Men’s Mittens Crochet Pattern – Free Explorer Mittens

If you are stuck for gift ideas, this men’s mittens crochet pattern is here to save the day. Make these quick crochet mittens for men in no time!


I am continuing the mission to save you a lot of head scratching moments! When it comes to making presents for men I know it’s not easy. I have been making and designing some quick crochet makes for the men in your life.

Whether you are looking for a great crochet present for dad, husband or brother this men’s mittens crochet pattern will be a life saver!

Men’s Mittens Crochet Pattern

I have used two different colours for these men’s crochet mittens. This makes it a great pattern where you can combine the recipient’s favourite colours. If they are a football fan, you can also use their favourite club’s colours.

The men’s mittens crochet pattern uses interlocking crochet technique. This is a stepping stone to the ever popular mosaic crochet. I have previously used this technique for a couple of patterns which are supported by a video tutorial. Although it shows you how to work the Interlocking Crochet Cushion Cover the technique applies the same to this pattern too.

This technique creates a very stretchy fabric width and lengthways. So it is very forgiving when it comes to slight differences in sizes. The mittens pattern is one size fits all. However, it includes suggestions on how to adjust for bigger or smaller sizes.

If you are not pushed for time, I would suggest also making a matching hat. Crochet Beanie Easy Pattern – Anton Beanie is a hat that uses the interlocking crochet technique too. That means you can make a lovely gift set.

As you can see from the picture below, the mittens are constructed from tips of fingers down. The thumbhole is created while working on the main part of the mitten. A stretchy cuff finishes off the mittens nicely.

finished men's mittens crochet pattern flatly

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Interlocking Crochet Method Used In Men’s Mittens Crochet Pattern

I have filmed a handy video tutorial to show you how to work the interlocking crochet technique. This is a super easy technique that will show you the basics of working with two colours. Check out the video tutorial below!

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FINISHED SIZE

adult man (23 cm hand circumference x 24 cm length from top of fingers to cuff, the stitch creates a very stretchy fabric width and length wise)

TENSION

14 rounds x 16 sts in pattern repeats measures 10 cm

MEN’S MITTENS CROCHET PATTERN STITCHES AND ABBREVIATIONS (US CROCHET TERMS)

ch- chain stitch

dc – double crochet

fptr- front post double crochet

sl st – slip stitch

sc- single crochet

sc blo- single crochet worked through back loop only

ch-sp – chain space

sc2tog – single crochet the following 2 sts together

MEN’S MITTENS CROCHET PATTERN NOTES

  • Pattern starts with a foundation chain which creates the top of the mitten, it is worked top down
  • Each round is worked in same colour yarn by working front post treble crochet stitches around the post of stitches in same colour two rounds below
  • The stitches are worked to the front of the 1 ch-sp created to skip over the front post sts
  • Do not fasten off colours after each round, change colours on the wrong side of your work carrying them up, be careful not to pull them too tight
  • There is also a VIDEO TUTORIAL for interlocking crochet available, to watch it please CLICK HERE

SIZE ADJUSTMENTS

  • The foundation chain determines the finished width of the top part of the mitten
  • To make it wider add stitches or to make it narrower, take away stitches from the foundation chain. You can also work additional rounds for the top finger part to increase number of stitches for the main part of the mitten
  • PLEASE NOTE for the pattern to work you must keep an EVEN number of stitches
  • To adjust the length of the mitten, work more/less rounds before or after the thumb opening

MEN’S MITTENS CROCHET PATTERN

TOP OF MITTEN

With yarn A chain 9.

Rnd 1 : 2 sc into 2nd ch from hook, work 6 sc, 2 sc in next ch,  turn your work 180 degrees to work into the underside of the foundation chain, 2 sc into first ch on the underside, 6 sc, 2 sc into last ch, sl st to first sc. [20 sc]

Rnd 2: 1 ch (doesn’t count as a st), 2 sc into first st, 8 sc, 2 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 8 sc, 2 sc in last st, sl st to first sc. [24 sc]

Rnd3 : 1 ch (doesn’t count as a st), 2 sc into first st, 10 sc, 2 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 10 sc, 2 sc in last st, sl st to first sc. [28 sc]

Rnd 4: 1 ch (doesn’t count as a st), 2 sc into first st, 12 sc, 2 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 12 sc, 2 sc in last st, sl st to first sc. [32 sc]

Rnd 5: 1 ch (doesn’t count as a st), 2 sc into first st, 14 sc, 2 sc in each of the next 2 sts, 14 sc, 2 sc in last st, sl st to first sc. [36 sc]

Rnd6 : 4 ch (counts as first dc + 1 ch-sp), (miss next st, 1 dc in next, 1 ch) repeat around, miss last st, sl st to 3rd ch of beg 4 ch. [18 dc + 18 ch-sp]

Join yarn B in first st but do not fasten off yarn A (see pattern notes).

close up of men's mittens crochet pattern

PATTERN CONTINUES

Rnd 7: 2 ch (counts as 1 ch + 1 ch-sp), miss first dc, 1 tr in first missed sc from Rnd  5 working to the front of 1 ch-sp, (1 ch, miss next dc, 1 tr in next missed sc from Rnd 5 working to the front of 1 ch-sp) repeat around, sl st to first ch of beg 2 ch.

Change to yarn A.

Rnd 8: 1 ch (doesn’t count as a st), 1 FPtr around first dc from Rnd 6 working to the front of 1 ch-sp, (1 ch, miss next tr, 1 FPtr around next dc from Rnd 6 working to the front of 1 ch-sp) repeat around, 1 ch, sl st to first FPtr.

Change to yarn B.

Rnd 9: 2 ch (counts as 1 ch + 1 ch-sp), miss first FPtr from prev rnd, 1 FPtr around next st from 2 rnds below working to the front of 1 ch-sp, (1 ch, miss next st, 1 FPtr around next st from 2 rnds below working to the front of 1 ch-sp) repeat around, sl st to first ch of beg 2 ch.

Change to yarn A.

Rnd 10: 1 ch (doesn’t count as a st), 1 FPtr around first st from 2 rnds below working to the front of 1 ch-sp, (1 ch, miss next st, 1 FPtr around next st from 2 rnds below working to the front of 1 ch-sp) repeat around, 1 ch, sl st to first FPtr.

Change to yarn B.

Repeat Rnds 9-10 another 4 times. Repeat Rnd 9 once more.

THUMB OPENING

Rnd 20: 1 ch (doesn’t count as a st), 1 FPtr around first st from 2 rnds below working to the front of 1 ch-sp, 5 ch, miss next 5 FPtr sts, 1 FPtr around next FPtr, (1 ch, miss next st, 1 FPtr around next st from 2 rnds below working to the front of 1 ch-sp) repeat around, 1 ch, sl st to first FPtr.

Change to yarn B.

Rnd 21: 5 ch, miss next 5 FPtr from prev rnds, 1 FPtr around next FPtr from 2 rnds below, (1 ch, miss next st, 1 FPtr around next st from 2 rnds below working to the front of 1 ch-sp) repeat around, sl st to first ch of beg 5 ch.

Change to yarn A.

Rnd 22: 1 ch (doesn’t count as a st), 1 FPtr around first st from 2 rnds below working to the front of 1 ch-sp, working across the 5 ch from 2 rnds below (1 ch, miss next ch, 1 dc in next ch) twice, 1 ch, miss last ch, 1 FPtr around next FPtr from 2 rnds below, (1 ch, miss next st, 1 FPtr around next st from 2 rnds below working to the front of 1 ch-sp) repeat around, 1 ch, sl st to first FPtr.

Change to yarn B.

men's mittens crochet pattern close up of thumbhole
Thumbhole opening

PATTERN CONTINUES

Rnd 23: 2 ch (counts as 1 ch + 1 ch-sp), working across the 5 ch from 2 rnds below (miss 1 ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 ch) twice, miss last ch, 1 FPtr around next FPtr from 2 rnds below, (1 ch, miss next st, 1 FPtr around next st from 2 rnds below working to the front of 1 ch-sp) repeat around, sl st to first ch of beg 2 ch.

Change to yarn A.

Rnd 24: 1 ch (doesn’t count as a st), 1 FPtr around first st from 2 rnds below working to the front of 1 ch-sp, (1 ch, miss next st, 1 FPtr around next dc from 2 rnds below working to the front of 1 ch-sp) twice, (1 ch, miss next st, 1 FPtr around next st from 2 rnds below working to the front of 1 ch-sp) repeat around, 1 ch, sl st to first FPtr.

Change to yarn B. Fasten off yarn A.

Rnd 25: 2 ch (counts as 1 ch + 1 ch-sp), miss first FPtr from prev rnd, (1 FPtr around next dc from 2 rnds below working to the front of 1 ch-sp, 1 ch, miss next st) twice, 1 FPtr around next st from 2 rnds below working to the front of 1 ch-sp, 1 ch, miss next st) repeat around, sl st to first ch of beg 2 ch.

Rnd 26: 1 ch, 1 sc into each FPtr from prev rnd and each FPtr from 2 rnds below working over the 1 ch-sp to fix it into position.

MITTEN CUFF

Chain 11.

Row 1: starting in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each ch of the foundation chain just made, sl st to same st on the mitten, sl st into next st on mitten, turn. [10 sc]

Row 2: 1 ch, 9 sc in blo, 1 sc in last, turn. [10 sc]

Row3: 1 ch, 1 sc, 9 sc blo, (sl st to next st on mitten) twice, turn. [10 sc]

Repeat Rows 2 – 3 around the mitten. Fasten off leaving longer tail. Using tail end sew the cuff together.

THUMB

Join yarn A in the first st on the underside of the 5 chain space of Rnd 20.

Rnd 1: working around the thumb opening evenly space out 16 sts, place 5 sc into each st of the underside of the 5 ch space catching the 5 ch in yarn B too, 3 sc around FPtr on the side, 5 sc across the FPtr sts and the edge FPtr on the other side, sl st to first sc. [16 sc]

Rnd 2 -14: 1 ch (doesn’t count as a st here and throughout), 1 sc in each st around, sl st to first sc. [16sc]

Rnd15: 1 ch, 1 sc2tog around, sl st to first sc. [8 sc]

Fasten off leaving a longer tail.

FINISHING INSTRUCTIONS

Sew up opening at the top of the thumb using the running stitch.

Sew in all ends securely.


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Hi, I’m Veronika! I design modern and wearable crochet garments, accessories and homewares. Grab your hook and find your next project!

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2 thoughts on “Men’s Mittens Crochet Pattern – Free Explorer Mittens

  1. Thank you for the yarn recommendation! I bought your recommended yarn to make my finance mittens and it is absolutely perfect. Super soft and works really well for the mittens. I had never done this kind of stitch before, and the youtube video was helpful so I could understand it (since I found the pattern itself kind of hard to follow–which isn’t surprising given how complicated the stitch is!). The first mitten was a bit of learning curve, but after I did that then the second one was much faster. I will absolutely be using this pattern again in the future!

    1. I am glad you like the recommended yarn and managed to make the mittens. Sometimes one picture or video speaks louder than a thousand words!

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