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The one mitten pattern you’ll ever need

by Michelle Nguyen

 

The pattern Mittens for All is a free Red Heart pattern for Super Saver yarn, a yarn that has been a favorite among knitters and crocheters for over 30 years.

What really grabbed me about this pattern is the fact that it’s written in three different sizes. Writing a pattern that is a fit for the whole family is something I love to see. Adjusting patterns for different sizes isn’t difficult if you’re adjusting for one or two sizes up, but when you have to go from little kid sizes, to something that would fit daddy’s hands, it’s a whole other ball game. Mittens for All also has a couple different color patterns you can play with; a stripe as well as two tone. It’s perfect if you’re knitting for more than one little person; color-coding is key.

 

Three pairs of mittens in all sizes!

Three pairs of mittens in all sizes!

 

The mittens are knit from the cuff up, started on small needles in a K2 P2 ribbing. This is a fairly standard start and wouldn’t be the reason the pattern is marked as an intermediate level. Again, I would never want anyone to be discouraged by the difficulty level of a pattern, you just have to try it out. Read the pattern over in advance and go slowly. If you’re likely to get stuck on something it would be the most complex part. If you look at the picture of the mittens while you’re doing the thumb gusset you’ll see what you’re creating. The thumb sticks out at the side of your hand, you need to create room within the mitten to accommodate this extra appendage. You create increases to the side and put those stitches on a stitch holder to continue with the thumb later.

 

A perfectly knitted thumb in Hunter Green

A perfectly knitted thumb in Hunter Green

 

Double pointed needles are also required for this technique, but if you’re not into double pointed needles you can also do the magic loop method or two circulars. Aside from the thumb gusset and the thumb itself, knitting a mitten isn’t any more or less difficult than knitting a hat.

 

Another product photo from the free Red Heart pattern

Another product photo from the free Red Heart pattern

 

With Super Saver yarn you’ll have plenty of color combinations to keep you in mittens for years to come. If you’re looking for some extra excitement in your mitten knitting, look at the different weights of Red Heart Super Saver.

Playing with the size of the yarn and your needle size will create a different fabric. If you’re looking for a mitten a little bit more dense in order to win a snowball fight, you might want to try Super Saver Chunky on a smaller needle.

 

 

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: Super Saver Chunky and Flecks!

Go to part 3: How to do effortless Fair Isle knitting

 

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