This crochet oven mitt is a welcome accessory for any kitchen. Pair it with a drying mat or crochet towel for a full kitchen gift.
Inspiration and Design
Ever since I designed the Retro drying mat, I have been dreaming of crochet kitchen ware. I just never seemed to get around to experimenting and finding the perfect stitches for what I had in mind. However, I do love thrifting for books. And, it just so happened that I had a book in my collection that outlined a hot mitt pattern.
Of course, I couldn’t leave well enough alone and immediately grabbed my hook and yarn to test this out. If you have ever worked with vintage crochet patterns you will know that yarns and hooks were just referenced differently. In fact, pre 80s patterns had different hook sizes for wool and cotton. I think using mm just clears everything up.
As I was saying, armed with hook and yarn, I wrestled the hot mitt pattern. Which honestly worked very well. The only problem was that the pattern was not lined. Yep, I didn’t trust it to protect my hand either. Alas, this problem is very easily fixed by procuring fabric and batting.
Cotton Yarn is perfect for protective kitchen wear! Although my wee brain is wondering if I can crochet a big mitt and then felt it. Would that offer enough heat protection? Wool ponderings aside, back to the cotton! I have used 3 different cotton brands to test the pattern. I’ve used sugar & cream, Drops Paris, and Premier Home. Both the sugar &cream and the drops paris are perfectly serviceable. However, I prefer the peaches &cream yarn. In comparison to the Drops Paris, the Peaches & Cream yields a thicker fabric, and a slightly wider mitt.
Though I cannot say much about the premier home as I didn’t finish the mitt, I found the fabric too flimsy to be protective. What are some of your favorite cotton yarns?
Can I make this Crochet Oven Mitt?
Yes, the pattern as written is designed to teach you the afghan stitch as well as simple increases and decreases. I have adapted the pattern slightly and provided extra information where needed to make the writing easier to understand.
The mitt is worked from the wrist up to the fingertips. The thumb increases are worked as part of the mitt and then we separate to work the hand and the thumb separate.
The crochet oven mitt is a quick and easy project to familiarize yourself with the afghan stitch.
A quick easy project to help you learn the afghan stitch. With this project you will also learn how to increase and decrease using the afghan stitch. Not only will you learn the afghan stitch but you will employ some basic sewing as well.
Once completed you will have a finished object that you can keep or give away to someone. The pattern was adapted from a vintage Mcalls Pattern.
Instructions for the Crochet Oven Mitt
Cotton Yarn – You will need 70g of Worsted or Aran weight yarn for the s/m and 100g for the larger size.
6mm crochet hook or afghan hook. If you are using a crochet hook please ensure that it’s at least 6″ long and not ergonomic in shape.
6.5mm hook for cast on
5.5mm to sew
needle+thread or sewing machine
paper&pencil to trace the mitt.
Sizes: S/M (standard) M/L
15 stitches and 14 rows = 4 inches
The afghan stitch has a pick up row and a return row. We will pick up loops from right to left, and leave them on our hook. Then we will work them off our hook, two at a time, from left to right.
We will be working the oven mitt in two pieces. One piece will have the thumb increases on the left side and the other on the right side.
To cast on use the crochet long tail cast on.
sc – single crochet
Inc – insert your hook through the top strand of the horizontal bar and pull up a loop.
Dec – insert your hook through 2 vertical bars and pull up a loop.
First Half of Crochet Oven Mitt
Using a 6.5mm crochet hook cast on 19(23) with the long tail cast on method. Alternatively ch 20(24). Ch1 and turn.
Switch to your 6mm hook. The ch 1 counts as your first pulled loop
R1 – Pull up 1 loop in each stitch (20 loops total) Yarn over pull through 1 loop. Then yarn over pull through 2 loops to the end of the row. The loop left on the hook counts as the first loop.
We know have vertical bars and horizontal stitches.
R2 – Pull up 1 loop in each vertical bar of the row. Yarn over pull through 1 loop on the hook, *yarn over pull through 2 * Repeat from * to * to the end of the row.
Rows 3,4,5 repeat row 2.
R6 – Pull up 1 loop, insert hook under the next two vertical bars and pull up 1 loop (1 stitch dec) Pull up a loop in each stitch stopping 3 vertical bars from the end. Insert your hook into next two vertical bars, pull up a loop. Pull up a loop in last bar. Work loops off as established in row 2. 18(22)
R7 and 8 – repeat row 2
R9 – Pull up loops until there is 1 vertical bar remaining. Insert your hook into the top strand of the horizontal bar pull up 1 loop (1 stitch inc) work last vertical bar. Work loops off as established in row 2. 19(23) stitches.
R10 – repeat row 2
Rows 11 – 16 we will repeat rows 9 and 10. We will inc 1 stitch in every odd row.
R17 – repeat row 9.
After completing row 17 we will divide for the thumb rows.
R18 – Pick up 15(17) loops (the first loop on your hook counts as 1 already). Work the loops off as established in row 2. 16(18)
R19 – 26 – repeat row 2.
R27 – Dec 1 stitch on either side
Rows 28 – 31(33) repeat rows 2 and 27.
Once you have completed the 31 rows, fasten off and attach your yarn to the left of row 18.
R1 – Pick up loops and work them off as established in row 2.
R2- Dec 1 stitch at the beginning of the row, pick up loops and inc 1 stitch at the end of the row. Work your loops off as established in row 2.
R3 – repeat starting row 2.
R4 – repeat R2 of thumb rows.
R5 – Dec 1 stitch at the beg of the row, pick up remaining loops. Work them off as established in starting row 2. Cut your yarn and Fasten off.
This concludes the first half of the oven mitt pattern. The second half of the mitt pattern is a mirror image of the first half. Instead of working our thumb shaping on the left side, we will work it on the right.
To make the second half, work first half until you have completed row 8 of the crochet oven mitt.
Second Half of the Crochet Oven Mitt
R9- Insert your hook in first horizontal bar, pull up a loop (1 stitch inc). Pick up your loops and work them off as established in row 2. 19(23)
R10 – Pull up 1 loop in each vertical bar of the row. Yarn over pull through 1 loop on the hook, *yarn over pull through 2 * Repeat from * to * to the end of the row.
Row 11 to 16 – repeat rows 9 and 10.
R17 – repeat row 9
After completing row 17 we will divide for the thumb rows. Thumb rows will be worked as follows.
Thumb Rows Second Half
R1 – Pick up 6(8) loops more, work off as established in row 10.
R2 – Insert your hook in first horizontal bar and pull up a loop. Pull up a loop through each vertical bar. stopping 3 vertical bars before the end. Insert hook in next two vertical bars and pull up a loop. Pull up a loop in remaining vertical bar. Work loops off as established in row 10 of the second half.
R3 – repeat row 10
R4 – repeat row 2
R5 – Pick up loops decreasing 1 stitch at the end of the row. Work loops off. Cut your yarn.
Body of the Oven Mitt
Join yarn in the next free stitch from row 17.
Follow instructions from R18 – R31(33) from the first half of the crochet oven mitt.
Before joining our two halves of the oven mitt , grab your paper and pencil an trace your mitt. Once you have traced your mitt, grab a ruler and add 1/2″ seam allowance all around.
With this piece cut 2 pieces of fabric and two of your cotton batting.
Place the fabric pieces right sides together. Then, place one piece of batting on each of the wrong fabric sides of the fabric. Sew the lining together with a 1/2″ seam.
After you have sewn your lining, sew the crochet mitt pieces together using sc.
To do this place your crochet pieces wrong sides together. Use a 5.5 mm hook and attach yarn to the bottom right hand side. Work sc around the body of the mitt as well as the cuff area.
Once you have sewn the oven mitts together, place lining inside the mitt, and fold over the raw edges of the lining to sew. Tack the lining to the crochet.