Knit A Pair Of Mittens For Your Little Girl

Learn to knit lovely mittens for your little girl with this easy step by step pattern.

Knitting is both a fun and relaxing past time. It can even be compared to meditation. The simple physical repetition of the same hand motions over and over again creates a peaceful state of mind helping to reduce stress. Knitting is a craft most people can learn quite easily with a little patience. Once learned it is something you will never forget. So not only do you get to create something beautiful, but you also receive a health benefit at the same time. So curl up in your favorite chair, sit back, and get ready to create.

There are many, many patterns for knitting mittens to be found on the Internet, in knit magazines, as well as in books. A visit to your local library will yield a plethora of patterns for mittens as well as other knit projects. To get you started here is a very simple mitten pattern using only two needles. You will need worsted weight yarn, needles sizes #4 and #5, markers, holder, pencil, and paper.

Trace the child's hand onto the paper to give you a make shift size guide. Compare your work to the paper as you go along.

Do not make the mittens fit too tight. The inner air surrounding the hand provides warmth so remember to leave a little space.

Begin by casting on 34 stitches.

To create the ribbing Knit 2, Purl 2, across. Continue the ribbing pattern for 20 rows. On the last row increase to 38 stitches.

Change to larger needle. Knit 1 row, purl 1 row for 6 rows.

Place a marker between middle two stitches. Add two stitches and place another marker. Knit 1 row, purl 1 row increasing 2 stitches every other row between markers until you have 14 stitches. Put these 14 stitches on a holder for working on the thumb later.

Knit 1 row, purl 1 row adding 2 stitches under thumb.

Knit 1 row, purl 1 row until the length of the mitten is up to top of pinky finger.

Start decreasing as follows. First row knit 2 together, knit 8, continue across. Second row purl across even. Third rows Knit 2 together, knit 7, and continue across. Fourth row purl across even. Fifth row Knit 2 together, knit 6, continue across. Sixth row purl across even. Seventh rows Knit 2 together, knit 5, and continue across. Eighth row purl across even. Ninth row Knit 2 together, knit 4, continue across. Tenth row purl across even. Eleventh rows Knit 2 together, knit 3, and continue across. Twelfth row purl across even. Thirteenth row Knit 2 together across.

Now thread the left over yarn through the stitches leaving a tail for sewing side seam later.

To create the thumb pick up the 14 stitches. Next cast on 2 stitches. Work the 16 stitches for 10 rows in stockinette stitch. Move to the next row and knit 2 together across.

Thread yarn through stitches and leave a tail for sewing thumb seam.

Needle sizes may be adjusted for working with different yarns as well as for knitting different sizes of mittens.

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