Child’s Mitten

A knitting pattern for children's mittens adapted by Sivia Harding. Woolfestival is happy to bring you this free pattern for knitting simple children's striped mittens. This child's mitten knitting pattern is based on Elizabeth Zimmerman’s adult mitten pattern and has been adapted for children's mittens with stripes by Sivia Harding.

Gauge:
5 sts= 1" for a mitten measuring approx. 3-1/2" from side to side and 6" from top to bottom

Materials:
Worsted-weight wool in 2 colors - sm. amount
3.25 mm double-pointed needles, or size to obtain gauge
stitch holder or thread
tapestry needle

Instructions:
Cast on 28 stitches and distribute on 3 double-pointed needles.

For next 8 rounds, work K3, P1 rib

Next round - decrease, working (K2, SSK) 7 times around (21 sts)

For next 3 rounds, knit even.

Next round - increase, working (K3, M1) 7 times around (28 sts)

For next 9 rounds, knit even. (Note: If stripe is desired, work 7 rounds in MC, then change to CC and work 2 more rounds)

Next row - start thumb: For right mitten, knit 1 st, put next 5 sts on holder or thread, cast on 5 sts using backwards loop cast on, then continue knitting around. For left mitten, knit 22 sts, put next 5 sts on holder or thread, cast on 5 sts using backwards loop cast on, then finish the round by knitting 1 st.

Knit 14 rounds even (Note: for striped mitten, continue knitting w/ CC for 7 rounds, then change to MC for 7 more rounds)

Next round - decrease, working (SSK, K3, K2tog) 4 times around. (20 sts)

Next round - knit even

Next round - decrease, working (SSK, K1, K2tog) 4 times around (12 sts)

Next round - decrease, working (SSK, K1) 4 times around (8 sts)

Pull yarn through remaining sts and fasten.

Thumb:

Put 5 held sts on needle and knit across. (If working stripe, use CC.)

Pick up one stitch on each side and 6 sts from cast-on sts on top, giving you 13 picked up sts for thumb.

Distribute on 3 needles.

Knit 9 rounds even.

Next round - decrease, working (K1, SSK) 3 times and (SSK) 2 times. (8 sts)

Pull yarn through remaining sts and fasten.

If necessary, close hole on side of thumb with yarn tail. Weave in ends.


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