Warm Winter Mittens - A Knitting Pattern

Measurements

  • Palm circumference: approx 19 cm / 7½ in
  • Measurement from wrist to tip (without cuffs): approx 24 cm / 9½ in
  • Cuffs: approx 10 cm / 4 in

Materials

  • Main color (MC): 100—150 g (3½—5¼ oz) of Novita Isoveli in light gray (color #043)
  • Contrasting color (CC): 100 g (3½ oz) of Novita Isoveli in moss green (#034)
  • a set of 6 mm (US 10) dpn’s or a circular needle (or size to obtain gauge)
  • stitch holder or safety pin

Pattern Stitch

  • Row 1: With CC, *k1, sl 1 purlwise; repeat from * across.
  • Row 2: With CC, *p1, sl 1 purlwise with yarn in front; repeat from * across.
  • Row 3: With MC, *sl 1 purlwise, k1; repeat from * across.
  • Row 4: With MC, *sl 1 purlwise with yarn in front, p1; repeat from * across.

Repeat rows 1—4.

Gauge: 22 sts x 42 rows = 10 cm / 4 in

Right Mitten

Cast on 44 sts with MC. Divide stitches evenly to dpn’s (or circular needle.) Work in stocking stitch for 3 rnds. Change to CC, knit in pattern stitch until piece measures 7 cm / 2¾ in.

Thumb Gusset

Start the increases on an odd row of the pattern stitch.

  • Continuing in pattern stitch, work 24 sts, inc 2 by knitting into the front, back and front of the same stitch, 20 sts.
  • Work 5 rnds across.
  • 25 sts, inc 2, 21 sts.
  • Work 5 rnds across.
  • 26 sts, inc 2, 22 sts.
  • Work 5 rnds across.
  • 27 sts, inc 2, 23 sts.
  • Work 3 rnds across.
  • 28 sts, inc 2, 24 sts.
  • Work 3 rnds across.
  • 29 sts, inc 2, 25 sts (= 56 sts)

Work 37 sts, slip last 14 sts just knitted onto a stitch holder (or a safety pin) to pick up later for thumb. Work remaining 19 sts. (Make a note of on which row of the pattern stitch you are currently working on so that you can later continue working on the thumb on the right row.)

Palm

Work 23 sts, cast on 2 sts, work 19 sts (= 44 sts). Continue with the pattern stitch until piece measures approx 19 cm / 7½ in. (to the half way of the little finger). On the next odd row of the pattern stitch, dec 2 sts (by k3tog) at the end of needles #2 and #4 (= 40 sts remaining). Continue with the pattern stitch until there is approx 3 cm / 1—1¼ in remaining to the tip of your longest finger.

Tip Shaping

Start the decreases on an odd row of the pattern stitch. Dec 2 (by k3tog) at the beginning of needles #1 and #3 or at the end of needles #2 and #4 on every other rnd 7 times (= 12 sts remaining). (By alternating the placement of the decreases the mitten tip does not become slant.) Work to the end of an even row. Divide the sts onto two needles, 6 sts per needle. Graft the end of the mitten together using kitchener stitch.

Thumb

Work 14 sts on the stitch holder, pick up 4 sts at base of the 2 cast-on stitches (= 18 sts). Continue with the pattern stitch to the half way of the thumbnail.

Start the decreases on an odd row of the pattern stitch.

  • Dec 2 on each needle (= 10 sts remaining).
  • Work the next round across.
  • Divide the sts onto two needles, dec 2 on both needles (= 6 sts remaining).
  • Work the next round across.
  • Thread both yarns through the remaining sts twice and draw up tightly. Fasten off.

Left Mitten

Work as for right mitten to the beginning of the thumb gusset. Start the increases on an odd row of the pattern stitch.

  • Continuing in pattern stitch, work 20 sts, inc 2 by knitting into the front, back and front of the same stitch, 24 sts.
  • Work 5 rnds across.
  • 21 sts, inc 2, 25 sts.
  • Work 5 rnds across.
  • 22 sts, inc 2, 26 sts.
  • Work 5 rnds across.
  • 23 sts, in 2, 27 sts.
  • Work 3 rnds across.
  • 24 sts, inc 2, 28 sts.
  • Work 3 rnds across.
  • 25 sts, inc 2, 29 sts (= 56 sts)

Work 33 sts, slip last 14 sts just knitted onto a stitch holder (or a safety pin) to pick up later for thumb. Work remaining 23 sts.

Left Mitten Palm: Work 19 sts, inc 2, work 23 sts (= 44 sts). Complete as for right mitten.

Finishing

Turn and sew the bottom edge of the mitten to the wrong side. Weave in all loose ends.

Optional Long Cuffs

To keep your wrists warm you can also knit longer cuffs. Turn the mittens inside out. Pick up 32 sts with MC from approx 2.5 cm / 1 in from the bottom edge. Work in k2, p2 ribbing for approx 12 cm / 5 in. Cast off loosely, weave in all ends. Knit the other cuff similarly.