Sunday, October 02, 2005

Berry Blue Thumbless Mittens

By Lorri Ann R.

After I finished dying my recycled yarn with Kool Aid, I knit up some thumbless mittens for my 8 month old. There is nothing as frustrating as trying to fit a baby thumb into a mitten so I have skipped the thumb. I have written out the directions so that everyone can knit mittens for the babies in their lives.

Fits approximately 6 to 18 months.

50g worsted weight yarn (I used recycled yarn (11wpi) from a white thrift store sweater that I dyed with Berry Blue Kool Aid.)
Four size 3 double pointed needles (or size needed for gauge)
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle

20 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette stitch


Make 2:

Cast on 28 stitches loosely.

Arrange stitches evenly over 3 double pointed needles. Join into a circle being careful not to twist your work. Place marker at the beginning of the row.

Ribbing: *K2, P2*, 7 times.

Repeat ribbing row until ribbing measures 1 ½ inches.

Increase row: K next row across increasing 4 stitches evenly around. (32 stitches)

Stockinette stitch: Continue to K around until the stockinette stitch portion of the mitten measures 2 inches.

Next row: *K6, K2tog*, 4 times. (28 stitches)

Stockinette stitch: Continue to K around until the stockinette stitch portion of the mitten measures 3 inches.

Decrease as follows:
Row 1: *K5, K2tog*, 4 times. (24 stitches)
Row 2: K around.
Row 3: *K4, K2tog*, 4 times.
Row 4: K around.
Row 5: *K3, K2tog*, 4 times.
Row 6: *K2, K2tog*, 4 times.
Row 7: *K, K2tog*, 4 times.
Row 8: K2tog 4 times. (4 stitches)

Finishing: Cut yarn leaving a 10 inch tail. Thread yarn onto tapestry needle and sew through remaining 4 stitches 2 times. Tack tail on inside of mitten. Weave in ends.

K - knit
P - purl
K2tog - knit 2 together
Dec - decrease
Inc - increase
Wpi - wraps per inch

This pattern is for your personal use only. Please do not copy it, post it, or sell items made using pattern.


Lisa said...

those mittens are a great idea. My 1 year old nephew needs a pair of thrummed mittens, and I'll use your pattern to make them.

Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

I really love the way your dyeing came out - the colour is fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Hi Lorri,

I just happened upon your blog today. I'm in the Grand Rapids area too! Drop me a note sometime! (

Love the berry blue!!


Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your pattern. I have been looking for one like this to knit for a local charity.

Knitcrazy said...

Great ... This is just what My Neighbor asked me to make for her 5 month old Daughter... Thanks !!

Anonymous said...

Hi there! I have a pair of mittens much the same that four of my children wore when they were small. I was looking for a pattern to make a new pair for my fifth! Thanks for making it easy!

Here's a tip for you if you are a techno geek like me: I copy and paste my internet patterns onto my palm pilot and then I don't have to fuss with pages that get lost or ruined. Then I can edit as I go if need be! It works like a dream!


Jenni/ squirlko on Rav said...

Thanks for the mitten pattern. I'm going to whip these out for my 11 month old this weekend:) I live in GR also!!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the pattern. I've had a few friends ask for mittens for their small children. These look pretty quick.

Love the color!

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