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3 Hour Chunky Crochet Mittens – Free Pattern

These chunky crochet mittens can be crocheted in only three hours! While they look like knit classics, they're actually crocheted with simple stitches. This easy, detailed pattern and tutorial is perfect for gift giving and craft fairs. Women's size with option of worsted weight version as well.

These simple chunky crochet mittens look knit and can be worked up in about three hours! Get the free pattern below or purchase the ad-free, printable PDF here.

A chunky set of crochet mittens made with Wool Ease Thick & Quick and the waistcoat stitch. These crochet mittens look knit!
This free chunky crochet mittens pattern is part of a collaboration with my friends at Lion Brand Yarn. This post contains affiliate links.

These classic chunky crochet mittens will keep your fingers super warm whether you’re chopping firewood or walking across campus. Maybe they’ll remind you of the knit mittens your grandma used to make or maybe of the pair you bought at LL Bean a few seasons ago, but either way, these mitts are the real cozy deal.

Keep reading for all the pattern, yarn and stitch details or scroll down for the free pattern.

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Crochet That Looks Knit

To the untrained eye (and maybe even the expert eye), these chunky crochet mittens look like they’ve been knit. This pattern uses the Waistcoat crochet stitch (aka Center Single Crochet), which mimics the look of knit stockinette stitch incredibly well. I like the look of the Waistcoat stitch so much, I created a video tutorial on it. (And you can find an entire collection of crochet patterns that look knit here!)

If this is your first time trying the Waistcoat stitch, definitely check out the video tutorial for some helpful tips. I tried several times to master this technique before finally figuring out a few mandatory tricks to make it successful and I cover each of those mistakes (and corrections!) in the video here.

A close up of knit-look chunky crochet mittens made with Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick.

Classic Mittens Using Worsted Weight Yarn

To long time followers of Make & Do Crew, today’s 3 Hour Mitten pattern might look a bit familiar. Last year, I shared a free pattern and tutorial on how to make very similar knit-looking crochet mittens with two strands of worsted weight yarn held together. If you have some worsted weight wool in your stash or just want slightly more delicate-looking mitten, you’ll love the Morning Mittens pattern (pictured below).

Related: The Morning Mittens free crochet pattern

This free crochet mitten pattern uses cozy wool and a knit-looking stitch to create a timeless mitten style that's great for personalizing and gift giving. This free pattern from Make & Do Crew features Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool in the color "natural."
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I know a lot of us start thinking about gift making this time of year, so I wanted to see if I could take the foundation of the original Morning Mittens pattern and create faster pattern using bulky yarn. I’m so happy with the result because this is a gift I know a lot of us would love to receive–and actually use!

And hiya, this chunky crochet mittens pattern can be whipped up in about three hours! I’m all for quick gratification crochet projects, especially when there’s a holiday deadline looming.

Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn being used to make a pair of chunky crochet mittens (that look knit!)

My Go-To Chunky Yarn

For this chunky crochet mittens pattern, I used my all time favorite thicker yarn, Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. A lot of us knitters and crocheters love this yarn for how well it wears, how many colors it comes in and let’s be honest, that it allows you to crank out projects faster than you can say “Wool-Ease Thick & Quick.” This Oatmeal color proved to be the perfect choice for some classic cozy vibes.

You can even grab a kit with all the yarn you’ll need and a bonus digital copy of the pattern from Lion Brand’s website here.

Deliver it! click to purchase a kit with all the yarn you’ll need

Okay, I hope you enjoy making and wearing these chunky crochet mittens as much as I did. My only complaint is that I can’t crochet when I’m wearing them, but then again, I also can’t crochet if my fingers fall off from frostbite, so I think it’s an acceptable mitten compromise.

Grid of images showing a chunky pair of crochet mittens that look knit because they're made with the crochet waistcoat stitch.

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3 Hour Chunky Crochet Mittens
Free Pattern + Tutorial

Purchase the ad-free, printable PDF on Etsy here or LoveCrafts here.

Save this pattern to Ravelry here.

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Explanation:
Whether you’re headed to the backcountry or just back to the coffee shop, these chunky mittens will keep your hands toasty warm like the mitts your grandma used to make. While they look like knit stockinette, they’re actually crochet! The simple pattern works up in about three hours, making these mittens a go-to handmade gift this holiday season.

 

Supplies:
Purchase a kit with all the yarn + a digital copy of the pattern here.
Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick (Weight: 6/super bulky – 106 yds, 6 oz)
Oatmeal (#640-123) – 2 skeins (approx. 225 g)]
• Size L (8.0 mm) crochet hook
Size P/Q (15.0 mm) crochet hook
• Stitch markers or safety pins
• Tapestry needle
• Leather scraps, hole punch and embroidery thread (optional)

Sizes:
One size – fits most women’s hands

Gauge:
Ribbing: 5 hdc x almost 3 rows = 2”

Main Mitten: 4 sc x 4 rows = 2”

Banner showing downloadable PDF pattern for fast crochet mittens made with the waistcoat stitch.

Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
hdcblo – half double crochet through the back loop only
st(s) – stitch(es)
sl st – slip stitch
post – the vertical strands of yarn in a sc stitch (See photo below.)
RS – right side
WS – wrong side

 

For a very similar “knit” looking crochet mitten using two strands of worsted weight yarn held together, see the Morning Mittens pattern.

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MITTEN CUFF

Notes:
• The right and left cuffs are worked identically.

• Row 2 and beyond are worked into the back loop of the hdc stitch only (hdcblo).

• Ch 2 at beginning of each round does not count as a st.

Make 2.

Using smaller hook:

Foundation: Ch 15.

Row 1 (RS): Hdc in third ch, hdc in each hdc; turn. (13)

Rows 2 – 12: Ch 2, hdcblo in each hdc; turn. (13)

Fasten off, leaving 15” tail to seam cuff.

Banner showing downloadable PDF pattern for fast crochet mittens made with the waistcoat stitch.

SEAMING CUFF

With RS facing out, pin cuff into a loop by placing the initial chain row underneath Row 12. Using cuff tail and a tapestry needle, work a basting stitch to join edges. Take care to create enough overlap that foundation chain doesn’t stretch and create large gaps. (See photo B.)

Turn cuff inside out to proceed with mitten hand.

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MITTEN HAND

Notes:
• Follow notes throughout on how to work right and left hands. Where not noted, right and left hands are worked identically.

• Hands are crocheted in the round with each row beginning with a ch 1 and ending with a sl st to the first sc of round. Neither the ch 1 or sl st count as sts.

• Row 2 and beyond are worked into the middle of each sc stitch rather than the top loops. See Photo C for hook placement. Besides inserting your hook in a slightly different location, you will still be working regular sc stitches. View a video tutorial on this stitch with lots of helpful tips here.

• Take care to keep stitches loose so that it’s easier to insert hook as described in photos below As you work each sc, it’s helpful to raise your hook a bit after picking up your second loop so as to ensure the two posts remain loose enough for next round. It’s normal that your stitches require a small bit of effort to push hook through, but if it’s proving very difficult, it means stitches must be worked even looser by pulling hook higher.

• Left-handed crocheters: Work pattern as written except where indicated. Instructions for right handed mitten will actually create a mitten that fits your left hand and visa versa.

• To create fingerless mitts instead of mittens, fasten off after Round 10.

How to crochet the waistcoat stitch (center single crochet). Full photo and video tutorial.

RIGHT & LEFT MITTENS: attaching yarn

With WS of cuff seam facing you, attach yarn anywhere along either edge of cuff.

RIGHT & LEFT MITTENS: increasing for thumb

Using larger hook:

Round 1: Ch 1, work 12 sc evenly around (essentially 1 sc per hdc row), sl st to first sc to join. (12)

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in next 5, 2 sc in each of next 2 sc, sc in next 5 sc, sl st to join. (14)

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in next 6, 2 sc in each of next 2 sc, sc in next 6 sc, sl st to join. (16)

Round 4: Ch 1, sc in next 7, 2 sc in each of next 2 sc, sc in next 7 sc, sl st to join. (18)

RIGHT mitten: creating thumb hole & hand

Round 5: Ch 1, sc in each of next 7 sc, sk 5 sc, loosely ch 2, sc in each of next 6 sc, sl st to join. (15)

Round 6: Ch 1, sc in each sc and ch, sl st to join. (15)

Weave in any ends now as it will become difficult to do so later.

Rounds 7-15: Ch 1, sc in each sc, sl st to join. (15)

See Photo E  for how to decrease (sc2tog) while working between posts of each sc stitch.

Round 16: Ch 1, sc in each of next 6 sc, sc2tog, sc in each of next 5, sc2tog, sl st to join. (13)

Round 17: Ch 1, sc in each of next 5 sc, sc2tog, sc in each of next 4, sc2tog, sl st to join. (11)

Proceed to instructions for closing top.

LEFT mitten: creating thumb hole & hand

Round 5: Ch 1, sc in each of next 6 sc, sk 5 sc, loosely ch 2, sc in each of next 7 sc, sl st to join. (15)

Round 6: Ch 1, sc in each sc and ch, sl st to join. (15)

Weave in any ends now as it will become difficult to do so later.

Rounds 7-15: Ch 1, sc in each sc, sl st to join. (15)

See Photo D  for how to decrease (sc2tog) while working between posts of each sc stitch.

Round 16: Ch 1, sc in each of next 5 sc, sc2tog, sc in each of next 6, sc2tog, sl st to join. (13)

Round 17: Ch 1, sc in each of next 4 sc, sc2tog, sc in each of next 5, sc2tog, sl st to join. (11)

Proceed to instructions for closing top.

RIGHT & LEFT mittens: closing top

Fasten off, leaving 15” tail to close top.

Mitten top is closed using a technique commonly used in amigurimi where tapestry needle is worked through only front loops of each single crochet stitch.

Thread tail from mitten top onto tapestry needle. Insert needle from inside of mitten, under front loop of first sc, out toward you. Repeat each each sc around taking care to always work from inside mitten to out. (See photo below.) Do not tighten down as you go.

Once you return back to first sc stitch, gently cinch circle together until it closes. Use tapestry needle to weave in remaining tail. Here’s a helpful tutorial with more details on this technique.

How to close amigurumi when worked in the round.

THUMB

Notes:
• See photo below for visual explanation of thumb.

• As in the mitten hand, all sc stitches are worked between posts of sc from previous round.

RIGHT & LEFT mittens: creating thumb

Right-handed crocheters: Attach yarn at right “corner” of thumb where Rounds 4 and 5 meet. Work clockwise.

Left-handed crocheters: Attach yarn at left “corner” of thumb where Rounds 4 and 5 meet. Work counterclockwise.

Round 1: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next sc, sc2tog, sl st to “corner” between Rounds 4 and 5, sc in each of next 3 (the last of which is tricky to spot, check photo for clarification), sl st to opposite “corner” between Rounds 4 and 5, sl st to join. (6)

Rounds 2-6: Ch 1, sc in each sc (do not work into sl sts), sl st to join. (6)

Fasten off leaving 12” tail.

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RIGHT & LEFT mittens: closing thumb

Work as described for mitten top.

LEATHER ACCENTS

To add optional leather accents, use a rotary cutter or scissors to create two 1” x 3.5” strips of leather. (Try a thrifted leather jacket, purse or wallet!)

Punch four holes in each corner of leather strips using either 1/8-1/16th inch hole punch, leather punch or nail and hammer.

Fasten leather to mitten cuffs using embroidery thread.

Tuck away your crochet hook (just for a bit), put on your mittens and head outside for a snowball fight.

More Free Modern Crochet Patterns

Now that you’ve finished your chunky crochet mittens, you might enjoy these other simple free crochet patterns from Make & Do Crew. You can always find all our free crochet patterns and tutorials here.

Free crochet patterns using Lion Brand yarn including a beginner sweater, very easy beanie, and mittens that look knit.

1. The Everywhere Beanie – free crochet pattern also using the Waistcoat stitch

2. Morning Mittens – very similar to the 3 Hour Mittens, just made with worsted weight yarn instead

3. Habitat Cardigan – free crochet sweater pattern + video tutorial that’s perfect for beginners

4. 1 Hour Hat – very simple crochet beanie pattern + video tutorial (child-adult sizes)

18 Comments

  • Jessika Asman
    October 8, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Jess,
    I am going to try this pattern – looks simple and finishes up beautifully. You really are a wonder, girl. Thanks for a great looking and eminently doable pattern….Jess from Michigan (aka Jess the elder to differentiate from all the others)

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 20, 2018 at 4:47 pm

      Haha, yeah there really are quite a few women named Jess wandering around the earth aren’t there? 🙂

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Jess! I hope you enjoy the pattern.

      Jess

      Reply
  • Alicia Penrose
    October 14, 2018 at 8:55 am

    I am a bit confused on how to shape the cuff. I have finished row 12. The length of the cuff measures about 9″. Do I fold it in half then stitch the seams together, or do I just stitch the whole length?

    Reply
  • Alicia Penrose
    October 14, 2018 at 10:26 am

    I figured it out! I started the first row wrong.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 20, 2018 at 4:46 pm

      Great! I love that when I can figure out the problem myself. Thanks so much for supporting this pattern. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Sheryl
    October 14, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    These are fantastic!! I literally just got home from a conference and was going to park my butt on the couch and read or watch TV but I might have to make mitts instead. Will be marking these as a favorite in Ravelry right away.

    Reply
  • myra
    October 14, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    my first crochet experience was to crochet edging on my aunts cotton handkies at about age 10.

    Reply
  • Michelle Erwin
    October 18, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    I wish there was a whole tutorial video I am having problems with the thumb part ugh

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 20, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      Hey Michelle,

      Thanks for your feedback. If there’s enough interest, I’ll definitely consider a video. Is there a certain aspect of the thumb I can try to help you with?

      Jess

      Reply
  • Sheryl
    October 20, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Are the thumb stitches picked up as usual through the top loops or is this round also through the space between stitches? Is the stitch count at the end of rnd 5 correct – I get 16. If the rnd starts with 18 and you loose 2 with ‘sk 4 sc, loosely ch 2’ you’d have 16 correct? If that’s right then all subsequent rows are off by 1.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 20, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      Hey Sheryl,

      Yes, you caught an error! It should be “skip 5” for both the right and left thumbholes. It’s been corrected above.

      As for where you place the stitches, you are indeed working into that same space in the middle of the sc. That’s what will keep all the stitches looking the same in your mitten. 🙂

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Jessica
    October 20, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Thank you for this pattern! Do you have any suggestions for hiding the slip stitch seam more? I feel like I can really see it as I continue with each round. Thank you.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 20, 2018 at 4:43 pm

      In my experience, just really tightening it down much more than you’d pull any other stitch can help. It’s slightly noticeable in mine, but I don’t find it distracting from the overall look. 🙂

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Sarah
    October 23, 2018 at 7:43 am

    I love all your patterns and this one is amazing! The fact that it only takes a few hours is the cherry on top!! These are definitely on my list to make for Christmas gifts!! Thank you!!!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 25, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      Thank you so much, Sarah! I’m all for fast projects too.

      I love your recent pumpkin pattern!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Eva Ruter
    October 29, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Hi Jess,
    I love your patterns. I’ve made several pairs of your cabin boots and Seaside Slipons. Do you have a pattern for fingerless mittens that is similar to this 3-hour mitten? Or how wouldvI go about turning this into a fingerless mitten. I saw you say to fasten off at row 10 to make it fingerless but I want to add a top/flap to go over the fingers. Thank you.
    Eva Ruter

    Reply
  • chloe
    January 31, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Will this fit an average men’s hands? what do i need to do to make it fit an average size men’s hands?

    Reply

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