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Garter-Stitch Mittens

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2010


Follow these steps to knit cozy garter-stitch mittens for winter.


  • 1 (50-gram) skein sport-weight yarn

  • Gauge, 6 stitches and 11 rows equal 1 inch in garter stitch

  • 2 double-pointed needles, size U.S. 5 (3.75 mm) (adjust needle size to obtain correct gauge, if necessary)

  • 2 single-pointed needles, size U.S. 5 (3.75 mm)

  • Tapestry needle, size 22


  1. Cast on 39 stitches.

  2. Knit 1 round.

  3. Purl 1 round.

  4. Alternate steps 2 and 3 until you have completed 54 rounds.

  5. Work as instructed in step 12 of cabled mittens.

  6. Purl 1 round.

  7. Alternate steps 2 and 3 until mitten reaches the top of your middle finger.

  8. Knit 2 together for entire round.

  9. Purl entire round.

  10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 until only 5 stitches remain.

  11. Snip yarn to 6 inches. Thread through tapestry needle; pass through remaining 5 stitches. Tug on the yarn, pulling toward the inside of the mitten. Weave in ends.

  12. Carefully remove scrap yarn. As you do, a hole will form with a series of loops above and below. Slip 1 empty double-pointed needle through the top 7 loops and another needle through the bottom 7 loops. With a third needle and a new piece of mitten yarn, knit 7 from the bottom set of loops, then make 1 (by picking up 1 stitch from the side of the hole). Rotate your work, and knit 7 from what is now the bottom row, then make 1 (by picking up 1 stitch from the other side of the hole).

  13. Divide the 16 stitches among the 3 needles; join in the round. With a fourth needle, alternate knit and purl rounds until work reaches tip of your thumb.

  14. Next round, decrease (knit 2 together) for entire round.

  15. Purl entire round.

  16. Repeat steps 14 and 15 until 4 stitches remain.

  17. Snip yarn to 4 inches. Thread through tapestry needle and slip through the 4 stitches; tug yarn toward the inside of thumb. Weave in ends.

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