Easy Mittens to knit or machine knit

This is a make it yourself pattern, we do not knit mittens for sale.

Sizes: Children's 2-4, 6-8, 10-12, Women’s, Men’s
Yarn: One skein (3.5oz minimum) American sized 4 ply yarn. (Slightly larger than D.K.)
Gauge: 5 stitches and 6 rows = 1"  To use another gauge convert with Jim’s Knitting Companion.

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Make 2 mittens, both are the knit the same way, no reversing required until you put them on!


2-4 6-8 10-12 Women Men
With closed cast on (I like the double ‘e’ wrap method) cast on ____ stitches. 27 32 35 39 43

Knit ____ rows, convert to rib.

(Or hand knitters/ribbers, knit ____rows rib.

14 14 16 18 18
Knit ____ rows plain knitting. 4 4 4 6 6
Reset row counter to 000.
Knit Thumb Gusset
Increase one stitch at the beginning of each of the next 12 rows.
Remove first __ stitches onto waste yarn and
remove last __ stitches on a separate waste yarn.
(I just thread a scrap piece of yarn through the live stitches.)
4 4 4 6 6
Knit remaining ____ stitches as normal. 31 36 39 39 43
Knit __ rows. (This is the length of mitten, and you can add or decrease rows as needed.)
Stripes and Fairisle or other designs look really nice in this area.
18 18 19 20 22
Decrease for top of mitten, by moving every other stitch to neighboring stitch. You should have approximately 1/2 the stitches after doubling up. Knit 2 rows.
Reset row counter to 000.
Cut yarn, leaving enough yarn to finish mitten top and sew side seam. To finish mitten top, thread yarn through stitches and draw tight. Sew side seam.
Knit Thumb
Pick up ____ stitches from waste yarn plus 2 stitches at seam, wrong side facing. 8 +2 8 +2 8 +2 12 +2 12 +2
Knit ____ rows. 7 9 11 13 15
Decrease for thumb top. Double put every other needle into holding position. Knit one row. Cut end, leaving enough yarn to thread through remaining stitches and sew thumb seam.

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