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Classic Mittens

Whitney made some. Molly too. And so I had no choice but to join in and make some of my very own wintertime mittens!

Being the last of three kids in my family, I might have a teeny, tiny bit of youngest-child syndrome. Some might even call it a fear of missing out (#FOMO). So after drooling over Whitney's elegant Gem Gloves and having a mom and daughter sew-along for Molly's Simple Felted Wool Mittens, I picked up some of Anzula's wonderfully bouncy, incredibly warm merino-cashmere Cricket and cast on.

With a hearty slip-stitch at the hemmed cuff and a perfectly rounded top, these Classic Mittens hark back to childhood days of bundling up at my mom's insistence, so anxious to slip out the door and chase after my big brothers.

Just as I used to run after my brothers, my creative eye is now on Whitney and Molly who have me inspired once more. Feel like tagging along? Get started! - Laura

Materials

Gauge

7 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch

Sizes

X-Small (Small, Medium, Large)

  • Circumference around Palm: 6 (6 3/4, 7 3/4, 8 1/2) inches
  • Length: custom measurements, adjustments given in pattern

Pattern Notes

k2tog [knit 2 together]: a single, right-leaning decrease. Click here for a tutorial.

ssk [slip slip knit]: a single, left-leaning decrease. Click here for a tutorial.

sskp [slip slip knit pass]: slip two stitches together as if to knit, knit one, pass two slipped stitches over knit stitch and off needle; two stitch decrease

Slip all slipped stitches purlwise.

Pattern

Begin 

With smaller needles, use the Provisional Cast On method to cast on 48 (54, 60, 66) stitches.

Join for working in the round being careful not to twist stitches.

Round 1: Knit.

Round 2: *K2, slip 1, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until piece measures 6 inches from cast on edge.

Hem the Cuff

Fold up the cast on edge to the inside of the knit tube and align the cast on edge with the working stitches.

Use the larger double pointed needles to pick up the cast on stitches.

Holding the outside working needle and inside cast on needle parallel to each other, knit 1 stitch from the front needle together with 1 stitch from the back needle.

Repeat to end of round.

Continue working with the larger needles.

Work Body of Mitten

Decrease Round: *K6 (7, 8, 9), k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. 42 (48, 54, 60) stitches

Knit evenly for 2 3/4 (3, 3, 3 1/4) inches.

Make the Thumb Hole

For the Right Thumb Hole

Next Round: K2 and cut yarn. With scrap yarn, k6 (7, 8, 9). Join yarn and knit to end of round.

For the Left Thumb Hole

Next Round: K35 (40, 45, 50) and cut yarn. With scrap yarn, k6 (7, 8, 9). Join yarn and k1.

Continue Body of Mitten, Right and Left

Knit evenly for 3 (3 1/2, 3 3/4, 4) inches from Thumb Hole Stitches or 1/2 (1, 1 1/4, 1 1/2) inches less than desired finished length.

Shape Mitten Top

Decrease Round: *K1, k2tog, k4 (5, 6, 7), ssk, k4 (5, 6, 7), k2tog, k4 (5, 6, 7), ssk, repeat from * to end. 34 (40, 46, 52) stitches 

Next Round: Knit.

Decrease Round: *K1, k2tog, k3 (4, 5, 6), ssk, k2 (3, 4, 5), k2tog, k3 (4, 5, 6), ssk, repeat from * to end. 26 (32, 38, 44) stitches

Next Round: Knit.

For X-Small Size Only

Decrease Round: *K1, k2tog, k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1, ssk, repeat from * to end. (18 stitches)

Decrease Round: *K1, k2tog, k4, ssk, repeat from * to end. (14 stitches)

Cut yarn and thread it through the remaining stitches.

For Small (Medium, Large) Sizes

Decrease Round: *K1, k2tog, k3 (4, 5), ssk, k1 (2, 3), k2tog, k3 (4, 5),  ssk, repeat from * to end. 24 (30, 36) stitches

Next Round: Knit.

For Small Size Only

Decrease Round: *K1, k2tog, k2, slip slip knit pass (sskp, see pattern notes), k2, ssk, repeat from * to end. (16 stitches)

Decrease Round: *K1, k2tog, k3, ssk, repeat from * to end. (12 stitches)

Cut yarn and thread it through the remaining stitches.

For Medium Size Only

Decrease Round: *K1, k2tog, k3, ssk, k2tog, k3, ssk, repeat from * to end. (22 stitches)

Next Round: Knit.

Decrease Round: *K1, k2tog, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, ssk, repeat from * to end. (14 stitches)

Cut yarn and thread it through the remaining stitches.

For Large Size Only

Decrease Round: *K1, k2tog, k4, ssk, k1, k2tog, k4, ssk, repeat from * to end. (28 stitches)

Next Round: Knit.

Decrease Round: *K1, k2tog, k3, sskp, k3, ssk, repeat from * to end. (20 stitches)

Next Round: Knit.

Decrease Round: Decrease Round: *K1, k2tog, k5, ssk, repeat from * to end. (16 stitches)

Decrease Round: Decrease Round: *K1, k2tog, k3, ssk, repeat from * to end. (12 stitches)

Cut yarn and thread it through the remaining stitches.

Pick up for the Thumb

Slip the 6 (7, 8, 9) stitches below the Thumb Hole scrap yarn onto a double pointed needle.

Slip the  6 (7, 8, 9) stitches above the scrap yarn onto another double pointed needle.

Remove the scrap yarn.

Next Round: Joining yarn, knit lower 6 (7, 8, 9) stitches, pick up 1 stitch, knit upper 6 (7, 8, 9) stitches, pick up 1 stitch, place marker and join for working in round. 14 (16, 18, 20) stitches

Knit evenly for 2 (2, 2 1/4, 2 1/2) inches or 1/4 inch less than desired length.

Decrease Round: *K1, k2tog, k2 (3, 4, 5), ssk, repeat from * to end of round. 10 (12, 14, 16) stitches

For XSmall and Small Sizes Only

Cut yarn and thread through remaining stitches.

For Medium (Large) Sizes Only

Decrease Round: *K1, k2tog, k2 (3), ssk, repeat from * to end of round. 10 (12) stitches

Cut yarn and thread it through the remaining stitches.

Finish

Weave in the ends, gently block your mittens and you're done!

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24 Responses to Classic Mittens


  1. Linda Rueda says:

    Thank you for the great pattern. What a brilliant way to pick up the stitches for the thumb. I will definitely be making these mittens.

  2. Sparklingly says:

    Hi there, will this be up on Ravelry soon? Have been stalking the site so I can add this lovely pattern to my queue :)

  3. Shelley says:

    Love this pattern but I don't use DPNs. Do you think it would be very difficult to knit these using Magic Loop?

  4. Katie Hampsten says:

    I'm confused with the mitten top decrease. I am doing the large size and I now have 44 stitches. When I scroll down and do the intstructions for the size Large Decrease Round: *K1, k2tog, k4, ssk, k1, k2tog, k4, ssk, repeat from * to end. (28 stitches)
    the pattern doesn't fit the number of stitches on my needles and I wind up 35 stitches instead of 28 and its unevenly worked I feel like I missed a step can anyone help me with this?

  5. purl bee says:

    Hello Katie.

    I think you may have jumped over a section… After SHAPE MITTEN TOP there is a section called FOR SIZES SMALL (MEDIUM, LARGE) SIZES. After this section you will have 36 stitches. Then you continue to the FOR LARGE SIZE ONLY section.

    Let me know if this doesn't solve the problem!
    Thanks for writing in.
    Laura

  6. Alicia says:

    Love this classic pattern! It is exactly what I was looking for this winter. I was wondering would Blue Sky's Alpaca Silk be an okay substitution for this pattern?

  7. purl bee says:

    Hi Alicia,
    Blue Sky's Alpaca Silk would be an okay substitution! The silk will add a nice, sheen to them.
    Laura

  8. Caitlin says:

    This is probably the easiest to follow mitt pattern/tutorial I've come across, thanks! I've never made a mitt before and I'd really love to try. I do have one question though – is there any way to modify for worsted weight yarn, or do you think it would be ok? I'm just wrapping up a toque in Malabrigo worsted and would love to make a pair of mitts to match. Thanks!

  9. purl bee says:

    Hi Caitlin,
    I'm glad you find the pattern clear!

    With 42 (48, 54, 60) stitches at the body of the mitten and a gauge of 7 stitches = 1 inch, the circumference at the palm measures 6 (6 3/4, 7 3/4, 8 1/2) inches

    If you can knit the Malabrigo Worsted at 5 stitches to the inch, the XSmall pattern would result in a 8.4-inch palm circumference. A pretty wide mitten. If you can manage to knit the Malabrigo at 5 1/2 stitches to the inch and work the XSmall pattern,, you would end up with a 7.6-inch circumference… better.

    I am not sure the Malabrigo Worsted is the way to go on this one. I think it is typically worked at 4 stitches to the inch, so getting 5 1/2 to the inch might be uncomfortable to knit. Although, that dense a mitten sure would be warm.

    Please let me know if you have any other questions.
    Laura

  10. Rachel says:

    Hi, just wanted to point out that the pattern notes at the top gives a little tutorial on sskp, but the pattern itself uses ssk. That was confusing me for a bit, I was wondering why I was losing extra stitches haha

  11. purl bee says:

    Hello Rachel.
    Thank you for writing in.

    Depending on what size mitten you are making you do either just SSK or you do both SSK and SSKP in the shaping of the mitten top.

    I am sorry this confused you. Usually we only put the less common abbreviations in the notes and since ssk is fairly standard I did not include them in the Pattern Notes above. But I can add them to prevent anyone else from making this mistake.
    Laura

  12. Tootles says:

    Hi, LOVE this pattern. Will definitely be making it. Per a previous post, I would
    Like to make them with magic loop (hate dps). But the needle tip's length make
    This difficult. Any suggestions?

  13. purl bee says:

    Hi Tootles,
    Hummm, that's a tough question. I am not sure what your options are if you can't do magic loop and you don't like double pointed needles. I can't help but encourage you to learn to love double points. They provide such a different, special experience to knitting. Have you seen Whitney's wonderful dpn tutorial:
    http://www.purlbee.com/knitting-tutorials-working-rnd/2008/7/25/double-pointed-needles.html
    -Laura

  14. Jane says:

    I hope to use this to attempt my first pair of mittens. Your tutorial is so clear!

    My question is on yardage requirement – I have 270 yds of sport weight yarn and am between size S & M. Would 270 yds be enough for a medium-sized pair? Would it be safer to knit a small pair? Or do I need more yarn…?

    Many thanks!

  15. purl bee says:

    Hi Jane.
    I believe 270 would be fine for the Small, but perhaps a little short for the Medium. I think it'd be safer to knit the small pair.
    Laura

  16. Jane says:

    Thanks so much! I'll try the small pair. I love all your patterns and am ready to try my first mittens thanks to you!

  17. Brook says:

    Hi! Love the mitts…and pretty much everything else on your wonderful site :) My question is about the gauge, which size needles are you getting 7sts/inch? I'm going to use Jade Sapphire cashmere doubled and have gotten the gauge on size 1's. So will that be my larger needle and use size 0 as the smaller? Or are the 1's the smaller and I need 2's for the larger? Hope this makes sense! Thanks you!!

  18. purl bee says:

    Hi Brook-

    You will use the 1s as your larger needle and the 0s as the smaller. Needle size is always just a recommendation so it's really great that you did a swatch and figured out what size needle works best for you!

    Thanks!

    Molly

  19. Becky says:

    I am dying to make these mittens for my son. How small is the XS? He's a toddler..
    Thanks!

  20. purl bee says:

    Hi Becky.
    The XS would work for a petite woman of teenager or maybe a kid, but will definitely be too big for a Toddler.

    The average palm circumference of a Toddler is approximately 4 1/4 – 5 inches. So, mitten circumference would be best around 3 – 3 1/2 inches.

    I'll keep this request in mind though and see about designing a Toddler Mitten soon!
    Laura

  21. Katie says:

    I'm having a huge problem with gaps forming around the corners of the thumb. Any suggestions?

  22. purl bee says:

    Hi Katie.
    When you pick up the 1 stitch on either side of the thumb, sometimes it will help if you twist that stitch. Another common way of dealing with these holes is by using the tail from when you started the thumb to close them up, weaving in your end on the inside of the mitten to secure that join.
    I do hope this helps.
    Laura

  23. squashmom says:

    Hello. The k2sl1 for the cuff: how do you slip the stitch? i.e. as if to knit regularly from the front of the stitch on the left needle, then onto the right needle w/o knitting it. I am only 5 rows in, but the slipped stitch doesn't looked popped up and pronounced like it does in your pictures. Thanks.

  24. purl bee says:

    Hi Squashmom.
    Thank you for asking this. Please slip purlwise, or as if to purl from back to front. I will be sure to make a note of this in the Pattern Notes section.
    Thanks for letting me know!
    Laura

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