This Fraser’s Ridge mittens crochet pattern will work up quickly and the finished mitts will definitely keep your hands warm.
The mittens are crocheted flat in one piece and then seamed to finish.
Scroll down to view the free crochet mitten pattern or you can grab your printer-friendly, ad-free PDF here.
Arm Warmers And Mittens Worn In The Outlander TV Series
In all of the seasons of Outlander that have aired so far, you will notice the main characters Claire and Brianna wearing lots of arm warmers and fingerless gloves.
Claire is often seen wearing a cozy grey pair of fingerless mittens in seasons 4 and 5 when she is at her home at Fraser’s Ridge.
The version she wears is knitted and this pattern will allow you to make a crochet version.
Crochet Rib Stitch
The fingerless mittens are crocheted using a simple rib stitch.
This gives them lots of texture and helps to make them look similar to the knitted version.
The crochet rib stitch is a great beginner stitch pattern as it’s simple to learn.
More Outlander Patterns
This pattern is part of my Outlander crochet collection, you can see the other Outlander crochet patterns here or take a look at the patterns below;
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:
This fingerless mittens crochet pattern is great for any beginners.
- You should be comfortable making a slipknot (how to make a slip knot (step by step)) and creating a chain (how to start a crochet chain).
- How to single crochet (SC).
- You should also be comfortable reading crochet patterns (how to read crochet patterns for beginners).
- And understanding crochet abbreviations and terms (US + UK).
Fraser’s Ridge Mittens Crochet Pattern
The crochet mittens work up quickly and the design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable project.
They are a great project for gifting as you only need one skein (or a few different colored skeins if you want to make it stripey) of yarn and a few hours of your time.
View the knitted version of these mittens here – Fraser’s Ridge Fingerless Mittens Knitting Pattern.
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Skill Level – Basic (For beginners)
Gauge – 14 sts/10 rows in 10x10cm/4×4 inches. (In pattern)
- The mitts in the photographs are small/medium size.
- Length (laying flat and not stretched out before seaming) = 10 inches/26cm
- Width (laying flat and not stretched out) = 6 inches/16cm
- The size of the mitts can easily be adjusted to fit any hand/wrist size.
- Adjust to make them smaller or larger by working fewer or more rows than given in the pattern.
- You will ch 40 sts to have the same length – 10 inches, you can chain fewer or more to make the mitts shorter or longer.
- You will adjust the width by working fewer or more rows in the pattern.
This pattern is written in US crochet terms.
You can get a free PDF download of all US and UK crochet terms and abbreviations here.- Crochet Abbreviations And Terms (US + UK)
- BLO – Back loop only
- CH – Chain
- Cont – Continue
- Patt – Pattern
- Rep – Repeat
- RS – Right side
- SC – Single crochet
- Sl St – Slip stitch
- St(s) – Stitch(es)
- WS – Wrong side
Mittens Pattern Instructions
- You will make two pieces for the mittens.
- Each piece is worked sideways in length.
- Each piece is worked in ribbing with a single strand of yarn.
- Make a slipknot and CH 40, turn,
- Row 1: (RS) CH 1, 1 SC into the 2nd CH from the hook, 1 SC into every CH to the end of the row, turn,
- Row 2: (WS) CH 1, 1 SC into the next st and every st to the end of the row, turn,
- Row 3: (RS) CH 1, *1 SC into every st through the BLO – *rep to the end of the row, turn,
- Row 4: (WS)Rep row 2.
- Row 5: (RS) Rep row 3.
*Rep rows 2 and 3 until the piece measures = 6 inches.
To finish the final stitch, Sl St into the last st, and cut a length of yarn for seaming – around 12/14 inches long.
*This is where you can adjust the width of the mitts – if you need to make them larger to fit around your hand you can easily add more rows until you have your desired length for a comfortable fit.
TIP – Test by placing around your hand/wrist to see if you need to add more rows as you work.
- Fold the piece in half and start seaming from the bottom edge up for 8 inches, using the mattress stitch (or you can sc the sides).
- Leave a hole for your thumb to fit through that measures around 1.5 inches.
- You can place stitch markers at either end of the length you want to leave for the thumb while you seam.
- Then after the thumb hole continue to seam the top of the hand for 1.5 inches.
- Weave in all loose ends.
- Repeat with the second mitt.
*If you make changes to the length you will have to adjust the measurements for seaming.
Related Post: Mattress Stitch – How To Seam Knitting
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How Long Does It Take To Crochet A Mitten?
The time it takes to crochet a mitten can vary depending on several factors:
- Crochet Skill Level: Experienced crocheters may be able to complete a mitten faster than beginners who are still learning stitches and techniques.
- Mitten Size and Complexity: Larger mittens or those with intricate patterns or stitches will likely take longer to complete than smaller, simpler designs.
- Yarn Weight: The weight of the yarn used can impact the crocheting speed. Bulkier yarns typically work up faster than finer yarns.
- Crocheting Speed: Some people naturally crochet faster than others.
- Time Investment: The amount of time you can dedicate to crocheting each day or week will also influence how long it takes to finish the mitten.
As a rough estimate, a simple crochet mitten made with medium-weight yarn may take an experienced crocheter a few hours to complete.
However, if you’re a beginner (using dc – double crochet, or hdc – half double crochet stitches for example) or if the mitten has a complex design, it could take several hours or even a few days to finish (a video tutorial may help you).
Keep in mind that individual results may vary, and it’s best to try making a practice mitten first to get a better sense of how long it will take you personally.
Additionally, crocheting is meant to be a relaxing and enjoyable craft, so take your time and enjoy the process!
What Yarn Is Best For Crochet Mittens?
The best yarn for crocheting mittens depends on the specific qualities you’re looking for in your finished project.
Here are some factors to consider when choosing yarn for crocheting mittens:
- Warmth: Since mittens are typically worn to keep hands warm, you’ll want a yarn that provides good insulation. Wool and wool-blend yarns are excellent choices for warmth, as they have natural thermal properties.
- Softness: Mittens should be comfortable to wear, so consider using yarn that is soft and gentle against the skin, especially if you or the recipient have sensitive skin. Merino wool and alpaca yarns are known for their softness.
- Durability: Mittens are exposed to regular wear and tear, so you’ll want a durable yarn that can withstand friction and maintain its shape. Yarns with some synthetic fibers or nylon blends can add strength and durability to the finished mittens.
- Moisture Management: If you live in a damp or rainy climate, consider yarn that has moisture-wicking properties, such as some wool or bamboo-based yarns. This will help keep hands dry and comfortable.
- Weight: The weight of the yarn will affect the thickness and warmth of the mittens. For standard mittens, a medium-weight yarn (worsted or aran) is commonly used. For lightweight mittens, consider a DK (double knitting) or sport-weight yarn.
- Color and Design: Choose yarn colors and patterns that match your style and preferences. Variegated or self-striping yarns can create interesting visual effects without requiring color changes.
Common yarn choices for crocheting mittens include:
- Wool: Warm, durable, and comes in various weights and colors.
- Acrylic: Budget-friendly, soft, and easy to care for.
- Alpaca: Extremely soft and warm, great for colder climates.
- Merino: Luxuriously soft and warm, ideal for sensitive skin.
- Bamboo: Lightweight, breathable, and moisture-wicking properties.
Ultimately, the best yarn for your crochet mittens will depend on the balance of warmth, softness, durability, and aesthetics you desire.
Consider the recipient’s preferences, the climate, and the intended use of the mittens when making your yarn selection.
Always check the yarn label for care instructions to ensure the finished mittens are easy to maintain.
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