Kids Newfoundland Mittens – Free Pattern

2014-01-10 14.40.51I searched and searched and just couldn’t find a pattern that I was satisfied with for these little mittens. There are some really amazing patterns out there for these mittens, but none that I could find for chunkier wool for kids. So, I made my own up.

These mittens were commissioned by a 5 year old. He bought them with his own money. Now, tell me that isn’t cool! He picked the colours and requested that they have a tie on them so he could put them into his jacket.

So I went with it. And I plan to make lots more. Well, maybe not lots, but a few more anyway.

Feel free to use this pattern at your leisure! I just ask that you not sell this pattern or claim it as your own. You’re welcome to sell whatever you make from this pattern though but if you sell online, I’d love some credit!

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Needles: Size 5mm DPNS
Wool: Any worsted weight yarn of your choosing using 2 strands at a time (double width) *side note – if making mittens for kids, think washable!!

K – knit
P – purl
Cluster 1 – *K4, slip next 2 stitches purl wise, repeat from * around (you will have 5 clusters). Repeat 4 more times for a total of 5 rows.
Cluster 2 – *K1, slip next 2 stitches purl wise, K3, repeat from * around (you will have 5 clusters). Repeat 4 more times for a total of 5 rows.

Cast on 20 stitches and spread relatively evenly over 3 needles

K1P1 (or K2P2 if you want) for 2.5 inches

Row 1: Purl adding 5 stitches evenly throughout (25)
Row 2: Purl adding 5 stitches evenly throughout (30)
Rows 3-7: Cluster 1
Rows 8-9: Purl around
Rows 10-14: Cluster 2
Row 15: Purl around
Row 16: P2, slip next 6 stitches onto stitch marker (or scrap of yarn), cast on 6 stitches, purl remaining stitches
Rows 17-21: Cluster 1
Rows 22-23: Purl around
Rows 24-28: Cluster 2
Rows 29-30: Purl around
Rows 31-35: Cluster 1
Rows 36-37: Purl around
Row 38: K4 k2tog around
Row 39: K around
Row 40: K3 k2tog around
Row 41: K around
Row 42: K2 2tog around
Row 43: K around
Row 44: K1 k2tog around
Row 45: K
Row 46: K2tog around
Cut yarn and using a darning needle thread through the remaining stitches and thread into inside of mitten.

Use 2 DPNs for the stitches (it makes it less clunky in my opinion *thanks for the tip Emily!!*)
One the first DPN transfer 5 of the stitches from your stitch holder.
On 2nd DPN transfer the last stitch then pick up as many stitches as you want from the other side to form the thumb.
Row 1: K around
Row 2: K around starting to reduce the stitches – to reduce K2tog – try to get down to about 12 stitches
Row 3: K around reducing to a total of 8 stitches
Rows 4-12: K around
Row 13: K2tog 4 times

Using a darning needle thread through the remaining 4 stitches and thread through to inside.

Turn your mitten inside out and weave in all your ends.

Voila! Kids newfoundland mittens!

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 Sam with his new mittens!

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Fingerless Gloves – FREE PATTERN!

So it’s been at least a decade since I last posted anything (or really, maybe 6 months), but that’s what happens when life takes over.

I’m still teaching yoga (you can find my current schedule here), still cooking gluten free goodness, and dabbling in the world of vegetarianism. More like flexitarianism but eh.

In my spare time (ha!), I crochet and knit. And I’ve started making my own patterns which I’m going to start posting for the world to share. I don’t like paying for patterns so mine will always be free. You can sell anything you make from the patterns, but I’d love some credit. And finally, please don’t post my pattern and claim it as your own. That’s just really not cool.

Anyway, on to fingerless gloves. I love them. I wear them when I crochet and knit because my hands get really cold, but somehow wearing the fingerless gloves, they stay warm. These work up super fast and of course you can change them to make them your own. You can make the ribbing longer, you can add more rows at the top to make them go higher up. I made my first pair striped, but you can make them solid colours too!

Without further ado:

Supplies Needed:
Worsted weight yarn (about 100yds)
H hook (5.0mm)

ch – chain
ss – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet

Ch 11
Row 1: hdc in 2nd ch and remaining (10)
Rows 2-14: hdc in back loops only (10)

Join using a slip stitch to first row to create the cuff (it helps if you use just the back loops of row 12 to keep it looking ribbed).

Turn your work so the cuff is now at the bottom and continue with the hand.


The hand is worked around joining each row. This helps with colour changes to look smoother. Join each row to the first ch using a ss.

Row 1: Ch 1 and evenly sc 27 around (this forms the base of the hand). Join with a slip stitch.

If you’ve made mittens before, then you’ll know about making a thumb gusset. That’s essentially what we’re going to do here:
Row 2: Ch 2, hdc in first stitch, 2 hdc in next 2 stitches, hdc remaining. (29)
Row 3: ch 2, hdc around (29)
Row 4: ch 2, hdc in first stitch, 2hdc in next, hdc in 3rd, 2hdc in next, hdc remaining (31)
Row 5: ch 2, hdc around (31)
Row 6: ch 2, hdc in first stitch, 2hdc in next, hdc in 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2hd in 6th, hdc remaining. (33)
Row 7: ch 2, hdc around (33)
Row 8: ch 2, 2hc in 1st stitch, skip next 7 stitches, 2hdc in next, hdc remaining (28)
Row 9-14: ch 2, hdc around (28)
Row 15: ch 2, 2hdctog, hdc 8, 2hdctog, hdc 8, 2hdctog, hdc 6 (25)

Finish off and weave in ends. Turn inside out and wear proudly!