How to Knit Toddler-Sized Mittens

A Free Mitten Pattern for Toddlers

Hand-knit mittens for your child
Ruth Jenkinson

Mittens are a necessity for kids' winter wardrobes, and this cute toddler-sized version is so easy you'll spend more time fighting your kids to wear them than you did knitting them!

This basic mitten pattern is easy to customize and embellish with small embroidery designs. While this pattern is designed with toddlers in mind, it is easy to size up or down too, as needed. If you're worried about the sizing, take measurements of the intended child's wrist and hand circumference and hand and thumb length. To fit a toddler or small child, the average wrist measurement is around 5.5 inches (but will stretch), with a hand length of 4 inches. The gauge of this project should be 20 stitches and 32 rounds per 4 inches (five stitches and eight rounds per inch) in stockinette stitch in the round.

Mittens are not a knitting project for beginners, but they are a great way to expand your skills once you've mastered scarves and simple hats. This toddler mitten pattern is ideal for anyone who has never knitted mittens before.

Materials Needed

  • Roughly 65 yards of worsted weight wool yarn of your choice
  • Set of size seven US double-pointed knitting needles
  • Stitch holder (or use one of your needles)
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

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Toddler Mittens Pattern

  1. Cast on 30 stitches, distribute on three double-pointed needles and join in the round.
  2. Work in knit one, purl one ribbing for two inches.
  3. Work two rounds in stockinette stitch (knit every round).
  4. Knit 15, make one, knit 15. 31 stitches.
  5. K15, M1, k1, M1, k15. 33 stitches.
  6. K16, M1, k1, M1, k16. 35 stitches.
  7. K17, M1, k1, M1, K17. 37 stitches.
  8. Work in stockinette without further increasing to 1.5 inches from beginning of stockinette section.
  9. K15. Put seven stitches on holder or spare needle, K15. (An easy way to do this is to put 15 stitches on each of two needles, keep the other stitches on a third and knit with a fourth. This makes the decreasing easy because you're working a decrease one stitch in from each side of each needle.)
  10. Work even for 1.5 inches.
  11. K1,ssk, k9, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k9, ssk, k1.
  12. K 1 round.
  13. K1, ssk, k7, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k7, ssk, k1.
  14. K 1 round.
  15. Decrease as established every round until 10 stitches remain for both sizes.
  16. Graft the top closed.

Knitting the Thumb

  1. With a new needle, pick up and knit one stitch at the beginning of the held thumb stitches. Knit across seven held stitches (you'll want to divide these stitches onto two needles) and pick up and knit one stitch on the other side. Nine stitches.
  2. Knit in rounds for 1.5 inches. Nine stitches.
  3. K4, k2tog, k3. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread onto yarn needle, slip remaining stitches onto yarn and pull tight.
  4. Weave in ends.

Knit the second mitten in the same manner.

To make your toddler's mittens special, customize them with embroidery, a duplicate stitch motif, sewn-on pompoms, or any other embellishment of your choice.