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Shuswap Winter Mittens

Make your own Shuswap mittens for Christmas with this calming crochet pattern!

Begin with your favourite worsted weight yarn and then sprinkle in a little sparkle for this holiday season. This is a quick and simple pattern that you can sit back with a warm mug of tea or hot chocolate and make for you loved ones for Christmas. There is a beautiful and minimalist stitch definition and best of all you can have completed in a couple of evenings!

This pattern was inspired by a pattern in a book called “Crochet to Calm.” I find crocheting is wonderful for my mental health and has a meditative effect as I cuddle up on the couch in the cooler months ahead.

This pattern calls for very little counting which also brings a nice calming effect. The Shuswap Mittens can be made in many colours for everyone in your family! Picture light grey and navy for your hubby or earthy browns. Neutrals for the minimalist in your family or use every colour of the chakras for the spirit seeking yogi. The possibilities are simply endless.


Hook: 5mm

Yarn: Worsted Weight yarn (#4 Medium)

Shown in Blog Yarn: 1 Skein each of: Kartopu Melange Wool Lux. (Colour S0K001). Style Craft ( Colour Pomegranate). Style Craft (Colour white) You can also use any medium yarn for main of the mitten.

Finished Sizes: Directions are for adult size small. Changes for Medium and Large in parentheses.

Notes: Pattern is worked form the bottom of the mitten to the cuff. Remember to place your stitch markers at the end of each row. Make 2.

Stitch Note: Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc).

Yarn over, insert hook from right to left, from front to back around the post of next double crochet (dc), yarn over, draw through (yarn over draw through two loops) twice. Check out how to do with this video by Fibre Flux:


ss - slip stitch

sc - single crochet

sc2tog - single crochet two together.

hdc - half double crochet

dc - double crochet

dc2tog - double crochet two togethe.


Begin with main colour, Start with a magic ring. ch 1. Work 8 sc (9, 10). into the magic ring. Work in spiral, this is where you do not join with a slip stitch. (End stitch count 7, 8, 9)

Round 1: sc into the first sc. sc chain 1 into each stitch around. Do not slip stitch sc into the marker.

Round 2: sc chain 1 into the first sc ( should have your marker there) and each stitch around. (14, 16, 18). join the pomegranate yarn and keep the main colour attached.

Round 3: sc ch1 in each ch 1 space around with pomegranate.

Round 4: sc ch 1 into the sc stitch around.

Round 5 & 6: Repeat row 3 with main colour. Join Pomegranate at end of this row. ( Keep main colour attached.)

Row 7: Repeat row 3.

Row 8: Repeat row 4. Join main colour and yarn off with the pomegranate colour.

Row 9-21 : sc ch 1 in each stitch around.

* Repeat this row until this piece measure 4 1/2" or 5 1/2 ". I place this on my hand to measure where my thumb opening will go. MITT SHOWN- 21 rows.


Row 22: sc into the next ch 1 space, chain 9 skip 3 stitches, sc into the next chain 1 space, ch 1, (sc, ch 1) in each chain 1 space around. (18 chain 1 spaces).

Row 23: Working in chain 9 space. *sc in the next chain, ch 1, skip next chain repeat from * 3X. sc, ch 1 in next chain 1 space around. Join white yarn and keep main colour attached. (mark here with stitch marker.)

Row 24: sc ch1 in each ch 1 space around with white.

Row 25: sc ch 1 into the sc stitch around, yarn off with white, join the attached main colour.

Row 27: sc ch 1 in each ch 1 space around with main colour, join Pomegranate. Keep main colour attached.

Row 28: sc ch 1 into the sc stitch around, yarn off with pomegranate, join the attached main colour. Yarn off with pomegrate.

Row 29: sc ch 1 in each stitch around. ( 18, 20, 22 ch 1 spaces.) Join here with slip stitch. Place marker, Chain 2.


Row 1 sc2tog over the next two stitches repeat around. (18, 20, 22 Stitches)

Row 2: dc in each stitch around, ss to join, chain 2.

Row 3: fpdc around the post of each dc around, ss to join, chain 2.

Row 4 -7; Repeat row 3.

Row 8: hdc into each stitch. Yarn off.

THUMB: Row 1: join main colour to the opening of the mitten. Chain 1 sc into each stitch around. ( 12 , 14 Stitches) do not slip stitch to join. Mark with stitch marker.

Row 2: sc chain 1 skip one, all around.

Row 3: sc chain 1 into the ch 1 space all around.

Row 4 to Row 9: Repeat row 3.

Row 10: sc2tog into next two stitches around. ( 6 st, 7 st) Yarn off. Leave longer to sew in the end of the thumb.


Turn the mitten inside out and sew in all loose ends. Thread the remaining yarn through the top of thumb and pull in tight, see in ends.

NEXT: Make another one!

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