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Clara's Playtime Mittens

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These perfect mittens are just the thing for play time. Whether you are 2 or 102, these mittens will fit like a dream and flap open for those perfect outdoor days when the sky is clear and the air is chilly. 

These mittens are constructed cuff up, with very minimal seaming around the welt pocket opening which does not interrupt the back of hand fabric. They come with an option for thumb opening in the form of a one-step button hole. 

There is an optional cord to connect the two mittens so that they can be threaded through the sleeves of a coat for your little ones, so the mittens don’t get lost when your little one inevitably wiggles them off.


Finished hand circumference of 5.5, 6.25, 7 (8, 8.75, 9.5) inch / 13.5, 15.5, 17.5 (20, 22, 23.5) cm to fit Toddler, Child Small, Child Large (Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large). 

Length of hand and thumb are both adjustable. The hand length, as written, is 4, 5, 5¾ (7, 7½, 8¼)” / 10, 12½, 14½ (17½, 19, 21) cm, measured from the end of cuff ribbing to the tip. 

Choose a size with a bit of positive ease. I like to knit the children’s ones a quarter inch to half an inch longer than necessary for them to grow into it so they can be worn for two consecutive seasons. 

Yarn and Yardage

85, 115, 130 (175, 200, 225) yards / 75, 105, 120 (160, 185, 205) meters of a DK weight yarn

Sample 1:

Handspun by Aimee Sher, spun from 100% Polwarth from Nest Fibers. Shown in Toddler. 

Sample 2:

La Bien Aimee, Merino DK (100% superwash merino 252 yd / 230 m / 115g) in “Dusk”. Shown in Adult Small. 

Sample 3:

Purl Soho, Knitting Yarn (100% Merino, 219 yds / 200 ms / 100 grams) in Heirloom White and Lark Brown. Shown in Adult Small. 

Sample 4: 

Purl Soho, Knitting Yarn (100% Merino, 219 yds / 200 ms / 100 grams) in Heirloom White and Purple Prune. Shown in Adult Large. 


2 stitch markers, waste yarn, tapestry needle


Pattern and photos: Aimee Sher Makes

Purple and white sample: Roxanne Stever

Tech editing: Becky Monahan and Heather Storta

Layout and accessibility: Symphony Chau


  • The main pattern file has properly tagged header structure for screen reader users. 
  • The low vision file has 22 pt font, black text on white background, no italics, and bolded font for emphasis only throughout.
  • There are no charted instructions in this pattern.
You will get the following files:
  • PDF (3MB)
  • PDF (2MB)