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Knitting DIY Mitts / Mittens - Free Guide

  • Material and preparation
    • Wool and mesh
    • Glove Size
  • Knitting mittens - this is how it works
    • Knitting instructions: cuffs
    • Back of the hand and inner surface
    • thumb bridge
    • Back of the hand and inner surface
    • Knit mitten tip
    • Knitting the thumb of the mitten

Autumn and winter are coming up and you or your loved one are missing warm gloves ">

Of course you need some basic knowledge for this knitting pattern. If you are fond of stitches and simple stitch patterns, you can start with the mittens right away. Our free guide makes it possible.

Material and preparation

Mittens are knit in rounds, which is why you only need a needlestick of five individual knitting needles to knit. If you prefer a loosely fitting knit pattern, it is best to knit a needle size half or even smaller than the information given on your wool. This makes the mitts very comfortable.

Wool and mesh

In the following, we provide you with special information in clear tables. In it you will find the right size, as well as the right wool size for the mittens. At the beginning you should make a stitch test:

Knit about 20 to 30 stitches for the stitch and knit a piece as a pattern. Subsequently, the required meshes are first measured in width. Then count how many rows you must knit to reach a height of 10 cm.


Width: You measure 16 stitches over a width of 7 cm. This sample then corresponds to about 22 meshes per 10 cm.

Height: They count 6 rows at a height of 2 cm. This sample corresponds to about 30 rows at 10 cm.

Glove Size

Of course you should determine the size of the mittens before knitting. For this the hand circumference above the thumb is measured. The length of the hand corresponds to the distance from the carpal to the tip of the middle finger.

Knitting mittens - this is how it works

Mittens are knit forwards from the back, beginning at the cuffs, to the fingertips.

Knitting instructions: cuffs

First, beat the necessary number of stitches evenly across four needles. Alternatively, you can also use the entire number of stitches on a needle and then distribute these on the four knitting needles.

Then close the first round by knitting the first stitch on the first needle.

Then continue to knit the cuff of the mitten in the cuff pattern until it reaches the desired length (minimum: 6cm).


The cuff pattern can be knitted as follows, for example:

  • Knit 1 stitch on the left, 1 stitch on the right
  • Knit 2 stitches on the left, 2 stitches on the right
  • Knit Kraus on the right (one round right stitch, one round left stitch)

Mesh test for the cuff

Thin woolMedium woolThick wool
Mesh test: 30 stitches = 42 rounds = approx. 10 cm x 10 cmMesh sample: 22 stitches = 30 rounds = 10 x 10 cmStitch sample: 30 stitches = 28 rounds = approx. 10 x 10 cm

Cast on cuffs

Hand circumference 18.5 (S)56 stitches44 stitches36 stitches
Hand circumference 20 (M)60 stitches44 stitches40 stitches
Hand circumference 22 (L)68 stitches48 stitches44 stitches
Hand circumference 23.5 (XL)72 stitches52 stitches48 stitches

When the cuff is finished, continue on the right in smooth turns. For this, knit two rounds first, this applies to all glove sizes. Then, from the third round onwards, the increases for the thumb wedge are knitted.

Back of the hand and inner surface

Knit right mitten

Knit the increases on the first needle:
First knit two stitches on the right, then pull the cross thread in front of the third stitch onto the needle and knit it right (crossed from the back). The third stitch is now also knitted on the right. Then pick up the cross thread on the needle again and knit it to the right and add another stitch. The other stitches of the needle are then knitted on the right, which then results in 3 Keilmaschen.

The remaining three needles knit without increasing.

Now knit this round sequence ** until the thumb wedge has reached the desired number of stitches (from the table):

* knit two rounds without increasing and in the third round take two wedge stitches again (one stitch from the cross thread is added before and after the increase stitch) * = this results in five wedge stitches

Thin woolMedium woolThick wool
Size S17 stitches13 stitches13 stitches
Size M17 stitches15 stitches15 stitches
Size L19 stitches17 stitches17 stitches
Size XL21 stitches17 stitches17 stitches

Then only two rounds without knitting need to be knitted, which in turn applies to all sizes.

Knit left mitten

The increases for the thumb wedge are made on the left needle only on the fourth needle. Knit the first increase for the wedge before and after the third last stitch. In this way, the knitted mittens are mirrored.

The left thumbwalk thus begins at the third last stitch on the fourth needle. From this point on both sides stitches are added: knit the first three needles, get on the fourth needle in front of the third last stitch, the cross thread on the needle and knit right crossed. The next stitch is then knitted right and then added a second stitch. The remaining two stitches of the needle are knitted on the right, resulting in three wedge stitches. Accordingly, every third round is added to the left mitten, until the wedge is finished.

thumb bridge

Now the thumb bar is put on - whereby the original stitches are knitted from the inside of the hand and the back normally. The stitches of the thumb wedge are shut down for this purpose. In the area of ​​the thumb wedge, apply web meshes as shown in the following table. The other original stitches from the cuff, however, are knitted normally.

Thin woolMedium woolThick wool
Size S3 stitches3 stitches1 stitch
Size M5 stitches3 stitches1 stitch
Size L5 stitches3 stitches1 stitch
Size XL5 stitches3 stitches1 stitch

Then knit a round of right-hand stitches. Then the web stitches are reduced in the next rounds:

A bridge mesh

  • Knit three stitches together on the right side (one stitch is taken off, the second stitch is knitted on the right and the stitched stitch is pulled over)

Three bridge stitches

  • First round: Slip off the first two sts at the same time (meaning: take off stitch 1, knit stitch 2 to the right and pull over stitch 1). The third bar stitch is then knitted together with the next one.

Five bridge stitches

  • First round: The first two stitches are removed for this covered (meaning: take off the first stitch, then the second is knitted right and pulled over the first). Now knit two stitches to the right and the fifth stitch stitch together with the following stitch.
  • Second round: Take off the first two stitches again and knit the last stitch stitch together with the next stitch.

So now is again the originally posted number of stitches on the needles.

Back of the hand and inner surface

Then knit in even rounds until the mitten covers your little finger, or until the desired height is reached:

  • S = 14.5 cm
  • M = 15.5 cm
  • L = 16.5 cm
  • XL = 17 cm

Knit mitten tip

The top of the mitten knit left and right with decreases:

Needle 1 and Needle 3: Knit the first stitch on the right, the second one off the hook. The third stitch is knitted again on the right and the previously lifted stitch is pulled over it.

Needle 2 and Needle 4: Knit the second and third last stitches together on the right while knitting the last stitch of each needle on the right.

Thin wool

With thin wool, the reductions are worked five times in every 2nd round. Then you take declines in each round until there are 8 stitches remaining on the four needles (meaning 2 stitches per needle).

Medium to thick wool

For medium to thick wool, work three rounds every 2 rounds. Continue to knit with decreases until there are only 8 stitches remaining on the four needles (meaning 2 stitches per needle).

Then cut off the working thread. Then pull it through the remaining 8 stitches.

Knitting the thumb of the mitten

Now the thumb is knitted. Pick up these stitches around the hole: a stitch from the cross thread in front of the bridge, the thumbstitch stitches (1-3-5, depending on the desired size), a stitch from the cross thread to the web and the disused stitches. Spread these stitches on three knitting needles.

Then knit the disused stitches, except for the last one. This is knitted together with the just picked stitch in front of the web (meaning: the stitch is lifted off, then the web stitched and knit the stitch over the web mesh). Now, the stitch taken is stitched to the right side of the bridge with the first stitch closed (ie the two stitches are knitted together).

Now you have reached the number of stitches for the = thumb (is composed: number of stitches of the disused stitches + the web stitches). Now knit your thumb until it reaches the desired height:

  • S = 5 cm
  • M = 5.5 cm
  • L = 6 cm
  • XL = 6 cm

At the end of the thumb then the last two stitches of each needle are knitted together on the right. The last 4 to 6 stitches are finally pulled together with the cut thread.

The self-made mittens are finished - winter can come!

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