Toddler Daycare Mitten Free Knitting Pattern

My son started daycare recently and his packing instructions included a note that he’d need 2 pairs of mittens. My knitting mom brain immediately knew that I’d need to knit him some, because that way his little hands would be snuggled in wool and my love. This is a free knitting pattern for mittens for toddlers to take to daycare.

toddler daycare mitten free knitting pattern

I can guarantee that a mitten will go missing and it seems like the most practical thing is to knit a whole bunch of identical mittens so that if one goes missing, a new one can be pulled out and put into rotation.

This pattern is the result. I was able to get 5 mittens out of a single skein of yarn.

Materials:
Needles: 8 US (5mm) circular knitting needle long enough for magic loop
Other Materials: tapestry needle, stitch marker, waste yarn
Yarn: less than one skein of Sweet Georgia superwash merino (200 yards per 115g skein)
Gauge: 5 sts and 7 rows per inch in stockinette in the round

I’ve used standard abbreviations. If you don’t know one, they are easy to find online (with videos and diagrams and explained much better than I’d be able to).

These mittens are knit to be interchangeable, so knit two.

Enjoy! You can either download the pattern (and save it ) or peruse the instructions below. Also, you can find more of my knitting patterns here.

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Mitten Pattern:

Materials:

Needles: 8 US (5mm) circular knitting needle long enough for magic loop
Other Materials: tapestry needle, stitch marker, waste yarn
Yarn: less than one skein of Sweet Georgia superwash merino (200 yards per 115g skein)
Gauge: 5 sts and 7 rows per inch in stockinette in the round

I’ve used standard abbreviations. If you don’t know one, they are easy to find online (with videos and diagrams and explained much better than I’d be able to).

These mittens are knit to be interchangeable, so knit two.

Cuff:

Cast on 28 stitches using long tail cast on circular needle. Divide stitches evenly and join, being careful not to twist the stitches. Place a marker to indicate the start of the work.

Rows 1-15: K1P1, repeating to the end of the row [2 inches of ribbing]

Thumb Gusset:

Rows 1-6: knit all stitches
Row 7: k1fb, knit all stitches [29 stitches]
Row 8: knit all stitches
Row 9: k1fb, knit all stitches [30 stitches]
Row 10: knit all stitches, knit the first 4 stitches off the start of the first needle onto the end of the last row
Row 11: knit all stitches on needles, cast on two stitches using the cable cast on – the first onto the end of the last needle and the second onto the end of the first needle. Join in the round again. [26 stitches – split evenly across so that the decreases and kitchener stitch will work properly]

Transfer the last 2 stitches and these first 4 stitches to waste yarn. [24 stitches]

Body of the Mitten:

Row 12-26: knit all stitches on the needle [2 inches of the body of the mitten]

Decreasing for tip of the Mitten:

Decrease Round 1: [k2tog, knit 9, ssk]*, repeat * [22 stitches]
Knit one round
Decrease Round 2: [k2tog, knit 7, ssk]*, repeat * [18 stitches]
Knit one round
Decrease Round 3: [k2tog, knit 5, ssk]*, repeat * [14 stitches]
Knit one round

Break yarn, leaving 16” tail. Kitchener together the top of the mitten.

Thumb:

Place stitches on waste yarn back onto the knitting needle. [6 stitches]

Row 1: knit across the 6 stitches. Pick up 4 stitches along the sides/top of the thumb hole. [10 stitches]
Row 2: knit 6 stitches, k2tog, ssk [8 stitches]
Row 3-10: knit all stitches [just over 1 inch long]

Break yarn, leaving 8” tail. Thread yarn through all stitches, pulling tight to close.

Finishing: Weave in all ends. Block if desired.

 

 

10.09.2013    3 Comments    knitting