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Lion Mittens for Kids

Make easy-to-knit furry friends just the right size for children's hands.

What you'll need:

  • 1 skein each of gray for MC and brown for B.
  • Size G/6 crochet hook

Skill Level: Easy

Sizes: Children's size 2 (4, 6, 8)

Finished Measurements:
Width: 2-3/4 (3, 3-1/4, 3-1/2) inches
Length: 5 (6-1/2, 7, 7-1/2) inches


Cuff: With MC and smaller needles, cast on 23 (25, 27, 29) sts.


Row 1 (WS): P1; (k1, p1) across.

Row 2: K1; (p1, k1) across.

Rep Ribbing Rows 1-2 to approx 1-1/2 (2, 2-1/2, 2-1/2) inches from beg, ending with a WS row. Eyelets: K1; (yo, k2tog) across. Change to larger needles. P 1 row. Work 0 (2, 4, 4) St st rows.


Row 1 (RS): K11 (12, 13, 14), pm, M1, k1, M1, pm, k to end of row.

Row 2: P across.

Row 3: K to marker, sl marker, M1, k to marker, M1, k to end of row.

Rep rows 2-3 until there are 9 (9, 11, 11) sts bet markers. P 1 row. Next Row: K across, removing markers and placing thumb sts onto a spare strand of yarn. Cont St st on the 22 (24, 26, 28) sts until piece measures approx 4 (5, 6, 6-1/2) inches from beg, ending with a WS row and placing a marker after the 11th (12th, 13th, 14th) st.

Top Shaping

Row 1 (RS): Ssk, k to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, sl marker, ssk, k to last 2 sts, k2tog.

Row 2: P across.

Rep last 2 rows until 14 (16, 18, 20) sts rem. (K2tog) across--7 (8, 9, 10) sts. Leaving a long tail, cut yarn.


Thread tail into yarn needle. Beg with the last st on needle, take yb through rem sts, twice. Pull up to tightly close opening. Leave tail for joining sides.


With the RS facing, return sts to larger needle. Join MC and k9 (9, 11, 11).

Next Row: P3 (3, 4, 4), p2tog, p4 (4, 5, 5). Work 2 (2, 4, 4) more St st rows on the 8 (8, 10, 10) sts. (K2tog) across. Rep Closure as for Top Shaping. Join thumb seam. Darn opening closed. Weave in loose ends on WS.

Ears (make two)

Leaving an 8-inch tail at beg and end, with smaller needles and MC, cast on 5 sts. P 1 row. Ssk, k1, k2tog. P3. Sl 1 st purlwise and with yarn on WS, k2tog, pass slipped st over the k2tog. Fasten off.

Using saved tail from top closure, join side seam to same length as top of Thumb.


Cut 6-inch strands of Color B. * Fold one strand in half to form a lp. Beg at top of thumb and near the side edge, using crochet hook, take lp through one half of a st. Take ends through lp and pull up to form a knot. Rep from * around, adding a fringe in every other st so that sides correspond. Add two more rows of fringe; trim. Place ears at top of head, 3 sts apart. Using saved tail, sew in place.

Facial Features

Thread yarn needle with an 18-inch double strand of B. Locate center st and center row of the St st area of back. Mark st 1/2 inch below center. For Nose: * Take yarn needle from WS to RS into marked st. Take yarn needle from RS to WS 1/2 inch from first st. Rep from * 3 times more. For Eyes: Go up 2 sts from nose, take needle from WS to RS into sp next to center st. Skip 2 sts and take needle to WS in next st above. Make a corresponding eye on opposite side of nose. For Mouth: Take needle from WS to RS into sp below nose, skip 2 sts down and take needle to WS in space next to center st. Make a corresponding stitch for opposite side of mouth. Secure ends on WS. Cut 2 strands of B 5 inches long. Thread into needle and through space beneath nose. Fray ends. Complete side closing.


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