Fair Isle Crochet Mittens

A little pop of color for your next pair of mittens.

Skill Level | Intermediate
Available Size | One Size Fits Most Women

Incorporate a little color into your fall crochet wear this year with our Fair Isle crochet mittens. Learn the tapestry crochet technique and use it for all sorts of projects in the future!

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If you’re looking for a fun way to shake up your crochet routine, you’re in the right place. Crochet mittens are a wonderful project to learn how to make and this one incorporates a little colorwork too.

With this project you’ll learn one method of how crochet mittens come together – with a separate, flat band and transitioning to rounds. You’ll learn how to create a thumb piece and add little pops of color along the way. We love the recommended yarn for this project because it has wonderful texture, but you can substitute with another bulky weight yarn in your stash.

Before you begin, review this page entirely so you understand the full scope of the project. We have a list of recommended supplies and abbreviations here on this page as well as written instructions and a tutorial to walk you through our fair isle crochet mittens from start to finish.

getting started

Recommended Supplies


  • Approx 160 yds; Patons Alpaca Blend Yarn 
  • Color A – Black Cherry; approx 150 yds
  • Color B – Birch; approx 10 yds
  • 4.5 mm Crochet Hook
  • 5 mm Crochet Hook
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

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  • BLO Back Loop Only
  • Ch Chain
  • Hk Hook
  • Rep Repeat
  • Rem Remaining
  • Sc Single Crochet
  • Sc2tog Single Crochet Two Together
  • Sk Skip
  • Slst Slip Stitch
  • St(s) Stitches
Finished Size

One size fits most women

Gauge

14 sts x 18 rounds = 4″
worked in stitch pattern

Additional Notes: All stitches worked in the mitten (except band) are to be worked through the front of the stitch (not worked through the v at the top of the stitch). Insert your hook in the middle of the stitch from front to back and work your single crochet. When working Fair Isle pattern, hold non-working color floats to inside of mitten. Rounds are worked in a spiral.

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Band

Row 1: With smaller of the two hooks and color A, Ch 6. 1 sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each rem ch. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 2: 1 sc in BLO of each st. Ch 1 and turn.

Repeat: Rep last row until band measures approximately 6.5” from starting edge, when slightly stretched.

Mittens

Round 1: Cont with color A, and switching to larger of the two hooks, Ch 1. sc in same sp as ch. Evenly space 32 sc along edge of band. Don’t join. Cont to work in spiral and mark first st with a marker.

All single crochet stitches after this point are to be worked through the front of the stitch as directed in pattern notes.

Round 2: 1 sc in 1st st and in each rem st.

Round 3: 1 sc in first 3 sts with color A. Work next st with color B. *1 sc next 3 sts with color A. 1 sc next st with color B. Rep from * to end of round.

Round 4: 1 sc in 1st st and in each rem st.

Round 5: with color A, sc first st. *1 sc next st with color B. 1 sc next 3 sts with color A. Rep from * to last two. Sc last two sts with color A.

Repeat: Rep last four rounds once more.

Next round: 1 sc in 1st st and in each rem st.

Next round thumb shaping (right hand): [with color A, 1 sc in next 3 sts. With color B, 1 sc next st] five times. With color A, 1 sc next 3 sts. Ch 6, sk 6 sts. With color A, 1 sc in next 3 sts. With color B, sc last st.

Next round thumb shaping (Left hand): [with color A, 1 sc in next 3 sts. With color B, 1 sc next st] two times. With color A, 1 sc next 3 sts. Ch 6, sk 6 sts. With color A, 1 sc next 2 sts. With color B, 1 sc next st. [With color A, 1 sc in next 3 sts. With color B, 1 sc next st] four times.

Next round: with color A, 1 sc every st and every ch.

Next round: with color A, sc first st. *1 sc next st with color B. 1 sc next 3 sts with color A. Rep from * to last two. Sc last two sts with color A.

Repeat: Cont with repeat 2nd round – 5th round until mitten measures approximately 7.5″ from bottom edge of ribbing, ending on a color work row. Fasten off color B.

Remaining rounds are worked in color A only.

Next round: *1 sc in next 6 sts. Sc2tog. Rep from * to end of round. (28 sts)

Next round: 1 sc in all sts.

Next round: *1 sc next 2 sts. Sc2tog. Rep from * to end of round. (21 sts)

Next round: * 1 sc first st. Sc2tog. Rep from * to end of round. (14 sts)

Next 2 rounds: 1 sc in all sts.

Fasten off leaving an 8” [20 cm] tail.

Thumb:

Round 1: Join color A in any stitch of thumb hole. Evenly space 12 sc around opening.

Round 2: 1 sc in all sts.

Repeat: Rep last round until thumb measures 2.5” and fasten off leaving an 8” tail..

Assembly/Finishing

Step 1: To close each thumb, create a drawstring closure by weaving the tail in and out of each stitch with a yarn needle. Pull the tail to draw it up. Secure the closure by weaving in the remaining end around opening.

Step 2: Turn mitten inside out, seam opening at top and weave in ends.

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