Project: Dog Days Mittens

This is a fun little pair of mittens inspired by August’s dog days of summer.
Dog Days Mittens
The back of the mittens features different dogs along with hydrants, bones and paw prints while the palm is covered with paw prints. A perfect pair for dog lovers!

This is pair eight towards my goal of designing and knitting twelve pairs this year…woohoo!

Dog Days Mittens

Download a pdf of the Dog Days Mittens Pattern w/chart or just the Dog Days Mittens Chart.

Size: Women’s medium – 7.5”


  • Fingering weight yarn in two colors (I used Knit Picks Palette in Ash and Pimento. I used about 220 yards of Ash and 115 of Pimento.)
  • Four size 1 double-pointed needles (or size needed to get gauge)
  • Stitch markers
  • Scrap yarn or stitch holder
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge: 10 stitches and 12 rows per inch


  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • m1 – make one (directions doesn’t matter)
  • m1r – make one stitch right
  • m1l – make one stitch left
  • ssk – slip, slip, knit
  • k2tog – knit two stitches together


With main color, cast on 72 stitches. Divide between three needles. Join together to knit in the round placing a stitch marker between the first and last stitch to mark rows.

Rows 1 – 12: k2, p2
Rows 13 – 14: k
Row s 15 – 24: k following cuff color chart
Rows 25 – 26: k with main color
Row 27 – 32: k2, p2

Hand and thumb gusset:

Row 33: k15, m1, k16, m1, k15, m1, k16, m1 (76 stitches)
Row 34: k starting hand color chart (Remember to switch which side of the chart you do first to make the opposite hand.)
Row 35: k37, m1l, k2, m1r, k37 (you may want to place a stitch marker before the m1l and another after the m1r)(78 stitches)
Row 36: k
Row 37: k37, m1l, k4, m1r, k37 (80 stitches)
Row 38: k
Row 39: k37, m1l, k6, m1r, k37 (82 stitches)
Row 40: k
Row 41: k37, m1l, k8, m1r, k37 (84 stitches)
Row 42: k
Row 43: k37, m1l, k10, m1r, k37 (86 stitches)
Row 44: k
Row 45: k37, m1l, k12, m1r, k37 (88 stitches)
Row 46: k
Row 47: k37, m1l, k14, m1r, k37 (90 stitches)
Row 48: k
Row 49: k37, m1l, k16, m1r, k37 (92 stitches)
Row 50: k
Row 51: k37, m1l, k18, m1r, k37 (94 stitches)
Row 52: k
Row 53: k37, m1l, k20, m1r, k37 (96 stitches)
Row 54: k
Row 55: k37, m1l, k22, m1r, k37 (98 stitches)
Row 56: k
Row 57: k37, m1l, k24, m1r, k37 (100 stitches)
Row 58: k
Row 59: k37, m1l, k26, m1r, k37 (102 stitches)
Row 60: k
Row 61: k37, m1l, k28, m1r, k37 (104 stitches)
Rows 62 – 64: k
Row 65: k37, put the next 30 stitches on a piece of scrap yarn or stitch holder, cast on one stitch, k37 (75 stitches on the needles, 30 stitches on a stitch holder for the thumb.)
Row 66: k37, k2tog, k37 (74 stitches)
Rows 67 – 104: k
Row 105: ssk, k33, k2tog, ssk, k33, k2tog (70 stitches)
Row 106: k
Row 107: ssk, k31, k2tog, ssk, k31, k2tog (66 stitches)
Row 108: k
Row 109: ssk, k29, k2tog, ssk, k29, k2tog (62 stitches)
Row 110: k
Row 111: ssk, k27, k2tog, ssk, k27, k2tog (58 stitches)
Row 112: k
Row 113: ssk, k25, k2tog, ssk, k25, k2tog (54 stitches)
Row 114: k
Row 115: ssk, k23, k2tog, ssk, k23, k2tog (50 stitches)
Row 116: k
Row 117: ssk, k21, k2tog, ssk, k21, k2tog (46 stitches)
Row 118: ssk, k19, k2tog, ssk, k19, k2tog (42 stitches)
Row 119: ssk, k17, k2tog, ssk, k17, k2tog (38 stitches)
Row 120: ssk, k15, k2tog, ssk, k15, k2tog (34 stitches)
Row 121: ssk, k13, k2tog, ssk, k13, k2tog (30 stitches)
Row 122: ssk, k11, k2tog, ssk, k11, k2tog (26 stitches)
Row 123: ssk, k9, k2tog, ssk, k9, k2tog (22 stitches)
Row 124: ssk, k7, k2tog, ssk, k7, k2tog (18 stitches)

Cut the yarn leaving about a 10” – 12” tail. Seam the top of the hand with the kitchener stitch.

Top of thumb:

Put the 30 stitches on the stitch holder on three needles. Pick up and knit one stitch from the hand of the mitten. Place a stitch marker after that stitch to mark rows.

Row 65: k29, k2tog (30 stitches)
Rows 66 – 83: k
Row 84: ssk, k11, k2tog, ssk, k11, k2tog (26 stitches)
Row 85: k
Row 86: ssk, k9, k2tog, ssk, k9, k2tog (22 stitches)
Row 87: ssk, k7, k2tog, ssk, k7, k2tog (18 stitches)
Row 88: ssk, k5, k2tog, ssk, k5, k2tog (14 stitches)
Row 89: ssk, k3, k2tog, ssk, k3, k2tog (10 stitches)
Row 90: ssk, k1, k2tog, ssk, k1, k2tog (6 stitches)

Cut the yarn leaving a 6” – 10” tail. Either seam the top of the thumb with the Kitchener stitch or weave the tail through the remaining six stitches and pull tight.

Weave in ends.

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