Hand-knit toddler mittens make a useful baby shower present and take little time and effort to make.
When knitting toddler mittens, start at the cuff by casting on stitches, then add more stitches, knit up to the top, decrease the stitches and close up the top. Toddler mittens do not require thumbs. You can also add a crocheted connecting cord and embellish the mittens with pom-poms.
Choose soft plied yarn that is not going to stretch too much and will last for generations. Multi-ply yarn is usually the best.
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Things you need
- 28.4gr Rosebud yarn or 28.4gr. three-ply baby yarn
- 1 pair size 2 single point needles
Cast on 48 stitches starting at the cuff with the size 2 needles. To do this, tie the end of the yard tightly to one of the needles. Hold the needle with the slip of yarn on it in your left-hand and push the tip of your right-hand needle in, so that it sits beneath the left-hand needle. Take the yarn end and wrap it in a counterclockwise direction around the right-hand needle, so that it sits in between the two needles. Then catch that loop with the tip of the right-hand needle and pass it onto the left needle. For this, the left-hand needle goes underneath. Then take the right needle out and pull the end of the yarn, so you are left with one cast-on stitch. Repeat the process to cast on more stitches .
Work in ribbing of knit two stitches, purl two stitches for 2 inches. To do the purl stitch, bring the yarn through your needles to the front of your work. For a knit stitch, you work from left to right, while purl stitches go the other way. With your right-hand needle from right to left on top of your left-hand needle, bring your yarn around counterclockwise, bring the right-hand needle from the back and take the loop off the left-hand needle.
Knit one stitch, * yarn over, knit two stitches together and repeat from * across the row.
To yarn over, bring the yarn to the front of the work, just like you did to purl, but instead of purling, do another knit stitch. When you've made this knit stitch, you've put an extra loop into the work. Use yarn over when you want to increase the number of stitches on the needle.
To knit two stitches together take the right-hand needle and put it through the loop of the next two stitches on your left needle, as though those two stitches were one. Use this technique to decrease the number of stitches on your needle.
Purl across the next row. Then work in stockinet stitch until the piece measures 2-1/4 inches above the ribbing. To do stockinet stitch, knit one row and purl the next row.
Do decreases at the tip of the mitten. For a one-stitch decrease, knit one stitch, then slip one by inserting the right needle into the next stitch, as if you are going to make a knit stitch. Bring the yard around, take that loop off the left-hand needle and then continue knitting as usual.
Then knit one stitch, pass the slip stitch over, which means you pull the slipped stitch with your left-hand needle over your knit stitch on the right-hand needle. After that, knit 18 stitches, knit two together, knit one, and repeat this entire step once more.
Purl across the next row and every other row.
Do the second decrease: knit one, slip one, knit one, pass slip stitch over, knit 16, knit two together, knit one, and repeat once more. Do the third decrease: knit one, slip one, knit one, pass slip stitch over, knit 14, knit two together, knit one, and repeat once more. Do the fourth decrease: knit one, slip one, knit one, pass slip stitch over, knit 12, knit two together, knit one, and repeat once more. Do the fifth decrease: knit one, slip one, knit one, pass slip stitch over, knit 10, knit two together, knit one, and repeat once more. Do the sixth decrease: knit one, slip one, knit one, pass slip stitch over, knit 8, knit two together, knit one, and repeat once more.
Purl across the next row. Weave the stitches together across the top to secure the tip of the mitten.
Sew the mitten together along the side.
Make the other mitten the same way.
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