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Garter Stitch Knit Mittens Pattern
(Christmas Style Mittens)

garter stitch mittens knit in rounds

This is my first fully covered mittens pattern with small video tutorials for most of the hard and dubious parts. I have decided to call them Christmas Mittens as their color reminds me about an upcoming holiday spirit. Missing a touch of white? No problem, just add white decor item on the dorsum. My goal was to make a super easy pattern that is doable even for those ones who has never knitted mittens before.

Knitting materials and knitting tools:

<> 5 Double Pointed Knitting Needles 4 mm (UK 8/ US 6);

<> Romantic country – 80% wool, 20% acrylic. Dark red: 100 grams -120 m per skein – in total a bit more than 1 ball; You can consider buying this yarn here

If you decide to go with the yarn I recommend, don’t forget to add CRAZYHANDS in the order notes and get an extra gift from the seller.

Knit garter stitch mittens size:

Wrist size : 16-20 сm

Length: 25 cm

Gauge:   16 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette

Common abbreviations of knitting stitches:

k – knit

p – purl

p2togR – purl two together that lean to the right. Check small video tutorial on CrazyHands Instagram.

p2togL – purl two together that lean to the left. Check small video tutorial on CrazyHands Instagram.

k2tog – knit two together.

a pair of cute winter mittens knitted using garter stitch

Garter stitch mittens knitting pattern

Knitting the cuff:

Cast on 32 stitches for the mitten plus 1 more stitch to join in the round (In total 33 stitches). Rib k1, p1 for 7 cm or about 17 rounds.

For the garter stitch in the round always alternate knit round and purl round.

Round 1: Purl all stitch around

Round 2: Knit all stitches around

Repeat Rounds 1-2 eight more times , after that repeat again Round  1

Knitting gusset section:

Make the gusset section for the right hand on the 1st needle and for the left hand on the 4th needle. Otherwise, pay attention that the “jog” or seam was always on the sides of the palm.

seam of the garter stitch knit mittens

Right Thumbhole:

For the right thumbhole leave first 6 stitches. Take waste yarn and k6, slip all 6 knit stitches back to the left needle, pick up working yarn and knit all 32 stitches around. Here is one more small video tutorial of how to knit gusset section.

Left Thumbhole:

Knit 26 stitches, drop working yarn and join the waste yarn, k6, slip last 6 stitches back to the left needle, pick up working yarn and k6.

back and front sides of the garter stitch knit mittens

Shaping mittens:

Continue knitting garter stitch pattern in round for about 9 cm or until the mitten reaches the tip of your little finger. Make sure knit round was the last one. After that start decreasing rounds.

Round 1: [p1, p2togL, p10, p2togR, p1] – repeat twice

Round 2: knit in stockinette stitch

Round 3: [p1, p2togL, p8, p2togR, p1] – repeat twice

Round 4: knit in stockinette stitch

Round 5: [p1, p2togL, p6, p2togR, p1] – repeat twice

Round 6: knit in stockinette stitch

Round 7: [p1, p2togL, p4, p2togR, p1] – repeat twice

Round 8: knit in stockinette stitch

Round 9: [p1, p2togL, p2, p2togR, p1] – repeat twice

Round 10: knit in stockinette stitch

Round 11: [p1, p2togL, p2togR, p1] – repeat twice

Cut the yarn leaving 10-15 cm tail, thread tail through remaining stitches and pull tight to close the mitten’s top.

garter stitch mittens knitted in the round

Knitting the thumb:

Carefully remove the scrap yarn and pick up 5 stitches up and 6 stitches down. Pick up 2 stitches from the right side and 1 stitch from the left side for the right mitten or 2 stitches from the left side and 1 stitch from the right side for the left mitten. Pick up in total 3(4) stitches around the gap. If you see holes, try to twist some stitches or pick up couple of more but then don’t forget to get rid of them otherwise the thumb body will look too loose. To get rid of extra stitches k2tog in 2nd or 3d round.

Attach yarn and knit about 10 rounds or until it reaches the tip of your thumb.

Shaping thumb:

Round 1: k2, k2tog, k3, k2tog k3, k2tog.

Round 2: k1, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k2, k2tog.

Round 3: k2tog, k1 k2tog, k1, k2tog.

Cut the yarn and thread it through remaining stitches to finish the thumb. Pull the tail tight.

Weave into the wrong side of mitten.

Repeat for the other mitten.

Christmas-style garter stitch knit mittens and white pinecone

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