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Before I get going , I decided to update and revamp the whole mitten pattern that was on-site at so that it would be a lot easier to make an appropriate sized mitten from handspun, which is never exactly the size you need. So, there are 3 sizes in the pattern right now. I have been teaching all day and so am seeing double with my numbers and math...would some kind soul please read through the sizes and make sure my math works so that new knitters don't get discouraged over my inaccuracies??? Typos are my specialty, by the way, so be kind when you correct me

Realize that your knitting gauge depends on your yarn thickness and the needles used...if your yarn is VERY thick and your gauge is TOO FEW STITCHES per inch, make the smaller sized mitten, but knit to the lengths that you will need for the hand you are covering, which maybe adult sized. Conversely, if your gauge is TOO MANY STITCHES per inch, make a larger sized mitten, but shorten it if you have to.

Countrywool's Easy Mittens for SPINFREE
Copyright 1999 Claudia Krisniski. All rights reserved. May be used by any knitter for their own projects, and may be freely copied for charity knitting purposes. Please contact Claudia at and Jen at jlyons1@columbus.rr.comfor permission to link to the pattern.

  • 4 oz of handspun yarn measuring approximately 8-10 wraps per inch.
  • Bamboo double pointed needles #6 or 7 or 8 (optional: Bamboo double pointed needles 2 sizes smaller than above for cuff)
  • markers
  • darning needle
  • 2 - 12" lengths scrap yarn

KEY: k = knit p = purl st(s) = stitch(es) tog = together

Sizes: Small, medium, large


  • With (smaller) needles, cast on 26 (32,38)sts. Join. Work in the round in *k1,p1* ribbing for 3".
  • Next round...(with larger needles).*k 6(8,9) make 1 st* repeating around ending k 2 (0,2): 30 (36,42) sts.
  • Next round: k1, place marker, k around.

Thumb Gusset
  • Round 1: make 1 st, k to marker, make 1 stitch, slip marker, knit around: 32(38,44) sts.
  • Round 2: k around
  • Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until there are 11(13, 15) sts on the first needle before the marker. (The ending number of every increase round will be 2 sts greater than the previous round.) 40(48, 56) sts.

  • Knit across 11 (13, 15) sts. Thread darning needle with one length of scrap yarn, and run through these sts dropping them off the needle. (Tie ends of scrap yarn together to anchor stitches)...knit around mitten back to where you put the sts on scrap yarn...increase 1 st to keep knitting in the round. Put your beginning of the round marker after the st...30 (36,42) sts. .
  • Work in the round until the mitten clears your pinky finger or 3 (3.5, 4)" above thumb opening.
  • Top Decrease
    • Round 1: *k 4, k 2 together* repeat around: 25 (30, 35) sts
    • Round 2: k
    • Round 3: *k 3, k2 tog* repeat around: 20 ( 24, 28) sts
    • Round 4: k
    • Round 5 and the rest...proceed as above, decreasing every odd round until you have 6 sts left
    • Cut yarn leaving a 12" tail...with darning needle, run yarn through 5(6,7) remaining sts twice and pull tight. Weave in end.

  • Pick up all sts on thumb holders. Dig into the mitten fabric above thumb opening and pick up 3 sts over where you cast on the one st before starting the hand. Join 14 (16,18) sts.
  • Round1: knit around and decrease 2 sts by k2tog above two spots where sts seem loose at "sides" of the thumb: 14 sts.
  • Knit around evenly on these sts until work clears thumb nail.
  • *k2 tog* repeating around until 6 sts remain.
  • Close as for top of mitten.

This material ©1999 Claudia Krisniski