When my girls needed bigger mittens for this coming winter, I couldn't find a pattern I liked. The patterns that gave sizing for tiny hands lacked the design features I have found in adult mitten patterns. I decided to combine several different ideas and make my own pattern.
18 months, 3 years (instructions for 3 years are in parentheses)
Worsted weight yarn
Waste yarn or stitch
I don’t give a gauge because I was using random yarn that I didn’t have labels for, and they knit up at different gauges. Measure the child’s wrist and multiply by 7 to get a good estimate for how many stitches to cast-on. At the end of every section, try the mitten on the child to make sure it is fitting correctly, because children vary in size.
Backward Loop Cast-On: see www.youtube.com
DPNs: double-pointed needles
K1: knit one
K2Tog: knit two together
Kitchener Stitch: see www.knitty.com
LLI: left-leaning lifted increase (see www.twistcollective.com)
M1: make one (see www.twistcollective.com)
P1: purl one
Rib Cast-On: see http://newstitchaday.com
RLI: right-leaning lifted increase (see www.twistcollective.com)
Ssk: slip, slip, knit
With smaller needles, cast on 26 (28) sts, using the Rib Cast-On.
Distribute the sts as evenly as possible across 3 or 4 needles.
Join and work K1P1 ribbing circularly for 14 rounds.
Round 15: Switching to larger needles, knit around.
Round 16: K13(14), LLI, RLI, K13(14)- 28 (30) sts.
Round 17: K across.
Round 18: K13(14) LLI, K2, RLI, K13(14)- 30 (32) sts.
Round 19: K across.
Round 20: K13(14) LLI, K4, RLI, K13(14)- 32 (34) sts.
Round 21: K across.
(Next round: K14, LLI, K6, RLI, K14- 36 sts.)
(Next round: K across.)
Knit 3(4) rounds.
K13(14), move the next 6(8) sts to a stitch holder or waste yarn,
cast-on 1 st using the Backward Loop Cast-On, K 13(14).
27 (29) sts remain on needles.
Top of Hand Decreases:
K 10(12) rounds; on round 4, K across to the last 2 sts and K2Tog-
26 (28) sts.
Ssk, K9(10), K2Tog, ssk, K9(10), K2Tog- 22 (24) sts.
K 1 round.
Ssk, K7(8), K2Tog, ssk, K7(8), K2Tog- 18 (20) sts.
K 1 round.
Ssk, K5(6), K2Tog, ssk, K5(6), K2Tog- 14 (16) sts.
K 1 round.
Ssk, K3(4), K2Tog, ssk, K3(4), K2Tog- 10 (12) sts.
Place the remaining sts evenly on two needles and use the Kitchener Stitch to close the top of the mitten. (You have been working your mitten inside-out. Turn it right-side-out to work the Kitchener Stitch. When that is finished, turn it inside-out again to work the thumb.)
Move the 6(8) thumb sts onto two needles (size 4 needles).
Round 1: pick up and K 4 sts along the top edge of the thumb area
to close the hole between the thumb and the hand; K the
remaining 6(8) sts- 10 (12) sts total for thumb.
K 5(8) rounds.
Decreasing round: K2Tog around until you get to the last st, K1-
5 (6) sts remain.
Cut the yarn, leaving a tail of a few inches, and thread the yarn onto the tapestry needle. Weave the yarn through each st, dropping the sts off the needles as you weave.
Weave in any remaining loose ends of yarn. Turn the mitten right-side-out, and it’s finished.
You can attach the mittens to a string run through the child’s coat so the mittens can’t get lost. Do this by making either a crochet chain or an I-Cord in the appropriate length.