I’ve created a roundup of some beautiful free mitten Knitting patterns.Even though I have yet to knit a mitten, I definitely want to make some of these! Of course, you can always browse the massive archive of free patterns on Ravelry to find more free mitten knitting patterns. Many of these patterns are by established designers, so they shouldn’t have errors and should be well written. However, I have not tested them, so always check for errata to prevent future headaches!
Trying out a designer’s free pattern is a good way to get to know how the designer writes, so if you like his or her instructions and methods, you might feel more comfortable purchasing another pattern of theirs. Also, it is really easy to buy patterns on Ravelry!
From left to right, top to bottom:
Little Window Mitts by Valérie Miller
Valerie Miller, a fellow Canadian, states that these Mittens were inspired by the colourful glowing lights of a midwinter’s night. Although the backs are covered in little eyelets shaped like arched windows, they aren’t any colder for it thanks to the bright mitten liner that is sewn in. The mitten shell uses 100% merino Koigu sock yarn and the liners are great for using up your random sock yarn scraps.
Grown Together by Aino Vikman
Designer Aino Vikman created these mittens in order to avoid his knitting peeves. Therefore, this construction avoids techniques he finds to be nuisances and offers something extra. If you’ve never done it before, you can use this project to try knitting TAAT (two at a time). In this case, however, you knit the mittens together as one piece. You can also knit nearly any size using whatever gauge you have. If you dislike weaving in ends, like myself, you can use any number of non-superwash yarns without having to weave-in any additional yarn ends. Also, these mittens give you a great opportunity to learn steeking with a relatively small project. The pattern is available in both English and Finnish.
Movie Night Mittens by Betty Clay
These mittens work up quickly because they use worsted weight yarn. The stranded pattern has a simple checkerboard design, making this the perfect project for TV knitting. The mittens use 183 – 229 m of worsted weight yarn, and the pattern comes in women’s medium sizing. It also looks like there’s a bit of Latvian braid to decorate the cuff. I’d love to make myself a set of these with some of my sweater scrap yarn!
Mystery + Manners by SpillyJane
The Mystery + Manners mittens are a pair of fancy colourwork mittens that feature a peacock and peacock-feather motif. This free mitten knitting pattern uses two colours of fingering weight yarn. To ensure that the stranded motif pops, choose two yarns of differing values. This would also be the perfect project to use wild colours!
Northbound Mitts by Claire Borchardt
Claire Borchardt’s Northbound Mitts have a cute arrow motif! Starting with a generous 1×1 ribbed cuff, you’ll increase for the thumb gusset, then follow an easy 5 row repeat with crossed stitches to create a 3 dimensional motif. The pattern uses 229 – 274 m of sport weight yarn to make a one size fits most mitten.
Thrummed Mittens by Tanis Lavallee
Now these are cozy mittens for a frigid Canadian winter! Fellow Canadian Tanis Lavallee wrote this pattern for mittens with a ribbed cuff using 183 m of aran weight yarn. The thrums are for extra warmth, and although I have yet to make anything thrummed (knit or crochet), these are on my list! Until I also learn how to spin, this would be a good way to use up the roving that I have in my stash.
Kvennavagn Mittens by Lanja Khon-Engheim
The Kvennavagn mittens take their name from the Norse name for the constellation Ursa Minor. The word “Kvennavagn” means “woman’s chariot” as opposed to Karlsvagn, the “man’s chariot,” Ursa Major.
The author states that these mittens feature a motif found in Selbu but that is rarely used today. While the colours in the sample were inspired by the stars, the motif might seem like snowflakes if you knit the mittens in black and white. These mittens use 210 – 220 m of sport weight yarn in two colours, and comes in one size.
Maize by Tin Can Knits
We’ve written about knitting patterns by Tin Can Knits before, including the Harvest Cardigan, the Flax Light Sweater, and my first knitting project, the Wheat infinity scarf. Maize is a pattern for worsted mitts, either fingerless or covered. As usual, Tin Can Knits wrote this pattern to include multiple sizes, from Toddler to Large Adult. These mittens use 46 – 183 m of worsted weight yarn, perfect for using up that one special skein!
Arched Gusset Mittens by Purl Soho
The Arched Gusset Mittens by Purl Soho use 78 – 165 m of worsted weight yarn. They have extra tapering at the pinky-side top and a gusset that literally traces the lines on your hands. Plus, the pattern comes in three widths and includes instructions for modifying lengths. They may look basic, but I bet the fit is excellent!
If you enjoyed these free mitten knitting patterns, check out our other free knitting pattern roundups:
- knit hat patterns
- stranded colourwork knitting patterns
- cardigan knitting patterns
- summer knitting patterns
- lace shawl knitting patterns
- sweater knitting patterns
- cable knitting patterns
- miscellaneous knitting patterns
- sock knitting patterns
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