Back to Basics: Mittens


Back to Basics: Mittens – For every newbie out there who’s been dreaming of a pair of cozy warm mittens, this beginner-friendly mitten pattern is for you!

This pattern has multiple sizes and helpful resources. You’ll have everyone in the family adorned with mittens in no time.


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Back to Basics: Mittens – Constructed from the bottom up, this mitten pattern starts at the cuff edge. You’ll find directions for a western gusset, created while working for the hand. This means your left and right mitten are interchangeable! Once you’ve completed the hand, you’ll construct an anatomical mitten top.

This mitten pattern has many sizes – so you’ll be able to find the perfect fit with the intended positive ease! Worked in the round, this pattern contains written directions.

Directions are for magic loop, yet you can use your preferred method for working small circumferences. Double-pointed needles or mini-circulars are fine! Ensure you denote the top and palm of the hand with an extra marker. This will ensure you don’t miss the shaping for the fingertips and thumb gusset.

This mitten pattern shines well with self-striping, solid, semi-solid, softly variegated, or speckled yarns. Having an appropriate yarn choice for this project matters! This will ensure there’s no competition for either the yarn or the pattern to shine through. Instead, they’re working together to create something magical that you’ll love.

This pattern is available in our Standard formatting. Low-visibility and screen-reader-accessible versions of this pattern are available with this pattern purchase. The low-visibility format is 24pt print in Arial, black font, no italics, and contains written directions (there are no charts to work from). The screen reader format has all the items mentioned above, contains no abbreviations, and accessibility was checked by the read-aloud function on both a Windows PC and Android device.


Skill Level



Finished Measurements

7 [7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5]” / 18 [19, 20.5, 21.5, 23, 24, 25.5, 26.5] cm circumference – choose a size that will give you 1-2” / 2.5-5 cm of positive ease. The finished measurements do not factor in positive ease, these are the actual measurements for the finished item. 4.25 [5, 5.5, 6.25, 6.75, 7.5, 8, 8.75]” / 11 [12.5, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20.5, 22] cm in length, exclusive of the cuff.


Suggested Needles

Cuff: US0 (2 mm) 40” (100 cm) circular needles, or one needle size smaller than needles used for gauge
Hand: US1 (2.25 mm) 40” (100 cm) circular needles, or the size required to get gauge



Tapestry needle, waste yarn or stitch holder, stitch markers (3)


Yarn Requirements

MC: 86 [113, 136, 159, 189, 215, 250, 294] yds / 79 [103, 124, 145, 173, 197, 229, 269] m fingering weight yarn
CC: 34 [46, 53, 57, 67, 71, 80, 84] yds / 31 [42, 48, 52, 61, 65, 73, 77] m fingering weight yarn


Suggested Yarn

Turtlepurl – Striped Turtle Toes
75% Superwash Merino 25% Nylon
450 yds (411 m) / 3.5 oz (100 g)
Colour: THE  Doctor



32 stitches by 40 rounds in stockinette on larger needles = 4” / 10 cm, after blocking. Gauge is crucial in obtaining the correct fit. Changes in gauge will result in a size difference for your finished project. This will also impact the yardage required to complete the project.

Back to Basics: Mittens

Additional information



Type of Instructions

Low Visibilty, Screen Reader Access, Written Directions


Bottom-Up, Kitchener / Grafting, Worked in the Round


Positive Ease

Fabric Characteristics

Ribbed / Ribbing


Digital Download, PDF

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