Easy Striped Mittens – Free Knitting Pattern
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Here’s an easy striped mitten knitting pattern for holiday gifts!
by Laurie Kynaston
Laurie sells vintage knitting patterns, and offers free knitting patterns like this one, on her website at Vintageknits.com
Materials You Need:
- Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted yarn (85% wool/15% mohair, 4 oz skein has 190 yds);
1 skein each 2 colors of your choice (I used Blue Boy #79 and Sun Yellow #13). You can easily get 2 pairs of mittens from the 2 skeins of yarn.
- double point needles US #4 & #6 (I also used a 12″ circular needle
size #6 for the main part of the mitten).
- 2 ring markers and a small stitch holder for the thumb gusset.
4 1/2 sts=1″ on #6 needles.
My pair will fit an average size adult hand comfortably (I like my mittens to be a bit roomy). Claudia says to subtract 6 stitches for a child’s size & to add 6 stitches for a huge adult hand.
Easy Striped Mittens to Knit
Stripe Pattern: Work 4 rounds in Color #1, 4 rounds in Color #2, repeat.
With #4 needles and Color #1 (Blue Boy in my pair), cast on 32 stitches. Join and work in knit 1, purl 1 ribbing in the round, placing a stitch marker at beg of round. Work in stripes (switching colors every 5th round) until cuff measures 3″ or desired length–my mittens have 3 blue stripes and 2 yellow stripes, and ended after the 4th round of the blue stripe.
Continue working in stripe pattern as established!
Switch to #6 needles; *knit 8, make 1 st*, repeat around: 36 stitches (I “make one” by picking up the bar between stitches and knitting into the back of it. Makes a nice nearly invisible increase).
Next round: Knit 1, place 2nd marker, knit around.
Round 1: slip 1st marker, make 1 stitch, knit 1, make 1 stitch, slip 2nd marker, knit around (38 stitches).
Round 2: knit around.
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until there are 13 stitches between the 2 markers/48 stitches total (your 2nd increase round will be: slip 1st marker, make 1 stitch, knit 3 stitches, make 1 stitch, slip 2nd marker; 3rd inc round will be: slip 1st marker, make 1 stitch, knit 5 stitches, make 1 stitch, slip 2nd marker, etc).
Knit across 13 gusset stitches, then slip them onto a stitch holder or piece of waste yarn. Continue knitting around on remaining stitches, increase 1 stitch at end of round, placing ‘beginning of the round’ marker after the increased stitch: 36 stitches. Continue working in the round and in stripe pattern as established for another 2 1/2″ (my mitten has 2 more yellow stripes & 2 more blue stripes above the thumb gusset), then work in color #2 (yellow) only for remainder of mitten. Work until mitten is long enough to clear your little
finger (4″ above the thumb gusset in my case).
Round 1: *knit 4, knit 2 together*; repeat around: 30 sts.
Round 2: knit
Round 3: *knit 3, knit 2 together*; repeat round: 24 sts.
Round 4: knit
Round 5: *knit 2, knit 2 together*; repeat around: 18 sts.
Round 6: knit
Round 7: *knit 1, knit 2 together*; repeat around: 12 sts.
Round 8: knit
Round 9: *knit 2 together*; repeat around: 6 sts (Note: I like to use a #4 needle for the last decrease round, as it helps alleviate those large ‘loops’ when you pull the final 6 sts. together).
Cut yarn, leaving a 12″ tail; with a darning needle, run the yarn through the remaining 6 stitches and pull tight. Weave in end.
Worked with Color 2 (yellow). Pick up all stitches on thumb holder, using #6 needles, arranging the stitches around the needles & picking up 3 stitches across the ‘bridge’ where you cast on the stitch when starting the hand–16 stitches. Join work, placing marker if desired to note beginning of round.
Round 1: knit around (I like to knit into the back of those 3 picked up stitches on the 1st round to tighten them up and avoid a hole). Continue knitting around until thumb measures 2 3/4″ or desired length (should clear the top of your thumb nail). Next round: *knit 2 together*, repeat around–8 stitches remaining. Close as for top of mitten. Weave in all ends.