Advent Calendar Project – Week 4

(Every week until December 1st we will be making a small Christmas ornament that can be used in our Pocket Advent Calendar. Join us in making all 24 or just pick and choose your favorites.)

This week’s ornament is for the knitters out there, a teeny, tiny pair of mini mittens.
Mini Mittens
These little 2 1/2 inch mittens are perfect to hang on the tree, decorate packages or hang from that bottled hostess gift.
Mini Mittens
This is definitely a project for the intermediate knitter who is comfortable with working a small number of stitches on double-pointed needles. Adding in a colorwork snowflake chart takes it up another notch, but these would look cute with or without that addition. If you want some practice knitting small items on small double-pointed needles, why not try our Tiny Toques first.

Project: Mini Mittens

Download the Mini Mittens Pattern.
Mini Mittens
Supplies:

  • small amount of sockweight yarn in red and white
  • four size 2 double-pointed needles
  • tapestry needle

Gauge:

  • 9 stitches and 11 rows per inch (if your gauge is off slightly it won’t really matter since these don’t need to fit anyone)

Abbreviations: We recommend Knitting Help for great videos on how to do decreases, increases and cast ons.

  • k = knit
  • p = purl
  • k2tog = knit two stitches together
  • pm = place marker
  • sm = slip marker
  • m1l – make one stitch left
  • m1r – make one stitch right
Snowflake Chart: (this is also in the pattern download above)

Cuff:

Cast on 18 stitches. On one of the mittens leave a long tail. Join in a circle being careful not to twist. Place a maker to mark the end of a round.

Work in k1p1 ribbing for ¾ inch

Hand:
Row 1: Change to stockinette, increase 1 stitch at the end of the row. (19 stitches)
Row 2: k9 stitches, pm, m1r, k1, m1l, pm, k9 (21 stitches)
Row 3: knit
Row 4: k9, sm, m1r, k3, m1l, sm, k9 (23 stitches)
Rows 5- 6: knit
Row 7: k9, sm, m1r, k5, m1l, sm, k9 (25 stitches)
Rows 8 – 9: knit (if you are doing the snowflake chart start it on row 9)
Row 10: k9, sm, m1r, k7, m1l, sm, k9 (27 stitches)
Rows 11-12: knit
Row 13: k9, put the nine stitches in between the markers on a scrap piece of yarn, cast on one stitch using the backwards loop cast on, k9
Row 14: k9, k2tog, k9

Work in stockinette until hand of mitten is about 1 ½ inches

Top of Hand:
Row 1: k7, k2tog, k7, k2tog (16 stitches)
Row 2: knit
Row 3: k2, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k2, k2tog (12 stitches)
Row 4: k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog (8 stitches)
Row 5: k2tog, k2tog, k2tog, k2tog (4 stitches)

Cut the yarn leaving a tail. Put the tail on the tapestry needle and weave through the stitches on the needle. Pull tight to close. Pull the yarn inside the mitten and weave in ends.

Thumb:
Put thumb stitches on 3 needles
Rows 1 – 3: k
Row 4: k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog (6 stitches)
Row 5: k2tog, k2tog, k2tog (3 stitches)

Cut the yarn leaving a tail. Put the tail on the tapestry needle and weave through the stitches on the needle. Pull tight to close. Pull the yarn inside the mitten and weave in ends.
Mini Mittens
Weave in any remaining ends except the long one you left when casting on one of the mittens. Block if desired (I found this really helped with the shape). Use the remaining tail to join the mittens together.
Mini Mittens
Copyright 2012 Kathy Lewinski
JustCrafyEnough.com
This pattern is for personal use only. Please do not sell, distribute or teach this pattern without my permission. Do not claim this pattern as your own. Do not sell items made with this pattern without permission.

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