Measurement Fingerless Mittens

measuring crochet mittens

How to design your own Knit or Crochet Mittens

When I take photos outside in cold weather, I prefer wearing fingerless mittens. Else I don’t have any control over the camera’s many functionalities.

Fingerless mittens are quite easy to crochet. In this tutorial I will show you the basics how to calculate measurements for your mittens, so you get a perfect fit. My hands are not very big, so making my own patterns for mittens comes from neccessity. Many mittens are just too big  for me. With this tutorial you should be able to draw a simple schematic for the size of your finished mittens.

On the photo above you see the picture of a woman’s inner hand. Measure the circumference/length of your hand with a measuring tape at the following places:

A Circumference  2 3/4 inches –  7 cm away from the wrist towards your elbow.

B  Circumference at wrist.

C Circumference at palm – the widest part of your hands.

Also measure these lengths:

D Length from upper arm to wrists.(Length of cuffs).

E Length from wrist to starting point of middle finger.

 Length from upper arm to start of thumb hole.

G   Length of thumb hole.

H   Length from end of thumb hole to starting point of middle finger.


Draw a sketch for the measurements of your mittens. The sketch could look like this:

sketch mittens p


Gauge Swatch

Find a crochet stitch pattern you like and make a swatch. You can find stitch patterns in stitch guide books or take a stitch pattern from a crochet pattern in a magazine. Make the swatch a little bigger than 10 x 10 cm = 4 x 4 inches. Measure how many stitches and rows you will need for  10 x 10 cm = 4 x 4 inches.


With your numbers for the amount of stitches and rows for 10 x 10 cm or 4 inches x 4 inches, you can calculate how many chains you will need for the foundation chain. Stitch patterns need to be repeated after so and so many stitches – so you might have to add some stitches. Mittens will sag over time, so don’t make them too loose. I prefer making them tight and they will fit perfectly after a couple af days wear.


Use a fiber or fiber combination that will give warmth to your hands.  Wool, mohair blends and alpaca yarns will work well.

If you crochet very loosely the fabric might get more stretchy and you might need less stitches and rows for your pattern. Stretchy yarn could also make the mittens sag over time.


You can make the cuffs two ways: Crochet the cuffs sideways as a long rectangle and crochet them together with single crochets (US). This works well if you want to crochet a ribbing for the cuffs.

Or you could start working in the round for the cuffs and work this way up to your thumb.

Choosing a hook one size smaller for the cuffs as for the body is also an option. This way you make the cuffs fit tightly.

Thumb Hole 

Crochet in the round from cuffs to thumb hole. Instead of making precise measurements of where the thumbhole should start, I prefer to put on the mitten every now and then in the crochet proces and from there decide where the thumb hole should start and end. But you could also use your sketch and follow those measurements. (Or the measurements of your favourite mittens).  Crochet back and forth, so you make a hole for the thumb.


This part covers the rest of the palm. Continue working in the round and crochet your way up to the thumb (If your palms are much wider than your wrists you could make increases from the wrist). If you make a different pattern on the front and the back of the mittens remember to make the two mittens as mirror images of each other. Else you might end up with 2 right sided mittens…

Get going and make your own mittens :-))