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Gaugeless Mittens

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Free your knitting and use up some stash with a mitten pattern needs no gauge swatching and thus allows you to combine yarns in creative ways or use up yarn that defies accurate gauge swatching.

These mittens are completely top down and knit in the round (including the thumb) and can be knit in any weight from lace to chunky or any custom weight in between. Custom size or use the size information for ages 2 to Man’s L.

The mittens are identical. These can be knit two at a time if you like to work this way as I did (instructions are for one at a time).

Pattern contains
Pattern is fully written out.

Sizes are finished approx. target circumferences and actual hand measurements (pattern is designed for 0 ease).

Size cm inches
2-4 years 14 5 ½
4-8 years 15 6
8 years -woman’s small 16.5 6 ½
Woman’s M 18 7
Woman’s L 19 7 ½
Man’s S 20.5 8
Man’s M 21.5 8 ½
Man’s L 23 9

correct needle size to achieve a good firm gauge that you are comfortable knitting. Pattern is needle neutral, and you may substitute your preferred method of small circumference knitting

Any gauge: but wind and weatherproof mittens will be created by knitting more firmly.

Skills required:
Knitting in the round


tapestry needle to weave in ends.
stitch markers

Yarn and yardage
Use any yarn or yarns that please you. My striped sample is DK and light worsted yarns and striped to make use of scraps. The green and blue version is one strand of DK and one of aran. You can can use any combination of yarns with any colour pattern. Adding stitch patterns is also an option if you wish. You’ll get harder wearing mittens with yarns that are plied and have a good tight twist. Yardage will be size and yarn weight dependent: allow about 100-300 m/110-330 yds for child sizes and 200-550m/ 220-600yds for adult sizes.

Always allow extra yarn
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