How to Draw Mittens

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“Three little kittens they lost their mittens
And they began to cry,
Oh, mother dear, we sadly fear
Our mittens we have lost
What! Lost your mittens, you naughty kittens!
Then you shall have no pie.”
– Folk nursery rhyme by Eliza Lee Cabot Follen, 1833

Mittens are a staple of both wintertime and childhood imagery. Mittens are a type of glove that group four of the fingers together in a single pocket, separating only the thumb in an individual sheath.

Mittens aren’t just for children, however. The earliest known mittens discovered by archaeologists date to around 1,000 A.D. They hailed from Latvia, a small European country, and are still part of Latvia’s “national costume” – a style of dress intended to express the cultural identity of the region.

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Mittens are often seen in art and popular culture.

For example, you might glimpse mittens in hand in one of painter Norman Rockwell’s winter scenes.

The popular Shopkins collectible toy line features two mitten-inspired characters, Hug ‘n’ Snug Mittens and Molly Mitten.

And what of those kittens who lost their mittens? Well, as the story goes, they found their mittens and even washed them to make their mother happy. And then they ate their pie. This nursery rhyme has been featured on Barney and Friends and many other children’s television programs.

Would you like to draw a pair of cozy, warm mittens? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to show you how.

All you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to use markers, crayons, colored pencils, or paints to shade your finished drawing.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ Mittens

How to Draw Mittens: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a long curved line. The line should have two upward facing lobes – one small lobe and one large lobe. This outlines the thumb and fingers of the first mitten.

How to Draw Mittens: Step 2

2. Draw a second long curved line, again with two lobes – one large and one small. This forms the thumb and fingers of the second mitten.

How to Draw Mittens: Step 3

3. Connect the ends of each mitten using a slightly curved line, fully enclosing the shape. Then, use this line as the basis for a curved rectangle with rounded corners. This shape forms the hem or wrist of the mittens.

How to Draw Mittens: Step 4

4. Decorate your mittens with fun patterns. First, draw a zigzag line across the fingers of each mitten.

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How to Draw Mittens: Step 5

5. Draw a large diamond in the center of one mitten. Then, draw a smaller diamond within the first diamond.

How to Draw Mittens: Step 6

6. Draw a large diamond in the center of the second mitten. Then, draw a small diamond within the large diamond.

How to Draw Mittens: Step 7

7. Draw four small diamonds around the large diamond on the first mitten.

How to Draw Mittens: Step 8

8. Draw four small diamonds around the large diamond on the second mitten. Then, texture your mittens and give them dimension. Do so by tracing curved lines of various lengths just inside the outline of each mitten.

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How to Draw Mittens: Step 9

9. Rib the hems of each mitten with short curved lines.

How to Draw Mittens: Step 10

Color your mittens. Perhaps you can visit our object drawing guides and draw a scarf to match!

Who will wear your mittens? Visit our selection of people drawing guides to design your very own hand-drawn friend.

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