Thursday, November 15, 2012

Basic Mittens

This is a very basic mitten pattern. You could, of course, doll it up a bit with variegated yarns. You could even add stripes if you wanted.

Basic Mitts Materials

  • 1 ball worsted weight yarn (110 yds)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Length of waste yarn
  • 2 stitch markers
  • US size 7 dpns

Basic Mitts Pattern and Notes

Gauge swatch measures 18 sts by 24 rows for a 4" square.
CO 28 sts and distribute over three dpns 10, 10, 8.
Join and begin 2 x 2 ribbing for 2 1/2 inches. This is the cuff. You can make it longer if you wish. K next 2 rows increasing 1 st each row (30 sts).

Thumb gusset:

  • R1: k10, pm, m1, k1, m1, pm, k across
  • R2: k all
  • R3: k to m, m1, k to m, m1, slm, k across
  • R4-5: k all
  • R6: repeat R3
  • R7-8: k all
  • R9: repeat R3
  • R10-11: k all
  • R12: repeat R3
  • R13-14: k all
K to marker, remove sts between markers to waste yarn. Backward loop CO 2 sts.
St st for 4 inches from base of thumb or until desired length.
Decrease: K2tog every rnd until 4-5 sts remain. Graft together.


Sl sts from holder to needles and pick up 3-4 sts across gap to fill holes.
  • R1: dec to # of st of thumb gusset +1 (12sts)
  • cont in St st until 2 inches from base of thumb
  • dec every round by k2tog until 2-3 sts remain
  • graft together
Weave in all ends. Repeat pattern for 2nd mitten.

A few of my notes from working the pattern:

  • When you make a stitch, I found it easier to k1 keeping the st on the left needle, then ktbl on that same st dropping it off the needle after. This way you've made a st and k one at the same time. I also didn't get any holes this way
  • When I k2tog, I k the last st on any dpn that had an odd number of sts on it. I thought it made it a lot easier.
  • I also tried my mitten on frequently to make sure it was fitting properly. The pattern above makes a ladies small. 
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

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