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Beginner Thumb Mittens [knitting pattern]

January 28, 2015
[cardigan: Vince (similar)]

As soon as I saw this yarn I knew it would be great for some colorful mittens! Mittens can be a little tricky to knit because you have to designate a spot for the thumb, put the stitches on a holder and finish knitting it after you have completed the rest of the fingers. Hopefully you’ll find this pattern pretty straightforward. As always, let me know if you have any questions!
Yarn: Loops & Threads Impeccable in Folklore (1 skein)
Needles: sizes US 3 & 5
Right mitten:
With no. 5 needles cast on 32 stitches. Switch to no. 3 needles and work in K2 P2 ribbing for 3 1/2 inches. Change to no. 5 needles and work in Stockinette stitch until length from last row of ribbing is 2 1/4 inches. End with a Purl row. 
Thumb opening:
Knit across first 16 stitches. Slip the next 5 stitches on to a stitch holder to be worked later. Cast on 5 stitches. Knit to the end of the row. Next row: Purl across. Continue in Stockinette stitch until length from last row of ribbing is 5 inches or reaches to the tip of the little finger ending with a Purl row.
To Shape Tip:
1st row: K1, sl 1, k1, p.s.s.o., knit across next 10 stitches. Knit 2 together, K1,  place a marker on the needle, K1, sl 1, k1, p.s.s.o., Knit across next 10 stitches. Knit 2 together, k1.
2nd Row: Slipping marker, Purl across
3rd Row: K1, sl 1, k1, p.s.s.o., knit to within 3 stitches before marker, knit 2 together, k1, slip marker, k1, sl 1, k1, p.s.s.o., knit to within last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, k1. Repeat 2nd and 3rd rows until 1 stitches remain. Cut yarn, leaving a 12 inch tail. Draw through remaining 12 stitches. Pull tightly and fasten.
Thumb: Slip stitches from holder onto no. 5 needle. Attach yarn and purl across these stitches. Cast on 5 stitches and knit across (total 10 stitches). Work in stockinette stitch until thumb measures 2 1/4 inches from base ending with a purl row.  
To Shape Tip of Thumb: 
1st row: *Knit 2 together, repeat from * across. Cut yarn. leaving a 10 inch tail.
Draw through remaining stitches. Pull tightly and fasten. Sew thumb seam, sew side seam.
Left Mitten:
Work the same as Right Mitten to within the Thumb Opening.
Knit across first 11 stitches. Slip the next 5 stitches onto a stitch holder to be worked later; cast on 5 stitches and complete row. Thumb position established. Complete as for Right Mitten.

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  • Reply
    Karla
    January 30, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Stunning as always!

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    mar
    February 26, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    So sweet. Saving to do for next winter for our grand kiddies and perhaps some bigger people as well.
    Many thanks for sharing. <3

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    Jean Granger
    February 26, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    I love these and can't wait to make them!!

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    Unknown
    November 23, 2015 at 12:21 am

    Thank you for sharing !

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    mike
    April 11, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    I am on my husband's computer and want to get back to knitting but have to say a huge thank you for sharing. I am going to knit the chunky mittens now. I love the chunky yarns and large needles. Have been ultra busy creating cowls, throws and hats of late and even Chichester the little piggy. Wishing you every success in all you choose to do.
    Marilyn

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