7 Practical & Fun Free Mitten Knitting Patterns for Children

These adorable free mittens for children are the perfect patterns for the children in your life, or for charity

I love making mittens. Mittens are so warm and practical. And for children who love to play outside in the chilly months of autumn and winter, they are absolutely essential.

Especially if it’s snowing.

Especially when snowmen, snow forts, snow angels, and snowball fights are called for!

Gotta keep those sweet little fingers warm, right?

Another thing I love about mittens is that they are the perfect size for practicing new knitting techniques. Compared to knitting a sweater with fancy cables or complicated colorwork, mittens are a breeze.

Mittens are also fun to embellish. You can easily turn a simple mitten pattern into something a little more unusual by adding stripes or blocks, or even by adding an applique.

Many of the mittens I’ve listed below are quite simple. I’ve also added a few more complex patterns to make this collection of mittens for children just a little more interesting!

Looking for fingerless mitts for kids? Take a look at these!

Super-Easy Children’s Mittens

Basic Children's Mittens, free pattern
Basic Children’s Mittens
Photo: Shelley Caskey

Basic Pattern for Children’s Mittens: This pattern comes courtesy of the wonderful knitting charity known as Afghans for Afghans. It comes in three different sizes, for young children to teenagers, and when you’re done you can easily send them to this great charity.

Red Heart Mittens for All
Red Heart Mittens for All
Photo: Yarnspirations

Classic Mittens Pattern: This vintage knitting pattern has two versions: one four-needle for knitting in the round, and one two-needle for knitting flat. It also comes with a chart for embroidering a cute snowman on the back, if you feel the urge to embellish further!

No Swatch No Gauge Bulky Mittens
No Swatch, No Gauge Bulky Mittens
Photo: Jean Gifford

Mittens for All: This Red Heart knitting pattern comes in sizes for children, women, and men. The pattern link even includes a video tutorial. So if you’ve never knitted mittens before, you might want to try this pattern!

No Swatch, No Gauge Bulky Mittens: Grab some bulky yarn, or a couple of skeins of worsted weight yarn to hold together, and make some super-warm bulky mittens for young ones.

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Some Spicier Mittens

Dainty Bubbles: This charming pattern features beautiful cables that weave in and out to look almost like a stream of bubbles, hence the name. Perfect for older kids.

Stars or Stripes: This adorable pattern has three variations: solid colored, striped, and with little stars.

free knitting pattern for mittens
Houndstooth Check Mittens
Photo: Sarah H. Arnold

Houndstooth Check Mittens: A classic checked pattern in an adorable mitten. (Note: the blog linked to on this page is no longer in existence; however, the pattern is still available as a free Ravelry download, which you can access by clicking on that link.)

Any and all of these free knitting patterns for mittens for children would make both great gifts and wonderful charity knitting projects!

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7 free knitting patterns for children's mittens

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