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Grandma’s Mittens

April 20, 2008

These directions were decoded from a pair of mittens found in my possession after my grandmother Alice passed away. This fits an average sized woman’s hand. The size can be varied by changing needle sizes and/or yarn weights. You could also measure the potential wearers hand and add or decrease stitches based on your measurements. If the thumb needs to be adjusted, you can decrease or increase gusset rows.

This pattern is not going to tell you exactly how to knit every conceivable size mitten but it is hoped that it will give you a starting place to design your own mittens. – Enjoy, Nettie

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch 7 rows per inch

Yarn: Worsted weight

Part 1: Ribbed Cuff
Using #5 double pointed needles cast on 36 stitches. Divide evenly
between three needles 12 stitches per needle. K2 P2 for 3 1/2 inches to
form ribbed cuff.

Part 2: Thumb Gusset and body of mitten. Work in rounds.
Rows 1-6: For the next 6 rows knit even.
Row 7: Thumb Gusset. K2 increase 1 stitch in next stitch by knitting into the front and back. K1
increase 1 in next stitch by knitting into the front and back. Knit to end of round. 38 stitches.
Row8: Knit around
Row 9: K2, place marker, increase 1 stitch in next stitch by knitting into the front and back. K3 increase 1
in next stitch by knitting into the front and back. Place marker. Knit to end of round. 40 stitches.
Row 10: Knit around
Row 11: K2 shift marker. Increase 1 stich in next stitch. K5, increase 1 stitch in next stitch. Shift marker. Knit to end of round. 42 stitches.
Rows 12-16: Knit around. 42 stitches.
Row 17: K2. Slip the next 9 stitches (between markers) on holder for thumb. Cast on 3 stitches to needle with the 2 stitches. Knit to end of round (36 stitches). Work around until mitten, when tried on, reaches to the tip of your little finger. Note on sizing: On my hands, the tip of my little finger ends up just short of the first joint of my ring finger which in turn is a bit shorter (1/2″) than my middle finger. Allow additional length if your hand is shaped differently or to allow for your manicure. 🙂

Part 3: Finishing off the body of the mitten
Row 1: *K4 K2 together. Repeat from * around. 30 stitches.
Row 2: Knit around.
Row 3: *K3 K2 together. Repeat from * around. 24 stitches.
Row 4: Knit around.
Row 5: *K2 K2 together. Repeat from * around. 18 stitches.
Row 6: Knit around.
Row 7: *K1 K2 together. Repeat from * around. 12 stitches.
Row 8: Knit around.
Row 9: K2 together around. 6 stitches.

Break off yarn. Thread yarn on yarn needle and draw through remaining stitches.
Fasten securely on wrong side and weave in end.

Part 4: Thumb body
Transfer 9 stitches from the stitch holder to three needles. Splitting them 4-4-1. Picking
up 5 on third needle around remainder of opening. 14 stitches.

Work in rounds until mitten thumb, when tried on, reaches the tip of
thumb. Again, allow for that fabulous manicure. 😉

Part 5: Finishing off thumb
Round 1: *K3 K2 together. Repeat from * around.
Round 2: Knit around.
Round 3: *K1 K2 together. Repeat from * around.

Break off yarn. Thread yarn on yarn needle and draw through remaining stitches. Fasten securely on wrong side and weave in end.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. knittingfreak permalink
    April 21, 2008 12:08 am

    nice picture!! were those hard i knit myself but i’ve only done blanckets scarves,socks,sweaters and dish clothes.

  2. Nettie permalink
    April 21, 2008 10:22 am

    Thank you. If you’ve done socks, mittens should be easy for you. It’s a great way to use up left overs from your other projects too.

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