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Home : Patterns : Starter Mittens

Free Knitting Pattern: Starter Mittens

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Chunky
Pattern #: 60401
Rating: *****4.8 (based on 4 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: One Size

Adult, One Size
Finished Circumference 8 in. [20.5 cm]
Finished Length 10 1/2 in. [26.5 cm]

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Designed by Michelle Edwards for the story Mitten Knowledge in our story archives, this pattern is a fun and easy way to get started mitten-knitting.
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Color (A)
Wool-Ease® Chunky

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Wool-Ease® Chunky

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Wool-Ease® Chunky
Fisherman Bluebell Indigo Walnut Charcoal Black Silver Grey Willow
Nantucket Mulberry Tinsel White Wheat
*Wool-Ease Chunky (Article #630). Solids: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool;
301 Tinsel White: 78% Acrylic, 19% Wool, 3% Other;
402 Wheat: 86% Acrylic, 10% Wool, 4% Other; package size: 5.00oz/140.00 gr. (153yds/140m) pull skeins

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•  630-173 Wool-Ease Chunky Yarn: Willow
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Starter Mittens

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Chunky


16 sts + 20 rnds = 4 in. [10 cm] in St st (knit every rnd) When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


M1 (make 1) An increase worked by lifting horizontal thread lying between needles and placing it onto left needle. Knit this new stitch through the back loop to twist it.

MITTEN (make 2)
With B, cast on 32 sts. Divide sts evenly onto 4 double pointed needles, place marker for beg of rnd and join, being careful not to twist sts.
Rnds 1-10:
With B, knit.
Rnds 11-14: Join A, (k 1 st with A, k 1 st with B) around. At end of Rnd 14, cut B.
Rnd 15: Continuing with A only, knit.

Shape Gusset
Rnd 16:
K5, p1, m1, k1, m1, p1, k to end.
Rnds 17-18: K5, p1, k3, p1, k to end.
Rnd 19: K5, p1, m1, k to p st, m1, p1, k to end.
Rep last 3 rnds 3 more times, having 2 more k sts between purls after each rep of Rnd 19 – 42 sts total – 11 k sts between p sts.
Rnd 29: K16, sl last 11 sts to a holder, cast on 1 st, k to end – 32 sts.
Work even until piece measures 9 in. [22.75 cm] from beg.
Next Rnd (Dec Rnd): Change to B, *k 6, k2tog; rep from * around.
Next Rnd: Knit.
Rep last 2 rnds, having 1 less st between k2tog on each Dec Rnd until 12 sts remain. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through remaining sts, gather together tightly and fasten off.

Divide sts from holder onto 3 needles as follows: 5 sts, 5 sts, 1 st. With last needle pick up 5 sts across thumb opening – 16 sts.
Join B and knit 12 rnds.
Next Rnd (Dec Rnd): K2tog around.
Knit 1 rnd, then rep Dec Rnd – 4 sts. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread tail through remaining sts, gather together tightly and fasten off.

Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together p = purl
rep = repeat(s)(ing) rnd(s) = round(s)
St st = Stockinette stitch st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together  

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.8 (based on 4 reviews)
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Starter Mittens Reviewed by Rita Bolognani on 2011-02-10 *****
I really like this pattern. Very cute and quick. I used wool to make them and I changed the pattern very slightly. I prefer to increase by knitting in back and front of stitch, rather than p1,m1 and I placed markers. Another change was I only knitted 10 rather than 12 rounds in the thumb, before decreasing. The thumb to me was just too long. the last thing that I did was used the KITCHENER STITCH to close up the tip of the mitten and thumb. I liked the look better.
This is a very fast pattern to work up, finished in one day and now I am making another pair in a different colors.
Will make wonderful gifts to just have on hand when I need something quick and I want it handcrafted. Definitely a 5 star pattern.

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