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How to Knit Mittens: 35 Patterns for the Family

By: Julie DaMario, Editor for

This morning when I woke up, I saw a faint trace of ice crystals on my windowsill. It was just a tiny patch, but it was filled with a design that looked as if fairies had gone ice skating overnight. I wiped off the frost and pulled on a heavy knit sweater with a sigh. Winter is fast approaching, whether we like it or not.

Of course there are many things to love about winter. The way the first snowfall has the ability to muffle the noise of an entire town is just mind-boggling. The snowflakes that are more like snow chunks are always fun to catch on your tongue. And of course, beautiful knit mitten patterns are both a joy to wear and a joy to make. Personally, I don’t think there’s anything more festive or adorable than a pair of cozy winter mitts wrapped around a mug of piping hot cocoa.

Now, there are a million and ten places you can go to quickly buy a pair of store-bought mittens to keep your hands “warm” this winter. I’m here to tell you that they won’t be worth it. Those cheap ones you can buy at a drug store will immediately rip and probably won’t be able to stand up to a single snowball. Those weird hi-tech ones will be way too stiff for any attempt at fine motor skills, let alone holding a shovel. Beautiful, cozy, hand knit mittens for every member of your family is the way to go.

Why, you ask? Warm winter mittens are the type of knitting patterns that get passed down from generation to generation. A good pair of nicely knit mitts will last you for years, and they’ll hold sentimental value that a store can’t provide. By making your own mittens, you can customize them any way you want. Make them more masculine for your brother, or add a pom pom for your little sister. The options are endless. Keep reading to find out how to knit mittens for your entire family.


How to Knit Mittens: 35 Patterns for the Family


How to Knit Mittens:
35 Patterns for the Family


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Men’s Knit Mitten Patterns

The trick with men’s knit mitten patterns is to not make them so cutesy. An easy solution is to use yarn in dark neutrals or bold solids. Too much extra detail will make them look more feminine. Try using the colors of his favorite sports team for a spirited touch.

Striped Wolverine Mittens

Striped Wolverine Mittens
Art Deco Mittens
Handsome Ribbed Mitts
Textured Retro Mittens
Personalized Mittens
Tweedy Mittens
Blueberry Pie Mittens
Vintage Houndstooth Gloves


Women’s Knit Mitten Patterns

Women’s knit mitten patterns have come a long way. Now you can knit beautiful works of art that you actually want to wear – as opposed to the tangled balls of yarn that used to be the norm. Enjoy this list of stylish and sophisticated knit mitten patterns your mother, aunt, or any other lady will love.

Mad Men MittensWinter Sky Mittens
Mad Men Mittens
Women’s Norwegian Mittens
Malabrigo Gloves
Tannenbaum Mittens
Mrs. Roosevelt's Mittens
Warm Winter Mittens
Purple Passion Mittens
Missoni Knockoff Zig-Zag Mittens



Children’s Knit Mitten Patterns

Children’s mittens are so much fun to knit because kids will wear almost anything. Go crazy with cuteness. Add ten pom poms or create a pair with hot pink and purple polka dots. Dress your kids the way you want while you still can with this list of adorable knit mitten patterns.
Serendipity Mittens
Serendipity Mittens
Top Down Big Kids’ Mittens
Children’s Two Needle Mittens
Boy’s Cap and Gloves
Bev's 2 Needle Knit Mittens for Kids




Baby's Knit Mitten Patterns

Children’s mitts are adorable, but baby mitten patterns take the cake. Knitting up a tiny pair of gloves for baby is a great way to get rid of some extra yarn while making something you’ll treasure for years. The best part is that when baby outgrows her tiny mitts, you can hang them on the tree for a unique holiday ornament.

Striped Toddler Mitts
Baby Mitts
Nubby Newborn Mitts
Striped Toddler Mitts
Garter Stitch Striped Baby Mitts
Little Baby Mittens
Teeny Tiny Mittens



Fashionable Fingerless Mittens Patterns

Last, but not least, we have the fingerless mitten patterns. This style is extremely popular with the younger crowd, especially teenagers and fashion-forward adolescents. Perfect for texting and other modes of social media, fingerless mittens are hip and cozy knits your teen will love.

Woodland Fingerless GlovesSeed Stitch Handwarmers
Woodland Fingerless Gloves
Jewel Thief Mitts
Toasty Fingerless Mitts
Knit Ombre Handwarmers
Nearly Gloves
Diamond Leaf Mitts



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