His & Her Mittens


I’ve written up this pattern with very little thumb shaping. You can get very imaginative and use multi colored yarn or make stripes with two or more different color yarns. The sky is the limit! There is no left or right hand, make each the same.

You will see that there are three sizes with the smallest size first, followed by medium and large in parentheses.

Example: Small (Medium, Large)




Small: 9″ long by 4″ wide (20.5 cms x 8 cms)

Medium: 10″ long x 4″ wide (25 cm x 8 cms)

Large: 12″ long x 4″ 1/4 wide (30.5 x 11 cms)

Gauge: 18 sts x 24 rows in Stockinette stitch in the round to make 4×4” square (10x10cm)


Worsted Weight yarn

Size 7 US (4.5mm)double pointed needles or circular needles

Tapestry needle


Mittens: Make two the same.

Cast on 34  (34, 36) sts and divide evenly on needles and join in the round.

Start Cuff: K1, p1 and repeat to end of round. Repeat round until 2 inches (2″, 2″ 1/2)  from cast on edge.


Hand Shaping: Knit every round until 4″ (4″ 1/4, 5″) from cast on edge.

Begin thumb shaping:

1: Knit 11(11,12) sts, m1, k1, m1, k5(k5, k6) sts, m1, k1,m1, knit until end of round.

2. Knit 2 rounds

3. Knit 13(13, 14)sts , m1, k7(k7, k8) sts, m1, knit to end of round.

4. Knit 13(13, 14)sts, place the following 9, (9, 10) sts onto a holder. Cast on 5, (5, 6) sts and knit to end of round. 36 (36, 38)sts

5. Knit every round until mitten measures 7″ (8″, 9″ 1/2) or 18 cm, (20 cm, 24cm) from cast on edge.

Begin finger shaping

Small + Medium Size Only

  1. K3, k2tog, (k7, k2tog) 3 times, k4
  2. Knit 3 rounds
  3. K3, k2tog, (k6, k2tog), 3 times, k3
  4. Knit 3 rounds
  5. K3, k2tog, (k5, k2tog) 3 times, k2
  6. knit 3 rounds
  7. K3, k2tog, (k4, k2tog) 3 times, k1
  8. K2tog 10 times.

Pass yarn through last 10 sts

Large Size Only

  1. K3, k2tog, (k8, k2tog) 2 times, k7, k2tog, k4
  2. Knit 3 rounds
  3. K3, k2tog, (k7, k2tog) 2 times, k6, k2tog, k3
  4. Knit 3 rounds
  5. K3, k2tog, (k6, k2tog) 2 times, k5, k2tog, k2
  6. Knit 3 rounds
  7. K3, k2tog, (k5, k2tog) 2 times, k4, k2tog, k1
  8. K2tog 11 times.

Pass yarn through last 11 sts

Make thumb

Place 9(9, 10) sts on knitting needles as follows, 5 sts on first needle, 4(4,5) sts on second needle.

Start knitting on first and second needle. Add on 6 (6, 7) sts to mitten. 15(15, 17) sts. Divide sts *evenly on 3 needles, 5 on each needle. *Large: Place extra 2 sts on 3rd needle.

Knit every round for 2 1/2″ (2″ 3/4, 3″)

Last round, k3tog 5 times. For large size, k2tog last two sts. Pass yarn through last 5 (5, 6) sts.


Using tapestry needle, weave in ends.


K: Knit

M1: Make one stitch by lifting the yarn between two stitches, placing the yarn over left hand needle and knit into it.

P: Purl

Sts: Stitches

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3 Responses to His & Her Mittens

  1. Kitty July 23, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    I am confused on M1,K1, M1? I am making a medium mitten and if you increase that many times for the thumb you will have more that 36 stitches? Can you help me to M1, I do know how but in what stitch. You knit 11 then m1, k1, m1? Thank you

  2. petitetuques July 24, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    Hi Kitty, yes, you will have more than 36 stitches, but as you see in picture 3, the stitches that are put onto a holder, is to be made into the thumb. So you will have 9 extra stitches to put on a holder, then cast on 5 stitches to bring the total back up to 36 sts. Here is a video on a M1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhEAGBoFt60&autoplay=1

    This is knitted in the round, so the M1′s are knit stitches too.

    Let me know how it goes!

  3. Alene Degeorge October 3, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    This is a great mitten. I’m fairly new to knitting and was looking for something easier. I magic loop so this is perfect. Love the pix. they are so helpful Thank you