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Jan 22 / Laurie Northrup

Knitting pattern: American Girl doll mini mittens

There are a lot of ways to make tiny mittens. This is how I do it. This pattern is essentially in alpha phase–I would love feedback from test knitters.

Other students of knitting history can weigh in, but I’ve been thinking about this pattern a lot lately. I originally developed it at the end of 2009 to make a pair of plain red mittens for my Molly doll.

My guess is that 2-needle mittens would have been a lot more common for handmade items in Molly’s era, but I hate seams and hate seams on small items even more.


• 10 yards or so DK or sport weight yarn. Some fingering and sock yarn works, some doesn’t. Light worsted can work if you have scraps to use up, but produces a stiff mitten that’s harder to get on and off hands.

• 4 double-pointed needles, size 1-3 U.S. (I use a set of 2.75 mm/2 U.S. 4″ long needles.)

• piece of scrap yarn (at least 1″) and darning needle

Cast on 24 stitches (8 stitches on each of 3 needles).

Knit 4 rounds of k1, p1 ribbing.

Knit 4 rounds even.

First increase round for thumbs: knit one stitch, increase one stitch, knit one stitch, increase one stitch. Total 26 sts.

Knit two rounds even.

Second increase round: knit one stitch, increase one stitch, knit two stitches, increase one stitch. Total 28 sts.

Knit one round even.

Cast three stitches on, then slip 6 thumb stitches to the piece of scrap yarn.

Knit six rounds even. Decrease one stitch in the last round. There should be 21 stitches on needles.

Decrease round: Knit one, knit two together around.

Knit two rounds even.

Second decrease row: knit two together around.

Cut yarn, thread needle through remaining stitches. Draw up tight, bury the end.

Thumb: pick up the 6 stitches on scrap yarn and the 3 cast-on stitches. Knit 4 rows.

First decrease round: Knit one, knit two together.

Knit one round even.

Second decrease round: Knit two together. Break yarn, draw through stitches.

Turn mitten inside out, including thumb. Use yarn tails at beginning and tip of thumb to sew up any gaps in thumb.

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  1. DEBORAH / May 7 2018

    thanks for the mitten pattern. Seems like an easy knit! The girls will love them!

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