Toddler Mittens

November 29, 2011

I'm getting close to the end of my pregnancy, and I haven't been feeling so motivated to work on my sewing projects lately.  Instead I've spent a few evenings with my knitting.  You already saw how I redid a little red hat, but in our winter gear was also one lonely mitten that was just the right size for Kid 2 and had a matching hat.  I knit this set years ago, and sometime along the way one of the mittens went missing.  I am not a very experienced knitter, but I can knit simple things, and mittens fall into this category for me.  Knitting mittens for small people is a nice project because it doesn't use up a lot of yarn or time.  Both are pluses for me.

This is a pattern I made up as I went along, so I am happy to share it with you.  Please let me know about any problems so that I can fix them.  As I said, I am not an experencienced knitter, and there is probably a better way to knit mittens, but this is what I did and they turned out rather well.

Click "read more" for the full pattern. 

Toddler Mitten Pattern 
(sized 2T)
  • Set of size 5 double pointed needles
  • 1 ball of sport weight yarn (I used Patons Classic Wool Yarn.  One ball will be more than enough for 2 little mittens, but buy two contrasting colours for stripes.)
  • Large safety pin
  • Yarn needle for weaving in your ends
Gauge: 1" = 5 (stockinette) stitches


Cuff (add rows for a longer cuff)
Cast on 25 stitches onto 3 needles by K3, P2 (with blue)
Rows 1-13: K3, P2
(switch to grey)

Main Part
Rows 14-17: K
(switch to blue)
Row 18: K
Row 19: K 20, hold last 5 on a safety pin*
Row 20: P 20 (reverse direction instead of going all the way around)
Row 21: K 20
(switch to grey)
Row 22: Cast on 5 P, P 20
Row 23-25: P (at this point you are knitting back on the round again)
(switch to blue)
Row 26-29: P
(switch to grey)
Row 30-32: P
Row 33: P 23 P2Tog

Decrease Rows
Divide onto 4 needles (6 on each)
(switch to blue)
Row 34: P (24)
Row 35: P2Tog, P8, 2 P2Tog, P8, P2Tog
Row 36: P2Tog, P6, 2 P2Tog, P6, P2Tog
Row 37: P2Tog, P4, 2 P2Tog, P4, P2Tog
Row 38: P2Tog, P2, 2 P2Tog, P2, P2Tog
You will have 8 stitches left, cut your yarn and thread it through the loops.  Pull tight to close.  Knot the top closed.  

Using 5 needles
#1 put on the 5 held stitches (from the safety pin)
#2 pick up 2 along the side
#3 pick up the 5 cast on stitches
#4 pick up 2 along the side
Row 1-2: P (blue)
Switch to grey
Row 3-7: P
Switch to blue
Row 8-12 P
You will have 8 stitches left, cut your yarn and thread it through the loops.  Pull tight to close.  Knot the top closed. 

Weave in any loose ends.  Knit an I-cord from one mitten to the other (to keep from loosing one mitten).  If knitting an I-cord mystifies you, I love this tutorial from the Purl Bee

*Instructions are for knitting a left mitten.  To knit a right mitten (which you will want to do when you finish your left), at row 19, hold 5 on a safety pin at the beginning of the row instead of at the end.  Everything else is the same.


The Thomases said...

Super cute Carlee! Great job!

Carrie said...

Love these mittens! Question on the thumb part: it says I will have 8 stitches left at the end. Do I decrease at some point cause im counting more than 8 st on my needles?

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