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Let’s Knit some super simple mittens

December 1, 2016


There is nothing like a nice pair of warm winter mittens . This quick and cozy knit is just the thing to stretch your skills and keep your hands toasty.

First, you will need a pattern so download The World’s Simplest Mittens and then away we go! You can knit your mittens using double pointed needles [casting on tutorial here], or using a single long circular and the magic loop technique [tutorial here]. For this tutorial I am using the lovely Rainbow Heirloom Sweater in ‘princess rockstar’.

Following the directions for your size and weight of yarn:

With smaller needles cast on:
Fingering: 32 (36, 42, 46, 52) sts.
DK: 28 (34, 38, 44, 48) sts.
Worsted: 24 (28, 32, 36, 40) sts.
Chunky: 22 (26, 28, 32, 36) sts.

Place BOR (beginning of round) marker and join for working in the round.


Tip: when I use double points I don’t like to use a BOR marker. Instead, I distribute my stitches with 1/2 on the first needle, 1/4 on the second needle, and 1/4 on the third needle. This way I know the BOR is at the start of the ‘full’ needle

Work in 1×1 rib (k1, p1) until piece measures 2.5 (2.5, 3, 4, 4)” from cast on. Switch to larger needles.
Fingering and DK: knit 3 (3, 4, 4, 4) rounds.
Worsted and chunky: knit 2 (2, 3, 3, 3) rounds.

So far so good? Work in 1×1 rib means you are going to work: k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1 etc.
This pattern has generous cuffs so if you prefer a shorter cuff you can work fewer rounds here.


Ready for a thumb gusset!

::: thumb gusset :::

thumbgussethandTake a quick look at your hand. Your thumb sort of sticks out a bit right? Even the part of your thumb that is still a part of your hand. Well, we have to make an extra little triangle of fabric to accommodate that part of your thumb.

To create this triangle of fabric we are going to work some increases. Some patterns specify which type of increase to use and some don’t, it is knitters choice. You can use any increase you like, for this pattern I am going to work some M1 (make 1) increases and to be a little extra fancy we are going to do paired increases, first an M1L and then a M1R (make 1 left and make 1 right). [check out the full tutorial on M1s here]

Set up round: m1, k1, m1, PM, knit to end [2 sts inc]
Rounds 1 and 2: knit
Round 3: m1, knit to marker, m1, SM, knit to end of round [2 sts inc]
Fingering: work rounds 1-3 a total of 6 (6, 7, 7, 8) times, 15 (15, 17, 17, 19) sts between BOR and marker.
DK: work rounds 1-3 a total of 5 (5, 6, 6, 7) times, 13 (13, 15, 15, 17) sts between BOR and marker.
Worsted: work rounds 1-3 a total of 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) times, 11 (11, 13, 13, 15) sts between BOR and marker.
Chunky: work rounds 1-3 a total of 3 (3, 4, 4, 5) times, 9 (9, 11, 11, 13) sts between BOR and marker.

See a pattern forming? We are increasing 2 stitches every third row and you should start to see a triangle forming. Notice how the increases make the thumb gusset distinct by ‘leaning away’ from the mitten? That is because of the paired increase we are using.


::: putting thumb stitches on hold :::


Next we are going to put the thumb stitches on hold. For this you will need a darning needle (preferable a dull one) and a small piece of waste yarn. While it is sometimes preferable to put sts on a stitch holder (like a giant safety pin), for a mitten waste yarn has the necessary flexibility.

Thread your needle with the waste yarn and thread it through the thumb gusset sts (the ones between the BOR and the marker). You can now remove your marker.



Waste yarn has been threaded through the live sts, the marker has been removed, and they are now on hold.

Next we are going to cast on 1 stitch in the middle of the row. Why, you ask? Because the thumb stitches ‘grew’ out of 1 knit stitch, but then we put all the thumb stitches on hold. So we are going to need 1 new stitch to take it’s place.  The cast on method we use is the backward loop cast-on.


::: hand and decreases:::

The hand is pretty simple, just keep knitting every round.

Continue knitting every round until piece measures 1.75 (3, 3.75, 4, 4.5)” from end of thumb gusset.


On to the decreases!

Fingering set up: k16 (18, 21, 23, 26), PM, knit to end
DK set up: k14 (17, 19, 22, 24), PM, knit to end
Worsted set up: k12 (14, 16, 18, 20), PM, knit to end
Chunky set up: k11 (13, 14, 16, 18), PM, knit to end

Round 1: (k1, ssk, knit to 3 sts before marker, k2tog, k1) twice [4 sts dec]

Fingering: work round 1 a total of 6 (7, 8, 9, 11) times, 8 (8, 10, 10, 8) sts remain.
DK: work round 1 a total of 5 (6, 7, 9, 10) times, 8 (10, 10, 8, 8) sts remain.
Worsted: work round 1 a total of 4 (5, 6, 7, 8) times, 8 (8, 8, 8, 8) sts remain.
Chunky: work round 1 a total of 3 (4, 5, 6, 7) times, 10 (10, 8, 8, 8) sts remain.

If you haven’t worked an ssk or a k2tog check out those tutorials as well. Got your last few sts? Great, almost done!


Break yarn, leaving a 6” tail and weave through remaining live sts. Pull tight to close top of mitten.


::: thumb :::

Place held sts back on larger needles. Knit across these sts, pick up 1 stitch from body of mitten, PM and join for working in the round.

Fingering: 16 (16, 18, 18, 20) sts.
DK: 14 (14, 16, 16, 18) sts.
Worsted: 12 (12, 14, 14, 16) sts.
Chunky: 10 (10, 12, 12, 14) sts.

Once the stitches are back on the needles, you are ready to take out the waste yarn

Once the stitches are back on the needles, you are ready to take out the waste yarn


You now have all your thumb stitches on your needles.

Knit every round until thumb measures 1 (1.25, 1.75, 2, 2.25)” from pick up.

Next round: k2tog around

Break yarn, leaving a 6” tail and weave through remaining live sts. Pull tight to close top of thumb.

You are closing the top of the thumb exactly the same way as the top of the mitten. You may have a small hole where you picked up. Just use your yarn tail and stitch up the hole before weaving in your ends on the inside of the work.

Weave in your ends and block your mittens. You are ready to wear them out!


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152 Comments leave one →
  1. annie permalink
    July 13, 2019 12:00 pm

    For us beginners not understanding the decreases – I think I’ve figured out why I was confused…there’s the beg of round marker (BOR) & the placed marker (PM) that was put in during the set up round at the halfway point. Instructions: [k1, ssk, knit to 3 sts before marker, k2tog, k1] twice. To be totally clear for us newbies: starting at BOR marker: k1, ssk, knit to 3 sts before new PM, k2tog, k1. Then continue with the “twice” part: k1, ssk, knit to 3 sts before BOR marker, k2tog, k1. Personally, my BOR marker was way down hanging on the cuff & even though I knew it was supposed to be decreasing on both sides, I was only decreasing before & after the newly placed marker & not the 3 sts before the BOR marker. I was just knitting to 3 sts before the new PM again & bypassing the BOR marker because I didn’t have it up on my current round because… DPNs. I think that’s right…I won’t know until I do the second mitten; nonetheless, if this isn’t right, I hope it helps someone figure out what is!

  2. April 18, 2019 4:43 am

    I have a strange problem – for some reason when I start to knit the thumb the wrong side of the stitch is on the outside. I have started and pulled it out four times now and can’t figure what I’m doing wrong as it seems so straightforward…..

  3. Debbie dunne permalink
    March 9, 2019 4:49 pm

    Is there a right and left mitten or are they both the same?

  4. Amy permalink
    February 19, 2019 10:55 am

    I’m m confused on the thumb part of the mitten. Where on the body do you pick up the stitch for the thumb? I’m making this pattern on circular needles. Your pictures have double pointed needles and I’m knitting on circular. I’m confused and frustrated. Is there any chance you can simplify this pattern for circular knitting needles?

    • February 20, 2019 12:38 pm

      Hi Amy – for the thumb you are picking up in the stitch you cast on after the thumb gusset, does that help?

  5. Pim permalink
    February 16, 2019 6:51 am

    Hi, I have two questions. First one: although I made a gauge square, the first mitten is turning out a bit too big. I’m currently 2 inch after the thumb gusset, with 2 inch more until I should start decreasing. Would it make sense to already decrease 4 stitches now, or would that look weird?

    Second question: I’m finding it really unclear which stitch I should pick up when I’m starting on the thumb. Is it the stitch cast on with the backwards loop?

    • February 20, 2019 12:42 pm

      Hi Pim – I think you could decrease 4 sts to make your mitten come out the right size. Just do the same thing on the second mitten. For the second question you have it just right, it is the stitch you cast on.

  6. Lisa permalink
    February 5, 2019 10:12 pm

    is there anything special that has to be done for mirroring?

  7. maryellenc permalink
    February 4, 2019 4:34 pm

    I’m confused about where to start the decreases. I’m knitting the large size, for myself, and if I knit to 4 1/2″ past the end of the thumb gusset, the decreases won’t start until the tip of my index finger, and that seems WAY too long. I’m thinking I’ll aim to start them at around the tip of my pinkie finger; does that sound about right?

    • February 4, 2019 6:16 pm

      Hi – you might want to do a couple of rows past the tip of your pinky. I think it’ll be too short if you start it right at the pinky.

  8. Danielle permalink
    February 1, 2019 3:22 pm

    I am so confused, how can there be a “knit to marker? I mean if your just adding two sts at the beginning isn’t there only four sts to knit to? Somehow this part is not clear to me? I have increased by following the instructions exzactly but there isn’t such a pronounced v as in the photos? This is my first pair of mittens but I’m not a beginner. Somehow the movement of the marker and how this section progresses isn’t clear to me.

    • February 4, 2019 10:42 am

      Hi Danielle – For the set up round you are going to m1 stitch, k1, m1 PM (so there are 3 sts before the marker. Rounds 1 and 2 are knit. Round 3 you are going to m1, knit to marker (on the first round that would be 3 sts), m1, slip marker, knit to end. The next time you work round 3 you would m1, knit to marker (in that case 5 sts) m1, slip marker knit to end. Does that help?

  9. Liz Stout permalink
    January 29, 2019 2:55 pm

    thanks for the very easy pattern. this is the first pair of mittens I have made. I like how they turned out and now I am not afraid to make some more!

  10. January 24, 2019 11:25 am

    These are the first mittens I have knit. All instructions have been very clear to me up to the decrease section. I have worked the worsted set up and Round 1 once. The instructions say to k1,ssk,knit to 3 sets before marker,k2tog,k1 for a second time. My question regards the marker. I am at the point where I have completed round one but there is no marker going forward only the one on the round 1 I just completed. Please advise how to finish round 1 twice when there is no marker for the second time around. Once I finish that I can move on to working the total of four. Thanks so much for your assistance.

    • January 25, 2019 11:26 am

      Hi – after the set up round you should have 2 markers, the BOR marker and the marker placed in the set up round.

    • MICHELE TROUTMAN permalink
      January 30, 2019 6:16 pm

      I had same question the instructions tell you to remove that first marker (in the thumb gusset section).

      • February 1, 2019 1:28 pm

        You are only removing the second marker. The one at the end of the thumb gusset. Not your BOR marker.

  11. lorrie diehl permalink
    January 23, 2019 10:29 am

    the one thing that has me confused is after the set up round (i used this )
    Fingering set up: k16 (18, 21, 23, 26), PM, knit to end
    then we just knit the whole thing. after that we do round 1 so do we only do the decrease only at the marker and knit around because i am confused i tried doing repeated of round one after the marker and its more rounded then whats in the pic

    Round 1: (k1, ssk, knit to 3 sts before marker, k2tog, k1) twice [4 sts dec]

    • January 25, 2019 11:27 am

      Hi Lorrie – you should have a BOR marker as well as the second marker placed in the set up round.

  12. Wendy M Westgate permalink
    January 17, 2019 8:51 pm

    I’m at the thumb gusset set up row. The line is:
    m1, k1, m1, PM, knit to end [2 sts inc]

    What does 2 sts inc mean in the brackets. I’m really really novice at knitting and I’m sure I’ll facepalm when I figure it out. I’m just stumped.

    • January 18, 2019 10:54 am

      Hi Wendy – it means there were 2 stitches increased in that round (the two m1s)

  13. Connie permalink
    January 7, 2019 7:34 am

    How many stitches should be on your waste yarn for thumb? I’m using worsted for child size.

  14. Sarah M permalink
    December 31, 2018 11:56 am

    Are you supposed to actually knit the “set up round”? I did and now I have two extra stitches between the BOR and marker.

    • December 31, 2018 9:12 pm

      Hi Sarah – Yep, you are definitely supposed to knit the set-up round.

    • March 30, 2019 4:22 pm

      Thank you for the good pictures. I got confused on the decreases, though, because there wasn’t a mention of the marker. Had to frog and try again. Could you clarify that section a little?

      • April 3, 2019 10:16 am

        Hi Deborah – After the set up round for the decreases there are 2 markers, the BOR marker and the marker placed in the set up round.

  15. December 26, 2018 9:08 am

    on round 1 of the thumb…shouldn’t you do the ssk TWICE?? to make a total of 4 decreases? Is that why several people are getting only a total of 3 decreases????

    • December 27, 2018 7:41 pm

      Hi Dorothy – sorry, I”m not following your question. There is no ssk in the thumb or the thumb gusset, are you looking at the decrease section? You are working the instruction twice, so there are 2 ssks and 2 k2togs.

  16. Marlene Handly Stack permalink
    December 5, 2018 9:54 am

    Can these be knit in the round?

  17. Lisa permalink
    November 21, 2018 10:59 am

    I’m haveing the hardest time with these simple mitten. Haha. When I get to the thumb gusset i end up with the wrong number of stitches. Ripped them out twice. When I do m1,k1,m1 am I using 2 stitches or 3? Thanks for your help

    • November 22, 2018 1:13 pm

      Hi Lisa – You shouldn’t really be using any sts to do your m1’s, try using a bar increase (check out our m1 tutorial), I think that will clear things up. It sounds like maybe you are using a kfb, but that’s a sort of specific increase that uses a stitch to make a stitch, so it might be what’s throwing off your count.

      • Susan permalink
        December 10, 2018 3:15 pm

        Oh I wish I had seen this in the instructions!

  18. Sharon Higgins permalink
    November 14, 2018 9:06 pm

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. It’s taken me a very long time to even attempt mittens. You have really helped me so much with your clear, understandable directions and photograhs. One question: I have the thumb on waste yarn and am finishing up the rest of the mitten. I can tell that once I have the thumb stitches back on needles there’s going to be a hole. Shouldn’t we pick up more than just one stitch?+

    • November 22, 2018 1:14 pm

      You can always pick up more sts and just decrease them on the next round if that keeps you from getting holes! I usually just use my tail to tighten it all up at the end.

  19. Linda permalink
    November 5, 2018 7:03 pm

    I keep getting a hole when I cast on the one stitch after I place the thumb stitches on waste yarn. I have my work right side out and am casting the stitch onto the empty dpn. What am I doing wrong? Thanks in advance for any comments.

    • November 9, 2018 9:40 pm

      Hi Linda – it might be that I’m not understanding the question, but that’s the hold where your thumb goes, then you pick up and knit the thumb later….is that what you are asking?

      • kt prix permalink
        December 5, 2018 9:11 pm

        I think I understand your question Linda (but please correct me if I’m wrong)!
        I made a pair of fingerless gloves a few years ago and had this same problem where there is a hole in the “thumb pitt” after finishing. I just assumed it was because it was my first try but as I’m working on these mittens I’ve begun to worry I might make the same mistake. I tried to add a picture of the first gloves I made for reference, but I’m not able to include it in this comment, sorry!

  20. Brad permalink
    November 4, 2018 3:00 pm

    Hey there, this is my first attempt at knitting and I’m having some issues understanding the gusset instructions. Do I use m1, k1, m1, PM, knit to end [2 sts inc] to start all three rounds?
    Also am I leaving the market once I’ve finished each round?

    Thanks in advance.

    • November 9, 2018 9:38 pm

      Hi – Just increase on the first round, and yep, do leave your markers in

  21. Tamara Sussman permalink
    October 31, 2018 6:45 am

    This is fantastic – exactly the pattern I was looking for, since I have never knitted mittens before!! Thank you!! Quick question: in the rows that start the gusset, what are PM and SM? I’m not familiar with these abbreviations.

  22. Alaina permalink
    October 24, 2018 10:07 am

    Stupid question here. I’m going to be doing these in adult small in do weight. It says cast on 38, then 1/2 on one needle, which is 19, then 1/4 on the other 2 needles. My math isn’t working out to give me an even amount of stitches to divide onto the remaining 2 DPN’s

    • October 24, 2018 12:12 pm

      Hi Alaina – approximate numbers only for distributing your stitches. I’d go with 19, 10, and 9

  23. Shanan Vandiver permalink
    October 16, 2018 7:19 am

    If you want to customize the length of the mitten hand, how do you know when to start decreases? My hands are short. I am keeping the length of the cuff, but I want to shorten the hand and thumb. I am making the bulky. Thank you.

  24. Maggie permalink
    October 5, 2018 6:27 am

    Hi, thank you so much for your tutorial! Just a quick question – I just finished the set-up round for the thumb gusset and ended up with 4 stitches more than the last round as opposed to just 2 (38->42, not 38->40). I used this video ( to learn how to do the m1L and m1R stitches . Any idea what I did wrong to end up with 2 extra stitches? Thanks!!

  25. Judy Dancey permalink
    September 27, 2018 9:49 am

    Finally got around to trying your pattern and yep, it is one of the simplest patterns I have ever knit. Thank you. I knit a lot of mittens for charity and these are perfect.

  26. Laura Snodgrass permalink
    September 14, 2018 9:53 am

    I’m wondering when you place the gusset stitches on the holder..the one stitch that is cast on..should it be cast on the right needle or the left.. and if it’s on the left I don’t understand it? Can someone explain the one cast on stitch location a little clearer maybe?

    • September 14, 2018 12:38 pm

      I cast it on to the right needle, and it becomes the first stitch of the round.

  27. Trish Rybski permalink
    August 28, 2018 7:40 pm

    I’ve always been intimidated by trying mittens so I appreciate the tutorial. I also am not fond of working with DPNs so I was happy to learn about Magic loop. I’m just at the gusset and when I get to the thumb, will I have to switch to DPNs as shown in the photo tutorial? Thanks so much.

  28. Kelly permalink
    March 25, 2018 10:58 am

    I have never understood how you PM at BOR on DPNs??? Marker always falls off. Is it me?

    • March 26, 2018 9:17 am

      Hi Kelly – you could use a locking stitch marker and put it IN the stitch, but I tend to just distribute my stitches with 1/2 of them on the first needle, then 1/4 on the second, and 1/4 on the third. Then I know the BOR starts at the beginning of the needle with the most sts.

  29. Linda Radford permalink
    March 4, 2018 10:47 am

    For the decreases on the mitten do you knit one row after the decrease or do you decrease on every row

  30. Sundari- Adiseshan permalink
    February 9, 2018 10:51 pm

    This pattern seems to be one of the simplest & clearly explained. Shall try one soon.
    All queries being clarified too.

    Well done & Best wishes.

    • Katt permalink
      February 22, 2019 10:19 am

      I love your pattern so far but seem to have an issue with the decrease for the body. I ended up with only a left leaning top. I did the ssk first and then for last 3 k2tog k1. Is this perhaps backwards? Plz help!!! My Mitt looks ridiculous!!

      • February 25, 2019 10:27 am

        Hi Katt – it sounds like you are missing a marker. In the set up round for the decreases there are 2 markers, the BOR marker and the marker placed in the set up round.

  31. hmaci2000 permalink
    February 4, 2018 10:22 am

    Round 1: (k1, ssk, knit to 3 sts before marker, k2tog, k1) twice [4 sts dec]
    As I read this it is only 3 sts. dec. Am I missing something?

    • February 5, 2018 9:29 am

      Hi – it’s definitely 4 sts decreased. You will be working the ssk decrease twice and the k2tog decrease twice.

    • Megan Clarke permalink
      October 9, 2018 4:42 pm

      Hi first pair of mittens ever and loving your pattern I am confused at the decreasing section. Should there be two markers at the end of the setup row? If so maybe that’s where I’ve gone wrong?

      • October 11, 2018 2:34 am

        I think that’s your issue; from the beginning of the knit, you have a BOR marker in place.
        Then, in the set up round as you prepare to work fingertip decreases, you will add in another decrease (half-way through the stitch count).

  32. January 6, 2018 9:43 am

    This was very helpful! Thanks!!

  33. Tracy permalink
    December 29, 2017 6:58 am

    This may be a silly question, but I’m stuck. After you do decreases and break the yarn, then put held stitches back on needles, what yarn am I using to stitch across those held stitches?

  34. December 15, 2017 11:49 am

    To do the paired increase would it me m1l, knit, m1r?

    • December 18, 2017 11:14 am

      I usually do an m1r then an m1l, but it’s strictly a matter of preference.

  35. Charlotte Gurney permalink
    December 2, 2017 5:45 am

    Thank you for such a fabulous tutorial! I’m new to knitting and just made my first mitten yesterday from a written pattern. It would have been nice to have your step by step explanation! I will be using it as a reference tool! Thanks again!!

  36. November 13, 2017 4:20 am

    Hi there I love this pattern and I have made them before with no problems but this time for some reason the thumb is not coming out right?? It is knitting up in garter stitch??? I’m not sure what I did wrong but I don’t want to make the same mistake with the next mitten! Any help will be appreciated 😁thank you for the assist and the great pattern.
    Frustrated knitter

    • November 14, 2017 11:12 am

      Hi Kim – maybe send us a few pics of the mitten so we can try to diagnose the problem?

    • April 4, 2018 6:33 pm

      I had this problem too; I think I was knitting in the wrong direction or on the wrong side. I ripped it out twice and on the third try it worked.

  37. Debbie Kane permalink
    October 26, 2017 12:35 pm

    Since the decreases are between the two markers how do you decrease the other side of the work and get down to just 8 stitches

    • October 26, 2017 12:41 pm

      Hi Debbie – I’m not sure I understand the question. The decreases are before and after each marker.

    • sandra permalink
      February 8, 2019 1:14 pm

      I am having the same problem. The pattern does tell you to decrease at the beginning of the round and before the PM which means that all the decreases are between the BOR marker and the placed marker. Should the pattern be to decrease after the PM?

      • February 10, 2019 6:21 pm

        Hi – the pattern says ‘twice’ which indicates to do the instructions in brackets twice.

  38. Debbie Kane permalink
    October 25, 2017 4:33 pm

    On the decreases do I knit until there are 8 stitches left between the markers or a total of 8 stitches left on my needles?

  39. October 24, 2017 6:16 pm

    I’m making the smallest size in chunky yarn. I’m at the thumb gusset. I’m supposed to end up with 9 sts btwn the markers after three repeats. I did the set up row and two repeats of rounds 1-3 and already have 9. If I do the third round, I will have too many sts. Am I reading the pattern wrong?

    • October 26, 2017 12:44 pm

      Hi Catherine – you might be using a kfb? That uses a stitch to make a st, so you will end up with 2 extra sts between your markers and 2 fewer sts outside of your markers.

  40. October 6, 2017 8:34 pm

    I’m agreeing with the previous post. I have made this pattern twice and both times came up short on the number of stitches when starting the hand decreases. (It would help if the directions indicated the number of stitches we should have at different intervals) Please explain why a KFB is not an appropriate way to increase stitches… does create one extra stitch. How does that cause a loss of 2 stitches?

    • October 9, 2017 10:30 pm

      It doesn’t cause a loss of 2 sts, it just causes 2 sts to be in the wrong spot. This is because a KFB uses a stitch to create a stitch, you knit into the front and back of 1 stitch, creating 2 sts. In a m1 increase, like a bar increase, you are using the bar between 2 sts to create a stitch, so you are creating a stitch without using a stitch to do it.

  41. September 5, 2017 5:21 am

    I don’t think my problem had been mentioned so here goes: After placing gusset on a waste yarn, I have 3 stitches fewer on my front magic loop needle. After 2 attmepts and ripping it apart, I remedied by casting on 3 stitches to the back needle with working yarn and then sliding 3 stitches at the loop end from the back needle to the front needle so each needle again has 18 stitches. I started with 36. This works, but why am I coming up 3 stitches short when you only seem to come up 1 stitch short after M1, K1, M1? Does it have to do with DPN vs Magic Loop?

    • September 5, 2017 12:33 pm

      Are you possibly using a KFB to make one? You will need to use a different increase. KFB is a special one that uses a stitch to make a stitch so you need to either use a different m1 method or factor that in.

  42. Maria N. permalink
    August 23, 2017 9:34 am

    I’m sooooo nervous to try this pattern, but sooooo excited at the same time! I’ve always wanted to learn how to knit mittens and this is *the* perfect pattern. I’ve read through it twice and have read all of the wonderful comments, and think I’m ready to take a stab at it. Thanks so much for the wonderful step-by-step instructions AND photos to follow along. Now… wish me luck!

  43. Marion O'Neill permalink
    August 12, 2017 2:54 pm

    Hi, I am making my first mitten ever. I don’t understand the set up for the thumb gusset. It begins with m1, k1, m1, PM , etc. How do you make 1 at the beginning of a round?

    • Karen Nelle Spires permalink
      December 12, 2017 7:21 am

      I am at the thumb gusset I have done two rounds of knit on three needles. How can you start a ml without knitting one stitch first?

      • December 12, 2017 10:45 am

        We do a make 1 by lifting the bar between 2 sts, so it would be the bar between the last st on the needle and the first st on the next needle

  44. Kathy Fields permalink
    July 18, 2017 5:29 am

    After the gusset the directions give 5 measurements to knit for the hand length. Does the 1.75 apply to fingering? What size? Is 4.5 for chunky yarn? What size?

    • Kathy Fields permalink
      July 18, 2017 5:37 am

      I get it, the numbers are for the size. Senior moment.

  45. Linda Richarfson permalink
    June 21, 2017 6:29 pm

    I have knit over 61 years and made mitten sets. I always used something to mark the beginning row is brilliant. 50/25/25. Sts. Now why didn’t I think of that. Thank you.!

  46. Emma permalink
    June 20, 2017 3:07 am

    This was the perfect pattern for me to try as my first unsupervised knitting project. All the info I needed to learn the necessary skills.

  47. thyme4dreams permalink
    May 30, 2017 7:36 am

    My personal preference for knitting socks, mittens, etc. – two 24″ circular needles. I knit on and teach DPNs, Magic Loop, and 2 circs but my all time personal choice is to use 2 circs.

  48. Medlomuddler permalink
    May 26, 2017 4:34 am

    fantastic pattern. just grab yarn and needles. No fussing around trying to find a pattern with the correct gauge, they are all here together !!

  49. Helen permalink
    March 11, 2017 4:39 pm

    This is confusing to me also. The directions do not state to PM at the beginning of the set up round.

    • March 12, 2017 11:42 am

      You have a beginning of round marker (placed at the very beginning of the mitten, after the cast on) and then there is a place marker in the set up round for the gusset.

      • Rachel Mulry permalink
        March 27, 2018 4:01 pm

        This! This had me confused too. I ditched my BOR marker once I put the thumb gusset on hold and couldn’t figure out how to do the decrease twice. Thanks!

    • Linda Richarfson permalink
      June 21, 2017 6:33 pm

      As she states in the beg comments. Place 50% of your std on 1st needle, then 25% on each of the next two needles. You don’t need to mark your beginning needle as it’s always the one with the most std on it. Brilliant.

  50. Lori permalink
    February 24, 2017 3:10 pm

    I’m going to risk showing my complete ignorance by saying the instructions for the thumb went right over my head. I’m not sure how to knit across the row, pick up a stich, and join this all together for knitting in the round now that I’ve cut the yarn. I would really appreciate any pointers. Also, if I somehow manage to do the above, should I k2tog to join? Thanks so much for this pattern and for the tutorial.

    • February 24, 2017 9:49 pm

      Hi Lori – you need to join new yarn to work the thumb, no need to k2tog to join

  51. February 16, 2017 8:43 am

    Would it be just as easy with magic loop? I’m not familiar with double pointed.

    • February 16, 2017 9:09 am

      Hi Jo – as far as I know anything you can use DPNs for you can magic loop

  52. February 15, 2017 5:10 am

    Hi there,
    I’m new to the knitting scene but obsessed and inspired. You have such a great website. Love the patterns and tutorials.
    So re. The decreases 😬, I’m confused about the “knit until 3 before marker” directions because I end up running out of stitches on one side way before I’m down to 8 stitches (kid’s size) to finish it off. I’m I supposed to be adjusting the marker?
    Confused, Laura

  53. Ellen permalink
    February 12, 2017 2:43 pm

    I love your pattern! Can you clarify the decreases. I guess it’s the marker that is confusing me and how to get the 4 stitch decrease per row. Where does the round end and begin again?

    • February 12, 2017 10:34 pm

      Hi Ellen – at the decrease set up round you will have a BOR marker and then you are placing a second marker, you are decreasing on either side of these 2 markers.

      • November 22, 2017 5:32 am

        I love your pattern, thank you! I found this line confusing also because as you said, you don’t PM at BOR (it falls off the DPN) so, since I didn’t have a marker at BOR I didn’t understand the decreases. Now I do, thanks to your clarification in the comment section.

  54. Lori permalink
    February 2, 2017 9:52 pm

    Thank you so much for this pattern and tutorial! I’m a little confused about where to cast on after putting the thumb gusset stitches on hold. Do you put the new stitch on the empty 4th needle or the needle the needle that originally had the thumb gusset?

    • February 2, 2017 10:32 pm

      Hi Lori – I would cast it on to the empty 4th needle and then proceed with that needle

      • Lori permalink
        February 3, 2017 2:42 pm

        Thanks so much! This is my first time making mittens so I truly appreciate all these tips!

  55. Nancy powley permalink
    February 1, 2017 10:02 am

    I don’t know how to use double pointed needles. I just know two needle. Are there any mittens I can knit using two needles

    • February 2, 2017 12:57 pm

      Hi Nancy – we don’t have any seamed mittens (although I’m sure there are lots of simple seamed mitten patterns out there). Are you sure you don’t want to try double points? They will open up a whole new world of knitting!

  56. Nicki permalink
    January 29, 2017 6:05 pm

    Help! I’m getting ready to start the thumb and I’m confused…where do I get working yarn from once I put the stitches back on my needles and take out the waste yarn?

  57. Jude permalink
    January 29, 2017 3:59 pm

    I must be misreading the pattern because no one else has had my problem! When I start to increase for the thumb gusset I am on track, but the pattern says to work rounds 1-3 a total of 4 times, ending up with 11 stitches between the BOR and marker. I think I’ll end up with 15. ?? Can you tell guess at what I’m doing wrong??

    • January 29, 2017 11:32 pm

      Hi Jude – you are working rounds 1-3 a total of 4 times so you are adding 8 sts to the original 3 from the set up round. That makes for 11

  58. sandi0203 permalink
    January 21, 2017 7:44 pm

    Never thought the day would come when I would actually knit my very own mitten—just finished ONE of two and am very impressed with how well I followed along with your awesome step by step photos and instructions. Thank you so much, you have a new fan

  59. Marjorie Yacobucci permalink
    January 21, 2017 7:42 pm

    My very first time attempting to knit mittens, just finished my first one—took a while and I can see some boo boo’s but am very pleased with the outcome. Thank you for the wonderful step by step instructions, you have a new fan.

  60. francesca borg permalink
    January 17, 2017 10:02 pm

    I know this will sound like a silly question but I am a complete beginner! What length DPNs do you suggest I get? I am using chunky wool. I would like to get a length that I could use for other projects too if possible. Eg. the addi colibri 4mm comes in two lengths: 15cm and 20cm. Appreciate your advice. Thank you!

    • January 19, 2017 9:47 am

      Hi Francesca – I like a shorter needle, 5″ or so, but if you are a beginner get some longer ones, maybe 6-7″ (it’s strictly a question of choice, there is no wrong answer!)

      • francesca borg permalink
        January 20, 2017 3:24 am

        Thank you so much!

  61. Carol permalink
    January 17, 2017 10:45 am

    thanks so much

  62. Mary O'Shea permalink
    January 16, 2017 7:14 am

    The way I read the pattern, once you finished the last round with thumb gusset increases, i put the thumb gusset on waste yarn. Which means the m1 stitches are the ones on the waste yarn. When I am ready to put those stitches back on the needle to finish the thumb, I always have a hard time getting them on. I am thinking of doing 1 more round of knitting before putting the gusset stitches on waste yarn to make it easier. Do you think that would work?

  63. tallytune permalink
    January 9, 2017 6:21 pm

    I have a quick question about the slant of the increases for the thumb gusset. When I have knit mittens and such before I always do the M1R 1st and then M1L for my gusset. In your tutorial about M1’s you do suggest doing a M1R after a stitch marker and a M1L before, which makes sense with what I have always done, but in this one you say to do the opposite and I was wondering if there was a reason for this? Thanks and sorry if it is a silly question!

    • January 9, 2017 11:39 pm

      Hi – not a silly question at all! Either way is fine, there is no right answer. I would suggest trying it both ways and seeing which way you prefer (I prefer the left then right)

      • tallytune permalink
        January 11, 2017 6:44 am

        Thanks! I am trying it this way and love how it is looking!

  64. Emily permalink
    January 5, 2017 8:17 am

    Hi there! I’m fairlying new to knitting. My swatch is 18 stitches and 24 rows using a 4.5mm needle with worsted yarn. I guess I knit loosely. Should I follow the directions for worsted or chunky? Thanks so much for the pattern!

    • January 5, 2017 10:05 am

      Hi Emily – I would swatch again on smaller needles. You want a bit of a tighter gauge for mittens than say, a sweater.

  65. Irma Gold permalink
    December 24, 2016 9:34 am

    I am in the process of making these mittens and under decreases I am a little confused. I am using DK yarn and it states to K19 (my size) Place marker knit to end. Great now Round 1 (k1, ssk, knit to 3 sts before marker, k2tog, k1) twice. If I keep doing around I have one marker so I am only getting the decreases on one side, I am confused. Please help???

    • December 24, 2016 11:57 am

      Hi Irma – you have a BOR marker and a second marker, that makes 2 markers, a decrease on either side of each marker is 4 decreases. Does that help?

      • Carol permalink
        January 16, 2017 1:01 pm

        Where do I have a BOR marker? I’m knitting on 3 double points. So would the first stitch on the first needle be where the second BOR marker should be?

      • January 16, 2017 1:45 pm

        Hi Carol – there is only 1 BOR marker (beginning of round), if you are working on double points, I always put 1/2 my sts on the first needle so I know the first stitch of the ‘full’ needle is my BOR. You can, however, distribute your sts however you like, with the BOR in the middle of a needle etc. You can also you us a locking stitch marker placed in the first stitch so you know where your BOR is.

      • Carol permalink
        January 16, 2017 5:01 pm

        Thanks for your quick response. I’m sorry I didn’t mean two BORs. My first and 3rd needle has 8 stitches each. My 2nd needle has 12 stitches. For my size it says k14 pm knit to end then round 1 2x’s. So do I start the second decrease of found 1 right after that marker?

      • January 17, 2017 9:29 am

        Hi Carol – So you have 28 stitches, you are going to place your marker after 14 sts, then you will have your BOR marker at the beginning of the round. Your decreases come at either side of the hand.

  66. Leah permalink
    December 19, 2016 6:57 pm

    Okay, I take it back. I re-read it and now understand that I need to ssk, k2tog, ssk, k2tog 😑 In that order. Oooooops.

  67. Leah permalink
    December 19, 2016 6:48 pm

    Hi! Thank you so much for this pattern, I’ve already whipped out one this afternoon and I think I can get the other one done before bedtime. I am hoping for a clarification for the decreases at the top of the mitten, The pattern states I should end up with four stitch decrease for each round, but I think I may be missing something. Should there be another ssk at the end of the round? Right now I’m only decreasing three stitches per row with one ssk and two k2tog. It’s totally possible I’m incorrectly reading the pattern. Thanks again!

  68. Jacqueline permalink
    December 9, 2016 7:54 am

    Love the pics! I’ve always wanted to knit mittens. Now I think I can!

  69. Luzmin permalink
    December 2, 2016 2:07 pm

    Just what I was looking for for quick holiday presents! Thank you so much. You have made learning to knit for me so much more enjoyable and easy. So kind.

  70. deb permalink
    December 2, 2016 11:30 am

    Wow great photos, great instructions and can’t wait to try this simple pattern :) Do you have a similar one for thrummed mittens ?? Thanks!

  71. Barbara M permalink
    December 1, 2016 4:23 pm

    Love these mittens and the colours you’ve used.

  72. Barbara permalink
    December 1, 2016 2:58 pm

    Love, love this idea and pattern. Thank you for the great tutorial also.

  73. Carol Ann permalink
    December 1, 2016 10:49 am

    Your free mittens and wonderful tutorial are amazing. Thank you so much. I’m a real fan!

    • GeniaKnitz permalink
      December 2, 2016 12:01 am

      Agree, agree, agree! Taught myself to knit mittens, and if one hasn’t done many before, I haven’t found them to be as simple as they look. Thank you for that great tutorial.

  74. Catherine Martin permalink
    December 1, 2016 10:00 am

    And what is that gorgeous pinky-red yarn?

  75. Pat permalink
    December 1, 2016 9:46 am

    Thank you so much!! You guys are the best!

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