The Marion's Mittens shop on Etsy focuses on -- you guessed it -- mittens! Our traditional vintage patterns are our staple and we offer both finished mittens and some patterns to DIY. While we have expanded to other items like fun cowls and baby blankets, mittens are what we make the most. Our thumbless mini mittens pattern has been popular for several years now. We often get requests for stripes but only recently took the time to come up with a good pattern for striped mittens. Since these mittens are knitted in the round on double pointed needles, they're actually worked in a spiral. It took a special technique, the jogless join, to make the stripes look truly even and horizontal. We hope that you enjoy making these out of some lightweight dk yarn! We recommend K&C Smooth Lightweight Acrylic.
Approx. 1-2 oz. of lightweight DK (3) yarn in two colors
A set of four US #2 (2.75mm) and #3 (3.25mm) double pointed needles
Stitch marker (optional)
Yarn needle to weave in ends
Create a jogless join by inserting the working needle in the right leg of the first stitch in the row below and lifting it onto the left needle. Insert the working needle into these two stitches and knit together.
The photo below shows the right leg of the first gray stitch from the row below lifted onto the left needle. The working needle is ready to knit these stitches together with the pink yarn.
The asterisk indicates the stitches should be repeated until the end of the round or until there is another instruction.
US #3 DPN: 6 stitches = 1 inch
Note: Needle sizes are suggested - please adjust to obtain gauge and/or desired fit.
Cast on 28 (34) stitches in color A on smaller size needles, leaving a 3” tail to act as a marker to designate rounds (or use a stitch marker if desired).
Divide stitches among 3 of the needles.
Rounds 1-5 (1-6): K1 P1.
Round 6 (7): Change to color B, *K1 P1*. Carry A inside work.
Round 7 (8): Follow jogless join instructions for the first stitch. Then P1 *K1 P1*.
Rounds 8-9 (9-11): K1 P1.
Round 10 (12): Change to color A, *K1 P1*. Carry B inside work.
Round 11 (13): Follow jogless join instructions for the first stitch. Then P1 *K1 P1*.
Rounds 12-13 (14-16): K1 P1.
Round 14 (17): Change to color B, *K1 P1*.
Round 15 (18): Begin knitting onto larger needles and discarding smaller needles. Follow jogless join instructions for the first stitch. Then P1 *K1 P1*.
Rounds 16-17 (19-20): K.
Round 18 (21): Change to color A, *K*.
Round 19 (22): Follow jogless join instructions for the first stitch. Then *K*.
Round 20 (23): Change to color B, *K*.
Round 21 (24): Follow jogless join instructions for the first stitch. Then *K*.
Rounds 22-33 (25-44): Repeat rounds 18-21 (21-24) 3 (5) times.
Round 34 (45): Change to color A, *K*.
Round 35 (46): Follow jogless join instructions for the first stitch. Then *K*.
Round 36 (47): Change to color B, *K5 K2TOG*. (*K6 K2TOG* to last 2 stitches, then K2).
Round 37 (48): Follow jogless join instructions for the first stitch. Then *K*. Break color B with about 6” tail remaining.
Round 38 (49): Change to color A, *K2TOG* (*K5 K2TOG* to last 2 stitches, then K2).
Round 39 (50): Follow jogless join instructions for the first stitch. Then *K*.
Round 40 (51-53): *K2TOG* (Round 51: *K2TOG*. Round 52: *K*. Round 53: *K2TOG* to last stitch, then K).
Break yarn with about 6” tail remaining. Thread on darning needle. Pass darning needle through stitches on each knitting needle, going around twice. On the second round, drop knitting needles. Pull yarn through top to inside.
Knot and weave in the four remaining ends.
Turn the work so the jogless join runs along one side as a seam.
The photo above shows the stitches made using the jogless join. Turn the mitten so these lie along one side.
Have fun knitting these striped mittens out of some leftover yarn! I can't wait to see what color combinations people come up with. You could even make rainbow or ombre mittens - don't feel limited to only two colors once you understand the pattern. Feel free to tag @MarionsMittens on Instagram to share your finished work! And for those who like the look but don't want to knit their own, finished mittens are available in the Marion's Mittens Etsy shop.
The first and fifth photos were provided by can katili*made at www.katilimade.com and @katilimade on Instagram.
Joggless join instructions inspired by the book Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book © 2018. Page 119.