Mittens, thumbs, oh dear!

Mittens and gloves are next in the list of my favorites, socks being the first ones. Mittens are just like socks, except you wear them on your hands :). They are small enough to carry around and yet you can use intricate designs on them to keep your mind excited.

Just like socks have the challenge of a heel, mittens and gloves have the challenge of a thumb! How do we create a thumb opening or the thumb for that matter. In the next two postings, I am going to show you how to create the opening for the thumb and then how to create the thumb for the mittens.

For our pattern, I used my basic mitten pattern.

Loom: AIO

Yarn: Knit Picks Chroma, worsted  (one of my favorite yarns!)

Notions: knitting tool, stitch holder, tapestry needle

Size: Adult women (small hands).



k=knit stitch or flat stitch

p=purl stitch

CO=Cast on

BO=Bind off

GBO=Gather Bind off


CO 32 sts, prepare to work in the rnd.

Rnd 1-14: *k2, p2; rep from * to the end of rnd.

Rnd 15-33: k to the end of rnd.

Rnd 34: Remove the first 7 sts to a stitch holder (see video). Cut yarn coming from the last peg, leaving a 6 inch yarn tail. Join yarn to peg 8. K from peg 8 to the end of rnd.

Rnd 35: With yarn coming from the last peg (peg 32),CO 7 sts ( e-wrap the first 7 pegs (see video)), k to the end of rnd.

Rnd 36-72: k to the end of rnd.



Check back later in the week for how to do the thumb 🙂

Check out the video on creating the thumb opening.

10 thoughts on “Mittens, thumbs, oh dear!

  1. Hello
    This is a fanastic pattern, no sewing seams etc.
    Would you please do the same pattern but in child’s size 5- 8 yrs.??
    and for men??. How many stitches do you allow for a child’s mitten? How many for men? Please email the amount needed or the patterns.
    Thank you B.

  2. Re: Free Pattern: Mittens, thumbs, oh dear!
    Did you do the whole mitten pattern in the Flat Stitch?? Thank you B.

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