You can knit mittens for beginners with the help of this step by step guide. Check out the pictures and instructions to make your own pair of mittens.
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Mittens are a type of glove that covers all or most of your fingers, and they are usually made from a thicker, warmer material than regular gloves. They usually have a thumb opening so that you can use your fingers while wearing them.
Mittens are a great way to keep your hands warm in cold weather, and they can also be very stylish! If you know how to knit, you can make your own mittens using any type of yarn and any size needles.
In this guide, we will show you how to knit mittens for beginners step by step. We will also provide some tips on choosing the right yarn and needles for your project, as well as how to make sure your mittens fit well.
What You’ll Need
If you’re a beginner knitter, you may be wondering what exactly you need to get started. Here is a basic list of materials and supplies that you’ll need to knit mittens:
-Yarn: Any type of worsted weight yarn will work for knitting mittens. You’ll need approximately 100 yards (92 meters) of yarn for a pair of adult-sized mittens.
-Needles: A set of US #7 (4.5 mm) double-pointed needles will work well for most mitten patterns. You may also use circular needles if you prefer, although you’ll have to switch to double-pointed needles when you get to the part of the pattern where you decrease the number of stitches.
-Scissors: You’ll need sharp scissors to cut the yarn when you’re finished knitting.
-Tape measure: A tape measure will come in handy for measuring your gauge and making sure your mittens are the correct size.
-Stitch markers: Stitch markers are optional, but they can be helpful for marking the beginning and end of rounds when you’re knitting on double-pointed needles.
-Yarn needle: A yarn needle is used for weaving in ends and seaming together the sides of your mittens.
Before you can start knitting your mittens, you need to cast on. This creates the foundation stitches for your project. To cast on, you’ll need to make a slip knot and put it on your needle. Then, you’ll need to hold the needle in your right hand and the yarn tail in your left hand. Make sure that the yarn tail is longer than 6 inches so that you can weave in the end later.
To start, take the yarn tail and wrap it around your left index finger so that it forms a loop. Then, use your thumb and middle finger to hold onto the yarn tail, and use your right index finger to poke through the loop from front to back. Next, take the working yarn (the end attached to the ball) and put it over your right index finger from back to front. Now you can use your right index finger to pull both strands of yarn through the loop on your left index finger (2 loops on right needle). Gently pull both strands of yarn until they are tight but not too tight, and slide the stitch off of your left index finger. You’ve now cast on 1 stitch!
The Knit Stitch
The knit stitch (abbreviated knit) is the most basic stitch in knitting. At its simplest, knitting is nothing more than yarn manipulated by needles to create a fabric. The two basic stitches are the knit and purl stitch. All other stitches and techniques are based on these two fabric-building foundations.
The Purl Stitch
The Purl stitch is one of the most basic crochet stitches and is a staple in many crochet patterns. It is made by working a loop of yarn around the hook from back to front, then drawing the loop through the stitch on the hook. The Purl stitch can be made in any direction, but is most commonly worked from left to right.
To work a Purl stitch, start with a slip knot on the hook and hold the yarn in your left hand. Insert the hook into the next stitch to be worked, then wrap the yarn around the hook from back to front. Draw the yarn through the stitch and through the loop on the hook to complete the Purl stitch.
The next step is to increase the number of stitches on your needle. For a basic mitten pattern, you will need to add four stitches evenly across the round. You can do this by simply adding two stitches at the beginning and end of the round, or by knitting into the front and back of two consecutive stitches (this is called a make 1 increase).
Once you have finished the thumb gusset and increased to the number of stitches needed for your mitten (based on the circumference of your hand), you will begin to decrease again. You will knit 2 together at the beginning and end of every needle until you are left with 10 stitches. Break your yarn, leaving a long tail, and thread it through the remaining stitches. Pull tight, weave in the end, and voilà!
To finish your mittens, you’ll need to seam them. You can do this by hand with a needle and thread, or with a sewing machine. If you’re seaming by hand, start at the cuff of the mitten and work your way up to the top. If you’re using a sewing machine, start at the top of the mitten and work your way down to the cuff.
The final touches on your mittens will really make them stand out and give them that polished look. These steps are all optional, but they will take your mittens to the next level.
-Picking up stitches along the edge of the cuff: This will create a nice, clean edge on the cuff of your mittens. To do this, simply pick up stitches along the edges of the cuff using a contrasting color yarn.
-Weaving in ends: This is an important step to make sure that all of your yarn tails are secure. Weave in all of the ends on the inside of the mitten so that they are not visible from the outside.
-Block your mittens: Blocking is an optional step, but it will help your mittens to lay flat and look their best. To block your mittens, simply wet them down with water and then shape them as desired while they are drying.
Knitting Patterns for Beginners
There are many easy knitting patterns for beginners that can help you learn how to knit. These patterns typically use simple stitches and basic shapes, so they are perfect for new knitters. Once you master the basics, you can move on to more complex patterns.
If you are looking for easy knitting patterns for beginners, here are a few to get you started:
1. The Garter Stitch Mittens: These mittens use the garter stitch, which is one of the simplest stitches you can learn. They are worked flat and then seamed up the side.
2. The Stockinette Stitch Mittens: These mittens use the stockinette stitch, which is a little more complicated than the garter stitch. They are worked in the round, so you will need to know how to knit in the round before starting this pattern.
3. The seed stitch mittens: These mittens use the seed stitch, which is a textured stitch made by alternating between knit and purl stitches. They are worked flat and then seamed up the sides.