Knittin’ Mittens

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Directions for easy child-sized mittens (small)

Size 2 (US) double pointed needles (4) (size 2.75 mm)
1 skein yarn (I used Patons Astra from my stash)
1 tapestry needle

Right hand:
Cast on 36 stitches and divide over 3 needles. Work in K1 P1 ribbing for 2 1/2 inches. To make a tighter ribbing, when you knit, insert the needle as if to purl, making a twisted twisted knit stitch.

Knit 3 rounds.

Start thumb. Divide the stitches so that you have 18 on the first needle (back of the hand), 9 on the next two needles. First increase round: Knit 18 stitches. (Second needle) Make 1 stitch, K1, make one stitch. Knit remaining stitches in the round. Knit 1 round. Second increase round: K18, M1, K3, M1, knit remaining stitches in the round. K 1 round. Repeat increase round with a K 1 round in between 3 more times, ending with 9 thumb stitches.

K 18 Slip 9 thumb stitches onto a stitch holder. Cast on 5 stitches and knit around until the mitten is at the desired length before decreasing.

Decrease: Divide stitches so that there are 20 stitches on the first needle, and the remainder split between the 2 other needles. First needle: K1 Slip 1, K1, psso, knit to the last three stitches on the needle, K2 tog, K1. 2nd needle: K1, Sl 1, K1, psso, knit to end. 3rd needle, K to last 3 stitches, K2 tog, K1. K 1 round. Continue decreasing until there are 9 stitches remaining front or back (or less, if you want a more tapered shape). You can either finish with a kitchener stitch or cut the yarn leaving about 8 inches and thread it through the remaining stitches on the needles with the tapestry needle, pull tight, and secure.

Thumb: Place the thumb stitches evenly on 2 needles, pick up 6 stitches over the 5 stitches cast on. Decrease 1 stitch on the inside of the thumb (14 stitches). K around for desired length (about 1 1/2 inches). Decrease for the tip: K2 tog, K2, until 7 stitches remain. Cut yarn leaving 7 inches and thread this through the stitches, pull tight, and secure.

Left Hand: Follow right hand directions until you are ready to make the thumb. Divide the stitches so that there are 15 on the first needle, 10 on the second, and 11 on the third. First increase row: K15, (second needle) M1, K1, M1, K around. K1 Round. Increase as with right hand, until there are 9 thumb stitches. K15, remove the 9 stitches to a holder, CO 5, K around. Continue as for right hand.

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This pattern was adapted from “Scandinavian Snow Sets” by Kajsa Lindquist, published 1947.

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