Standard Hand Measurements

Measuring

Your first step to the perfect mitten begins with proper measurements. A mitten shouldn’t be too tight as it would impede circulation. You don’t want your mitten to be too loose either, which creates more space, resulting in a mitten that’s far less warm. Before jumping into your mitten project, take a moment to measure the intended hands.

If your mitten is a surprise for someone you love, you may be unsure about the size you need. In that case, refer to the standard hand sizes chart at the bottom of this post.

Taking the time to take accurate measurements if you have the intended hands on hand. Also, remember to swatch. These two tasks will allow you to knit your mittens to fit exactly what you need.

Hand Circumference: Our first measurement for your new pair of mittens will be the hand circumference. With a flexible tape measure, wrap the widest part of the hand – this is usually around the knuckles at the base of your fingers. Lay your hand on a hard, flat surface while the tape measure is still around it. Overlap the end without pulling tight. Round the number you’ve measured to the nearest 0.5″ or 1.5 cm.

Hand Length: Place the end of a tape measure or ruler on the end of a table. Use a piece of tape to hold it in place if needed. Rest your wrist right where the wrist bends on the edge of the table on top of the ruler. While keeping the wrist in place, lay the hand flat until the longest finger rests flat on the ruler. Place a straight object like a ruler or book against the end of the longest finger and read where it lands on the ruler. Round the number you’ve measured to the nearest 0.5″ or 1.5 cm.

Thumb Length: With the hand flat on a table, place the end of a ruler in the crook of your thumb (where your thumb and the rest of your hand meet). With the ruler’s edge resting on the table and touching the length of the thumb, read the measurement closest to the tip of the thumb. Round the number you’ve measured to the nearest 0.5″ or 1.5 cm.

Child’s Small
2-4 yrs
Child’s Medium
4-6 yrs
Child’s Large
6-8 yrs
Child’s XL / Woman’s SmallWoman’s MediumWoman’s Large / Men’s SmallWoman’s XL / Men’s MediumMen’s Large
Standard Cuff
Circumference5″ or
12.5 cm
5.5″ or
14 cm
6″ or
15 cm
6.5″ or
16.5 cm
7″ or
18 cm
7.5″ or
19 cm
8″ or
20.5 cm
8.5″ or
21.5 cm
Length1.75″ or
4.5 cm
2.25″ or
5.5 cm
2.5″ or
6.5 cm
2.5″ or
6.5 cm
2.75″ or
7 cm
2.75″ or
7 cm
3″ or
7.5 cm
3″ or
7.5 cm
Standard Hand
Circumference5.5″ or
14 cm
6″ or
15 cm
6.5″ or
16.5 cm
7″ or
18 cm
7.5″ or
19 cm
8″ or
20.5 cm
8.5″ or
20.5 cm
9″ or
23 cm
Length4″ or
10 cm
4.75″ or
12 cm
5.25″ or
13.5 cm
6″ or
15 cm
6.5″ or
16.5 cm
7.25″ or
18.5 cm
7.75″ or
19.5 cm
8.5″ or
21.5 cm
Standard Thumb
Circumference1.25″ or
3 cm
1.5″ or
4 cm
1.5″ or
4 cm
1.75″ or
4.5 cm
2″ or
5 cm
2.25″ or
5.5 cm
2.5″ or
6.5 cm
2.75″ or
7 cm
Length0.75″ or
2 cm
1″ or
2.5 cm
1.25″ or
3 cm
1.25″ or
3 cm
1.5″ or
4 cm
1.75″ or
4.5 cm
2″ or
5 cm
2″ or
5 cm
Chart of standard human measurements

Hand Length:

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