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T-Yarn Oven Mitt

Posted on March 20, 2011

I think most people know the yarn you can create from recycling old t-shirts is called t-yarn or tarn. But did you know that you can also recycle old cotton jersey sheets to make the same type of material?

I recycled an old cotton sheet to create this crocheted oven mitt. I cut the sheet into very thin strips and curled it as outlined in t-yarn making tutorial. I used half a twin sheet which is probably less than two t-shirts should be using tees to make your oven mitt.

Here is my cotton sheet before I started. I was lucky to get it free from the rag box at my local thrift store as it had a few holes and some minor discoloration. As you cut the strips you can work around any holes and the color differences really don’t show in the yarn that is created.

This recycled oven mitt project fits a woman’s size medium hand. Should you need a larger mitt, just do a few more rounds as indicated in the crochet pattern below. As always, I hope you enjoy my free pattern and have fun creating your own t-yarn oven mitt.

Free T-Yarn Oven Mitt Pattern

Materials needed:
About half a twin jersey sheet or a couple of t -shirts cut into 3/8 inch wide strips and
gently pulled to curl your t-yarn or tarn

Fabric for the lining and one piece of insul-bright for heat protection

Hook: H (5 mm) U.S. size metal crochet hook

Woman’s medium sized hand

Finished Oven Mitt: 6″ wide x 10-1/2″ long with 7-1/2″ opening

Using t-yarn, Ch 44 and join with a Sl St to form a ring. My ring was approx. 7 inches wide if measured flat.

Rnd 1
Sc around the entire chain as you work along the ring. This allows you to slide the sts as needed
to get a smooth band around the ring. Join with a Sl St into beg Sc. (Approx 50 Sc)
Do NOT turn your work in this project. This project is worked in rounds.

Rnd 2
Ch 1, Sc in ea st around. Don’t join from this point on. Just continue working in rounds.

Rnd 3
Work Sc in each st around. See how there is a natural fold created with your project. End each round at the fold which should be where your tail is from the beginning chain.

Rnd 4
Work 1 dec by working two Sc’s tog at natural edge of fold. Then Sc in ea st around to other fold, work 1 dec by working two Sc’s tog. Finish rnd by working Sc in remaining sts.

Rnd 5
Work Sc even around in ea st.

Repeat Rnd 4 and 5 Twice.

Rnd 10 – 17
Work Sc even around in ea st. (For a larger or longer oven mitt, work a few more rounds here to make a bigger mitt.)

Rnd 18
Sc in ea of the next 6 sts, skip 10 sts for thumb opening. Ch 12 and sc in the remaining 6 sts of side. Then Sc in remaining sts on the other side of mitt so you should be back at the beg of rnd at side of mitt.

Check your thumb opening to make sure its centered. If you have a few less or more sts on ea side of your mitt, just adjust your opening as needed so its centered on that side of mitt. Leave the opening as you work the remaining body of the mitt. You will add the thumb when the mitt is completed.

Rnd 19
Sc in ea st and in ea st of the chain for the thumb opening. Again you end rnd at side of mitt.

Rnd 20
Sc in ea st around.

Rnd 21
Sc in ea st and work 2 Sc tog (1 dec) at center of thumb opening. Finish rnd with Sc in remaining sts.

Rnd 22 – 23
Sc in ea st of rnd.

Rnd 24
Sc in ea st and work 2 Sc tog (1 dec) at center of thumb opening.

Rnd 25 – 26
Sc in ea st of rnd.

Rnd 27
Sc in ea st and work 2 Sc tog (1 dec) at each side edge of mitt. ( 2 dec’s made in rnd)

Rnd 28 – 35
Sc in ea st of rnd.

Rnd 36 – 39
Starting at side edge of mitt, *work 2 Sc tog (1 dec) then Sc in next st.* Repeat between * around.
Leaving a tail at the end, use the tail to close the opening at the end of mitt. FO.

Rnd 1
Attach t-yarn at front right corner of thumb opening, Sc around opening in ea st. Don’t join but just continue working around.

Rnd 2 – 8
Sc in ea st. (If you need a longer thumb add a few more rnds of Sc to make your thumb bigger before working the decreases.)

Rnd 9 – 11
At side edge *work 2 Sc tog (1 dec) then work a Sc in ea of the next two sts. * Repeat between * around.

Rnd 12
Sc in ea st. Leaving a tail at the end, use the tail to close the opening at the end of thumb. FO.


Line your t-yarn oven mitt with one layer of fabric and one layer of insul-bright just for added protection. I just place the oven mitt on the fabric and insulation material and cut around the outside allowing a little extra for the seams. I did the same for the thumb. Sew the materials together with wrong sides facing out for the fabric and insert it inside your oven mitt and stitch in place along the lower edge.

Update: I just finished my lining tutorial and have added it to this crocheted oven mitt project post.

If you have any questions or find discrepancies in this pattern, please email me using contact tab above.

Beg – Beginning
Ch – Chain
Dec – Decrease
Ea – Each
FO – Finish Off
Rnd – Round
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sm – Same
St – Stitch
Tog – Together
T-Yarn – T-Shirt Yarn

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3 Responses to “T-Yarn Oven Mitt”

  1. Le-Chat
    Mar 25, 2011

    Hi Cindy, how cool we often have the same ideas! I created an oven mitt a while ago from a rib t-shirt. It’s so sturdy it doesn’t need lining and it’s also flat like the ones you buy in shops. I just sort of copied the model from those, but I like yours! But in fact I came here to tell you I linked to you in my last blog post since it’s one about t-yarn. Read here:

  2. Sara
    Jun 23, 2011

    This is an excellent tutorial. The only thing I’ve really made with t-yarn is a hotpad. I really like how thick and soft it is.

    This would be excellent for an oven mitt. I like how you added the fabric liner as well. Will definitely put this one on my to do list for future projects.

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