Owl mittens

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It is starting to get cooler here, so I whipped up both the kids some fingerless mittens this week. Really there is not much simpler than a basic fingerless mitten. I confess, I don’t even bother to shape them… just crochet a rectangle and sew up the side leaving a thumb hole.

owl mittensHere’s a quick tutorial so you can make some for a little person you know… or maybe even yourself! The owl – once again inspired by Jacqui - is a tiny version made mostly with half double crochets. For anyone bored of owls, I promise these will be the last ones – for a little while at least :) If you fancy a pair of even easier rainbow mittens check out my other tutorial here.Crochet owl mittens fingerless gloves


  • Yarn in desired weight, with appropriate sized hook for the mittens… I used a light worsted merino and a 4mm hook. Any yarn and hook combination will work fine, just make sure the ‘fabric’ is soft and has a bit of give (not stiff and unwieldy).
  • Small amount of 4 colors of yarn for the owls.
  • Even smaller amount of white yarn for the eyes.
  • 4 small buttons for eye centers.

First up, crochet a chain that will fit snugly around the largest part of the hand (ie. just under the thumb).

Using this as your guide for width, crochet back and forth (I use singe crochet) to create a rectangle that is the length you want to reach from just below the second knuckle to wrist. Remeber to add a chain 1 at the end of each row to keep everything square.

Crochet owl mittens fingerless glovesFor Maia’s gloves (just as a guide) my foundation chain was 22, and they are 24 rows wide.

Sew up the short edge, leaving a small gap (about 1 inch) for the thumb hole:

Crochet owl mittens fingerless glovesRepeat for the other glove :)

Owl motif. This is a pretty cute but rather small owl (measuring 7cm (2 3/4inches) wide and 8cm (3 1/4 inches) tall).

1. Make a magic circle and chain 2, half double crochet (hdc) into the circle 11 times (12 hdc). Pull tight and join with a ss to complete ring: Fasten off.

Crochet owl motif2. Join new color and chain 2, hdc in same space. Crochet 2hdc in each space between around (12, 2hdc pairs): Fasten off.

owl43. Join new color; Crochet 3 hdc in each space between pairs around (12, 3hdc clusters): Fasten off.

owl7You are now going to be crocheting the body of the owl; I apologize for not getting a picture of this; here’s the final product:

owl8Body- in contrasting (brown) yarn:

4. In this round we will shape the owls head, the stitches of this round are worked into each of the stitches of the previous round (not between the clusters).  Attach new color using a slip stitch and chain 2. In the next stitch make 2 hdc, then make 1 hdc in each of the next 2 stitches, then 2 hdc in the next stitch. 1 hdc in each of next two stitches, then 2 hdc in next stitch. 1 sc in next stitch and every stitch around… Slip stitch into initial 2 chain to complete the round.

5. Next round (same color do not fasten off) Chain 1 and work 2 hdc in next stitch. 1 hdc in next stitch, 1 sc in next stitch, 1 ss in each of next 3 stitches. Then 1 sc in next stitch, 1 hdc in next, 2 hdc in next and 1 sc. Chain 1, then slip stitch into next stitch and fasten off. Leave a long end to sew your owl to the gloves.


Make a magic circle and chain 2, hdc into the circle 7 times, pull tight and join with a slip stitch to finish. Fasten off leaving a long end to sew eye in place. Repeat three more times for other eyes.

then in the next stitch make 1 hdc, chain 1 then slip stitch into next stitch. Fasten off.Put it all together:

Position eyes on owl and sew in place using long ends, then sew buttons (using black yarn). Sew beak carefully in between eyes using orange yarn (I find doubled thread works best). Once owl is assembled, sew onto outside of mitten, taking care because if one front has the thumb hole on the right, then the other one must have the thumb hole on the left :) I chose to do this after the mittens were sewn up because it meant I could pin the owl in place when Maia had the gloves on to position them so it looked best.

Crochet owl gloves free patternTwit twoooo… you’re finished!  Enjoy your owl mitts!

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67 thoughts on “Owl mittens

    Mia said:
    April 19, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Love love love these!! Definitely pinning!!

    Ausra said:
    April 19, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Wonderful idea…

    Marybeth P. said:
    April 19, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Love them! Thanks for sharing the pattern

    gentlestitches said:
    April 19, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Ah. So they were the little critters on your desk. They are really, really lovely.

    Jenny said:
    April 19, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Lovely, it is just warming up here in England, but will be making them for next winter. Thanks for sharing! X

    angelphilipp said:
    April 19, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Love them, thanks for sharing!

    Zojka said:
    April 19, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    So cute :)

    althea said:
    April 19, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Omg! Simply adorable! It’s kinda warm where I come from so don’t think we will be needing the gloves. I wonder what other things we can adorn the owl with. I love them.

    Alessandra said:
    April 19, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    beautiful!!! thank you for sharing these little beauties!!!!!
    xxxx Ale

    Donna said:
    April 19, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Awesome. Thanks for sharing.
    I am a new reader and wanted to let you know how much i enjoy your blog

    monsteryarns said:
    April 19, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Really cute and easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

    Nice piece of work said:
    April 20, 2013 at 12:13 am

    AWESOMENESS :-) And perfect timing for me, getting damn nippy here in the mornings. Will post pics. I might stick hearts on mine, though, don’t have the patience for more owls right now :-) x

    cck said:
    April 20, 2013 at 12:46 am

    I love them… I wonder if my daughter thinks she is already too old for them…..

    crochetcricket said:
    April 20, 2013 at 1:27 am

    Really cute and simple :) Thank you for sharing. I know my Facebook community will love this one.

    crochetcricket said:
    April 20, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Reblogged this on Crochet Cricket and commented:
    The Green Dragonfly has done it again! Another Fun, Easy, Free Pattern. I can’t wait to make these :D.

    craftysorcha said:
    April 20, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Oh these are the cutest thing ever! And they look do-able!

    thepogblog said:
    April 20, 2013 at 3:42 am

    Brilliant – that’s Christmas presents for my friends children sorted! (It’s good to be organised!) I just need to get that initial magic circle part worked out… Thank you very much :)

    kim said:
    April 20, 2013 at 4:09 am

    These are just fabulous, I know four little grand girlies who would love a pair of these each………thanks for the tutorial.

    Rochefabrique said:
    April 20, 2013 at 4:13 am

    Absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing :-)

    creative pixie said:
    April 20, 2013 at 4:21 am

    I must put these on my to do list for the winter. Great looking owls :)

    Alana said:
    April 20, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Ooh! These look fab and quite straight forward to construct:)

    macstabby said:
    April 20, 2013 at 6:15 am

    Um, will I be making these for my niece? HECK YEAH! Too damn cute!

    rainbowjunkiecorner said:
    April 20, 2013 at 6:20 am

    They are really lovely. I always like your creations!

    RedSetter said:
    April 20, 2013 at 6:39 am

    These are great, and simple enough even for me.

    Joy said:
    April 20, 2013 at 6:50 am

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooo I love them and will certainly be making some .. thank you!! x

    Hannah Ackroyd said:
    April 20, 2013 at 7:44 am

    These are adorable…thank you for sharing!

    danecroche said:
    April 20, 2013 at 10:22 am

    excellent c’ est adorable des mains bien au chaud, et bien animés bravo biz

    madebymum said:
    April 20, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Lovely colours. Hopefully I will have to wait 6 months for cooler weather!

    daniellajoe said:
    April 20, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Absolutely adorable mittens :-)

    KatyB said:
    April 20, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Brilliantly easy pattern to follow – thank you for posting it :)

    chucksforchancho said:
    April 20, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Love this!!! Excited to try!

    wendy said:
    April 20, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Love them ♥

    thehippygeek said:
    April 20, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    It’s spring here, but I may just make these for autumn and put them away. These are beautiful!

    Eleesa Jewell said:
    April 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Wow! Super cute.Thanks!!Have almost finished making a pair for my daughter.Will post a pic on FB when done.

    Cj said:
    April 24, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Those are great! I just love all things owl . . . maybe I will have to make a set just for me :)

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    Tricia said:
    May 2, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Hi I am a new reader of your blog and I just love it.I am a kiwi living in Melbourne and I have just retired and I am learning to crochet

      Janette responded:
      May 2, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      Welcome Tricia!!!

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    Linne said:
    July 15, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I love these! Thanks for sharing the pattern. So much one could do with those cute owl ornaments; put one on a tuque, a bag, at each end of a scarf . . . there would be a whole set. Even knit the basics and use the crocheted owls to decorate . . . ~ Linne

      Janette responded:
      July 15, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks Linne, so glad you like them! Xx

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    Tamara - Moogly said:
    August 7, 2013 at 4:54 am

    Love these – so great! I featured a link to the pattern this morning on Moogly: http://www.mooglyblog.com/crochet-owl-patterns-free/

      Janette responded:
      August 9, 2013 at 9:01 am

      Great, I’ll o over and check it out. Thanks for linking up! Xxx

    lukasonokoleg said:
    September 17, 2013 at 12:44 am

    What do think about these…?


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    Fiorella said:
    November 14, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    bellissimi li sto facendo per una bimba, grazie mille.

    woollymamma said:
    November 17, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Oh I love these! I know a little girl who is owl mad. You have given me a great idea. :-)

    Paige said:
    November 27, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Super Cute, making some for my niece
    how did you make the beak?

    Hekkan Hekkel said:
    December 17, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Gorgeous owl mittens :) Thank you so much for sharing the excellent DIY – and for giving me loads of inspiration :)
    Wishing you a wonderful pre-Christmas time :)
    Greetings from Norway

    Denise Johnson said:
    January 27, 2014 at 11:33 am

    This is my very first *pin* on here and I printed the pattern off….only to find how simply beautiful and clearly photographed the instructions are….thanks so much for giving me inspiration to start busying my fingers!

      Janette responded:
      January 29, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      How exciting, I hope your mitts turn out lovely! xx

    karen said:
    May 12, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Thank you for the lovely pattern, it was so easy to follow and the photos helped too. I love the way they have turned out and hope to sell them to raise some money for a charity that is close to my heart. xx

    cathynicholls said:
    July 3, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Thank you exciting to make

      Janette responded:
      July 5, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      Hope they turn out well!

    sassy02 said:
    July 4, 2014 at 8:54 am

    They are adorable thanks for sharing the photos and pattern, I will be making some.

      Janette responded:
      July 5, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      My pleasure, thanks for stopping by :)

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    Pookah said:
    November 26, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Thank you! These are adorable, and perfect for last-minute presents for my sister and daughter. In school colors for my daughter. I think I’ll make a pair for myself, too! And my secret pal! Wow! Who would not love these? I could use some today, it is so cold!

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