These crochet plaid mittens are a classic staple to your fall and winter wardrobe! Made with chunky #5 yarn, they work up quick. The free crochet pattern includes sizing adults, but the ad-free PDF includes a child size.
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FREE Crochet Pattern: Crochet Plaid Mittens - Make these cozy mittens, made with bulky-weight yarn so they are thick and warm and work up fast.
FREE Crochet Pattern: Crochet Plaid Mittens - Make these cozy mittens, made with bulky-weight yarn so they are thick and warm and work up fast.

Today is Day Five of Plaid Week and today’s pattern is a classic.  A pattern for Crochet Plaid Mittens was definitely the most-requested project from last year’s Plaid Week, and I admit I am not sure why I didn’t design them last year. I regret that I didn’t make the ribbed band longer, however, so you can remedy that when you make yours. But I still love them! I chose to design them with a bulky #5, (if you have leftover from your slippers, then use that!) so they are quite warm and they work up quick, too.

Since working thumbs on mittens can be kind of confusing, I included a video. I was in for an unpleasant surprise when I was editing the video, however. Maybe you won’t see my mistake. I didn’t notice it for a long time, but I goofed on the plaid color changes on one of the mittens. I even wore them a few times and took photographs without noticing! Yikes! So maybe it’s not as big of deal as I think, but be aware, I clearly didn’t realize I had made a mistake and used the mittens in the video. Oops!

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CROCHET PLAID MITTENS

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What you need:
– Bulky #5  Weight Yarn – Brava Bulky in Wine, Red and Black (< 1 Skein each)
J Hook
Darning Needle

Abbreviations: US Terms
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Hdc – half double crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Dc2tog – Dc decrease
Sc2tog – Sc decrease 
Sl st – Slip Stitch
Fpdc – Front Post Dc
Bpdc – Back Post Dc
St – stitch
Sk – Skip

Gauge: 12 dc sts = 4″

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Adult Crochet Plaid Mittens:

Note: The mens mittens are similar to the women, with a few extra rows worked in. The Mens row number is in parenthesis. 
Ch 6.
1. Work 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in next 3 chs. Work 3 sc in last ch. Sc in next 3 ch (working along opposite side of chain). (12 sts)
Join with sl st with first st.
2. Ch 1. Work 2 sc in next 3 sts. Sc in next 3 sts. Work 2 sc in next 3 sts. Sc in next 3 sts. Join. (18 sts)
3. Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc in next st. Work 2 sc in next st. Sc in next 9 sts. Work 2 sc in next st. Sc in next 5 sts. Join. (20 sts)
4. Ch 1. Sc in next 3 sts. Work 2 sc in next 2 sts. Sc in next 8 sts. Work 2 sc in next 2 sts. Sc in next 5 sts. Join.  (24 sts)
5. Ch 1. Sc in next 3 sts. Work 2 sc in next 3 sts. Sc in next 10 sts. Work 2 sc in next 2 sts. Sc in next 6 sts. Join. (29 sts)
6. With Black, Ch 2. 
Dc in same st. Dc in next st (counts as first block). Switch to wine. Dc in next 3 sts. Continue alternating between black and wine every 3 sts. Join with first st. (29 sts) 
7. With wine, ch 2. 
Dc in same st. Dc in next st (counts as first block). Switch to red. Dc in next 3 sts. Continue alternating between wine and red every 3 sts. Join with first st. (29 sts) 
8. – 11. (12.)
 Repeat rows 6 and 7 respectively. 

Thumbhole:
12. (13.) Right Mitten

Ch 2. Dc in same st. Dc in next st. Dc first 2 sts of the next block. Ch 6. Sk 6 sts. (carry the yarn across the hole, it will be worked into the thumb) Dc in next st, continuing the plaid color sequence. Finished the rounds with the Plaid st in the remaining stitches. (29 st) Join with sl st.
12. (13.) Left Mitten
Ch 2. Work 7 dc blocks (21 sts). Ch 6. Sk 6 sts. (carry the yarn across the hole, it will be worked into the thumb) Dc 2. Join with sl st. (29 sts)
13 – 14. (14. – 15.) Ch 2. Dc in same st. Dc in next st. Work plaid stitch all around. Join with sl st.
15. (16.) Switch to a hook size 2 sizes smaller, and using black:
Ch 2. Dc in each st around. Join with sl st. (29 sts)

Band: 
16. – 19. (17. – 21.) Ch 2. Alternate fpdc and bpdc all around (be sure you are working the fpdc in the fpdc from previous round, to achieve a ribbing effect). Join with a sl st.  (29 sts)
20. (22.) Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (29 sts)

Thumb:
You will be working a round thumb peice around the hole make by the skipped stitches.
1. Using your smaller hook, join Black in the first sk st of row 12 (13). Ch 1. Sc 6 across the unworked skipped stitches. Turn your work so the dc on the side of the thumbhole is horizontal. Use the height of the dc as 2 spaces, work a sc2tog. Turn again, so the mitten is finger end up. Work 6 sc across the bottom of the 6-ch from row 10. Turn mitten again so the dc on other side of thumbhole is horizontal. Use the dc as 2 spaces and work a sc2tog. Join with first st. (14 sts)
2. Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (14 sts)
3. Ch 1. Sc2tog. Sc in next 5 sts. Sc2tog. Sc in next 5 sts. Join with a sl st. (12 sts)
4. – 8. (9.) Ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join with a sl st. (12 sts)
9. (10.)Ch 1. Sc2tog 6 times. Join with sl st.
Break yarn, leave a long tail. Use tail to sew up the small remaining hole.

Watch a video on how to work the thumb:

FREE Crochet Pattern: Crochet Plaid Mittens - Make these cozy mittens, made with bulky-weight yarn so they are thick and warm and work up fast.

Don’t these crochet plaid mittens just scream fall? They are perfect for romping around in a pile of sweet-smelling crunchy leaves or heading to the pumpkin patch (which we will be doing next week!).
I hope you enjoy making them and wearing them.


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14 Comments

  1. I’m having trouble with step one. Where do I single crochet in the next three stitches after working the 3 single crochets in the last chain?

  2. Good morning! Wondering with the 3 skeins of different colored yarn if there is enough for two pair of mittens? Want to make sure we purchase enough. :) Thanks! Cori

  3. I have a silly question but I am confused. I am working on the Thumb hole right mitten. It says to chain 6 and skip 6 stitches and continue with plaid sequence. What do I do with the chain 6 when I complete the round and ready to start the next round?

    1. I am sorry you are confused! You will work into each chain like you would a sc. You making a hole, so make sure you get each chain when you work across it.

  4. Thank you for these awesome mittens! I am attempting the first row and am a little confused on the end of the first row. I sc 3 in the last stitch and then sc 3 again? So a total of 6 sc in the last stitch?

    1. Sorry for the confusion! You are working a round around the foundation chain, like a long oval. 3 sc are the width on either side and 3 sc in each end.

  5. How would I alter the woman’s or kid’s patter to fit a teenager (13)? Thank you Bethany! I am so thankful for your work, your patterns and your site! <3….oh and plaid week! :D

    1. The easiest way would be to make the women’s mittens with a smaller hook. But a 13 year old might have similarly sized hand to woman, so you may not need to alter them at all.

  6. For the kids sized mittens, row 3 doesn’t that add up to 21 stitches not 20?
    Unless I’m doing something wrong cause I always end up with 21…