This easy mittens knitting pattern is an excellent project for anyone who is learning how to knit in the round using the magic loop technique.
I wanted to share with you a mitten pattern, that you can make in around 2-3 hours.
Scroll down for the free pattern or you can grab your printer-friendly, ad-free PDF here.
The mittens are perfect for the colder weather, as they have been knit with super bulky yarn (06), in one of my favorite yarns to knit with – Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick.
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An Easy Pair Of Mittens To Knit!
The mittens are easy to make, with advanced beginner knitters in mind.
Using knit and purl stitches, you will create ribbing, for the cuff, knit in the round and it will also introduce you to decreasing and shaping.
The pattern and photo tutorial below will help you to create your mittens in no time at all, even if you are a fairly new knitter.
The Yarn + Needles I Used…
I made the mittens using Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn in fisherman (yarn weight – super bulky/super chunky/14 ply).
I knit them on size 10 mm (US 15) 16″ circular needles, so there was no seaming involved, just a few loose ends to sew in at the end.
You could use 9″ circulars if you wish, as using the 16″ or 20″ circulars means that you will have to use the magic loop technique.
If you are new to using circulars, once you get used to them, they soon become your favorites to work on.
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:
This pattern is great for any advanced beginner knitters.
- You should be comfortable casting on and casting off, as well as knitting in garter stitch.
- You should be comfortable working the purl stitch.
- You should be comfortable knitting in the round.
- You should also be comfortable reading knitting patterns.
- And understanding knitting abbreviations and terms.
Easy Mittens Knitting Pattern For Beginners
The pattern PDF features the pattern with the photo tutorial and without.
You may also enjoy this pattern – The Bernie Knitted Mittens Pattern
Skill Level – Easy
Make super chunky knitted mittens to keep your hands warm and toasty this winter!
There is a video tutorial to help you to knit the thumb of a mitten over on my YouTube channel here.
- Please do not copy, sell, redistribute or republish this pattern.
- If you wish to share this pattern, link to the pattern page only.
- You may sell items produced using this pattern.
- Do NOT use the copyrighted photos for your product listing.
Finished measurements – laying flat and unstretched =
8 inches Circumference / 10 inches long including the cuff.
Gauge – 10 sts and 15 rounds = 4in/10cm in Stockinette stitch
The Supplies You Need…
- 1 skein of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in Fisherman.
- Super bulky.super chunky/14 ply – 106 yards.
- Yarn weight guide
- Set of 10.00mm (US 15) 16″ circulars
- Or a set of 10mm (US 15) 20″ circulars.
- Please note you may need to learn the magic loop technique.
Abbreviations / Knitting Abbreviations List
- Approx = Approximately
- Beg = Begin(ning)
- CO – Cast on
- K = Knit
- K2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together
- M1 – Make one stitch
- P – Purl
- PM – Place marker
- Rem = Remaining
- Rep = Repeat
- Rnd(s) = Round(s)
- SM – Slip marker
- St(s) = Stitch(es)
How To Knit Mittens – Step By Step
- The Cuff
With 10mm (US 15) circular knitting needles CO 18sts,
PM and Join in the round – being careful not to twist sts.
*Remember to use the magic loop technique if your cable is 16 inches or more.
1st round – K1, P1 to the end of the round.
Rep 1st round – Cont to work in 1×1 ribbing for 2 inches.
Next round – *K8, M1, K1* – then rep from * to * once more time (2 sts increased = 20 sts).
Knit 3 rounds.
- Thumb Increase
1. K9, pm, M1, K1, M1, pm, K10 (2 sts increased = 22 sts).
2. Knit to the end of the round (slipping markers).
3. K9, SM, M1, K3, M1, SM, K10 (2 sts increased = 24 sts)
4. Knit to the end of the round (slipping markers).
5. K9, SM, M1, K5, M1, SM, K10 (2 sts increased = 26 sts)
6. Knit to the end of the round (slipping markers).
- Placing The Thumb Stitches Onto A Stitch Holder
7. K9, remove the marker and place 7sts onto a stitch holder.
8. Remove the next marker.
9. Co 1 st and K 10. (20 sts)
- Knitting The Body
Knit 12 rounds
- Decreasing The Body Of The Mitten
1. K2tog, K6, K2tog, K2tog, K6, K2tog. (16 sts)
2. *K2tog, K4, K2tog*, rep from * to *. (12 sts)
3. *K2tog, K2, K2tog*, rep from * to * (8 sts left on needles).
4. Cut yarn and leave a long tail – about 8/9 inches, weave that tail through the rem sts, and pull up tight at the top of the mitten.
5. Secure and weave in any loose ends.
- Placing The Thumb Stitches Onto The Needles
Place the 7 sts on the stitch holder onto the needles.
Pick up and knit 1 st from the CO edge. (8 sts)
- Adding A Stitch Marker
Place a stitch marker under the picked-up stitch to mark the beg of the round.
- Knitting The Thumb
1. Knit 8 rounds.
2. To decrease the thumb – *K2tog* to the end of the round. (4 sts)
3. Cut a tail of yarn and weave through the rem sts and pull up tight to close.
4. Secure and weave in any loose ends.
- Finishing The Mitten
Turn the mitten inside out and use the yarn from near the picked-up stitch to close the gap near the base of the thumb.
Weave in any other loose ends.
- Repeat The Pattern
Repeat the pattern for the second mitten.
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Happy Knitting! xoxo