Gloves which cover the entire hand but do not have separate finger openings or sheaths are called mittens.
Mittens have a thumb, knitted on the side or at the side of the hand palm.
Mittens are warmer than gloves made of the same material because fingers maintain their warmth better when
they are in contact with each other. As well, the reduced surface area means that there is less heat loss.
A baby mitten has no thumb at all.
Photo tutorial how to knit a mitten with a thumb gusset
( triangle piece )
This thumb gusset is made from increasing stitches for a gusset on the right and left side of the hand.
In the Selbu museum are original Norwegian knitwear and also mittens.
And an original mittens pattern,
, I have recharted
As you can see the stitches are very small and the yarn is very thin, 48 stitches by 48 rows per 10 cm !
are from the Selbu Museum.
These mittens are a good impression of original Norwegian knitwear
This is where you can buy online original Selbu knitwear
What are these numbers ?
For instance 25 x 25 = that is your gauge
So you have to knit a tension swatch first, knitted in pattern of your choice
then choose your mittens pattern with the right gauge.
If you don't knit a tension swatch, you will never have the right size.
Knit the mittens in the round, circular, if you want, or on straight needles
Sock yarn is great for knitting mittens
How to knit the mitten thumb; there are 3 ways, to do this;
knit a thumb gusset; triangle piece; tutorial how to knit a mitten with a thumb gusset
Cast off the thumb stitches and in the next row cast the stitches on again ( red ),
when your mittens are finished, pick up the stitches with DPN's, all around the thumb gap ( green )
2 extra stitches at each side of the gap ( yellow ) and knit the thumb.
Knit the black stitches in charts, ( for the thumbhole ), with contrasting yarn,
so knit the thumbhole stitches with it instead of your working yarn ( red ).
Then, slip all these stitches back onto your left hand needle purl wise,
and knit across them, with your working yarn, finish your mittens with the working yarn.
Pickup the the contrasting thumb stitches ( blue ) at the inside of your mittens, using DPN's, all around,
pickup 2 extra stitches ( green ) at the outside of the thumb gap, at each side.
Pull out the waste yarn, and knit your thumb with 4 Double Pointed Needles.
For some beginning knitters, mittens can be an intimidating project. However, by starting with a simple pattern
even relatively inexperienced knitters can knit warm, professional looking mittens.
The trickiest part of creating the mitten is the thumb. One word of caution is to make sure the stitches are added
evenly around the thumb without too large of gaps. This way, holes can be avoided.
If you don't knit the mittens with 100% synthetic yarn, then they will keep hands extra warm.
Also, they will be soft to the touch. Knit a tension swatch first, to determine your gauge.
Free knit patterns for mittens with gauge 25 x 25
knitted by Sally Witham
I used Cascade 220 Wool
and size 3 needle.
I had to shorten the thumb, but other than that, I followed it exactly. Sally
Free knit patterns for mittens with gauge 26 x 26
Free knit patterns for mittens with gauge 30 x 30
For variations on these patterns consider making the cuff a different color from the rest of the mitten or making a
stripe pattern by using two different colors of yarn and alternating as the pattern progresses.
Some choose to use multicolored self-striping yarn or hand dyed yarns, when making mittens to make for an easy
yet colorful design. Using different kind of yarns, like acrylic for main yarn and angora to knit the motifs, makes a
good and interesting combination too.
Lined mittens are one of winter's luxuries. Just pick up stitches on the inside at the top of the ribbing
(or down at the bottom if there isn't a ribbing). You essentially knit another mitten, but it can be in a looser gauge.
Slightly smaller so that it fits inside the first. You could also knit it separately and sew it in, if you find it too fiddly to
have the finished outside dangling. Definitely worth a couple extra hours.
Free knit patterns for mittens with gauge 32 x 32
knitted by Rachel so nice to see your own pattern in a knitted mitten thank you Rachel Kaufman
photo's from flickr knitted with my patterns
knitted by Motilou
thank you Motilou
for your photos
Free knit patterns for mittens with gauge 35 x 35
Free knit patterns for mittens with gauge 36 x 36
Free knit patterns for mittens with gauge 38 x 38
Standard knitting patterns for mittens,
25 cms height and 10 cms width ( 20 cms circumference ) 12 inches high and 8 inches circumference
You can use my Norwegian knitting charts to create your own pattern,
or use a knitting stitch or just plain stocking stitch with a nice border pattern.
20 x 20
25 x 25
30 x 30
36 x 36
38 x 38
Start with my tutorial how to knit a mitten with a thumb gusset
The left side of the mitten is charted and the thumb gusset ( starts with 1 stitch ).
The right side is the same as the left side, just add up the stitches.
With a motif the first and second mitten are knitted in opposite direction.
The thumb gusset stays in the middle,
the motif of the thumb gusset is also knitted in opposite direction for the second mitten.
The front of the mitten is knitted with a beautiful motif and the back of the mitten
with a simple and easy motif, this goes for the thumb as well.
Easy border patterns for mittens, more on my knitting borders page.
I have created mittens inspired by Bohus Strickning, Google to find out more about Bohus.
First the basic mittens patterns
Free knit patterns for mittens with gauge 33 x 35
men's mittens pattern
Crochet mittens patterns
basic crochet mittens pattern
embroider your crocheted mittens
basic crochet mittens pattern
crochet flowers at the brim of