Sometimes winter catches you by surprise and you need a pair of mittens, quick! These are a perfect quick knit or a blank canvas for mitten fun! Make any of 5 sizes from toddler to men's on any weight with corresponding needles. These simple mittens are easy enough for a beginner if you just take the time to look at Tin Can Knits tutorial here. Make sure to browse around on the Tin Can Knits website to see all of their amazing patterns, tutorials, and gorgeous photos. Go ahead and take some time to make something useful, warm, and beautiful!
DESIGNER RECOMMENDED YARN: Sweater by Rainbow Heirloom (100% Merino Wool; 115g/250yds): 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) Skeins. Shown in Princess Rockstar. OR any fingering, DK, Worsted or Bulky Weight yarn with a good bit of merino wool content for elasticity.
ALTERNATE FINGERING YARN: O-Wash Fingering by O-Wool (100% Organic Washable Merino Wool; 100g/428yds): 1 skein for all sizes (you will have extra yarn). This GOTS Certified washable Merino Wool yarn is treated in a much gentler process than traditional superwash yarn, creating a non-felting wool. Local Northeastern US mills spin the South American Merino and USA dye houses then use low impact dyes to create an environmentally friendly yarn in luscious solid colors.
ALTERNATE FINGERING YARN: Sock by Malabrigo (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 100g/440yds): 1 skein for all sizes (you will have extra yarn). This kettle-dyed yarn has a gorgeous variegation that adds depth and interest to the finished fabric. Washable, Uruguayan yarn is wonderfully soft and eye-catching.
ALTERNATE DK YARN: Arroyo by Malabrigo (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 100g/335yds): 1 skein for all sizes (you will have extra yarn). A thicker weight of Malabrigo with exactly the same dyeing process as Sock. Also available in a few unique colors just for Arroyo.
ALTERNATE WORSTED YARN: Rios by Malabrigo (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 100g/220 yds): 1 skein for all sizes (you will have leftover yarn) Worsted weight kettle-dyed Malabrigo in superwash base similar to Sock.
ALTERNATE WORSTED YARN: Lamb's Pride Worsted by Brown Sheep Co. (85% USA Wool / 15% USA Mohair; 113g/190 yds): 1 (1, 1, 1, 2) skeins. This 100% USA yarn is available in a wide array of heathered colors. The mohair lends a slight sheen and touch of luxury at an affordable price.
ALTERNATE BULKY YARN: 128 Superwash by Cascade Yarns (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 100g/128 yds): 1(1, 1, 2, 2) Skeins. This Peruvian Superwash Merino has a slightly relaxed twist with a fluffy hand. Available in bright, bold colors.
ALTERNATE BULKY YARN: Lamb's Pride Bulky (85% Wool / 15% Mohair; 113g/125 yds): 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) Skeins. This bulky weight 100% USA yarn is available in a wide array of heathered colors. The mohair lends a slight sheen and touch of luxury at an affordable price.
SIZE: Toddler (Child, Small Adult, Medium Adult, Large Adult)
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: Hand Circumference 5 (6, 7, 7.75, 8.5)", Mitten Length 7.25 (8.5, 10.5, 12, 13)" cuff to fingertips (adjustable), Cuff Length 2.5 (2.5, 3, 4, 4)" (adjustable)
YARDAGE: fingering weight: 140 (160, 210, 260, 300) yards
DK weight 100 (120, 160, 190, 220) yards
worsted weight: 90 (100, 130, 160, 200) yards
bulky weight: 70 (80, 120, 150, 190) yards
SKILL LEVEL: Easy-ribbing & decreases
NEEDLES: Fingering: US #0 / 2mm and US #2 / 2.75mm
DK: US #3 / 3.25mm and US #5 / 3.75mm
Worsted: US #5 / 3.75mm and US #7 / 4.5mm
Bulky: US #6 / 4mm and US #8 / 5mm
DPNs in both sizes or long circulars for magic loop (or as required to meet gauge)
OTHER TOOLS: Darning Needle, Stitch Marker
GAUGE: Fingering: 26 sts x 36 rounds = 4”
DK: 24 sts x 32 rounds = 4”
Worsted: 20 sts x 28 rounds = 4”
Bulky: 18 sts x 24 rounds = 4”
(all gauges given in stockinette on larger needles)
Mitten images courtesy of Tin Can Knits. Yarn photos by Yarn Loop