YOU WILL NEED
1 skein (4 ounces) acrylic or wool worsted yarn
4 size 4 double-pointed needles
4 size 5 double-pointed needles
2 stitch markers
Row counter (optional)
Knitting in the round
Picking up stitches
Weaving in loose ends
DIFFICULTY LEVEL = 4
1. Cast 36 stitches on a size 4 double-pointed needle. Divide the stitches
among 3 of the needles, 12 stitches per needle. You will be using the
fourth needle to knit with.
2. Join the stitches into a circle and work 22 rounds in knit 2, purl
2 ribbing. This is the ribbed cuff.
3. Round 23: Work in stockinette stitch (knit only, since youre
working in the round). Switch to the size 5 needles by substituting a
5 for a 4 as you knit around. Set the size 4 needles aside.
4. Knit 1 more round (for a total of 2 rounds on the number 5 needles).
You will now begin to increase to match the shape of the hand and to create
the thumb gusset.
5. Knit 1 stitch and place one of the stitch markers immediately after
it. Increase 1 by knitting through the front and the back of the next
stitch, then knit 1. Place the second marker. There are now 3 stitches
between the markers. Increase 1, then knit to the end of the round.
6. Knit 2 rounds, slipping the markers from your left to right needle
as you go.
7. Knit 1, slip the marker to your right needle, increase 1, knit 1, increase
1. There are 5 stiches between the markers. Knit to the end of the round,
and knit 2 more rounds.
8. Repeat step 7, increasing after the first marker and before the second
one until you have 13 stiches between the markers. (Knit the additional
2 rounds after each increase round.)
9. Knit 1 stitch as if you were starting a new round, then take the first
marker off and slide the 13 stiches off the needle and onto the stitch
holder. You will use these stitches later to create the thumb.
10. Knit 25 rounds.
11. Begin decreasing for the mitten tip. For the next 4 rounds, knit 4
stitches and then knit 2 together, repeating throughout the round.
12. For the last 2 rounds, knit 3 stitches, and then knit 2 together,
repeating throughout the round.
13. Cut a 12-inch tail and use your yarn needle to draw the tail through
the remaining stitches. Pull the yarn tight, knot to secure, and weave
in the ends.
1. Slip the 13 reserved stitches from the stitch holder onto 2 size 5
needles, placing 7 stitches on one needle and 6 on the other.
2. Using a third size 7 needle, pick up 3 stitches in the space between
the first 2 needles to form a triangle.
3. Starting on the right side of the third needle, knit a round, leaving
an 8-inch tail to weave in later.
4. Knit 14 more rounds.
5. Begin decreasing to create the thumb tip. For 1 round, knit 1 stitch
and then knit 2 together, repeating throughout.
6. For the final round, knit 2 together throughout.
7. Cut an 8-inch tail and use your yarn needle to draw the yarn through
the remaining stitches. Pull it tight, knot to secure, and weave in and
trim the ends. Gently tighten the tail at the base of the thumb and weave
8. Repeat steps from casting on for the hand to make the second mitten!
improvisation idea: Choose 3 different colors and switch to another
one every 10 rows.