Rainbow mitts for Maia

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Maia started back at preschool this week and because its so wintery I wanted to make her some new fingerless mitts.

The beauty of fingerless mittens is in their simple design… there really is nothing easier to crochet than a small rectangle in Half Double Crochet (HDC). These fingerless mittens are sure to brighten any little girl’s day!

Rainbow fingerless mittens

Easy Crochet Fingerless Mittens Tutorial (sized for a 4-5 year old)

Using a 4mm crochet hook and DK (8ply) yarn of your choice.

Pink: Chain 25. See notes below for a larger or smaller fit.

Turn and half double crochet in the second chain from the hook and in every stitch across. Turn.

Red: Change colour chain 2, HDC in every stitch across. Turn, chain 2 HDC in every stitch across. Turn.

Yellow: Change colour chain 2, HDC in every stitch across. Turn, chain 2 HDC in every stitch across. Turn.

Green: Change colour chain 2, HDC in every stitch across. Turn.

Light Blue: Change colour chain 2, HDC in every stitch across. Turn, chain 2 HDC in every stitch across. Turn.

Dark Blue: Change colour chain 2, HDC in every stitch across. Turn, chain 2 HDC in every stitch across. Turn.

Purple: Change colour chain 2, HDC in every stitch across. Turn.

Violet: Change colour chain 2, HDC in every stitch across. Turn, chain 1 single crochet in every stitch across.

At this point you will have a rectangle which should be the length of your glove. Using your ends sew the two short sides of the retangle together (with the right side of your crochet facing inwards) matching your stripes up and using the end of the corresponding colour to do so.  Leave a gap approximately 2-3cm long (on these gloves that is between the dark and light blue) for the thumb-hole. Weave in all other ends.

Join pink wool at any point around glove to the pink end and crochet picot edging- *SC, DC in the same stitch, SS into the next stitch* repeat between * and * around the entire wrist. Finish off and weave in ends.

Notes: If you are making these for a larger or smaller child (or adult), simply increase or reduce the length of the starting chain so it is long enough to circle the circumference of the widest part of the hand. If you are making these for an adult you will probably need two-to-three rows of HDC in each colour to make the rainbow glove long enough.

Here is a link which shows how to Half Double Crochet (on You Tube).

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41 thoughts on “Rainbow mitts for Maia

    Sara said:
    August 8, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Hi Janette, Maybe thats what egg warmers are for… Winter eggs. Do you know I made my girls some little rainbow mitts almost exactly like these last winter. Funny thing was I only finished one for each of them. Lol… Poor things. Thanks for popping by Tangled Happy. Excited to share your stool cover this week! :)

    Lupe Ashby from Napa, CA said:
    September 14, 2011 at 3:43 am

    I am so happy that you are sharing this pattern with us! I think it’s absolutely the bomb! Just what I was looking for my friend’s recently adopted daughter!!

    Thank you so much!

    Viki said:
    September 14, 2011 at 6:59 am

    what’s an SS?

      Janette responded:
      September 14, 2011 at 8:13 am

      Hi Viki, SS is a slip stitch.

    sandy said:
    January 26, 2012 at 3:10 am

    thanks so much for sharing Janette these are very cute & I love the scarf too

    Granmas' Girl said:
    February 11, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Hi, Janet, Wow what a happy thing to see in the dark of winter! You made a sweet set of childs mitts. Thanks for sharing this pattern. Can you tell about how much yarn each color used?

      Janette responded:
      February 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      Hi, I’m sorry I don’t recall measuring it out but really only such a small amount there isn’t much in the at all; they were just leftovers in my stash! J :)

    Kathy Shaw said:
    March 15, 2012 at 4:49 am

    These are so cute. Can’t wait to make a pile of them for the grandkids. Thank you.

    Joanne said:
    March 16, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Thank you for this cute idea. I made “wrist warmers” for my college age grandaughter because she has a bit of RA. They were cute but the pattern was more complicated and they turned out larger than I wanted. I am anxious to work with your pattern….I have grandkids of all ages so it will be fun. I live in FL and they all live in IL so I spend a lot of time on projects for them.

      Janette responded:
      March 16, 2012 at 7:16 am

      That sounds great, if you are making them for children you can’t see to try on, it would be a good idea to get a measurement of their wrist and the widest part around their hand so you can make them the exact right size. Have fun! Jxx

    Cherish Parker said:
    March 16, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Hi! I was just curious to know what brand yarn you used for these. I want to make some for my little girl who is going to flip out over them 8-)

      Janette responded:
      March 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      Hi Im sorry I dont think it was any particular brand- just a mix of yarns from my stash. J

    dane said:
    May 4, 2012 at 7:05 am

    j’ aime beaucoup tes mitaines multicolors, je suis fan,e des mitaines j’ en ai fais une collection avec les bérets assortis voir blog tu as de belles réalisations bravo bises dane

    Jodi Longo said:
    May 11, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I am so excited to find this pattern. We raise rabbits and the kids cut the feet out of old socks to cover their wrists so they don’t get scratched by the rabbits. This will be a much cuter solution!

      Janette responded:
      May 15, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      What a great use for mitts- I hope your kids like them!!

    liz said:
    September 23, 2012 at 9:02 am

    thank you so much for your awesome tutorials. its great that you take the time to do these. Also, thanks for your simplicity. i love your blog<3

    izzyalene said:
    November 19, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Reblogged this on Artistic Apprentice and commented:
    Saw this great tutorial and wanted to share. Maybe I’ll take this on soon! Now……. just to find some sweet little girl to give them too. To bad my dogs wouldn’t appreciate mitts!!

    Saya said:
    November 29, 2012 at 8:23 am

    are we allowed to sell this pattern? there really pretty so i bet lots of people would buy them. if i can i will give you the credit and this website

    whittymomma said:
    December 1, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    My daughter would love these! They’re great for little ones to put on by themselves!

    Melanie McDowell said:
    March 2, 2013 at 7:14 am

    These are gorgeous – thank you for sharing. I’m making them for my two year old niece in Australia (although it’s not really cold enough to wear them where she lives, I know she’ll love them anyway!) One question – I’m a Kiwi living in the UK and I want to check the stitches you use … do you use US terms for your stitches on all your patterns?

      Janette responded:
      March 2, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      HI Melanie, yes these and all my patterns are written in standard US terms. I hope they work out well for your niece! Janette

    Amber said:
    March 10, 2013 at 1:45 am

    What a lovely easy pattern. Thank you so much! Whipped up a pair of gloves for my son in a couple of hours. He’s delighted.

    connie pruitt said:
    March 19, 2013 at 4:47 am

    Very cute paterns.

    Bek @ Justfordaisy said:
    April 7, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Fabulous! :) Found these via Hinterland Mama! Love them! :)

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    April 19, 2013 at 9:37 pm

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    chrissy50 said:
    April 23, 2013 at 5:54 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this mitts! I’m going to have to have a go at them for myself!!

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    May 23, 2013 at 2:34 am

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    sko said:
    July 20, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I can pass in Spanish??

      Janette responded:
      July 20, 2013 at 11:10 am

      That would be lovely :)

    Brenda said:
    November 4, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Exactly what I was looking for. I made my Grand~daughter a unicorn hat with a rainbow mane. These will finish the set. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern.

      Janette responded:
      November 5, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      Sounds like your grand daughter is very lucky – what a wonderful gift! xx

    robszombie said:
    November 27, 2013 at 6:59 am

    how would I make these with chenille pr pipsqueek type yarn they are labled bulky? I am making them for a 5 yr old thank you!:-)

    Gail said:
    December 2, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    They are sooo pretty! I want to make a pair for a little angel I know who is about 20mo., but I want them to be a Christmas surprise. You wouldn’t by any chance know about how big they should be??

      Janette responded:
      December 2, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      I wouldn’t… but maybe you could ask her Mom to measure around the widest part of her hand and use this to guide the starting chain?

        Gail said:
        December 3, 2013 at 8:53 am

        Thanks! I will!

    Boiling Ink said:
    December 8, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Just made these for my 2.5 year old. Wound up only needing 22 chains to start and two less colors for the height. My girl is more of a Twilight Sparkle fan, so I did dark plum, multi-colored purples, lilac, multi, light pink, and hot pink (with the thumb holes between lilac and light pink).

      Janette responded:
      December 8, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      Wow they sounds gorgeous! What a lucky little girl :) xx

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