Crochet patterns for mittens and gloves can become a valuable tool for a parent that crochets regularly, as they can really help defray the costs of clothing children during the cold months. Crochet mittens and gloves that are made by home crafters from free patterns tend to be better constructed and last longer than the ones purchased in retail stores, and if a child loses one mitten or glove another can be quickly whipped up to replace it. Mittens and gloves made from crochet patterns give kids the chance to choose the specific design and style they like, and hopefully they will spend more time on the cold hands of children rather than in their pockets.
For the crafter, crocheted mittens and gloves are a great way for beginners to learn, as the size of the projects are small and teach a good deal about basic stitches and sense of proportion. Mittens and gloves are reasonably inexpensive to make, and are wonderful gifts around the holidays as stocking stuffers or for co-worker gifts. It's important to remember to use soft, washable and durable yarn when crocheting mittens or gloves, this way they keep their good looks and shape while being pleasant to wear. Here are some excellent free crochet patterns for making mittens and gloves: