Tutorial How to knit mittens

Adapted from a vintage Good Housekeeping pattern, this knit mittens tutorial is modernized with simple colors and easy-to-read instructions. Challenge yourself by knitting a pair with an embroidered heart for your loved one this Valentine’s Day or for any romantic occasion!

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What you will need:

    You can also use comparable yarns such as Feather Purl Soho in combed linen , Andes Wool Picks Knitwear Where Lion Brand Wool Ease. If you want to invest in a set of interchangeable circular needles, we like the sets from Lykke. Try it 3.5″ set for this project.

    How to knit mittens step by step

    GLOSSARY: K: Knitting // P: Purl // PM: Place Marker // K1B: Knit 1 under (increase) // SSK: Brief Brief Tricot (decrease)

    STEP 1: CUFF

      Using the long tail method, cast on 46 (52) using US 3 circular needles. PM, join the round. Knit K1 P1 rib until cuff measures 3″ using magic loop method. Change to US size 4 circular needles. Knit (stockinette) for 1/2″.

      M.1B (knit 1 stitch below), K the rest of the row (47/53). *K 2 rows. K1B, K1, K1B, K rest of rank*
      Repeat in ** until there are 61 (71) stitches. Knit 2 more rows K.

      Small: K 17, transfer 44 on yarn waste.
      Big: K 19, transfer 52 on yarn waste.

      STEP 2: THUMB

      Knit in the round, using the magic loop method, for 1.5″ (1.75″)

      To note: You can try the mitt at this point and see if you need to extend your thumb. The thumb should come 1/2″ below the tip of your thumb.

      Begin to decrease for the tip of the thumb.

      Small: K2TG, K4, K2TG, K4, K2TG, K3 (14)
      K row
      K2TG, K3, K2TG, K3, K2TG, K2 (11)
      K row

      Big: K2TG, K4, K2TG, K4, K2TG, K5 (16)
      K row
      K2TG, K3, K2TG, K3, K2TG, K4 (13)
      K row
      K2TG, K2, K2TG, K2, K2TG, K3 (10)
      K row

      Cut the working yarn leaving at least a 4″ tail. Thread the end over the tapestry needle and thread through the remaining stitches on the circular needle. Remove the knitting needle and pull the tail to tighten the thumb top closed.Pull the tail to the wrong side, and secure the free end by tying a knot or weaving at the end.

      STEP 3. HAND

      Pick up sts for the main body of the mitten. Knit (stockinette) for 3″ (3.25″)

      To note: At this point, try on your mitt. The top (falling part) measures approximately 1.25″. The mitt should just cover your little finger at this point.

      Start decreasing for the hand.

      Small: K1, SSK, K16, K2TG, K1, PM, K1, SSK, K16, K2TG, K1 (40)
      K row
      *K1, SSK, K to 3 before marker, K2TG, K1, slip marker, K1, SSK, K to 3 before marker, K2TG, K1 (36)
      Rank K*

      Repeat in ** until there are 12 stitches left. Cut yarn, thread onto tapestry needle, pass through all stitches on needle and pull tight.

      Big: K1, SSK, K20, K2TG, K1, PM, K1, SSK, K20, K2TG, K1 (48)
      K row
      *K1, SSK, K to 3 before marker, K2TG, K1, slip marker, K1, SSK, K to 3 before marker, K2TG, K1 (44)
      Rank K*

      Repeat in ** until there are 12 stitches left. Cut yarn, thread onto tapestry needle, pass through all stitches on needle and pull tight.

      Braid or tie all loose ends to the wrong side.

      Repeat the pattern for the second mitten.

      STEP 4. HEART

      Using a double stitch, follow the pattern below to embroider the heart in the middle of your mitten.

      Point: Fold your mitt in half lengthwise to find the middle. Mark with a straight pin and start embroidering the heart in the middle, working one side of the heart then the other.

      Download and print the full mittens pattern to finish the project and keep your hands warm this winter.

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