Knitting with Needles

Knitting Mittens: Free Pattern

Knitting Mittens on Two Straight Knitting Needles

Mittens are one of the most popular knitting patterns, yet most require double point or circular knitting needles. This pattern is unique as it requires only straight knitting needles. It is simple enough for an experienced (or confident) beginner but interesting enough for a more seasoned knitter.

Knitting Pattern for Mittens: Supplies and Gauge

I knit my mittens to fit an average size woman's hand; these are the instructions that follow.

I knit with size #7 14" straight needles at a gauge of 5 stitches per inch. I used a little more than 200 yards of worsted weight yarn (barely used any of a second skein).

Knitting Pattern for Mittens: Cuff


Cast on 36 stitches

Row 1: Knit 1, Purl 1 across all stitches

Row 2: Purl 1, knit 1 across all stitches

Repeat these two rows (knit 1, purl 1 ribbing) until cuff measures 4 inches.

Note: For a tighter cuff, you can drop down a needle size. To add some flair to your cuff, add in an eyelash yarn with your worsted weight yarn or knit cuff in a contrasting color.

Knitting Pattern for Mittens: Hand

Row 1: Knit 2, knit in front and back of next stitch (increase made), knit 30 stitches, knit in front and back of next stitch, knit to end of row

Row 2: Purl all stitches

Row 3: Knit all stitches

Row 4: Purl all stitches

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until hand measures 2 ½ inches from cuff, ending with a purl row.

Note: Knit front and back is my preferred increase, but any increase would work.

Knitting Pattern for Mittens: Thumb Gusset

Row 1: Knit 18, place marker, knit front and back of each of next two stitches, place another marker, knit to end

Row 2: Purl all stitches

Row 3: Knit to marker, slip marker, knit front and back into next stitch, knit to stitch before next marker, knit front and back of next stitch, slip marker, knit to end of row

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until there are 14 stitches between markers, ending on row 2.

Note: Safety pins, paper clips and spare yarn tied in loop make affordable and accessible stitch markers.

Divide for Thumb

Row 1: Knit 18, drop marker, knit 14 (this will be thumb) and place on holder, knit 18

Row 2: Knit all stitches

Row 3: Purl all stitches

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until work measures 7 inches from cuff, ending with row 3.

Note: There are only five rows left, so make sure the mittens are long enough for your hands.

Knitting Pattern for Mittens: Top

Row 1: Knit two, knit 2 together, repeat this stitch pattern across row

Row 2: Purl all stitches

Row 3: Knit one, Knit 2 together, repeat this across row

Row 4: Purl all stitches

Row 5: Knit 2 together across row

Leaving a long tail, cut yarn and thread onto tapestry needle. Run yarn through live stitches, slip stitches off needle and pull tight. You will use the remaining yarn for sewing.

Knitting Pattern for Mittens: Completing the Thumb

Slip stitches from holder to complete thumb.

Row 1: Knit all stitches

Row 2: Purl all stitches

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until row is 2 ¼ inches long (or your thumb length); ending with purl row.

Final row: Knit 2 together across row.

Cut yarn leaving a long tail and thread onto tapestry needle. Run yarn through live stitches, remove knitting needle and pull stitches taught.

Knitting Pattern for Mittens: Finishing

Fold mittens in half, matching sides. Using tapestry needle and tail yarn, seam up sides. I prefer mattress stitch, but any seem will work.

Make another mitten and enjoy warm hands.

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