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Easy Mittens Knitting Pattern (Knit In The Round)


This easy mittens knitting pattern is an excellent project for anyone learning how to knit in the round using the magic loop technique.

I wanted to share a mitten pattern you can make in around 2-3 hours.

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.

Scroll down to view the free pattern, or grab your printer-friendly, ad-free PDF here.


Easy Mittens Knitting Pattern For Beginners

Grab your printable, ad-free pattern here.

The pattern PDF features the pattern with and without the photo tutorial.

You may also enjoy this pattern – The Bernie Knitted Mittens Pattern {Quick Knit}

Skill Level – Easy (advanced beginner knitter)


Make super chunky knitted mittens to keep your hands warm and toasty this winter!

There is a video tutorial to help you knit the thumb of a mitten over on my YouTube channel here.

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Size Information

Size mittens = Adult medium
Finished measurements – laying flat and unstretched =

8 inches Circumference/10 inches long, including the cuff.

Gauge – 10 sts and 15 rounds = 4 inches/10 cm in Stockinette stitch

knitted mittens in lion brand wool ease thick and quick yarn

The Supplies You Need…




knitted mitten


Knitting Abbreviations And Terms (US And UK)

  • Approx – Approximately
  • Beg – Begin(ning)
  • CO – Cast on
  • K – Knit
  • K2tog – Knit the next two 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)

Time needed: 1 day, 2 hours and 30 minutes

How To Knit Mittens – Step By Step Detailed Instructions

  1. The Cuff

    With 10mm (US 15) circular knitting needles CO 18sts,
    PM (place stitch marker) 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.
    easy mittens on the needles

  2. 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).
    mittens on knitting needles

  3. 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)
    mittens knit with thumb gusset

  4. Knitting The Body

    Knit 12 rounds
    knitting the main body of the mitten

  5. 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.
    knitting chunky mittens

  6. 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)
    picking up a stitch for the mittens thumb

  7. Adding A Stitch Marker

    Place a stitch marker under the picked-up stitch to mark the beg of the round.
    adding a stitch marker to the thumb

  8. 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, then pull up tight to close.
    4. Secure and weave in any loose ends.
    weaving in the ends of the finished mitten

  9. Finishing The Mitten

    Turn the mitten to the right side (the stockinette stitch side) 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.
    closing the gap at the base of the thumb

  10. Repeat The Pattern

    Repeat the pattern for the second mitten.
    The left and right mitten are created the same.
    chunky knit mitten

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Inside Out?

You may see that the purl side of your work is on the outside.

Don’t worry; this is perfectly okay because of how you position your hands while you work; the knitting just flipped to the inside of the needle.

It’s fine to continue with it inside out, but if it bothers you, poke it back through the center of the needle, and it will be fixed.

If you’re still close to the cast on, it may flip back on you.

Once it’s a little longer, it should stay where it is.

Knitting with the tube inside out is not a problem at all; it’s just a matter of personal preference.

picking up a stitch for the easy mittens thumb

An Easy Pair Of Mittens To Knit!

The classic 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.

Easy Mittens Knitting Pattern (Knit In The Round)

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 you must use the magic loop technique.

If you are new to using circulars, they soon become your favorites to work on once you get used to them.

Knit mittens
easy mittens in super bulky yarn

Are Mittens Hard To Make?

The difficulty of making mittens depends on several factors, including your skill level, the complexity of the mitten pattern you choose, and your familiarity with knitting or crocheting techniques.

For beginners, simple mitten patterns with basic stitches like knit and purl can be relatively easy to follow.

However, shaping the thumb gusset and joining the mitten top can be tricky for beginners.

As you gain more experience and confidence in your knitting or crocheting skills, you can try more intricate mitten patterns that incorporate different stitches, colorwork, or decorative elements.

These patterns may require more advanced techniques and careful attention to detail.

Overall, while making mittens can be challenging for beginners, with practice and patience, it’s certainly an achievable project for crafters of all skill levels.

Starting with a simple pattern and gradually progressing to more complex designs can help you build your skills and confidence over time.

Additionally, there are many resources available, such as online tutorials and instructional books, to guide you through the process.

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  1. Thank you for the free pattern. I am 81 years of age and only retired at 79 due to stage 4 matasticized cancer. I am mostly a cable knitter
    ; throws, pillows, scarves. I spent 10 years in the Navy (2 volunteer tours in NAM), 25 years as a NASA contractor (Apollo, Sky lab, Hubble, and finally The James Webb Space Telescope.) I have knitted off and on as a relaxing tool since many of the projects I’ve been involved in have been a tad stressful. I have been married for 62 years to my wonderful wife (she who completes me) with two great children. Thank you again for your site. Merry Christmas.
    Martin (A child of the Gael, my mother’s son.)

    1. Hello Martin, thank you so much for visiting my site and taking a look around at the patterns. I enjoyed reading about your interest in knitting and working for NASA! Wow, that is amazing πŸ™‚ I hope you continue to relax with your knitting and have a very merry Christmas!

  2. Good Morning,

    I’m wondering if you can help me. I would really like to try your pattern for the Easy Mittens Knitting Pattern and I’m stumped. I have the correct needles and yarn weight but am unable to do the initial join after casting on 18 stitches. Am I doing something wrong?? I prefer knitting in the round over DPN’s so I was excited when I found your pattern. Any help is appreciated. I have a beautiful purple yarn that I’d love to see worked up as mittens.

    Thanks in advance πŸ™‚


  3. I want to make these for someone with bigger hands. How would I go about that? This pattern says the mittens are 8” circumference but I need them to be 10” circumference.

    1. Hello Sabrina, you will have to adjust the number of stitches you cast on to make the gloves larger. Instead of 18 stitches, you could cast on 20 or 22 or 24. I think 22 will be a good number to make the gloves have a circumference of 10 inches. Then you would have to adjust the number of stitches you work in the rest of the pattern from there. I hope that helps! πŸ™‚

  4. For the increase and decrease rounds should I increase and decrease an extra stitch or leave that the same and just knit the extra stitches?

    1. I would increase and decrease the extra stitches also. You will be increasing the original number of cast-on sts through the pattern, so they will then have to be decreased in order for the shaping to look correct. I hope that makes sense πŸ™‚

  5. I was perusing Pinterest and came upon your mitten pattern. I have some extra Thick n Quick and decided to check out your pattern. I have been knitting for years and I’ve never seen anyone knit inside out like this before. Very interesting! Is that an English thing? I have learned over the years that there are a million different ways to knit! I normally knit from my front needle (therefore right side out) and I also find it easier to use a longer cord when I’m doing magic loop.
    Thank you for the pattern! Off to look for my yarn so I can make these mittens…

    1. Hello Monica, I’m not sure it’s an English thing to knit the mittens inside out, that just kind of happened when I wrote the pattern! I hope you enjoy making them, they are very quick to knit up πŸ™‚

      1. Hi Louise,

        Do I have to have my mittens inside out to for it to work out? I just noticed I’ve been knitting normally, but your pictures show inside out.


        1. Hello Shauna,
          No, you can knit them with the right side out and they will look the same.
          Sometimes for smaller projects, I knit with the inside out facing me, just the way I feel comfortable.
          Either way is acceptable and the mittens will look the same.
          I hope that helps,

  6. Does this pattern work for children sizes also? Can I buy patterns for all sizes as I knit for charity. Thanks. Mary

    1. Hello Mary, the cast on number of stitches in this pattern is for a woman’s size medium. I don’t have the pattern for any other size at the moment. Thanks for visiting πŸ™‚

  7. Hi, I am having a bit of trouble knitting the thumbs on the mittens. I’m not quite sure how to join the yarn back in after cutting it off at the top of the mitten. Is there an easy way to do this? Thanks

    1. Hello Linsey, to join the yarn, you need to attach it to the first loop on the needle before you start knitting again. I normally thread a darning needle with the yarn, pull it through the first loop on the needle and then tie it once to secure. I hope that helps πŸ™‚

  8. Hello, I apologize but I can’t seem to figure out how to do the thumb… Do you have more clear pictures for each step?

    Kind regards,

    1. Hello Heidi,
      Sorry, I don’t have any more images for the thumb instuctions.
      Perhaps you can as in the Handy Little Me Facebook group, message me or send an email if you can explain further what you need help with?

  9. YAY – finished one! I made a few mistakes with the thumb, but I’ll call it my twist on your design. Now I need to make the next one match! I think the second one will be a bit easier (I hope.) Thanks for the pattern. I hope to move on to the cable mittens at some point and hopefully then socks.

    1. Hello Maria,
      I’m so happy you are enjoying the mittens pattern, perhaps you can rework the thumb when you have finished the second mitten?

  10. How comes it’s a stocking stitch when you turned it inside out? When you say Knit 12 rounds for the body, is that all in knit stitch? Or do you purl anywhere.


    1. Hello Nicole,
      When you knit in the round on circular needles, your knitted fabric looks like garter stitch bumps on the wrong side and stocking stitch on the right side.
      So you knit those 12 rounds for the body – on the circulars and it looks like stocking stitch.
      I hope that helps!

  11. Hello! Beginner knitter and very excited to try this pattern. Question on the needles: if I’m doing the magic loop method, can they be longer than 20″? Seems most of the size 15 16-20″ or even 9 are sold out online πŸ™ It’s mostly now 36-40

    Thanks in advance πŸ™‚ Love your site!

    1. Hello Emily,
      Yes you can use any size cable really, the shorter ones may make it a bit easier for you, but I often use a longer one if my shorter cables are busy with other projects!
      The results of the project will be the same.
      I hope that helps and happy knitting!

  12. Hello! I’ve been working away on this pattern and having a lot of fun but I’ve hit a roadblock. On step 9, “Co 1 st and K10”, am I supposed to cast on 1 stitch with my working yarn on the right needle? Or am I supposed to cast on a new stitch in the place I just removed the thumb marker? I have no idea how to do that if it’s the latter! Help?

    1. Hello Isla,
      For this step you should remove the marker, then cast on 1 st and K 10.
      You can use the thumb method to cast on that stitch if it is easier, using your working yarn and then continuing to knit.
      I hope that helps!

  13. I just happened upon your website and was excited to see your pattern for these easy mittens. Is there any chance that you can build a pattern for a “glove” that you put your tennis racquet handle in one end and your hand in the other end (where the cuff is)? I cannot find a pattern/instructions and have Googled high and low. I have a store-bought version of the glove but it is not knitted. I can take a photo and send it to you of this item, if that will help. Thanks in advance for trying to help me achieve my goal of securing a pattern so I can knit myself a glove to wear while playing tennis.

    1. Hello Elaine,
      I haven’t seen a tennis glove before!
      I can’t commit to any projects right now, as I have so much on preparing for new collections and collaborations.
      Perhaps you could adapt a glove pattern that you already have? To add an extra strap around the cuff?
      Let me know how it goes!

      1. Thanks, Louise. I can appreciate how busy you are. I’m not skilled enough to do that and there is no need for an extra strap around the cuff. Maybe I’ll find a pattern ‘one of these days.’ I’ll keep looking.

  14. Do you have any video on how to “Pick up and knit 1 st from the CO edge. (8 sts)” from step 6? I don’t know how to do that…