Maine Woods & Rivers Mittens

This is a simple pattern for beginners at stranded color patterns. The Lopi Light produces at warm, dense fabric that keeps your hands warm. The inner cuff closes out drafts. The pattern is the same on each side so a mitten can be worn on either hand. 


Yarn: One skein each of Lopi Light in Light Green, Dark Green, Light Blue and Light Grey. 

Needles: Two size 6 circular needles (or DPN if you prefer), 4 size 6 DPNs for thumb. Two size 5 circs (or DPNs) for inner cuff.

Other materials: 4 markers, yarn needle, waste yarn

Gauge:  5.5 stitches per inch

Size: Men’s Large. Felt for smaller sizes. Alternatively you could change needle size or yarn.

CO: 48 stitches in dark green and divide equally between needles. Join in the round and begin knitting *2 dark green (leading color-see note) and 2 light green*. Be careful to knit loosely and carry your floats evenly in the back. Knit stripes in this manner for 8 rounds and end outer cuff with one dark green round.

Remember to carry your floats loosely across the back of your knitting so that the fabric will not pucker and will stretch easily.

Thread a yarn needle with scrap yarn and run it through the loops around your needles on the inside of your cuff. This will be used to pick up yarn for the inner ribbed cuffs. If you think you might felt the mittens use a non-felting yarn for this.

Follow the chart for color changes throughout the body of the mitten. All stitches are knit. The thumb is one color. Remember to catch your floats in the middle if they are longer than 4 or so stitches. Otherwise they will catch the wearer’s fingers when they put the mittens on.

Thumb Gusset: On the 5th pattern row, knit to the last stitch of the first needle and KFB (or your favorite increase). Then KFB into the first stitch of the second needle. Knit the next row of the pattern and place a marker before the last stitch of the first needle and after the first stitch of the second needle to mark the gusset. 

Continue to follow chart making increases every other round in the first stitch after the first marker and in the stitch just before the second marker. Knit one row after the 8th increase set. Then knit the next row to the marker, remove marker and place the last 8 stitches of the first needle on waste yarn. Add the first 8 stitches of the second needle to the waste yarn and remove the second marker. Join the front and back and continue in pattern leaving thumb stitches on waste yarn.

Begin decreases in the last row of the second tree pattern unless you would like to add a few rows for extra length. Decrease every other round by knitting the first stitch and then doing a SSK or KTBL. Knit across the row to 3 stitches before the end of the needle and then K2TOG, K1. Repeat on second needle.  Repeat these two rows until there are 10 stitches left on each needle. End with a knit row. Turn mitten inside out and graft (or 3 needle BO) the remaining stitches.  Weave in all ends.

Thumb: Pick up 2 stitches at the base of the hand at thumb opening. Add the 16 thumb stitches and disperse across 3 DPNs. Knit around to the stitch before the first pickup and K2TOG. K2TOG again using the second pickup and first gusset stitches. Knit 12 rounds; then knit a decrease round of K2TOGs, a knit round and another round of K2TOGs. Four stitches remain. Clip a 5” tail and close the hole by stitching up the loops with your yarn needle. I do to rounds through the loops to strengthen up the closure.

Inner cuff: Felt your mitten lightly if you want a denser fabric or a smaller size. Then turn mitten inside out and pick up 48 stitches on size 5 circs using the waste yarn at the top of the outer cuff to help you. Remove waste yarn, and knit 15 rows in K1P1 rib. Bind off in pattern.

Notes on the Chart

  • The green squares are dark green yarn, and the white represent the grey yarn.
  • Begin at bottom right of the chart and knit the first row across (reading right to left) on the first needle. 
  • Turn your work over for the second needle. Start in the bottom left corner of the chart and knit the same row from left to right.
  • Turn your work, change needles and do the second row in the same manner.
  • Or ... get geeky.
  • Copy the graph page and flip it horizontally in your previewer. Just remember to start your mitten and all new rows at the flat side of the chart and not the thumb side.

                                      Formerly                   © Pat Higgins 2014