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  • Miriam Pattern
  • Miriam Pattern
Helen Ardley's soft and chunky mittens – perfect for hard working hands!

Mittens have been a fashionable accessory for years now, seen all over the highstreet and catwalks alike. One noticeable progression is that they get chunkier by the year, which is great news for knitters looking for a quick project. As well as keeping you warm, they’re a wonderful addition to a plain winter coat!


Pattern Instructions

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  • Knit Knowledge

    Right mitten

    • Using 5.5mm needles, cast on 30 sts
    • Row 1: k2 * p2, k2 rep from * to end
    • Row 2: p2, * k2, p2 rep from * to end
    • These two rows form the rib
    • Cont in rib for 7cm
    • Change to 6mm needles and work in patt as folls:
    • Row 1: k3, p1, k1, yfwd, k2, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k2, yfwd, k1, p1, k16
    • Row 2: p16, k1, p9, k1, p3
    • Row 3: k3, p1, k2, yfwd, k1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1, yfwd, k2, p1, k16
    • Row 4: as Row 2
    • Row 5: k3, p1, k3, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k3, p1, k16
    • Row 6: as Row 2
    • Rep rows 1-4
  • Shape thumb

    • Next row: k3, p1, k3, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k3, p1, k2, m1, k2, m1, k12
    • Next row: p18, k1, p9, k1, p3
    • Next row: k3, p1, k1, yfwd, k2, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k2, yfwd, k1, p1, k2, m1, k4, m1, k12
    • Next row: p20, k1, p9, k1, p3
    • Next row: k3, p1, k2, yfwd, k1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1, yfwd, k2, p1, k2, m1, k6, m1, k12
    • Next row: p22, k1, p9, k1, p3
    • Next row: k3, p1, k3, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k3, p1, k2, m1, k8, m1, k12
    • Next row: p24, k1, p9, k1, p3
  • Knit thumb

    • Next row: k3, p1, k1, yfwd, k2, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k2, yfwd, k1, p1, k12, turn
    • Next row: p10
    • Working on these ten sts only, work ten rows in st st ending after p row
    • Next row: k2tog across row. Five sts
    • Break yarn and thread yarn through rem sts
    • Join thumb seam
    • With RS facing, rejoin yarn to base of thumb and pick up two sts at base of thumb, k to end. 30 sts
    • Next row: p16, k1, p9, k1, p3
    • Next row : k3, p1, k2, yfwd, k1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1, yfwd, k2, p1, k16
    • Next row : p16, k1, p9, k1, p3
    • Next row : k3, p1, k3, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k3, p1, k16
    • Next row : p16, k1, p9, k1, p3
    • Work Rows 1-6 of patt once more
  • Shape top

    • Next row: (k1, k2togtbl, k9, k2tog, k1) twice. 26 sts
    • Next row: p
    • Next row: (k1, k2togtbl, k7, k2tog, k1) twice. 22 sts
    • Next row: p
    • Next row: (k1, k2togtbl, k5, k2tog, k1) twice. 18 sts
    • Next row: p
    • Next row: (k1, k2togtbl, k3, k2tog, k1) twice. 14 sts
    • Next row: p
    • Cast off
  • Left mitten

    • Work in rib as for Right mitten
    • Change to 6mm needles and work in patt as foll:
    • Row 1: k16, p1, k1, yfwd, k2, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k2, yfwd, k1, p1, k3
    • Row 2: p3, k1, p9, k1, p16
    • Row 3: k16, p1, k2, yfwd, k1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1, yfwd, k2, p1, k3
    • Row 4: as Row 2
    • Row 5: k16, p1, k3, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k3, p1, k3
    • Row 6: as Row 2
    • Rep rows 1-4 again
  • Shape thumb

    • Next row: k12, m1, k2, m1, k2, p1, k3, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k3, p1, k3
    • Next row: p3, k1, p9, k1, p18
    • Next row: k12, m1, k4, m1, k2, p1, k1, yfwd, k2, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k2, yfwd, k1, p1, k3
    • Next row: p3, k1, p9, k1, p20
    • Next row: k12,m1, k6, m1, k2 p1, k2, yfwd, k1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1, yfwd, k2, p1, k3
    • Next row: p3, k1, p9, k1, p22
    • Next row: k12, m1, k8, m1, k2, p1, k3, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k3, p1, k3
    • Next row: p3, k1, p9, k1, p24
  • Knit thumb

    • Next row: k22, turn
    • Next row: p10
    • Working on these ten sts only, work ten rows in st st ending after p row
    • Next row: k2tog across row. Five sts
    • Break yarn and thread yarn through rem sts
  • Join thumb seam

    • With RS facing rejoin yarn to base of thumb and pick up two sts at base of thumb, k2, p1, k1, yfwd, k2, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k2, yfwd, k1, p1, k3. 30 sts
    • Next row: p3, k1, p9, k1, p16
    • Next row : k16, p1, k2, yfwd, k1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1, yfwd, k2, p1, k3
    • Next row : p3, k1, p9, k1, p16
    • Next row : k16, p1, k3, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k3, p1, k3
    • Next row : p3, k1, p9, k1, p16
    • Now work Rows 1-6 of patt once more


    Shape top

    • Work as Right mitten

    To make up
    Sew in all loose ends. Sew seam on both mittens using mattress stitch LK

Pattern Instructions

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Knit Knowledge

Right mitten

  • Using 5.5mm needles, cast on 30 sts
  • Row 1: k2 * p2, k2 rep from * to end
  • Row 2: p2, * k2, p2 rep from * to end
  • These two rows form the rib
  • Cont in rib for 7cm
  • Change to 6mm needles and work in patt as folls:
  • Row 1: k3, p1, k1, yfwd, k2, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k2, yfwd, k1, p1, k16
  • Row 2: p16, k1, p9, k1, p3
  • Row 3: k3, p1, k2, yfwd, k1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1, yfwd, k2, p1, k16
  • Row 4: as Row 2
  • Row 5: k3, p1, k3, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k3, p1, k16
  • Row 6: as Row 2
  • Rep rows 1-4

Shape thumb

  • Next row: k3, p1, k3, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k3, p1, k2, m1, k2, m1, k12
  • Next row: p18, k1, p9, k1, p3
  • Next row: k3, p1, k1, yfwd, k2, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k2, yfwd, k1, p1, k2, m1, k4, m1, k12
  • Next row: p20, k1, p9, k1, p3
  • Next row: k3, p1, k2, yfwd, k1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1, yfwd, k2, p1, k2, m1, k6, m1, k12
  • Next row: p22, k1, p9, k1, p3
  • Next row: k3, p1, k3, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k3, p1, k2, m1, k8, m1, k12
  • Next row: p24, k1, p9, k1, p3

Knit thumb

  • Next row: k3, p1, k1, yfwd, k2, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k2, yfwd, k1, p1, k12, turn
  • Next row: p10
  • Working on these ten sts only, work ten rows in st st ending after p row
  • Next row: k2tog across row. Five sts
  • Break yarn and thread yarn through rem sts
  • Join thumb seam
  • With RS facing, rejoin yarn to base of thumb and pick up two sts at base of thumb, k to end. 30 sts
  • Next row: p16, k1, p9, k1, p3
  • Next row : k3, p1, k2, yfwd, k1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1, yfwd, k2, p1, k16
  • Next row : p16, k1, p9, k1, p3
  • Next row : k3, p1, k3, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k3, p1, k16
  • Next row : p16, k1, p9, k1, p3
  • Work Rows 1-6 of patt once more

Shape top

  • Next row: (k1, k2togtbl, k9, k2tog, k1) twice. 26 sts
  • Next row: p
  • Next row: (k1, k2togtbl, k7, k2tog, k1) twice. 22 sts
  • Next row: p
  • Next row: (k1, k2togtbl, k5, k2tog, k1) twice. 18 sts
  • Next row: p
  • Next row: (k1, k2togtbl, k3, k2tog, k1) twice. 14 sts
  • Next row: p
  • Cast off

Left mitten

  • Work in rib as for Right mitten
  • Change to 6mm needles and work in patt as foll:
  • Row 1: k16, p1, k1, yfwd, k2, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k2, yfwd, k1, p1, k3
  • Row 2: p3, k1, p9, k1, p16
  • Row 3: k16, p1, k2, yfwd, k1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1, yfwd, k2, p1, k3
  • Row 4: as Row 2
  • Row 5: k16, p1, k3, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k3, p1, k3
  • Row 6: as Row 2
  • Rep rows 1-4 again

Shape thumb

  • Next row: k12, m1, k2, m1, k2, p1, k3, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k3, p1, k3
  • Next row: p3, k1, p9, k1, p18
  • Next row: k12, m1, k4, m1, k2, p1, k1, yfwd, k2, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k2, yfwd, k1, p1, k3
  • Next row: p3, k1, p9, k1, p20
  • Next row: k12,m1, k6, m1, k2 p1, k2, yfwd, k1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1, yfwd, k2, p1, k3
  • Next row: p3, k1, p9, k1, p22
  • Next row: k12, m1, k8, m1, k2, p1, k3, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k3, p1, k3
  • Next row: p3, k1, p9, k1, p24

Knit thumb

  • Next row: k22, turn
  • Next row: p10
  • Working on these ten sts only, work ten rows in st st ending after p row
  • Next row: k2tog across row. Five sts
  • Break yarn and thread yarn through rem sts

Join thumb seam

  • With RS facing rejoin yarn to base of thumb and pick up two sts at base of thumb, k2, p1, k1, yfwd, k2, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k2, yfwd, k1, p1, k3. 30 sts
  • Next row: p3, k1, p9, k1, p16
  • Next row : k16, p1, k2, yfwd, k1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1, yfwd, k2, p1, k3
  • Next row : p3, k1, p9, k1, p16
  • Next row : k16, p1, k3, yfwd, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfwd, k3, p1, k3
  • Next row : p3, k1, p9, k1, p16
  • Now work Rows 1-6 of patt once more


Shape top

  • Work as Right mitten

To make up
Sew in all loose ends. Sew seam on both mittens using mattress stitch LK