Cactus Mittens- Free Knitting Pattern for Beginners

October 30th, 2014 | Crafts, Learn How

I love knitting. I don’t take near enough time to do it, but as the weather gets cooler and I’m spending a bit more time in front of the tube, I need to have something to keep my hands busy- knitting is the winter winner!

This free mitten knitting pattern is a favourite of mine I learned from a good friend in college.

free knitting pattern for beginners- One easy pattern to fit all sizes

These cactus mittens are perfect for beginner knitters. There isn’t any increase or decrease stitches throughout, just as you finish off the mitten. It is a great project for getting a handle on how mittens shape, and learning to use double pointed needles.

Plus one simple pattern is easily changed to suit all hand sizes, big or small!

free Cactus Mittens knitting pattern for beginners- One easy pattern to fit all sizes

Cactus Mittens Knitting Pattern

You will need Medium weight yarn (I used Impeccable Loops and Threads from Michaels) and size 5mm (US8) double pointed needles. If you are new to knitting you can learn the knit stitch here, and the purl stitch here. Cast on:

small Kids- 8- 8- 8 | K2 P2 | Thumb 4- 4- 4

kids 12 -12- 12 | K3 K3 | Thumb 6- 6- 6

Adults 18- 18- 18 | K3 K3 | Thumb 6- 6- 6

Men 24-24-24 | K4 K4 | Thumb 6- 6- 6

You can adjust the length of the mitten according to the size of the individuals hand. The pattern below is for an average size woman’s hand.

Abbreviations- K = knit, P = Pearl, tog. = together

CO- 12-12-12

K3, P3 for 4 1/2″

Drop 6 stitches onto holder, cast on 6 stitches and continue in K3, P3 ribbing for and additional 5″.

K1, K2tog., P1, P2 tog. to end of row (8-8-8)

K 2 rows

K2tog., P2 tog. to end of row (4-4-4)

K1 Row

K2tog, P2 tog. (2-2-2)

Clip yarn and draw through remaining stitches. Tie in a knot on last stitch. Sew in loose end on inside of mitten.

Thumb

Pick up the six stitches on the holder. Plus and additional 12. 6- 6- 6

K3, P3 for 2 1/2″

K1, K2 tog. P1, P2 tog. to end of row (4- 4- 4)

K 1 row

K2 tog., P2 tog. to end of row  (2-2-2)

Clip yarn and draw through remaining stitches. Tie in a knot on last stitch. Sew in loose end on inside of mitten.

Cactus Mittens- free knitting pattern for beginners- One easy pattern to fit all sizes

These cactus mittens look kinda silly off, but they are much more compact than traditional mittens to fit in a pocket, and stay nice and snug to your hand. I like to make the wrist a little extra long to stay up inside a child’s sleeve better.

The cactus mittens stay snug to your hand- Free beginner mitten pattern

This free knitting pattern is perfect to get you started on making your own winter gear! Stay warm, it’s getting chilly fast!

free knitting pattern for beginners- One easy pattern to fit all sizes

Thanks again to my friend Crystal and the grandmothers of the Miramichi for sharing this fun pattern with me, it is always one I come back to!

Check out this other beginner pattern

One Hour Cowl

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