The 'Stay Warm' mittens are perfect hand warmers for kids on cool autumn mornings!
Knit these fingerless mitts in an evening, using scraps or a bit of favorite yarn.
One of the prominent principles in Waldorf education is the concept of warmth, and its importance physically, emotionally and developmentally for children.
Standing outside, waiting for the school bus with my daughter on nippy autumn mornings in Northern Ontario is not usually a ‘warm’ experience. These simple little mitts are the result of my wanting to send her into her learning day with a feeling of warmth! I thought I would share it with you if you have a little one whose hands need a little extra warming these days!
The mittens pictured are made with my very favourite colorway, on my very favourite yarn:
Green String’s ‘McKenzie’s Rainbow’ on worsted weight Purewool single ply merino.
And the very best part? The mittens used so little that I still have lots left for many other projects!
This pattern is written for children age 3-8, or thereabouts (real, technical, huh?).
Pictured on an average 6 year old’s hands.
For an older child,(6,7,8) I would suggest making a shorter wrist cuff for a better fit at the cuff opening.
Size 7 US double pointed needles (dpns)
Approx. 1.25 oz. of Worsted Weight yarn
2 Stitch Markers
A few yards of a contrasting colour for rosettes (optional)
K = knit
P = purl
Increase by knitting into the front and back of the increase stitch.
Cast on 32 stitches (loosely) and distribute evenly on your DPNs.
Work in K2 P2 ribbing until your cuffs reach the desired length.
The pictured mitts have 4" cuffs.
Knit around 5 times/rows.
Purl the next two rounds.
Knit 4 rounds.
Purl 2 rounds.
Knit one round.
Begin shaping thumb:
1: Knit 2, increase 1 in the next stitch. Place Marker. Knit the remainder of this round until 3
stitches remain. Place marker. Increase one stitch in the next stitch, knit 2.
3: Knit until 1 stitch before your marker, increase one stitch. Slip marker, knit to the second
marker. Slip Marker. Increase one stitch. Knit to end of row. (36 stitches on needles)
Repeat rows 3 & 4 until you have 46 stitches.
On the last Knit row, knit to the second marker. Slip marker. Knit 3. Bind off the next 14 stitches
(this will create the thumb).
Continue to knit until the mitten is as long as you would like~ I find that for my 6 year old daughter, I need only do 2 rows in knit before proceeding to the ribbing to finish off.
Do 5 rounds in K2P2 ribbing.
Cast off knitwise.
Weave in your ends.
Add a stitch or two to the thumb gusset as needed to clean it up where it separates from the body of the mitten.
Rosettes: I simply used a doubled strand of contrasting yarn and a needle.
Weave in the ends, and bring the needle through to the front between the two stripes of purl stitching. Make a French Knot by wrapping the yarn twice around the needle. Secure your ends (and don't leave any loops behind the rosettes for little fingers to catch on the way in!.
Please feel free to adapt (or improve!) as your heart desires.
If you do want to share the pattern, or adapt and share it, or sell the mitts you make with it, do so with my blessing. It would be wonderfully courteous if you would also include a link back to my blog and credit the pattern to me (Lori Campbell/ Beneath the Rowan Tree). Stay warm! ♥♥
©Photos and text Copyright Lori Campbell/ Beneath the Rowan Tree, 2011.
Lori blogs about creating, parenting and the little joys of life @ Beneath the Rowan Tree
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