Project: Falling Leaves Mittens

Our mittens for September are inspired by the colors of the fall leaves,  greens, golds, reds, and even purples.
Falling Leaves Mittens
I used self-striping yarn in fall colors to make the colors of the leaves blend from one to the next. The yarn I used was Red Heart Unforgettable in Polo. Now, this yarn claims to be worsted weight, but it is no where near. I found it to be closest to sport weight and, after looking at reviews on Ravelry, a lot of people agree with that. I tried pretty hard to make the color changes match on both mittens by starting in the same place in the change cycle on each mitten. It wasn’t exact, but close enough. I also cut out a large section of brown and dark green from the yarn because it was too close to the brown background color.

Falling Leaves Mittens

Falling Leaves Mittens
Download a pdf of the Falling Leaves Mittens Pattern with Chart or just the Falling Leaves Mittens Chart.


  • four size 2 double-pointed needles (or size needed to get gauge)
  • sport weight yarn, about 125 – 150 yards each of two colors. (If you color match with self-striping yarn for the leaves, you may need a little more of that yarn.)
  • stitch markers
  • scrap yarn
  • tapestry needle

Size: Woman’s Medium (7.5 inches wide)

Gauge: 7 stitches and 9 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

Follow chart for color pattern. Both hands are knit identically.

Cast on 52 stitches. Divide between three needles. Join to knit in the round placing a stitch marker between the first and last stitch to mark rows.

Rows 1 – 5: k1, p1 until end of row
Rows 6 – 28: k

Hand and Thumb Gusset:
Row 29: k13, m1, k13, m1, k13, m1, k13, m1 (56 stitches)
Row 30: k
Row 31: k27, m1l, k2, m1r, k27 (58 stitches) Place stitch markers before the first m1 and after the second if you wish.
Row 32: k
Row 33: k27, m1l, k4, m1r, k27 (60 stitches)
Row 34: k
Row 35: k27, m1l, k6, m1r, k27 (62 stitches)
Row 36: k
Row 37: k27, m1l, k8, m1r, k27 (64 stitches)
Row 38: k
Row 39: k27, m1l, k10, m1r, k27 (66 stitches)
Row 40: k
Row 41: k27, m1l, k12, m1r, k27 (68 stitches)
Row 42: k
Row 43: k27, m1l, k14, m1r, k27 (70 stitches)
Row 44: k
Row 45: k27, m1l, k16, m1r, k27 (72 stitches)
Row 46: k
Row 47: k27, m1l, k18, m1r, k27 (74 stitches)
Row 48: k
Row 49: k27, m1l, k20, m1r, k27 (76 stitches)
Row 50: k
Row 51: k27, place the next 22 stitches on a piece of scrap yarn, cast on one stitch, k27 (55 stitches on the needles, 22 on scrap yarn)
Row 52: k27, k2tog, k26 (54 stitches)
Rows 53 – 85: k
Row 86: ssk, k23, k2tog, ssk, k23, k2tog (50 stitches)
Row 87: k
Row 88: ssk, k21, k2tog, ssk, k21, k2tog (46 stitches)
Row 89: k
Row 90: ssk, k19, k2tog, ssk, k19, k2tog (42 stitches)
Row 91: k
Row 92: ssk, k17, k2tog, ssk, k17, k2tog (38 stitches)
Row 93: k
Row 94: ssk, k15, k2tog, ssk, k15, k2tog (34 stitches)
Row 95: k
Row 96: ssk, k13, k2tog, ssk, k13, k2tog (30 stitches)
Row 97: ssk, k11, k2tog, ssk, k11, k2tog (26 stitches)
Row 98: ssk, k9, k2tog, ssk, k9, k2tog (22 stitches)
Row 99: ssk, k7, k2tog, ssk, k7, k2tog (18 stitches)

Cut yarn leaving about a 10 – 12” tail. Seam shut with Kitchener stitch. Weave in ends.

Put the 22 stitches on the scrap yarn on three needles. Pick up a stitch from the hand on the mitten. Place a stitch marker between the picked-up stitch and the next stitch to mark rows.

Row 51: k21, k2tog (22 stitches)
Rows 52 – 66: k
Row 67: k9, k2tog, ssk, k9 (20 stitches)
Row 68: ssk, k6, k2tog, ssk, k6, k2tog (16 stitches)
Row 69: ssk, k4, k2tog, ssk, k4, k2tog (12 stitches)
Row 70: ssk, k2, k2tog, ssk, k2, k2tog (8 stitches)

Cut yarn leaving about a 10” tail. Seam shut with Kitchener stitch. Weave in ends.

Copyright 2014 Kathy Lewinski
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