Free Crochet Pattern – Texting Mittens

Called by a variety of names, fingerless mittens, fingerless gloves, wrist warmers, fingerless mitts, glovelies, treads, tipless gloves, I was told young people call them “texting mittens”, so that’s what I’m going with!

Hand-Crocheted Alpaca Texting Mittens

I rarely make something that is a solid color, but rather like to mix and match yarn, using different colors, and different textures.

Hand-Crocheted Alpaca Texting Mittens

I’ve used three different Alpaca Yarn Company yarns here, The Snuggle yarn is a bulky weight alpaca, wool, acrylic blend, the Swizzle is a DK weight and is 100% alpaca, and the Paca de Seda is a worsted weight alpaca and silk blend, all gorgeous yarns!

Hand-Crocheted Alpaca Texting Mittens

The colors I used for this project were Snuggle in Lime Green, Swizzle in Plum Perfection , and Paca de Seda in Lavender Fields.

Alpaca Hat and Texting Mittens

One skein of each was enough to do Texting Mittens and a Hat!

Texting Mittens Pattern

Materials: Swizzle—One Skein, Paca de Seda—One Skein, Snuggle—One Skein

Crochet Pattern: Texting Mittens

Hook: G if you crochet loose, H if you crochet tight.

This pattern is designed so the mitten will fit either hand.

CUFF – All stitches on the cuff are through the back loops only.

Using Paca de Seda Yarn, ch 14 to begin.

ROW 1 – 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 sc in next 11 chains, ch 1, turn. (12 sc)

ROW 2 – 1 sc in next 12 sc (remember, through the back loops of stitches only), ch 1, turn. (12 sc)

ROWS 3 to 18 – Same as Row 2. (If you are making larger mittens, add 2-3 more rows here – for smaller mittens, subtract a couple rows.)

ROW 19 – Joining row, ss to corresponding chains in Row 1, turn inside out (this is the right side).

REST OF THE MITTENAll sts through both loops.

Switch to Snuggle Yarn.

ROW 1 – Join yarn. With right side of work towards you, ch 1, 1 sc in the end of each row of ribbing. Join with slip st. (18 sc, – this st count will be different on all rows if you are making smaller or larger mittens.)

ROW 2-4 – Ch1. Sc around. Join with slip st.

Switch to Swizzle Yarn.

ROW 5—Join yarn. Ch 1. Sc around. Join with slip st.

ROW 6-7—Ch 1. Sc around. Join with slip st.

Switch to Snuggle Yarn.

ROW 8—Join yarn. Ch 1. Sc around. Join with slip st.

ROW 9 – Ch 1. Sc in next st, ch 4, skip next 4sts (this is for the thumb opening), 1 sc in the next 14 sts. (make a smaller thumb opening for smaller mittens, larger thumb opening for larger mittens.
Switch to Paca de Seda Yarn.

ROW 10—Join yarn. Sc around (work the 4 chains for thumb opening as if they were regular sts. Add a few more rows for larger mittens, subtract rows for smaller mittens.) Join with slip st.

ROW 11-15—Ch 1. Sc around. Join with slip st.
Switch to Snuggle Yarn.

ROW 16 – Join yarn. Ch 1. Sc around. Join with slip st.

ROW 17-18 Ch 1. Sc around. Join with slip st.
Switch to Swizzle Yarn. ROW 19 – Join yarn. Sc around. Join with slip st. ROW 20-21—Ch 1. Sc around. Join with slip st.
THUMB (Optional)

Switch to Snuggle Yarn.

THUMB ROW 1 – Join yarn. Ch 1 and sc in the first st of thumb opening, 1 sc in the next 3 sts, pick up 7 sts around the remaining thumb opening, ss to join to first sc. (11 sc – more or less if you are making smaller or larger mittens.)

ROW 2-3– Ch 1. Sc around. Join with slip st. Add a few more rows for larger (longer) thumb, subtract rows for smaller (shorter) thumb. ROW 4– Ch 1. Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc tog, 1 sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc tog, 1 sc in next sc, Join with slip st. (8 sc) Weave in ends

Abbreviations used in this pattern:

ch = chain
sc = single crochet
st = stitch
ss = slip stitch
sc tog = single crochet together 

Click on the links above for instructions, if needed.  Here are a few other links that may be helpful:

Changing Colors in Crochet

Crocheting Over Yarn Ends

Crocheting Yarn Ends Up The Sides

All the Basic Crochet Stitches and Tips to Get You Started


Learn To Crochet Class

I am offering a Learn To Crochet Class this Saturday here at the farm.  I’ll be teaching the basic crochet stitches and we’ll actually get started on a scarf using a bulky yarn called Snuggle.  I know practicing and making swatches is important, especially when making something that needs to fit, but I’m one that likes to see results for my efforts so we’re going to jump right in with a project!

Crocheted Red Alpaca Scarf

Using a fairly large hook and bulky yarn, this Fast and Easy Scarf works up quickly and is good practice at the same time.  The pattern calls for chain stitch and double crochet.

We will also make some of these cute little butterflies using Beginner’s Butterfly pattern by Erin Burger.  This will give us practice at chain stitch, slip stitch, double crochet, treble crochet, and How To Whip Stitch In Crochet.

Crochet (pronounced /kroʊ’ʃeɪ/) is a process of creating fabric from yarn or thread using a crochet hook. The word itself is derived from the Middle French word croc or croche, meaning hook.  Crochet is an extremely versatile and popular technique for making a variety of fashion and home decor accessories. To crochet, you need a hook
and yarn. Depending on the type yarn you use, you can create a variety of different fabrics. By combining crochet stitches and lighter weight or softer yarns, you create a delicate, drapable fabric; a thicker yarn produces a sturdy fabric. Beautiful textured and raised stitches are especially easy to make in crochet. You can also crochet with fine threads to create lacy projects like doilies or even string or cord.

No one would call it the art of crochet if it wasn’t first and foremost a labor of love. It’s an intricate art, it’s love at first sight, and it holds the lover’s attention for hours on end.

While preparing for this class, I found some links I would recommend if you are wanting to learn how to crochet.  Stitches – For Dummies has great pictures of the different stitches and simple, easy to understand directions.  At the Craft Yarn Council there is a Crochet Abbreviations Master List, Crochet Chart Symbols, and help for How to Read a Crochet Pattern.

If pictures and written instructions don’t work for you, the You Tube video below may help.

Are you left-handed?  My mother is.  There are Crochet Lessons for Left-Handers available on the Crochet Guild of America website.

Kids may have fun learning how to Finger Crochet…

If you find you just can’t stop crocheting once you have learned how, you could always Crochet for Charity.  There are many worthwhile causes and people in need that would benefit from the work of your hands.

Some sites I found with FREE patterns are:

Crochet Pattern Central
Lion Brand Free Crochet Patterns
Naturally Caron Free Crochet Patterns
– Just do a search for Free Crochet Patterns.

Of course, there are lots of good books on crocheting too!

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