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Free Textured Herringbone Moss Stitch Crochet Mittens Pattern

Packed with texture yet delicately soft, these herringbone moss stitch crochet mittens are a triumph for all the family. Worked in the round from the bottom up with clever detailing you are sure to get a stunning finish and the perfect fit. A quick, easy and seamless project that is perfect for using up your yarn stash!

In sizes from Baby to Adult you can make some for the whole family to enjoy. With options for a fingerless version and a a full video tutorial to walk you through every step I can’t wait to see your textured crochet mittens.

You can carry on reading to find the free pattern here in this blogpost or purchase an ad-free, printable PDF version of the Herringbone Moss Stitch crochet mittens pattern in my stores to download and print.

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About the Classic Cozy Crochet Collection

After the huge success of our Colorwork Collection last year when I launched my c2c crochet hat pattern, Michelle, Briana and I knew we had to do another one!

This time around we are focussing on textured crochet stitches that are creative, unusual and fun of course! We all love creating crochet accessories and so thought we’d go for things that people often shy away from because of the details and shaping.

We are delighted to present the Heavenly Herringbone Hat by Michelle, the Knit Purl Crochet Stitch Socks by Briana and these Herringbone Moss Stitch Crochet Mittens from me! We’d love to have you join us if you’d like to for the free event!

About the Herringbone Crochet Moss Stitch Mittens

Some of my most popular patterns by far have been fingerless crochet mittens and for years I have wanted to design a really snuggly fitting full fingered mitten pattern in every size you can think of that can also be fingerless!

Not only that, I also wanted to make the mittens seamless and as simple as possible but packed with texture – I hope I managed it all!

Anyone that has followed me for a time will know about my love affair with textured crochet mittens. My absolute favourites (and yours too) are the Mystical Fingerless Mitts pattern and the Quick Puff Stitch Mitts pattern. I’m so glad to add this new design to the mitten family now!

As with our designs for the last CAL, Michelle, Briana and I have done a detailed video tutorial to help you with all of the stitches, techniques and more. I really hope you enjoy it!

Watch the Herringbone Moss Stitch Crochet Mittens Video Tutorial here.

If you’re in need of some other ideas then I have lots of free crochet accessory patterns for you to choose from too!

How to Make a Fingerless Version of the Crochet Mittens

As I said I normally gravitate towards fingerless gloves (because that’s what I prefer to wear) and so made sure that I worked out a fingerless version for this design too!

Because the herringbone mittens are crocheted in the round it makes it super easy to adjust them to being fingerless. You can pretty much just stop crocheting wherever feels good for you (also great to try on as you go) and then work a final closing round as I’ll pop in the pattern below.

If you decide to make yours fingerless then do let me know and tag me on social media – I’d love to see them!

four photos showing crochet mittens in half double crochet herringbone stitch pattern

What is the half double crochet herringbone moss stitch?

I think it may be the ‘wordiest’ description of a stitch that I’ve ever used but I promise it is much easier than it sounds and the texture of the stitch is absolutely worth the effort of learning it!

It works really nicely crocheted back and forth in flat rows but I like it best in rounds without turning like in the mittens here. I have plenty more patterns in mind for this stitch – it mimics a knitted moss stitch so nicely that I’m loving working with it!

I’ve taken some step by step pictures if you fancy studying them or you can watch the video and slow it down to get the hang of it too –

Read my herringbone half double crochet moss stitch tutorial here.

I’m also delighted to say that I’ve designed a free chunky crochet headband pattern using this stitch too! You can make one in less than half an hour it’s so quick!

The Mittens Tension and Sizing Options

The Herringbone Moss Stitch Mittens come in sizes Baby (Toddler, Child, Teen/Small, Medium, Large) so you can make one for the whole family! See the sizing chart below for measurements.

Tension (gauge) for the cuff is 15 sts and 18 rows of slip stitch in blo = 2in by 2in using a 4.5mm hook, or size needed to obtain correct tension.

Tension for the main stitch is 18 sts and 20 rounds of Hhdc moss stitch = 4in by 4in using a 4.5mm hook, or size needed to obtain correct tension.

SizeTotal Length (in)Cuff Length (in)Base Circumference (in)
Baby3.250.756.25
Toddler4.250.757.5
Child5.2518.5
Teen/S6.751.259
Medium8.251.59.75
Large101.7511

How to Work a Gauge Swatch

Figuring out how to match gauge on projects like this can be tricky (so I think that’s why I do everything I can to avoid it!).

To get started with the mittens I would work the number of stitches for the size of cuff that you’d like to make and then work a number of rows of the cuff instructions. Once you have a good few inches you’ll have an idea if your gauge matches.

If you’re bang on then great, if you’re a little off then I would finish the cuff, join it and work a few rounds of the main stitch to see if it’s working. It’s amazing how stretchy the cuff is so you might be quite surprised that you actually meet the gauge!

If you’re a long way off the gauge then you either need to go up or down a hook size to adjust.

If you have more stitches and rows than you need then you need to go up in hook size. If you have less stitches and rows than you need then you need to go down in hook size.

Yarn for the Textured Crochet Mittens

To make these cozy crochet mittens I used Swish DK by Worsted WeCrochet (100% Fine Superwash Merino wool, 50g/123yds) yarn which is a fabulous superwash merino yarn that I’ve really fallen for! It comes in the most beautiful shades and really does wash so nicely (my children have already put it to the test!).

You will need for the following sizes: Baby (Toddler, Child, Teen/Small, Medium, Large)

Yarn required (balls): 1 (1, 2, 2, 2, 2)

Choosing colours is so much fun and definitely my favourite part of the process! Here are the colours I used in the photos shown:

  • Blossom Heather
  • Squirrel Heather
  • Lost Lake Heather
  • Delft Heather
  • Rose Heather

What Alternative Yarn Could You Use?

We are so very happy that people are joining us from all over the world and so realise that there will be some that will want to source yarn locally or even better still, from their stash!

The yarn I used is on the lighter side of double knit weight but I’ve found that plenty of double knit yarns over here in the UK work really well too.

Here are some great alternatives including some acrylic options:

Acrylic Yarns

Wool Mix Yarns

Other Materials You Will Need

Along with your yarn, you will need the following:

4.5mm (US G+) crochet hook – my favourites are Furls Streamline Swirl crochet hooks or Caspian Regular crochet hook
Tapestry needle
Scissors
Stitch markers if desired
angled photo of four pairs of herringbone moss stitch crochet mittens on a table with crochet hook and wooden heart

Crochet Abbreviations and Glossary

hdc – half double crochet, sc – single crochet,

ch(s) – chain(s)

sp – space

ss – slip stitch

beg – beginning

sk – skip

st(s) – stitch(es)

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

rep – repeat

yrh – yarn round hook

blo – back loop only

Crochet Stitches used in the Pattern

The pattern uses the following crochet stitches.

Standard UK Crochet TermStandard US Crochet Term
dc – double crochetsc – single crochet
htr – half treble crochethdc – half double crochet

Herringbone Half Double Crochet Moss Stitch

If the stitch is new to you then make sure to check out my video tutorial or herringbone half double crochet moss stitch step by step tutorial.

The moss stitch (often known as the granite or linen stitch too) is by far one of my favourites. It has such a lovely texture, delicate drape and works so well for all sorts of designs.

Here are the written instruction for each of the special stitches you’ll need for the mittens –

Herringbone half double crochet: Hhdc

Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Pull first loop straight through the second loop (similar to a slip stitch to leave 2 loops on the hook). Yarn over, pull through two remaining loops on hook.

Back loop only herringbone half double crochet moss stitch: Hhdc-moss

Work as for Hhdc but insert hook into back loop only of unworked stitch 2 rounds below. Work over the chain 1 space on the previous round.

Back loop only herringbone half double crochet moss stitch 2 together : Hhdc-moss2tog

Yarn over, insert hook into back loop only of next stitch 2 rounds below (working over the ch1 on round below), yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook). Pull first loop straight through the second loop (similar to a slip stitch to leave 2 loops on the hook). Yarn over, skip next st on previous round, insert hook into back loop only of next stitch 2 rounds below (working over the ch1 on round below), yarn over and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook). Pull first loop straight through the second loop (similar to a slip stitch to leave 3 loops on the hook). Yarn over, pull through three remaining loops on hook.

If you love the look of the moss stitch then you might also like to have a go at the double crochet moss stitch – I have a tutorial and lots of patterns featuring that too!

How to get the Crochet Pattern

This crochet mittens pattern is a free crochet pattern on the blog for everyone to enjoy, just scroll down to find it.

There are a few ways you can access and enjoy this crochet pattern and help support HanJan Crochet.

  1. You can find and use the crochet pattern here on the blog that is supplemented with ads.
  2. You can purchase, print and keep the 10 page ad-free pattern PDF in any of my stores below.
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Pattern Notes

A ch1 at the beginning of a round does not count as a stitch.

A ch2 at the beginning of a round counts as a ch1-sp in stitch count.

Work in back loops only throughout.

Turn the cuff after each row.

Work the body and thumb of the mitten in rounds without turning.

Mitten Construction

The Cuff is worked in rows then joined to make the base of the mitten.

Continue with the same yarn to now work in rounds into the sides of the Cuff rows.

This creates the Main Hand Section of the mitten until you split for the Thumb.

Once you split for the Thumb you will continue to work in rounds for the Main Finger Section of the mitten.

The final rounds decrease to gather the top of the Finger Section.

Rejoin your yarn at the point you split for the Thumb and work in rounds to make the Thumb.

The final rounds decrease to gather the Thumb.

close up of rib stitch for crochet mittens with completed mittens out of focus in background

Fingerless Version

If you would like to make your mittens fingerless for the Toddler (Child, Teen/Small, Medium, Large) then complete your work at the rounds for the Main Finger Section at Round 3 (5, 7, 9, 11) and Thumb at Round 2 (2, 3, 4, 5).

Final Rounds: Complete both the Main Finger Section and the Thumb with a round in pattern replacing any ch1 with a sc.

Pattern

FIRST MITTEN

Cuff

Foundation chain: ch 7 (7, 9, 11, 13, 15) turn.

Row 1: ss in blo 2nd ch from hook and each across, turn. [ 6 (6, 8, 10, 12, 14)]

Row 2: ch1, ss in blo each across, turn.

Rows 3 – 28 (34, 38, 40, 44, 50): Repeat Row 2.

At the end of the final row turn and join the penultimate row to the foundation chain with a slip stitch seam. Joining the penultimate row will make a much neater finish (make sure to watch my video to see more details on this).

Turn the work to RS facing and rotate to work into the sides of the rows for the Main Hand Section.

Main Hand Section

Round 1: ch1, *Hhdc in side of next row, ch1, skip side of next row; rep from * around, ss in 1st to join. [28, (34, 38, 40, 44, 50)]

Round 2: ch2 (counts as ch1-sp), Hhdc-moss in side of next row on cuff, *ch1, skip next st, Hhdc-moss in side of next row on cuff; rep from * around, ss in 1st ch of beginning ch2 to join.

Round 3: work all moss stitches in blo from now onwards, ch1, Hhdc-moss in skipped st below ch-1 sp, ch1, skip next st, *Hhdc-moss in next skipped st below ch1-sp, ch1, skip next st; rep from * around, ss in 1st Hhdc-moss to join.

Round 4: ch2 (counts as ch1-sp), Hhdc-moss in next skipped st below ch-1 sp, *ch1, skip next st, Hhdc-moss in next skipped st below ch-1 sp; rep from * around, ss in 1st ch of beginning ch2 to join.

Rounds 3 and 4 create the first set pattern.

(Note – the Baby size does not have a thumb so will continue here without splitting)

Rounds 5 – 10 (6, 8, 12, 14, 18): Repeat the first set pattern.

For the Baby size, move to the Finger Decrease Section now.

For all other sizes – Note – sizes are now written as Toddler (Child, Teen/Small, Medium, Large) until the Finger Decrease Section.

On completing the final round of the Main Hand Section, ss into the 11th (13th, 13th, 15th, 17th) st from hook to split for the thumb. Continue working in rounds now for the Main Finger Section with the remaining 24 (26, 28, 30, 34) sts.

Main Finger Section

Rounds 1-8 (10, 12, 16, 20): Repeat the first set pattern.

progress image of crochet mittens in herringbone moss stitch without fingers or thumb yet.

Finger Decrease Section

Decrease Round 1: ch1, Hhdc-moss2tog, ch1, skip next st, (Hhdc-moss in skipped st below next ch-1 sp, ch1, skip next st) 5, (4, 5, 5, 6, 7) times, ch1, Hhdc-moss2tog ch1, skip next st, (Hhdc-moss in skipped st below next ch-1 sp, ch1, skip next st) 5, (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) times, ss in 1st Hhdc-moss2tog to join. [24 (20, 22, 24, 26, 30)]

Decrease Round 2: ch2, (Hhdc-moss in skipped st below next ch-1 sp, ch1, skip next st) 4 (3, 4, 4, 5, 6) times, Hhdc-moss2tog, ch1, skip next st, (Hhdc-moss in skipped st below next ch-1 sp, ch1, skip next st) 4, (3, 3, 4, 4, 5) times, Hhdc-moss2tog, ss in 1st of beginning ch2 to join. [20, (16, 18, 20, 22, 26)]

Sizes Baby, Toddler and Teen/Small only –

Decrease Round 3: ch1, Hhdc-moss2tog 5 (4, 5) times, ss in 1st Hhdc-moss2tog to join [ 5, (4, 5)]

Sizes Child, Medium and Large only –

Decrease Round 3: ch1, Hhdc-moss2tog 4 (5, 6) times, Hhdc-moss in skipped st below last ch-1 sp, skip last Hhdc-moss2tog, ss in 1st Hhdc-moss2tog to join. [5 (6, 7)]

Break yarn and gather the last round to close before weaving in the end.

Thumb

For sizes Toddler (Child, Teen/Small, Medium, Large)

Join yarn to 1st ch1-sp where thumbhole starts and work in rounds.

Round 1 (increase round): ch1, Hhdc-moss in skipped st below ch-1 sp, ch1, skip next st; rep from 5 (6, 6, 7, 8) times, Hhdc-moss in join at base of thumb, ch1, ss in 1st Hhdc-moss to join [ 12, (14, 14, 16, 18)]

Round 2: ch2 (counts as ch1-sp), Hhdc-moss in skipped st below next ch-1 sp, *ch1, skip next st, Hhdc-moss in skipped st below next ch-1 sp; rep from * around, ss in 1st to join.

Round 3: ch1, *Hhdc-moss in skipped st below next ch-1 sp, ch1, skip next st; rep from * around, ss in 1st to join.

Round 4: Rep Round 2.

For Toddler size only –

Round 5: ch1, Hhdc-moss2tog around, ss in 1st Hhdc-moss2tog to join [3].

For Child size only –

Round 5: ch1, (Hhdc-moss in skipped st below next ch-1sp, ch1, skip next st) 5 times, Hhdc-moss2tog, ch1, skip next st, ss in 1st Hhdc-moss to join [12]

Round 6: ch1, Hhdc-moss2tog around, ss in 1st Hhdc-moss2tog to join [3].

Thumb Continued

Teen/Small, Medium, Large sizes –

Rounds 3 and 4 create the Thumb set pattern.

Round 5- 6 (8, 10): Repeat the Thumb set pattern.

For Teen/Small only –

Round 7: ch1, (Hhdc-moss in skipped st below next ch-1 sp, ch1, skip next st) 5 times, Hhdc-moss2tog, ch1, skip next st, ss in 1st Hhdc-moss to join [12]

Round 8: ch1, Hhdc-moss2tog around, ss in 1st Hhdc-moss2tog to join [3].

For Medium only –

Round 9: ch1, Hhdc-moss2tog around, ss in 1st Hhdc-moss2tog to join [4].

For Large size only –

Round 11: ch1, (Hhdc-moss in skipped st below next ch-1 sp, ch1, skip next st) 7 times, Hhdc-moss2tog, ch1, skip next st, ss in 1st Hhdc-moss to join [16].

Round 12: ch1, Hhdc-moss2tog around, ss in 1st Hhdc-moss2tog to join [4].

Break yarn and gather the last round to close before weaving in the end.

Five pair of crochet mittens from baby to adult size laid on dark wood table

SECOND MITTEN

Work as for first mitten until the last round of the Main Hand Section. Slip stitch to 25th (27th, 27th, 31st, 35th) st of previous round to create the thumbhole.

Continue to work instructions as for the first mitten.

The seam won’t be very obvious but if you’d like to stay consistent then when joining the yarn to work the thumb, join into ch1-sp before the thumbhole starts.

Round 1: ch1, Hhdc-moss in skipped st below ch-1 sp, ch1, skip next st, Hhdc-moss in join at base of thumb, ch1, *Hhdc-moss in skipped st below next ch-1sp, ch1, skip next st rep from 4 (5, 5, 6, 7) times, ss in 1st st to join [ 12, (14, 14, 16, 18)]

Continue with the rest of the thumb as for first hand.

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