Owl mittens

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!

117 thoughts on “Owl mittens

  1. althea says:

    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.


  2. thepogblog says:

    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 🙂


  3. Tricia says:

    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


  4. Linne says:

    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


    • Monika Andersen says:

      Found under, “putting all together”…Sew beak carefully in between eyes using orange yarn (I find doubled thread works best).


  5. Denise Johnson says:

    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!


  6. karen says:

    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


  7. Pookah says:

    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!


    • Monika Andersen says:

      Found under, “putting all together”…Sew beak carefully in between eyes using orange yarn (I find doubled thread works best).


  8. Ruth says:

    My grandchildren have requested fingerless gloves so I’ll be making some thru the summer. They live 1500 miles away though so all I have is drawings of their hands to go by so I was wondering how old Maia is so that I can use your pattern as a guide for size also. I will also be making some of these for my dd who, altho she is 44, loves owls and would like these


  9. Delia says:

    I have been looking for unusual things to make for animal charity tombolas I run with my sister. These will be absolutely perfect for next autumn. Thank you so much!


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