This lovely beginner’s pattern was featured during a WEBS in-store “Stitch for the Cure” event!
It is an easily customizable gift thanks to duplicate stitch, but remember that the thumbs should face different directions before you start embroidering! Otherwise, you’ll wind up with two lefties or two righties.
-Gauge needs to be 24 sts per 4″ and 32 rows per 4″ in stockinette stitch with (light) worsted weight yarn . Use needles to get gauge! Any color choice works.
-There is one M size only, measured by knuckle circumference. M=7.33″
-The sizes are listed in the order of S (M, L). Small = 6.66″; Medium=7.33″; and Large = 8″
Cast on 40 (44, 48) sts to DPNs. Join in the round. Knit 2 by 2 ribbing for 1.25″ or so, then knit plain stockinette for 1″ (8 rows).
Thumb Gusset & Body
A thumb gusset is a set of increases that create a triangular shape in the knitted fabric, which will allow for the thumb to fit comfortably in a mitten without an excessively loose/tight-fitting wrist. To do this, you will need to place stitch marker before the last stitch of the round.
Round 1: k to marker, CO1, k to end, CO1
Round 2: knit to end
Repeat these rounds, until thumb gusset has a total of 13 (15, 17) sts. Knit up to the gusset sts, then place them on scrap yarn. CO1 to make up for the one lost. Knit plain stockinette for 10 (12, 14) rounds. Knit 2 by 2 ribbing for 1.25″ (8 rows), then bind off in pattern.
Slip thumb sts onto DPNs. Join in the round as you knit.
For S/L mitts, k2tog once, then knit plain stockinette for 5 rounds.
For M mitts, kfb once, then knit plain stockinette for 5 rounds.
For all mitts, knit 2 by 2 ribbing for 3 rounds. Bind off loosely in pattern. Weave in all ends. Repeat once more, and then you have a set!