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Knit-to-Fit Mittens

Like the little kittens that were smitten with their mittens, these kid-size duplicate-stitch versions are purr-fectly suited to your little ones.

What You'll Need:

Your hands will stay cozy and warm with these mittens.
  • Sizes 3 and 5 double-pointed knitting needles (dpn)
  • Lamb's Pride Superwash Bulky (100-gram or 110-yard skein) in desired color
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • 2 small stitch holders
  • Stitch marker
  • 10 yards of white yarn in a bulky weight

Gauge: Working in rounds of stockinette stitch (st st) and with larger dpns, 5 sts and 7 rnds = 1 inch.

Skill level: Intermediate

Knitting Abbreviations:

  • k = knit
  • p = purl
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • tog = together
  • rnd = round


1. Download the free pattern for this project. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.)

Knit-to-Fit Mittens pattern

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2. For mittens (make two): With smaller dpns and main color, cast on 28 (32, 36) sts. Arrange the sts onto 3 dpns; join and place a marker to indicate the beginning of rnd. Work around in k 1, p 1 ribbing for 2 (2 1/2, 2 1/2) inches.

3. Change to the larger dpns. Knit every rnd for st st until the piece measures 2 3/4 (3 1/2, 3 1/2) inches from beginning.

4. For thumb, slip 6 sts onto holder; cast on 6 sts; k around = 28 (32, 36) sts. Work even to 4 3/4 (6, 6 1/2) inches from beginning.

5. For shaping, Rnd 1: (K 2, k 2 tog) around. Rnd 2: K 21 (24, 27) sts. Rnd 3: (K 1, k 2 tog) around. Rnd 4: K 14 (16, 18 ) sts. Rnd 5: (K 2 tog) around = 7 (8, 9) sts.

6. Cut yarn leaving 8-inch tail. Thread tail into needle and back through remaining sts. Pull up to gather; close top opening. Secure.

7. To complete thumb, k 6 sts from holder, pick up and k 6 more sts around opening. Arrange the 12 sts onto three dpns; join. Work around in st st until thumb measures 1 1/4 (1 1/2, 1 3/4) inches from beginning. K 2 tog around. Leaving a 6-inch tail, cut yarn. Thread tail into yarn needle and back through remaining sts.

8. Using the duplicate stitch chart, count stitches on mitten top to center pattern and embroider backs with white yarn. Weave loose ends on wrong side of knitting.


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