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So-Simple Knitted Mittens

Outdoor games are so much more fun when your hands are snug and cozy inside handmade knitted mittens.

Skill Level: Easy

Sizes: SMALL (M, L)
Note: Sizes for most Better Homes and Gardens knitting projects are noted in the instructions. When one size is written out in capitalized letters, it is to note the size of the modeled garment. The instructions are written for the smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. For ease in working, before you begin, circle the numbers pertaining to the size you are knitting or crocheting.

Finished Measurements:
Width: 4 (4 1/2, 5) inches
Length: 9 1/2 (10 1/4, 11) inches

Related Article: Common Knitting Abbreviations

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What You Need

  • Patons Shetland Chunky, 75% acrylic/25% wool, bulky weight yarn (148 yards per ball): For all sizes, 1 ball of Zircon (3734) OR Plum Crazy (3728) OR Mango (3714)
  • Size 6 (4 mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Yarn needle
  • Two ring-type stitch markers


In St st (knit RS rows, purl WS rows), 15 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches/10 cm. TAKE TIME TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE!

Special Abbreviations

M1: Lift running thread before next stitch onto left-hand needle and knit in its back loop to make one stitch.
Ssk: Slip next 2 sts knitwise, one at a time to right-hand needle, insert tip of left-hand needle into fronts of these 2 sts and k tog.
Pm: Place a marker.

First Mitten

Cast on 25 (29, 33) sts. Beg with a purl row, work 5 St st rows. Inc 1 st each edge now and then every 4th row twice more -- 31 (35, 39) sts. Work even to approx 2 1/2 (3, 3 1/2) inches from beg, ending with a WS row.

Row 1 (RS): K15 (17, 19) sts, pm, M1, k1, M1, pm, k15 (17, 19).
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: K to marker, sl marker, M1, k to marker, M1, sl marker, k to end of row.
Rep Rows 2-3 until there are 13 (13, 15) sts between markers. Purl next row, removing markers. Next Row: K across, placing thumb sts onto a spare strand of yarn. Work even on the 30 (34, 38) sts until piece measures approx 8 1/2 (9, 9 1/2) inches from beg, ending with a WS row and pm after 15th (17th, 19th) st.

Top Shaping
Dec Row (RS): Ssk, k to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, sl marker, ssk, k to last 2 sts, k2tog. Next Row: Purl. Rep last 2 rows until 18 (18, 22) sts rem. On next RS row, (k2tog) across. P9 (9, 10). Leaving a long tail for sewing, cut yarn.

Thread tail into yarn needle. Beg with the last st on needle, take yarn back through rem sts, twice. Pull up to tightly close opening. Join sides tog.

With RS facing, return sts to needle. Join yarn and k13 (13, 15). Next Row: P5 (5, 7), p2tog, p6. Work 6 (6, 8) more St st rows on the 12 (12, 14) sts. Next Row: (K2tog) across. Cut yarn, leaving a 10 inches tail. Rep Closure as for Top. Join thumb seam. Darn opening. Weave in loose ends on WS of fabric.

Second Mitten

Work as for First Mitten.


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