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Mittens – Basic With a Perfect Thumb – Bulky-Weight

Category: Mittens
Gauge: 3 sts/in in Stockinette stitch
Technique: Mittens
Yarn Weight: Bulky (7 wpi)

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Liat posing with blue bulky weight mitten
Chunky mittens with blue variegated yarn

An easy chunky mitten pattern written for Magic Loop – featuring the World’s Best Mitten Thumb and a twisted-rib cuff. Perfect pattern for learning to knit mittens on Magic Loop, one- or two-at-a-time.

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Pattern Details

  • Sizes: Small, Medium, Large
  • Finished Measurements: Fits a hand 7 ½ (8, 8 ½) inches around the palm of the hand (right above where the thumb branches off) and 6 ¾ (7 ¼, 7¾) inches long from base of hand to tip of middle finger
  • Yarn Weight: Bulky (7 wpi)


  • Yarn: 100 yards bulky-weight yarn
  • Needles: 1 pair circular needles, 47" for two-at-a-time, 40-47" for one-at-a-time
  • Needle size: US 9 - 5.5 mm or size required to get gauge (3 sts/in)
  • Notions: Stitch markers, scissors, tapestry needle, waste yarn


  • 3 sts/in in St st

Pattern Notes

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Recommended Course: Two-at-a-Time Mittens

Two-at-a-Time Mittens

Mittens are fast project that you can often do with one skein of yarn. And you'll be surprised at how easy it is to knit them two-at-a-time.

Learn to knit a pair of mittens two-at-a-time on Magic Loop - no previous Magic Loop experience required. This guide takes you step-by-step through everything you need to know to succeed.

Related Blog Post: How To Knit The Ultimate Mitten Thumb, & Two New Free Mitten Patterns

Red worsted-weight magic loop mittens with hands holding a green appleBy Liat Gat – Founder / Mittens, New Patterns, World Travels / July 7, 2012 / 64 Comments

Ever since I designed my first pair of mittens, I’ve tried to achieve the perfect mitten thumb. The key is picking up extra stitches around the thumb and then decreasing quickly. The included video tutorial shows you how.

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Published July 16, 2018
Last Updated: - Current Version: 4.2
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4 thoughts on “Mittens – Basic With a Perfect Thumb – Bulky-Weight”

  1. Does the two at a time video provide information for the bulky knit mittens? The pattern seems confusing to me when you get to the thumb. I have knit the worsted weight mittens but the bulky weight pattern is hard for to visualize.


    1. Candy Franks – KnitFreedom Customer Happiness

      Hello Theron,
      Yes, the Two at a Time Mittens course does include instructions on bulky weight mittens
      Happy Knitting,

      1. Thanks, I will get the video. It doesn’t make sense in the pattern for the thumb. Rnd 1: K1, M1L, PM, k to end, PM, M1L. I’m unsure how to place a marker or M1L after you have knit to the end. There are no stitches left to pick up for the M1L.

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