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Child’s Mitts

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Child's Mitts

This sample was knit with generic fingering weight sock yarn on the size needles stated in the pattern.

Materials, Gauge and Size

1 pair of 3mm (US size 2 or 3) straight needles
1 pair of 2mm (US size 0) straight needles
Fine fingering or sock weight (Aus 3 ply weight) wool

Gauge and size

At a gauge of 3½ ribs per inch, the mitten measures 1 7/8 inch/4.75cm across and 3 inches/7½cm from wrist to fingertips.


yo = yarn over
k = knit
k2tog = knit two stitches together


Using 3mm (US 2 or 3) needles, cast on 57sts

Chart for knitting child's mittens from Home Work, published in1891

Rows 1-14: *Yo, slip 1 as if to purl, k2tog; repeat from * to the end of the row

Change to 2mm (US size 0) needles and work four more rows in the same manner as row 1.

Row 19: *K1, k2tog; repeat from * to the end of the row (38sts)

Row 20: K1, *yo, k2tog; repeat from * to the last st, k1

Row 21: Knit

Rows 22-29: * K1, p1; repeat from * to the end of the row

Change back to larger needles

Row 30: *yo, slip 1 purlways, k1; repeat from * to the end of the row (57sts)

Rows 31-37: *Yo, slip 1 purlways, k2tog; repeat from * to the end of the row


Right hand mitten

Row 38: (yo, slip 1 purlways, k2tog) 6 times turn and continue on these 18sts for the thumb

Next 13 rows: (yo, slip 1 purlways, k2tog) 6 times

Row 52: Still working on the 18sts, *K1, k2tog; repeat from * to the end of the row

Row 53: K2tog across the row. Cut the yarn, thread through the remaining stitches, pull tight and fasten off.

Rejoin yarn to the body of the mittens and complete the row.

Mitten Body

Work 22 rows as follows: yo, slip 1 purlways, k2tog

Row 23: (p1, k2tog); repeat across

Row 24: (p1, k1) across

Row 25: p1, ssk, (k1, p1) x 3, k1, k2tog, p1, k1, k2tog, (p1, k1) x3, p1, ssk, k1

Row 26: p2, (k1, p1) x 4, p1, k1, p1, (p1, k1) x3, p2, k1

Row 27: p1, ssk, (p1, k1) x 2, p1, k2og, p1, k1, p2tog, (k1, p1) x2, k1, p2tog, k1

Row 28: p1, k1 across

Row 29: (k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1) twice.

Cast off purlways.

Left hand mitten

For the left hand mitten, work the body of the mitten across the first 39sts, then work the thumb afterwards on the remaining 18 sts.


Fold and sew across the end of the body of the mitten and down the side (joining to the side of the thumb at rows 38 and below).

Sew the side seam of the thumb.

A fine ribbon may be threaded through the yarn overs at the waist of the mitten in row 20 if desired.

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