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Child-Sized Mittens

The Child-Sized Mittens in the smaller size.

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Mittens are a necessity for most kids' wardrobes, and these cute basics are so easy you'll spend more time fighting your kids to wear them than you did knitting them! I left mine plain for the photo but I'm itching to add a little heart or flower to one side of each, which will distinguish the left from the right.

These mittens are sized for toddlers and bigger kids, but they're really easy to customize, too, as long as you know the measurements for your kid's wrist and hand circumference and hand and thumb length.


  • about 65 (115) yards of worsted weight wool yarn of your choice (I used Valley Yarns Northampton in Dahlia)
  • set of size 7 US (4.5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles
  • stitch holder (or use one of your needles)
  • tape measure, scissors, yarn needle


20 stitches and 32 rounds per 4 inches (5 stitches and 8 rounds per inch) in Stockinette Stitch in the round.


To fit a toddler (child). Wrist measurement for both is around 5.5 inches (but will stretch), with a hand length of 4 (7) inches.

Knitting the Mittens:

  1. For both sizes, cast on 30 stitches, distribute on 3 double-pointed needles and join in the round.
  2. Work in knit 1, purl 1 ribbing for 2 inches.
  3. Work 2 rounds in Stockinette (knit every round).
  4. Knit 15, make 1, knit 15. 31 stitches.
  5. K15, M1, k1, M1, k15. 33 stitches.
  6. K16, M1, k1, M1, k16. 35 stitches.
  7. K17, M1, k1, M1, K17. 37 stitches.
  8. For larger size only, K18, M1, k1, M1, K18. 39 stitches. K19, M1, k1, M1, k19. 41 stitches.
  9. Both sizes, work in Stockinette without further increasing to 1.5 inches from beginning of Stockinette section.
  10. K15 (16). Put 7 (9) stitches on holder or spare needle, K15 (16). (An easy way to do this is to put 15 (16) stitches on each of 2 needles, keep the other stitches on a third and knit with a fourth. This makes the decreasing easy because you're working a decrease 1 stitch in from each side of each needle.)
  11. Work even for 1.5 (4.5) inches.
  12. K1, ssk, k9 (10), k2tog, k2, k2tog, k9 (10), ssk, k1.
  13. K 1 round.
  14. K1, ssk, k7 (8), k2tog, k2, k2tog, k7 (8), ssk, k1.
  15. K 1 round.
  16. Decrease as established every round until 10 stitches remain for both sizes.
  17. Graft the top closed.

Knitting the Thumb:

  1. With a new needle, pick up and knit 1 stitch at the beginning of the held thumb stitches. Knit across 7 (9) held stitches (you'll want to divide these stitches onto 2 needles) and pick up and knit 1 stitch on other side. 9 (11) stitches.
  2. Knit in rounds for 1.5 inches.
  3. Small size: K4, k2tog, k3. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread onto yarn needle, slip remaining stitches onto yarn and pull tight. Large size: K5, k2tog, k4. Next round, k4, k2tog, k3. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread onto yarn needle, slip remaining stitches onto yarn and pull tight.
  4. Weave in ends.

Knit a second mitten in the same manner.

If desired, embellish with embroidery, a duplicate stitch motif or another embellishment of your choosing.

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