Mittens – Basic With a Perfect Thumb – Worsted-Weight

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Published July 16, 2018

Red magic loop mittens with hands held palm out showing thumb

Red worsted-weight magic loop mittens with hands holding a green apple

A basic Magic Loop mitten pattern designed for worsted-weight yarn – featuring the World’s Best Mitten Thumb and a snug ribbed cuff with an invisible cast-on edge. Mittens can be knitted one-or two-at-a-time on Magic Loop.

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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: 140 yards of worsted-weight wool
  • Needles: 1 pair circular needles, 47" for two-at-a-time, 40-47" for one-at-a-time
  • Needle size: US 7 - 4.5 mm or size required to get gauge (5 sts/in)
  • Notions: Stitch markers, scissors, tapestry needle, waste yarn


  • 5 sts/in in St st


BOR – Beginning of Round
CO – Cast On
K – Knit
K2tog – Knit 2 Together
M1L – Make One Left
P – Purl
PM – Place Marker
S2KP – Slip 2, Knit, Pass
SM – Slip marker
SSK – Slip, Slip, Knit
Work Even – Continue in the same stitch pattern without increasing or decreasing.

Shown: 2.2 skeins Rowan Lima in 891 La Paz.

Recommended Course: 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.

Video Tutorials for This Pattern

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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4 thoughts on “Mittens – Basic With a Perfect Thumb – Worsted-Weight”

    1. Mary Claire Phillips - KnitFreedom Knitting Expert

      Hi there!

      This is Mary Claire, the KnitFreedom knit expert here to help with your question. I’m assuming you’re talking about the increases for the thumb gusset? The reason you’ll end up with 13 stitches as opposed to 10, is because your count starts with 3 stitches already between the gusset markers.

      Hope this was helpful, thanks for the great question! :)

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