Rainbow mitts for Maia

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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57 thoughts on “Rainbow mitts for Maia

  1. Sara says:

    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! 🙂


  2. Granmas' Girl says:

    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?


  3. Joanne says:

    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 says:

      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


  4. Cherish Parker says:

    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 😎


  5. dane says:

    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


  6. Jodi Longo says:

    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!


  7. liz says:

    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


  8. Saya says:

    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


  9. Melanie McDowell says:

    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?


  10. Amber says:

    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.


  11. Brenda says:

    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.


  12. Gail says:

    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??


  13. Boiling Ink says:

    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).


  14. rosalie says:

    I can’t wait to try these out with all my scraps. I would like a pair for me, too! So will it be easy to enlarge the pattern? Any tips appreciated. Thanks so much for the pattern and for the scarf to match!


  15. Ruth says:

    Unfortunately I don’t have a stash of dk weight yarn but have a whole room full of worsted weight. Do you think using a smaller hook would work? I’m making them for my grandchildren who live 1500 miles away so can’t measure them on their hands. They did send drawings where they traced around their hands but that doesn’t help a whole lot. Thank you for the pattern, It’s beautiful


    • Janette says:

      Hi Ruth, you could try, although I’d worry that it might turn out a little stiff. If you increase the hook size you would have to decrease the number of stitches so they don’t turn out too big. Good luck



  16. Molly says:

    These are adorable! I made two the same size as the original pattern for my five year olds. Then I made a smaller version for my 9 month old. This is a great, simple, pattern that you can have fun adapting! ☺️


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