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Best Mitten Pattern


The cold weather means it’s time to start knitting again. I always love this time of year – when I can pull out my wool and start a new project.

My favourite thing to knit is a pair of mittens – it’s a relatively fast project and there are a few key milestones that keep you interested throughout. The other thing I love about mittens is that they only use one skein of wool, which means to can buy something a little more expensive and luxurious.

This is my favourite mitten pattern – I’ve adapted it from the Purl Soho’s Classic Mitten pattern. I changed the thumb and cuff, and I’ve adjusted the sizing. I find this size fits most hands – all you have to do is adjust the length to suit you.


  • A set of US #3 (3.35mm) double pointed needles

  • 1 skein worsted weight wool (250 yards, 228 metres)

  • Scrap yarn (in contrasting colour)


  • 5-6 stitches per inch


1. Cast on 36 Stitches

2. K1, P1 for 3 inches (or your desired length of cuff)

3. Increase Round: K6, Increase 1, repeat until end of round (Increase by 6 stitches for a total of 42 – increase by picking up, place on left needle and knit the new stitch)

4. Knit for 1 ¾ inches

5. Knit the thumb gusset:

  • Knit 3, place marker, increase 1, knit 2, increase 1, place marker, knit to end of round.

  • Knit 1 round plain

  • Continue working as established:

    • round 1: knit to the marker, slip it, increase1 stitch right after that marker, knit over to the second marker, and increase1 stitch right before it.

    • round 2: knit

    • **Repeat these two rounds, ending with a plain knit round (round 2), until you have 14 stitches between the markers

    • Now it's time to put the thumb stitches aside until later: Knit the 3 stitches to the first marker. Using your contrasting yarn, thread the 14 stitches that are between the two stitch markers.

    • Cast on two stitches (wrap wool around left needle, stick right needle down and behind the wrapped around yarn, knit the stitch)

    • Join new stitches with old (on the other side of the gusset stitches) & knit rest of hand

6. Knit rest of mitten until it is ½ inch shorter than desired finished length

7. Decrease:

  • Decrease Round: *K1, k2tog, k4 (5, 6, 7), ssk, k4 (5, 6, 7), k2tog, k4 (5, 6, 7), ssk, repeat from * to end. 34 (40, 46, 52) stitches

  • Next Round: Knit.

  • Decrease Round: *K1, k2tog, k3 (4, 5, 6), ssk, k2 (3, 4, 5), k2tog, k3 (4, 5, 6), ssk, repeat from * to end. 26 (32, 38, 44) stitches

  • Next Round: Knit.

  • Decrease Round: *K1, k2tog, k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1, ssk, repeat from * to end. (18 stitches)

  • Decrease Round: *K1, k2tog, k4, ssk, repeat from * to end. (14 stitches)

  • Cut yarn and thread it through the remaining stitches

8. Knit Thumb:

  • Put the gusset stitches on the yarn onto a needle

  • Pick up 4 stitches on opposite side of gusset stitches (the two cast on stitches and one on either side of the cast on stitches)

  • With first stitch, join yarn by pulling it through to create a new stitch that will be on the needle

  • Separate stitches onto three different needles

  • Continue knitting until thumb measures ¼ inch less than desired length

  • Decrease round: *k1, k2tog, k4, ssk, repeat from * to end

  • Cut yarn and thread it through the remaining stitches


If you get stuck, here are some resources I found helpful:


CraftworkTaylor MacLean