Snow Day Mittens

These warm and cozy mittens are perfect for the ever-elusive snow day. With their simple design and felted finish, the Snow Day Mittens are the only gloves you need. Plus, need a refresher on the long-tailed cast on method? Check out our instructional video!

Skill Level: Easy

Size: 12 mo (24 mo, CS, CM, CL, WS, WM, WL/MS, MM, ML) to fit hand length up to approximately 4 (4.5, 5, 6, 6.5, 7, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5)”/ 10 (11.5, 13, 15, 16.5, 18, 20, 21.5, 23, 24) cm

Gauge: 14 sts and 21 rows = 4”/10cm in stockinette st using size US size 8 [5.0 mm] needle

Materials

Yarn: Worsted weight yarn that will felt: 60 (75, 95, 105, 125, 160, 180, 210, 240, 275) yards / 55 (69, 87, 96, 114, 147, 165, 192, 220, 252) meters, Worsted weight yarn that will not felt and will hold its shape: 30 (38, 48, 53, 63, 80, 90, 105, 120, 138) yards/28 (35, 44, 49, 58, 73, 82, 96, 110, 126) meters
Needles: US size 8 [5.0 mm] double pointed needles or size needed to get gauge, US size 3 [3.25 mm] double pointed needles or 2 sizes smaller than your gauge needle
Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle to weave in ends, small amount of waste yarn to hold thumb stitches

Special Stitches

K1, P1 Ribbing: *K1, P1* to end of round.
k1f&b: Knit 1 in the front and back of the stitch.

Pattern

Cuff

Using the long-tailed CO method and CC, with size US 3/3.25mm double pointed needles, CO 24 (26, 28, 30, 32, 32, 34, 36, 40, 42) sts.
Place marker to mark beginning of rounds. Join in the round, being careful not to twist sts.
Work 1.75 (2, 2.25, 2.5, 2.5, 2.5, 2.5, 2.5, 3, 3)“/ 4.5 (5, 5.7, 6.4, 6.4, 6.4, 6.4, 6.4, 7.6, 7.6)cm of K1, P1 ribbing.

Thumb Gusset

Change to larger needles and MC, and K3 (4, 2, 3, 3, 2, 3, 4, 4, 4) rounds even.
On last round, K 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3)sts, PM, then K to end of round.
Increase round: K1f&b, K to last st before marker, K1f&b, SM, K to end of round.
K 2 rounds even.
Repeat these 3 rounds 3 (3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4) times for a total of 30 (32, 36, 38, 40, 40, 42, 44, 48, 50) sts.
Repeat increase round once more for 32 (34, 38, 40, 42, 42, 44, 46, 50, 52) sts total.

Sizes 12 Months and 24 Months Only: Go to “Divide for Thumb”
Sizes CS, CM, CL, WS, WM, WL/MS, MM, ML: K 1 round even.
Sizes CS, CM, and CL: Repeat increase round once more for — (–, 40, 42, 44, –, –, –, –, –) sts. Sizes CS only: Go to “Divide for Thumb”
Sizes CM and CL: K — (–, –, 1, 2, –, –, –, –, –) rnds even. Go to “Divide for Thumb”
Sizes WS, WM, WL/MS, MM, ML: K 1 round even.
Repeat increase round once more for — (–, –, –, –, 44, 46, 48, 52, 54) sts. K — (–, –, –, –, 2, 2, 3, 2, 2) rnds even. Sizes WS, WM, WL/MS: Go to “Divide for Thumb”.

Sizes MM and ML: ML, Repeat increase round once more for — (–, –, –, –, –, –, –, 54, 56) sts. K 2(3) rounds even.
Size MM: Go to “Divide for Thumb”.
Size ML: Repeat increase round once more for — (–, –, –, –, –, –, –, –, 58) sts. Go to “Divide for Thumb”.

Divide for Thumb

K 0 (0, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1) sts. Move next 10 (10, 11, 11, 11, 13, 13, 13, 15, 17) sts onto waste yarn or holder. Using the backward loop method, CO 4 (4, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3) sts. K to end of round, removing marker that marked the end of the thumb gusset. (24 (26, 32, 34, 36, 34, 36, 38, 42, 44) sts total)

Palm

K 1.75 (2.25, 2.5, 3.25, 3.75, 4, 4.25, 4.5, 4.75, 5)”/ 4.5 (5.7, 6.4, 8.3, 9.5, 10, 10.8, 11.4, 12, 12.7) cm even.

Shape Top

*K2tog, K 10 (11, 6, 15, 7, 15, 7, 17, 5, 9) sts*. Repeat from * to * to end of round. (22 (24, 28, 32, 32, 32, 32, 36, 36, 40) sts total)
K 3 (3, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3) rounds even.
*K2tog, K 9 (4, 2, 2, 2, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) sts*. Repeat from * to * to end of round. (20 (20, 21, 24, 24, 28, 28, 32, 32, 36) sts total)
K 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2) round(s) even.
*K2tog, K 0 (0, 1, 1, 1, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) sts*. Repeat from * to * to end of round. (10(10, 14, 16, 16, 24, 24, 28, 28, 32) sts total)
K 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2) round(s) even.
*K2tog, K 0 (0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 0, 0, 6) st(s)*. Repeat from * to * to end of round. (5 (5, 7, 8, 8, 16, 16, 14, 14, 28) sts total)

Sizes 12 Months, 24 Months, and CS: Cut yarn, then use a tapestry needle to pull through all live sts, and pull tight. Weave in end, and go to “Thumb”.
*K2tog* to end of round. (– (–, –, 4, 4, 8, 8, 7, 7, 14)sts total)

Sizes CM, CL, WS, WM, WL/MS, and MM: Cut yarn, then use a tapestry needle to pull through all live sts, and pull tight. Weave in end, and go to “Thumb”.
ML Only: *K2tog* to end of round. 7sts total. Cut yarn, then use a tapestry needle to pull through all live sts, and pull tight. Weave in end, and go to “Thumb”.

Thumb

Put 10 (10, 11, 11, 11, 13, 13, 13, 15, 17) sts from holder onto dpns.
PU 2 (2, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5) sts on mitten body. (12 (12, 16, 16, 16, 18, 18, 18, 20, 22) sts total)
Arrange sts onto dpn needles, noting that the first st picked up on the mitten body is the first st of the round. K, in rounds, until thumb measures 1.5 (1.75, 0.5, 0.5, 0.75, 0.5, 0.75, 1, 1.25, 1.5)” /3.8 (4.5, 1.3, 1.3, 2, 1.3, 2, 2.5, 3.2, 3.8) cm from the sts picked up from the mitten body.

Sizes CS, CM, CL, WS, WM, WL/MS, MM, ML: K2tog, K 1, K2tog, K to end of round. –(–, 14, 14, 14, 16, 16, 16, 18, 20)sts total. Work another — (–, 1, 1.25, 1.25, 1.5, 1.5, 1.5, 1.5, 1.75)”/– (–, 2.5, 3.2, 3.2, 3.8, 3.8, 3.8, 3.8, 4.5) cm.

All Sizes: *K2tog, K 1 (1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 1, 2) sts* to end of round, ending with a K2tog on CS, CM, and CL sizes only. (8 (8, 10, 10, 10, 12, 12, 12, 12, 15) sts total)

K 1 round even.
*K2tog* to end of round, ending with a K1 for ML size only. 4 (4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 8) sts total. For all sizes except ML, cut yarn and thread onto tapestry needle. Pull through live sts, secure, and weave in end.

Size ML only:*K2tog* to end of round. 4sts. Cut yarn and thread onto tapestry needle. Pull through live sts, secure, and weave in end.

Finishing

Weave in all remaining ends, darning holes at thumb join, if necessary. Using a top-loading washing machine, wash mittens in hot water, preferably with several towels or pairs of jeans. It may be helpful to cut a drinking straw and insert into the thumbs of the smallest sizes, to keep the thumbs from felting shut. Check the mittens often for length, as the machine is going through its agitation cycle. Make sure the thumbs are not felting together. If they start to, you can pull them back open with a wooden spoon handle. When mittens have felted down to 4 (5, 5.5, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10)”/ 10 (12.5, 14, 16.5, 18, 19, 21.5, 23, 24, 25.5) cm, or desired length, rinse with cold water, squeeze excess water out, and shape and dry.

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