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Mittens for the Family

Theres nothing like a pair of hand knit mittens to warm the fingers and the heart when the weather gets cold. Make mittens for the everyone with the Mittens for the Family pattern. This hand knit mittens pattern has instructions for children, women, and men built right into it, so you only need this single pattern to outfit your entire family in cozy winter mittens. You have lots of room for personal touches and embellishments in this simple pattern; try changing yarn colors or adding buttons to create personal touches your family is sure to love.


Knitting Needle Size4 or 3.5 mm, 5 or 3.75 mm, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

Mittens Sized for Children (Women, Men).

Directions are for smallest size; changes for larger sizes are in parentheses.

Hand Circumference: 5½ (7¾, 9½)”
Length from wrist to fingertips: 6 (10½, 12)”



  • RED HEART® “Super Saver®”: 1 skein each 624 Tea Leaf A, 964 Primary B, and 319 Cherry Red C.
  • Double Pointed Knitting Needles: 3.5 mm [US 4] and 3.75 mm [US 5].
  • Stitch markers (3)
  • Small stitch holder
  • Yarn needle

GAUGE: 18 sts = 4”; 28 Rounds = 4” in Stockinette stitch. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needle to obtain the gauge.

Special Abbreviation
M1 (make one stitch) = Lift running thread before next stitch onto left needle and knit into the back loop.

Stripe Sequence
Children’s Version: * 3 Rounds B, 2 Rounds A; repeat from *.
Women’s Version: * 3 Rounds A, 2 Rounds C; repeat from *.

MITTENS (make 2)
Cuff Ribbing
With smaller needles and A (C, C), cast on 24 (36, 44) sts.
Divide evenly among 3 dpns, place marker for beginning of round and join being careful not to twist sts.
Round 1: * K2, p2; repeat from * around .
Repeat Round 1 for 1¾ (3, 3½)”.

Begin Pattern
Change to larger needles, begin St st, and k1 (1, 0) round even.

For children’s and women’s sizes only:
Join B (A), and begin Stripe sequence.

For all sizes:
Work even until piece measures 2¼ (4½, 5)” from beginning.

Thumb Gusset
Round 1: K11 (17, 21), place marker, k1, M1, k1, place marker, k to end–25 (37, 45) sts.
Round 2 and all even rounds: Knit even.
Round 3: K11 (17, 21), M1, k3, M1, k to end–27 (39, 47) sts.
Round 5: K11 (17, 21), M1, k5, M1, k to end–29 (41, 49) sts.
Round 7: K11 (17, 21), M1, k7, M1, k to end–31 (43, 51) sts.

For women’s and men’s sizes only
Round 9: K17 (21), M1, k9, M1, k to end–45 (53) sts.
Round 11: K17 (21), M1, k11, M1, k to end–47 (55) sts.
Round 13: K17 (21), M1, k13, M1, k to end–49 (57) sts.

For men’s size only
Round 15: K21, M1, k15, M1, k to end–59 sts.

For all sizes
Next Round: K11 (17, 21), place next 9 (15, 17) sts on holder for thumb, cast on 2 (1, 0) sts, k to end–24 (35, 42) sts. Work even in pattern as established until piece measures 5 (9 10½)” from beginning.

For children’s and women’s sizes only
End with round 3 of B (A), and continue in A (C) only.

For all sizes
Shape Mitten Top
Round 1 and all odd rounds: Knit even.
Round 2: * K4 (5, 5), k2tog; repeat from * around–20 (30, 36) sts.
Round 4: * K3 (4, 4), k2tog; repeat from * around–16 (25, 30) sts.
Round 6: * K2 (3, 3), k2tog; repeat from * around–12 (20, 24) sts.

For children’s size only
Round 7: * K1, k2tog; repeat from * around–8 sts.
Round 8: * K2tog; repeat from * around–4 sts.

For women’s and men’s sizes only
Round 8: * K2, k2tog; repeat from * around–15 (18) sts.
Round 10: * K1, k2tog; repeat from * around–10 (12) sts.
Round 12: * K2tog; repeat from * around–5 (6) sts.

For all sizes
Cut yarn, leaving a 6” tail. Thread through remaining sts, pull tightly to secure.

Divide 9 (15, 17) sts from holder onto 3 dpns. Continue in pattern as established and work 1 round even, picking up 1 st between hand and thumb at end of row–10 (16, 18) sts. Work even until thumb measures ¾ (1½, 1¾)”.

For children’s size only
Round 1: K1, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k1, k2tog–7 sts.
Round 2: Knit even.
Round 3: K2tog, k1, k2tog, k2tog–4sts.

For women’s size only
Round 1: * K2, k2tog; repeat from * around–12 sts.
Rounds 2 and 4: Knit even.
Round 3: * K1, k2tog; repeat from * around–8 sts.
Round 5: * K2tog; repeat from * around–4 sts.

For men’s size only
Round 1: [K2, k2tog, k1, k2tog] 2 times, k2, k2tog–13 sts.
Rounds 2 and 4: Knit even.
Round 3: [K1, k2tog, k2tog] 2 times, k1, k2tog–8 sts.
Round 5: * K2tog; repeat from * around–4 sts.

For all sizes
Cut yarn leaving a 6” tail. Thread through remaining sts, pull tightly to secure.

Weave in yarn ends.

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