I’ve been on a mission, in between the frenzy of Christmas knitting, to find the Perfect Toddler Mitten pattern. My requirements:
- Must be easy to put on a moving toddler
- Must stay on said moving toddler
- Must not be easy to lose
It turns out that finding this pattern was harder than I thought, in part because I don’t know about the rest of you, but I cannot get my squirmy toddler’s thumb to fit into a thumb gusset. I just needed something to stick over his hands so they’d stay warm while we’re out walking with the stroller.
I ended up adapting Louisa Harding’s pattern from Natural Knits for Babies and Moms. The original is knit with a light DK weight yarn and worked flat and then seamed. My version is knit with a light worsted and converted to be worked in the round. I don’t know if my changes are substantial enough to be considered a new pattern (please weigh in on this in the comments section if you can), so with apologies to Louisa Harding, here is my adaptation. This is my first substantial attempt at changing a pattern/design, so please be gentle.
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash (I used two colors, you can use whatever strikes your fancy)
Needles: Size 4
Gauge: Not sure it matters for toddler mittens!
With Size 4 needles, CO 32 stitches in Color 1, place marker, and join for working in the round.
Increase round: Work 4 stitches in rib, M1 around.
Change to Size 7 needles (and Color 2 if desired). Knit around until hand is just short of desired length. (To determine this, hold your squirmy toddler down and measure from wrist to fingertip. Then let said Toddler wander off with your new Lantern Moon sheep tape measure, which he will then promptly put in the cat’s water dish.)
Decrease for top of Hand
Change back to Color 1 if desired.
Place a second marker in the middle of the round.
Round 1: K3tog tbl, knit to 3 stitches before marker 2, K3tog, K3tog tbl, K to last three stitches of the round, K3tog.
Round 2: Knit
Rounds 3 and 4: Repeat Rounds 1 and 2.
Round 5: K2tog tbl, knit to 2 stitches before marker 2, K2tog, K2tog tbl, K to last two stitches of the round, K2tog.
Round 6: Knit
Rounds 7 and 8: Repeat Rounds 5 and 6
Cut yarn, thread tail through remaining stitches and secure.
This is a rough prototype, so please let me know if you see any mistakes. My plan is to knit the second the same as the first and join them with a three stitch I-cord.
Of course, when I showed the mitten to The Toddler, he shook his head and walked off. Your Toddler May Vary.