Instructions

ABBREVIATIONS GUIDE
K = knit
st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together
[          ] = Instructions within brackets are repeated as directed.

Gauge:

8 sts and 11 rows = 2 inches. Slight variation in gauge will change finished size a bit.

Hand:

  1. Working with two strands of yarn as one, cast on 28(30,32) sts. Distribute sts on three double-pointed needles. Add optional stitch marker and join into a round, being careful not to twist the sts.
  2. K around until piece measures 1-3/4 inches (or desired length) to base of thumb.
  3. K 2 sts, place next 5 sts on holder, cast on 5 sts on needle and continue to k around.
  4. K around until piece measures 5-1/2 inches (or desired length) from start.
  5. Decrease for top of hand:
  6. Round 1: [K 2tog, k 2] around: 21(22,24) sts.
  7. Round 2: K around: 21(22,24) sts.
  8. Round 3: [K 2tog, k 1] around: 14(15,16) sts.
  9. Round 4: K around: 14(15,16) sts.
  10. Round 5: K 2tog around. Cut yarn, leaving a tail. Using yarn or tapestry needle, draw yarn through remaining sts and drop them from the knitting needles. Pull yarn to close and fasten off on inside of mitten.

Thumb:

  1. Place the 5 sts from stitch holder, 5 cast-on stitches and one st from opposite sides of thumb opening on three needles: 12 sts.
  2. K around until thumb measures 2-1/4 inches (or desired length).
  3. K 2tog around: 6 sts.
  4. Cut yarn, leaving a tail. Close opening of thumb as for top of mitten.

Finishing:

  1. Weave in all loose yarn ends.
  2. With right sides facing and a narrow seam, machine-sew a knit cuff to the opening of each mitten. Overcast edges to finish and reinforce seam.

Note: Recycled cuffs from sweatshirts or tops of socks can be used. Or purchase knit ribbing and make your own cuffs.

Finished Size: Children’s small mittens measure about 7 inches around x 5-1/2 inches long without cuff. Changes for medium and large mittens are in parentheses.

 

Craft originally sent in by Margaret Greenfield of Fridley, MN.