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Monday, 12 September 2011
The 'Stay Warm' mittens are perfect hand warmers for kids on cool mornings!
Knit these fingerless mitts in an evening, using scraps or a bit of  favorite yarn.
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One of the prominent principles in Waldorf education is the concept of warmth, and its importance physically, emotionally and developmentally for children.
Although we are happy homeschoolers these days, these mittens were inspired by my little one's chilly fingers while waiting for the bus on nippy northern Ontario mornings!
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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.
2: Knit
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)
4: Knit
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.


Heather said...

These are so adorable! I'm trying to learn how to knit. These make me want to try harder. Thanks for linking up at So Creative. I featured these.

Lori @ Beneath the Rowan Tree said...

You're welcome! The only tricky bit on these for a beginner would be the thumb gussets.. they aren't hard to do, just daunting (for me at least, because I truly dislike working on dpns!!)

Sam Findlay said...

These are gorgeous! I have some new self-striping yarn that would be perfect for these, thanks for the pattern!

Paula said...

What gauge did you use Lori?

Double pointed needles aren't that bad. They are just one of those things you need to learn that in the end will make your knitting so much more professional. There's nothing like mitts or toques that get decreased down all the way with dpns. :)

Julie said...

Thanks for sharing the pattern, these are really cute!

Freedom Three said...

i kind of made some fingerless mitts up a while back for my girls. they loved them. i think i'm going to try and follow this pattern, but i haven't quite got the hang of increasing :-(

Lori @ Beneath the Rowan Tree said...

Gauge? ;) I didn't, actually... told you it was simple LOL
Increasing~ can you try a video? I find reading instructions doesn't help, I need to watch it (over and over).

Kristen said...

so so cute! Love them and thanks for linking up to handmade tuesdays @ ladybug blessings. I am featuring them on handmade tuesdays :)

LaFiabaRussa said...


Anonymous said...

This is just what i am looking for
as to pattern..My grandson asked me today if i could make him a pair
of fingerless gloves...This fits
the bill and I am sure he will love them

Thanks so much

Tim said...

Wow! Simply awesome!

Abby Mitch said...

Hi there can this be knitted on straight needles?

Mud Creek Design said...

I casted on earlier today and finished the second one tonight. These are super easy. My nine year old is already wearing them even thought it's 10 pm and still 90 degrees. Thank you for so generously sharing your pattern with us. I love the yarn you used in your photos.

Monica said...

Hi Lori,
Thanks for this beautiful pattern.
I have used it and made changes for my dds of 9yo. I have translated in french the pattern ; you can find it on Off course, there is a link to your website and the original pattern.
You could see that instead of Rosette, i have crocheted flower.
Best wishes

knittern said...

Was looking at going this in the same yarn that you used, i don't see the Purewool as option on the link for the McKenzie's Rainbow page, am i wrong about the specific yarn? i love these! I am using a different self striping for my first set--Bab's yarn, but would love to do a set exactly like yours! Thank you for the wonderful pattern:-)

Lori Campbell said...

Hi! McKenzie's Rainbow is dyed (was) by an independent artisan~ Greenstrings :)

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