Quick, Warm Gifts: Knit Mittens

Happy day after Thanksgiving! I hope you spent a relaxing day with friends and family and enjoyed some delicious food.

It’s Black Friday today in the US, but I’m skipping that and starting on my gift knitting. It’s hats for me this year, as I’ve mentioned before, but today, I’m talking knit mittens. I have five pattern recommendations that are quick to knit, but still fun to make and to wear.

knit mittens Clockwise from right: Imagine Mittens, Arc Mittens,
Phoenix Mittens, Kilronan Mittens, Thrummed Mittens

Here’s the rundown:

Imagine Mittens by Cambria Washington: Ummmmm … What can I say about these, except they are the cutest mittens I’ve ever seen. The ones with the car and the stop sign? I can’t take it! Choose from three pattern styles, and then embellish them with embroidery and novelty buttons. Enough said—I’m casting on for the nieces and nephews! Forget the hats, right?

Arc Mittens by Peggy Grady: These are simple, done-in-a-weekend mittens, but they’ve got an interesting twist. A curved line of increases becomes the focus of these mittens, while also creating the thumb gusset. I love to knit something easy, with just a bit of a surprise. I like them in variegated yarn, but I think the unique shaping would show up really nicely in a solid, too. The Arc Mittens are knit from bulky yarn, so you’ll have them done in a snap.

Phoenix Mittens by Debbie O’Neill: These are simply stunning. The Latvian braid on the cuff is beautiful, and it stands out so nicely against the dark gray. Latvian braids are a great technique to know how to knit. They are perfect accents on hats, too. Debbie provides in-depth instructions in her pattern, so you’ll be knitting these fun braids with confidence in no time. Vary the colors and knit a family of Phoenix Mittens; the pattern sizing is from 5¼ – 10¼” hand circumference.

Kilronan Mittens by Kate Gagnon Osborn: Cabled and lush, these might be my favorite. Knit a pair for your favorite person; I think they’re unisex, just choose colors appropriately. The cable work makes them an interesting knit, but the small scale of mittens still makes them a quick project. Kilronan Mittens will be a very special gift, if you can bear to part with them!

Thrummed Fleece-Stuffed Mittens by Jennifer Appleby: Do you have giftees in northern climates? If so, these are the knit mittens for them! Small pieces of fleece are worked in every few stitches to create a fleecy lining, making these are super warm. Jennifer chose colorful pieces of fleece to make the mittens have a confetti look. I love them!

All of these mitten patterns are on sale for just $2.75 each, so go no further than your computer for your Black Friday adventures! We have a ton of stuff on sale for 50 percent off in the Knitting Daily Shop.


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