Very warm mittens, with a knit stitch, stockinette imitation and a tapestry squirrel pattern, I introduce you the – Squirrel Crochet Mittens – ! Read through my inspiration, design process and everything on the yarn I chose. Get the free pattern below or purchase the ad-free, printable PDF here.
My Inspo Of The Squirrel Mittens
You may have already seen this design on my old blog. After many requests from you readers, I decided to bring out the squirrels!
Nature is my first inspiration, I had already made Flower Fingerless Crochet Mittens but this time my desire was to create a tapestry design. The squirrel pattern came to me when I thought back to my travels in the United States, Canada and England where I met squirrels very often, on every street corner or in the parks compared from in France where they are very hidden! And I LOVE them!
Easier Than It Seems
The Squirrels mittens are available in three sizes, and are more intended for crocheters of an intermediate level, but I have had feedback from testers with a beginner level who did well! My advice if you are just starting out: get started if you know the basics of crochet and they will allow you to learn a new stitch: the stockinette stitch & tapestry, and therefore to improve yourself!
Crocheted in one go, from bottom up, they are accessible and pleasant to make.
Stockinette Stitch At Crochet??
Yes you read that correctly, the main part of my Squirrel mittens is crocheted in imitation knit Stockinette stitch! Awesome, isn’t it? I’ll explain it to you further down in the pattern but the principle is to instead of inserting your hook in the upper loop of a stitch, you need to insert it in the middle of the two central V-shaped bars. To give you an overview I made a little video of this point below.
For this project I used The Petite Wool from We Are Knitters in Wine and Ivory color. It is a 100% Peruvian wool yarn so really warm while being breathable, it does not scratch on the contrary and is above all super pleasant to work. It is a worsted weight so is crocheted quickly, quickly! I can only recommend it for this project!
To carry out this project you will only need between 100 and 150g of wool depending on your hand size.
We Are knitters is also known for offering a good quality in their yarns, it is really a gift that we give ourselves or to a loved one by choosing it.
Crochet Help For Visual Learners
While these crochet suirrel mittens are not complicated to make, sometimes explaining how to do it is. That’s the trouble I find with crochet pattern lingo sometimes–it’s wordy! So if you’re more of a visual learner like me and want to cut to the chase, I highly suggest investing in the printable PDF of this pattern, which is formatted for easy printing. You can purchase the PDF here.
SQUIRREL CROCHET MITTENS
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The Squirrel mittens are crocheted first with the cuff, then the body of the mitten in tapestry stockinette stitch and finally with the thumb. From bottom up all at once.
|SIZE||Your hand circumference above thumb||Circumference mitten above thumb||Mitten length|
|M||18 cm/7″||22 cm/8.5″||22cm/9″|
↠ Wine color: 135/140 [ 145 ] meters | 148/154  yds
↠ Ivory color: 35/40  meters | 40 /45 yds
Gauge (4”/10 cm)
Single crochet in MC: 13 st x 15 rows
st:stitch, ch: chain, slst: slip stitch, sc: single crochet, csc: center single crochet, hdc: half double crochet, MC: Main Color, CC: Contrasting Color, M: marker, inc: increase, dec: decrease.
↠ csc : make a single crochet by inserting the hook between the two front loops (V-form) of the single crochet from the previous row.
↠ csc CC : For the color change make the last yarn over of the previous stitch with the contrasting color, 1sc by making the last yarn over with the main color. Always leave the unused thread caught in the back of the stitches.
Explicative video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnCEw_8VFhY
↠ Increase: 2csc together in one
↠ Decrease: Insert hook in a stitch, pull up 1 loop, insert hook in the next stitch, pull 1 loop, you have 3 loops on the hook, yarn over, pull the yarn through the 3 loops.
-To find your size, measure above the thumb all around the hand.
– Crochet with a not too tight tension.
-Use one marker at the beginning of each csc round for help.
Cuff – With main color (wine)
Row 1. 1 HDC in second CH from hook and each chain after. Turn. (7)
Row 2. (with no CH and by inserting hook in the last hdc) slst until the end. Turn.
Row 3. CH2, hdc in each previous slst by inserting hook in the back loop.
↠ Repeat row 2 and row 3 twelve/twelve [thirteen] more times (13/13  total).
↠ Fold and join both part (beginning and end) to create a tube, close with slst.
Round 1. CH1, 1 sc in the same stitch, place a M, then 26/27  sc all around the cuff (=27/28  sc). Do not slst to close but continue the next row with csc.
Round 2. 1csc MC, * 1csc CC, 3csc MC* repeat from * to * until the end of the round.
Round 3. [large only: 1csc MC] * 1csc CC, 1csc MC* repeat from * to * until the end of the round.
Round 4. [large only: 1csc MC] * 3csc MC, 1csc CC * repeat from * to * until the end of the round.
Round 5. csc MC until the end of the round.
Round 6. 1csc MC, * 1csc CC, 3csc MC * repeat from * to * until the end of the round.
Round 7. csc MC until the end.
Round 8. 13/14  csc MC, 6 csc CC, 1 inc in MC, 4csc MC, 1 inc in MC, 2csc MC. (29/30  csc)
Round 9. 8/9  csc MC, 3csc CC, 1csc MC, 6csc CC, 11csc MC.
Round 10. 7 / 8  csc MC, 11csc CC, 11csc MC.
Round 11. 7 / 8 csc MC, 10csc CC, 4csc MC, CH4 in Mc, skip 6st, 2csc MC. (=27/28 st)
Round 12. 7 / 8 csc MC, 4csc CC, 1csc MC, 7csc CC, 8csc MC.
Round 13. 7 / 8 csc MC, 4csc CC, 1csc MC, 5csc CC, 10 csc MC.
Round 14. 8 / 9 csc MC, 4csc CC, 1csc MC, 5csc CC, 9csc MC.
Round 15. 9 / 10 csc MC, 4 csc CC, 1csc MC, 5csc CC, 8csc MC
Round 16. 6 / 7 csc MC, 1csc CC, 2csc MC, 4csc CC, 1csc MC, 4csc CC, 9csc MC.
Round 17. 6 / 7 csc MC, 2csc CC, 1csc MC, 4csc CC, 1csc MC, 3csc CC, 10csc MC.
Round 18. 6 / 7 csc MC, 7 csc CC, 1 csc MC, 1 csc CC, 12 csc MC.
Round 19. 6 / 7 csc MC, 6 csc CC, 15 csc MC.
Round 20. 7 / 8 csc MC, 4 csc CC, 16 csc MC.
Round 21. csc in MC until the end of the round.
Round 22. * 3csc MC, 1 csc CC * repeat from * to * until the end of the round.
Round 23. csc in MC until the end of the round.
Round 24. 1csc MC, * 1 csc CC, 3csc MC * repeat from * to * until the end of the round.
Round 25. * 1csc CC, 1csc MC* repeat from * to * until the end of the round.
Round 26. * 3csc MC, 1 csc CC * repeat from * to * until the end of the round.
Round 27. csc MC until the end of the round.
Round 28. csc MC until the end of the round.
Round 29 to round 34. *3csc MC, 1dec * repeat from * to * until the end of the round.
↠ 1 slst, cut the thread leaving about 15cm/6”, tie off, turn the work over to the wrong side and with the tapestry needle make a seam to close the top of the mitten, tie, weave in ends.
Thumb With main color
Round 1. Insert hook in the inside corner of the mitten, 1 slst, place a M, 14/ 15 csc MC all around.
Round 2. csc MC until the end of the round.
Round 3. csc MC until the end of the round including 3 divided dec. (=11/12 csc)
Round 4 à Round 9. csc MC until the end of the round.
Round 10. csc MC until the end of the round with 3 divided dec. (=8 / 9 csc)
Round 11. *1csc MC, 1dec* repeat from * to *.
↠ Cut the thread leaving about 10cm/4”, make a knot, turn the work inside out, with the tapestry needle make a seam to close the thumb, tie and weave in ends.
↠ Repeat the explanations of the right mitten.
Round 1 to round 7. Repeat the explanations from the right mitten.
Round 8. 2 / 3 csc MC, 1 inc in MC, 4csc MC, 1 inc in MC, 1csc MC, 6csc CC, 12csc MC. (=29 / 30  csc)
Round 9. 12 / 13  csc MC, 6csc CC, 1csc MC, 3csc CC, 7csc MC.
Round 10. 12 / 13 csc MC, 11csc CC, 6 csc MC.
Round 11. 5 / 6 csc MC, CH4 in MC, skip 6 st, 2csc MC, 10 csc CC, 6csc MC. (=27 / 28 csc)
Round 12. 9 / 10 csc MC, 7 csc CC, 1 csc MC, 4 csc CC, 6csc MC.
Round 13. 11 / 12  csc MC, 5csc CC, 1csc MC, 4csc CC, 6csc MC.
Round 14. 10 / 11 csc MC, 5csc CC, 1csc MC, 4csc CC, 7csc MC.
Round 15. 9 / 10 csc MC, 5csc CC, 1csc MC, 4csc CC, 8csc MC.
Round 16. 10 / 11 csc MC, 4csc CC, 1csc MC, 4csc CC, 2csc MCP, 1csc CC, 5csc MC.
Round 17. 11 / 12 csc MC, 3csc CC, 1csc MC, 4csc CC, 1csc MC, 2csc CC, 5csc MC.
Round 18. 13 / 14 csc MC, 1csc CC, 1csc MC, 7csc CC, 5csc MC.
Round 19. 16 / 17 csc MC, 6csc CC, 5csc MC.
Round 20. 17 / 18 csc MC, 4csc CC, 6csc MC
Round 21 and end: Repeat the explanations of the right mitten.
↠ Repeat the explanations of the right mitten.
Put away your hook, put on your Squirrels mittens and go for a well-deserved walk!