Convertible crochet mittens

Winter is not going away anytime soon in the north hemisphere, so there’s still time to crochet some wintery projects like these convertible mittens.


These mittens are not as difficult as they seem, but they do require some experience with ribbing and decreasing. So I’ll say it’s kind of intermediate level. I’ll tell you how I made mine, so you can make a pair for yourself too.

I used 1 skein and a little bit more of this alpaca yarn I’ve shown you before, and a 3mm hook.

I started with the elastic at the bottom. For that, I chained 15 + 1 for turning, and worked 40 rows of elastic single crochet (back loop only). Join them to make a cuff. Fasten off and weave in the end.


Now you need to work in the round along the side of the cuff. It’s not easy to know where to insert the hook. If you stretch the cuff, you can see some gaps. What I did is make 2 half double crochet (hdc) in each gap. I ended up with 40 hdc.


Keep making 1 hdc in each hdc from the previous row until you reach the beginning of the thumb. (In my case, it was 14 rows).



DISCLAIMER: If you are marking the beginning of your rows (you should) you’ll see that they don’t make a straight line. This is because the hdc “pulls” the yarn and because of that, the beginning of your rows will draw a diagonal line. This is normal and it’s ok. There is, however, a very complicated method if you NEED a straight seam, but I think that for this project it’s not worth the effort. 

On row 15, I kept crocheting until I reached the reverse of the thumb for the right hand, (or the front of the thumb for the left hand) That was 33 stitches in my case.

Then I joined with a slip stitch a number of stitches I thought would correspond to the thumb (14 in my case).


Keep working these 14 stitches in the round for 7 more rows. Then, start decreasing by making 2 hdc together in each stitch from previous row for the following 2 rows. <- last row is difficult to work. You can make single crochets instead of hdc. Fasten off and weave in the tail.


Now we return to where we left it in the intersection of the thumb with the fingers. Join yarn and keep working hdc.


In my case I had 26 stitches in this part (40 – 14), but I also worked in the first and last stitch of the stitches I had saved for the thumb, to avoid a hole showing in the intersection, so I ended up with 28 stitches for the finger’s part.


I made 6 rows until it covered my knuckles.


Now it’s time to make the lid, or cover, or hood or whatever you want to call it.


Make a magic ring and 6 sc in it. Then, increase with this progression:

row 1: 2 hdc in each stitch from previous row. (You’ll end up with 12).

row 2: 1 hdc in the first stitch, 2 hdc in the following, repeat (18).

row 3: 1 hdc in the first, 1hdc in the second, 2 hdc in the following, repeat (24).

row 4: 1 hdc in the first 3 stitches, 2 hdc in the following, repeat (30).

row 5: 1 hdc in the first 4 stitches, 2 hdc in the following, repeat (36).

I’ll ended up with 36 stitches that I kept half double crocheting for 11 more rows until it covered the first row of the previous part we made. You should try it on to adjust the rows if necessary.


Now for the ribbing, you don’t need to fasten off. I made my ribbing of 4 chains + 1 for turning. Here I leave you a video tutorial.

To join the hood to the rest of the glove, try it on to see where you need it to be placed. In may case, it was in the 5th row from the top. I don’t know if there is a better way to sew these two parts together, but I did it as you see in the pic below. Keep trying it on to adjust if necessary.


The final touches: button and string.

Chose a pair of nice buttons. With the hood retracted, see where do you need your button to be. Fix it in place.


For the buttonhole, I just tied a short piece of yarn to the top of the hood. I tried making a chain, but I didn’t like it because it was too thick.


Congrats! you made it! Now you just need to make the other hand the exact same way 🙂

Happy warm hands to you ❤


20 thoughts on “Convertible crochet mittens

  1. I don’t know about the pattern for the top part! If I keep going at 36 HDC’s I wind up with a big circle! Isn’t there a decrease row to make the circle go down like a cup, not a circle?

    • Hi Judith. Thanks for stoping by my blog and for your comment. Let me review the pattern during the weekend and I’ll write you back as soon as possible with an answer. Thanks!

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  3. Hi Judith, I see the confussion. The top part is worked FROM THE TIP. This means you start with 6 stitches and INCREASE until you have 36, then continue this way and add the elastic (ribbing) later. It’s not a circle and the decreasing. It’s a magic ring and, from there, you increase 🙂 I hope it makes sense. If it doesn’t, please send me an e-mail and I’ll send you more details.

    • I understand the top instructions very well. (Except I ch 4 instead of magic circle.) When I got to 36 I folded the circle in half. On the next row I decreased only at the folds on that row. It brought the circle down, like a small hat. Then I just kept going around until I had it long enough. I’m using the new “Heat Wave” yarn. (What’s the sense having fingers exposed?) Ha! Thanks for your reply!

  4. Thank you for making this beautiful pattern available! I used a 4.5mm hook and had to adjust the stitch number and row number accordingly, but your pattern was a wonderful baseline to go off of. The pictures and video tutorials were very helpful in explaining each step. Thanks again for sharing!

  5. Hi! I’m going to try my best to follow your written instructions and photos. Do you also happen to have a video tutorial on youtube? I’m a beginner/beginner intermediate and have self-taught crochet using youtube videos, not so much written instructions. but I love your pattern so much I’m willing to try!

    • Hi diana, I don’t have videos, sorry. I do prefer videos too…. 😅 The only thing I can tell you is try and follow the instructions and if you get stuck at some place, write me back on the Contact section and we can figure it out via e-mail or whatever. 🙂 I’m self-taught too, so I sometimes improvise a little. It has to fit your hands, so keep crocheting with that in mind and don’t be affraid to invent or adapt the pattern along the way! 🙂 good luck!

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  7. For the convertible mittens what yarn weight should I use? It looks like you used 3 (dk).
    Beautiful pattern!

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