] row ends, 2 sc in next row end, repeat from * 3 times, sc in any remaining row ends, join to first st with sl st, turn – 22 [26, 28] sts.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, tr in next st *sc in next st, tr in next st, repeat from * around, join to first st with sl st, turn.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in first 7 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each remaining st, join to first st with sl st, turn – 23 [27, 29] sts.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in first st, (tr in next st, sc in next st) 6 [8, 9] times, tr in next st, (sc, tr) in next st, *sc in next st, tr in next st, repeat from * to end of rnd, join to first st with sl st, turn – 24 [28, 30] sts.

Rnd 5: Repeat Rnd 3 – 25 [29, 31] sts.

Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in first st, (tr in next st, sc in next st) 7 [9, 10] times, tr in next st, (sc, tr) in next st, *sc in next st, tr in next st, repeat from * to end of rnd, join to first st with sl st, turn – 26 [30, 32] sts.

Size Women’s L only

Rnd 7: Repeat Rnd 3 – 33 sts.

Rnd 8: Ch 1, sc in first st, (tr in next st, sc in next st) 11 times, tr in next st, (sc, tr) in next st, *sc in next st, tr in next st, repeat from * to end of rnd, join to first st with sl st, turn – 34 sts.

Thumbhole and Palm
All sizes

Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in each st, join to first st with sl st, turn.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, (tr in next st, sc in next st) 7 [9, 10] times, tr in next st, ch 2, skip 4 [6, 6] sts, *sc in next st, tr in next st, repeat from * to end of rnd, (thumbhole made) join to first st with sl st, turn – 22 [24, 28] sts.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in each st to ch sp, 2 sc in ch sp, sc in each remaining st, join to first st with sl st, turn – 24 [26, 30] sts.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in first st, tr in next st *sc in next st, tr in next st, repeat from * around, join to first st with sl st, turn.

Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc around, join to first st with sl st, turn.

Rnds 6-8 [12, 12]: Alternate repeating Rnds 4 and 5, ending with a Row 4 repeat.

Fingertip Decreases

Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in first 5 [6, 6] sts, sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next 10 [11, 13] sts, sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in each remaining st, join to first st with sl st, turn – 22 [24, 28] sts.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, tr in next st, sc in next st, tr in next st, sc2tog over next 2 sts, tr in next st, [sc in next st, tr in next st]4 [5, 6] times, sc2tog over next 2 sts, tr in next st, *sc in next st, tr in in next st, repeat from * to end of rnd, join to first st with sl st, turn – 20 [22, 26] sts.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in first 5 sts, sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in next 8 [9, 11] sts, sc2tog over next 2 sts, sc in each remaining st, join to first st with sl st, turn – 18 [20, 24] sts.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in first st, [tr in next st, sc in next st]1 [1, 2] times, tr in next st, sc2tog over next 2 sts, tr in next st, [sc in next st, tr in next st]2 [3, 4] times, sc2tog over next 2 sts, tr in next st, *sc in next st, tr in next st, repeat from * to end of rnd, join to first st with sl st, turn – 16 [18, 22] sts.

Rnd 5: Ch 1, *sc2tog over next 2 sts, repeat from * around, join to first st with sl st, turn – 8 [9, 11] sts.

Women’s L only

Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in first st, tr in next st, *sc2tog over next 2 sts, tr in next st, repeat from * to end of rnd, join to first st with sl st – 8 sts.

All sizes

Fasten off with long tail.

Use a yarn needle to weave end back and forth through tops of last rnd of sts, pull tight to gather hole shut, knot to secure, pull end to inside.

Close up of the ribbed cuffs of burnt orange crochet mittens on a bare cement surface. Text on the image reads: Banana Moon Studio.
Thumb

Rnd 1: With RS facing, join yarn with sc at bottom of thumbhole, 9 [11, 11] more sc around thumbhole, join to first st with sl st, turn – 10 [12, 12] sts.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, tr in next st *sc in next st, tr in next st, repeat from * around, join to first st with sl st, turn.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc around, join to first st with sl st, turn.

Rnd 4: Repeat Rnd 2.

Women’s sizes only

Rnds 5-6: Repeat Rnd 3, repeat Rnd 2.

All sizes

Thumb tip decrease rnd: Ch 1, *sc2tog over next 2 sts, repeat from * around, join to first st with sl st, turn – 6 sts. Fasten off with long tail.

Use a yarn needle to weave end back and forth through tops of last rnd of sts, pull tight to gather hole shut, knot to secure, pull end to inside.

Finishing

Turn mitten WS out and weave in ends. Turn mitten RS out. Finished!

I hope you enjoyed this free crochet mitten pattern! I’d love to see photos of your finished mittens! You can share your project on Ravelry, in my Facebook group, or on Instagram with a tag @bananamoonstudio and I will see it in any of those places.

Happy crocheting,

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9 Comments

  1. Do you really turn after completing each round? If you’re slip stitching to the first stitch of the round, and then turning, it doesn’t seem to make sense. I hope you can clarify.

    1. Yes, you turn after each round. The rounds that include the treble stitches work better to create the texture if they are WS rows, but the sc-only rounds look nicer as RS rows. You are welcome to try it without turning and see if you like it that way, but I prefer the look of this stitch pattern when you turn between rounds. Thanks for your interest!

  2. I do so love these mittens but what other type of yarn would u suggest using? I was thinking lion brand thick n quick. Please let me know what u think.
    Thanks
    Merry

    1. Hi Merry. I would suggest you use a worsted weight yarn for these mittens. I’m thinking that thick n quick is bulky so it would probably not be a good choice for these mittens. Thanks for visiting!

      1. There are separate instructions for left and right mittens so that the seam will be on your palm, not on the back of your hand.

  3. Starting at the thumbhole and palm Rnd 2, your total stitch count is wrong for the women’s large. If you skip the same number of stitches for the large as you do for the Small/medium you would not end up with 28 stitches. It throws off the other stitch counts as well.

    1. Hi Sara. Thanks so much for commenting! I really appreciate when readers let me know about potential errors. I’ve checked over those rounds carefully and feel sure the numbers are correct as they stand. I’ve sent you an email so that I can help you troubleshoot if needed. Happy crocheting! April