Monday, October 25, 2010

2-Needle Kids' Mittens

I created this pattern when I needed to make mittens for my son this winter. Here is how it turned out. Pretty awesome, I think, for a 2-needle mitten pattern.

Materials Needed:
4mm knitting needles, Worsted weight yarn, Stitch holder, Yarn needle

Cast on 30 sts. Work in K1, P1 ribbing for 4 rows. Work  K2, P2 ribbing for 1½”. Work St st for 4 rows, increasing 1 st in 1st row (31 sts)

For Left Mitten:
Row 1: K14, M1, K1, M1, Knit 16 (33 sts)
Row 2 (and all even rows): Purl across
Row 3: K14, M1, K3, M1, K16 (35 sts)
Row 5: K14, M1, K5, M1, K16 (37 sts)
Row 7: K14, M1, K7, M1, K16 (39 sts)
Row 9: K14, M1, K9, M1, K16 (41 sts)
Row 11: Knit 14, put 11 sts on a stitch holder, K16 (30 sts)

For Right Mitten:
Row 1: K16, M1, K1, M1, Knit 14 (33 sts)
Row 2 (and all even rows): Purl across
Row 3: K16, M1, K3, M1, K14 (35 sts)
Row 5: K16, M1, K5, M1, K14 (37 sts)
Row 7: K16, M1, K7, M1, K14 (39 sts)
Row 9: K16, M1, K9, M1, K14 (41 sts)
Row 11: Knit 16, put 11 sts on a stitch holder, K14 (30 sts)

Cont. in St st until entire length of mitten is 6”.
Decrease Row 1: K1, SKP, K9, K2tog, K2, SKP, K9, K2tog, K1 (26 sts)
Row 2 (and all even rows): Purl across
Row 3: K1, SKP, K7, K2tog, K2, SKP, K7, K2tog, K1 (22 sts)
Row 5: K1, SKP, K5, K2tog, K2, SKP, K5, K2tog, K1 (18 sts)
Row 7: K1, SKP, K3, K2tog, K2, SKP, K3, K2tog, K1 (14 sts)
Row 9: Bind off knitwise, leaving 8” tail for sewing.

Pick up 11 sts from stitch holder and work St st for 6 rows.
Decrease Row: K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K2 tog (7 sts)
Last row: P2tog to last st, P1. (4 sts)
Thread needle through sts, pull tight.

Sewing: Sew from top of mitten to bottom, and sew up thumb seam, weaving in ends afterwards.


  1. Thank you for a great, simple and well written pattern, exactly what I was looking for. Fits my grandson Aiden perfectly. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you! I thought that other people might find it useful as well. :)

  3. Thankyou this has helped my mum

  4. Wow, these mitts are SO EASY!!!! Thanks for sharing this pattern. Turned out better than I had expected!

  5. I am glad the pattern is helping people. This makes me so happy! :)

  6. I have been using this pattern for years. While it may have been posted by you recently it has been around for many years. However, it is a nice quick easy and warm pattern.

  7. Well if it has been, I haven't been aware of it. I was searching for easy mitten patterns last winter and was frustrated at all the complicated 4-needle ones. This pattern resulted from that frustration and if anyone came up with the concept before me, good for them. I guess great minds think alike.

  8. What size does this make???

  9. My son is 4 1/2 years old and they fit him perfectly. I would say age 4-6 would fit these well. You can make the mittens smaller or larger by decreasing or adding rows into the part between the thumb and top of the mitten.

  10. Yes, these 2 needle mittens have been around since the 1950s and I made a lot from the late '60s onward. It's nice to see someone bringing them back again.
    Several vintage pattern sites have turned the old books into ebooks now and they are available to download.Got mine at

  11. as a newbie what does SKP mean

  12. "Slip, Knit, Pass." Slip a stitch, knit the next stitch, pass the slipped stitch over the knit one. The same as: sl1, k1, psso

  13. What does M1 mean?

  14. make one knit in to the front and the back of the stitch

  15. Can you give me an estimate of how many rows and where on the written pattern to make this for 7 and 8 year olds