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12 Free Ways to Make Practical & Fun Mittens for Children

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

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 mittern 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!

Free Knitting Patterns for Mittens for Children

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.

Another Pair of Mittens and More Mittens: Two sets of knitting patterns by the same designer. The first pattern is a very quick pattern for toddlers; the second is for older children.

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!

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.

Stay Put Mini Mittens: These mittens were designed for active toddlers and preschoolers who tend to lose their mittens because they fall off too easily. It features an extra long ribbed cuff.

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.

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.)

Norwegian Totoro Mittens: Want a real challenge? Check out these gorgeous stranded mittens. Both the Norwegian knitting technique and the Japanese animated movie “My Neighbor Totoro” lend their name to this pattern. With these mittens, you can try, test, or perfect your colorwork skills!

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

Looking for fingerless mitts for kids? Check out this article!

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