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Three Cable Crochet Mitten Pattern

Updated: Mar 30, 2023

Today marks the second snowfall here in central Colorado, and as it starts to get colder and colder I decided I needed some new mittens! These mittens are stretchy and warm and they feature a crochet cable stitch. If you have never tried to crochet a knit-like cable design, then this pattern will be the perfect introduction for you.

Before you begin this pattern, check out the Skills & Abbreviations section to review the stitches used to create these mittens. If you are familiar with the stitches used, then these mittens will be a breeze!

Things You Will Need

  • Worsted weight yarn

  • Size G hook (4.00mm)

  • Tapestry Needle

  • Scissors

  • Stitch Marker

Skills & Abbreviations

ch – chain

hdc – half double crochet

dc – double crochet

tc – treble crochet

fpdc – front post double crochet

bpdc – back post double crochet

fptc – front post treble crochet

hdc2tog – half double crochet two together

sk – skip

st(s) – stitch(es)

slst – slip stitch

rep – repeat

* * – repeat anything inside the asterisks

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked flat, i.e., in a rectangle, and then sewn together at the end.

Size: Adult Women’s; 3.75 inches wide (Not including the thumb), 10 inches from the top to the bottom of the cuff. To make these mittens bigger you can use a larger crochet hook (4.5mm/5.00mm for example). You can also add additional stitches to the beginning chain. For every additional stitch you add in the beginning chain, add the same amount of stitches to the underside of the mitten (every time you see “hdc12”, that is the underside of the mitten). For example, if you need your mitten just slightly larger you can chain 36 in the beginning, and then every time you see “hdc12”, change that to “hdc15.”

For my yarn, I chose Lion Brand Heartland Yarn in Kings Canyon, but any size 4, worsted weight yarn will work. If you’re looking for some new crochet hooks, here are some of my favorites right now.

The number in parenthesis at the end of each row or round indicated the number of stitches in the row.


Right Mitten:

ch 33 and leave a long tail to weave back in later

Row 1: hdc in the 2nd ch from the hook and across, ch1, turn (32)

Row 2: hdc12, rep *dc, hdc, dc3, hdc* three times, dc, hdc, ch1, turn, (32)

Row 3: rep *hdc, fpdc, hdc, fpdc3* three times, hdc, fpdc, hdc12, ch1, turn (32)

Row 4: hdc12, rep *bpdc, hdc, bpdc3, hdc* three times, bpdc, hdc, ch1, turn (32)

Row 5: rep *hdc, fpdc, hdc, fptc in the 3rd post, fptc in the 2nd post, fptc in the 1st post* three times, hdc, fpdc, hdc12, ch1, turn (32) See photos below for front post treble crochet (fptc) placement.

First fptc placement in the third post

Second fptc placement in the second post, worked over the first fptc

Third fptc placement in the first post, worked over the first and second fptc

Row 6: rep row 4

Row 7: rep row 3

Row 8: rep row 4

Row 9: rep row 5

Row 10: rep row 4

Row 11: rep row 3

Row 12: rep row 4

Row 13: rep row 5

Row 14: rep row 4

Row 15: rep row 3

Row 16: rep row 4

Row 17: rep row 5

Row 18: rep row 4

Row 19: rep row 3

Row 20: rep row 4

Row 21: rep row 5

Row 22: rep row 4

Row 23: rep *hdc, fpdc, hdc, fpdc3* three times, hdc, fpdc, hdc12, ch2, turn (32)

Row 24: dc across, once you reach the end of the row fold the mitten in half, right side out, and slst to your first dc from the inside of the mitten, ch2, turn (so that you’re working from the outside of the mitten rather than the inside)

Row 25: rep *fpdc, bpdc* around, slst, ch2 (32)

Row 26: rep row 25

Row 27: rep row 25

Row 28: rep row 25

Row 29: rep row 25

Tie off and leave a long tail. Use that tail and sew up the mitten from the cuff until you reach the spot where the bottom of your thumb will begin. You will sew up about 4 inches from the very bottom of the mitten. Tie off and weave in your end.

Mitten folded in half to sew closed from the bottom up

Next, weave the top of the mitten closed and tie tightly. Use that tail to sew down the mitten from the top until you reach the spot where the top of your thumb will be. You will sew down about 4.5 to 5 inches.

Mitten folded in half to sew top closed and down to the thumb hole

***Pro Tip: Use a stitch marker to show where you need to stop for the thumb.

The Thumb:

For the thumb, we will be using continuous rounds, working in a spiral. Use a stitch marker on the first stitch of every round to keep your place.

Round 1: From the top of the thumb hole, with the top of the mitten up and facing the right, attach your yarn. hdc7 down one side and hdc7 back up to the top where you started. Make sure you are working from the outside of the thumb, not the inside (14)