Rainbow Kid Mitts (again)

It seems that when I saved this pattern as a pdf from a Word document, it migrated from a lovely 4MB Word file to a 25.3MB pdf file (which is too large to email via gmail, and takes forever to download).  So, here is is, again:

Rainbow Kid Mittens

Emilie Williams




4.5 inches from palm to index finger

2.5 inches across palm

5 inches from palm to index finger

3.25 inches across palm

gauge 5.5 stitches & 9 rows = inch

& tools

  • 1 set, size US1 double-pointed needles (for I-cord)
  • 1 set, size US2 double-pointed needles
  • 1 set, size US3 double-pointed needles
  • yarn needle
  • tape measure
  • scissors
  • 2 stitch markers
  • waste yarn (approximately 6 inches)
  • crochet hook for weaving in ends
yarn Knit Picks Wool of the Andes – sport weight

1 skein each of the following colors:

boy rainbow

  • orange
  • winter night
  • caution
  • grass
  • red
girl rainbow

  • rouge
  • fairytale
  • orange
  • red
  • caution

Cuff: With size US2 needles, cast on 28 (36) stitches. Divide onto four double-pointed needles (dpn), being careful not to twist, and knit in the round, using knit 2, purl 2 ribbing for one row.

Change to another color yarn for the cuff.  Continue using k2p2 ribbing for another 2 inches, or approximately 14 more rows.

Change to US3 dpn’s and, using stockinette stitch, increase 3 stitches evenly over the four needles.  31sts (39sts)

You should now have 7(9) stitches on the 1st needle, and 8(10) sts on the 2nd, 3rd & 4th needles.

Hand: Switch colors every 3 rows using “jogless jog” method.

Jogless jog Knit 1 row.  At the start of the second row, lift 1 bar of previous color from below, and place onto left needle.  Knit together with first stitch of the second row. Knit third as you normally would.
The jogless jog makes it so the stripes of color match while knitting in the round.  Otherwise the bands of color are higher on one side, and the look isn’t entirely seamless.

With size US3 dpn’s, new color & using stockinette stitch:

Round 1: knit 1 round

Round 2: use jogless jog method for 1st stitch.  Knit across 1st needle.  Knit across 2nd needle until there is 1 stitch remaining.  Place marker. Knit last stitch on 2nd needle. On 3rd needle, knit 1st stitch.  Make 1 stitch.  Place marker.  Knit across remainder of 3rd needle and all of 4th needle.

Round 3: knit 1 round.

Continue as with first 3 rounds, except you should make 1 stitch after the first marker in subsequent rounds, in addition to the increase before the second marker.

When you have 11(13) stitches between markers, place those stitches on a scrap of waste yarn.

Continue knitting in stockinette stitch, using jogless jog, until the length of the mitten from the palm (not including the cuff) measures 4(5) inches.

Decrease: Decreases should be used on round 2 of each color.

Needle 1: Knit 1 stitch, slip-slip-knit (ssk)

Needle 2: Knit until there are 3 stitches remaining. Knit 2 together (k2tog), knit remaining stitch

Needle 3: Knit 1 stitch, ssk

Needle 4: Knit until there are 3 stitches remaining. K2tog, knit last stitch

Continue using the decreases as shown above, until you have reached the desired length of the mitten.  K2tog across remaining stitches.  Break yarn, leaving a 6 inch tail.  Using a yarn needle, draw tail of yarn through remaining stitches, and pull closed.

Use a crochet hook to weave in ends.  This should close any holes caused by changing colors.

i-Cord: Using 2, size US1 dpn’s, in the same color you used to cast on, pick up 4 stitches at outside edge of cuff (where you first cast on).  Knit across 4 stitches. Do not turn!  Slide stitches to the edge of the needle.  Bring yarn behind stitches to knit the same 4 stitches again.  After each row, tug gently so the stitches begin to form a tube.  Keep going until the I-cord is the desired length.  Break yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Graft or kitchener stitch the 4 i-cord stitches to the cuff of the second mitten.  Weave in all ends.

The i-cord should be long enough, so that when attached to the mittens, the entire length is equal to the height of the child.  The small mittens are sized to fit a child that is 3-4 years old, or 35-38 inches tall.  The mittens themselves are approximately 4.5 inches long x 2 = 9 inches.  36 inches – 9 inches = 27 inches.  I made my i-cord 26 inches long, figuring that the yarn will stretch slightly.

mittens on a string!


About iheartwool

I like wool. I also teach music, live in Brooklyn and have a cute dog.

3 responses to “Rainbow Kid Mitts (again)

  1. Susan

    Help! I love this pattern but I do not see the directions for completing the thumbs for the mittens! Please advise….

    • Susan – thanks for catching my mistake! To finish the thumbs: transfer the thumb stitches from the stitch holders onto 2 double pointed needles. Use a 3rd dpn to pick up 3 stitches in the saddle of the thumb. Knit around, in the stripe pattern until you are ready to decrease.
      Needle 1: knit 2 together, knit across
      Needle 2: knit to last 2 stitches, slip-slip-knit
      Needle 3: knit 2 together

      Work these decreases in every other row. If you like more rounded thumbs, cut the yarn and pull through the remaining stitches with a tapestry needle when there are 6 stitches remaining. If you like a more tapered, pointy thumb, wait until there are 3 or 4 stitches remaining.

      • Susan

        Thanks so much for your quick response – I have one mitten almost finished and am really enjoying your pattern! Thanks for posting your patterns – I’m sure I will be doing more of them shortly! Susan

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