Knitting + Hearts Go Hand-in-Hand with This Free Mitt Pattern

This just in: you no longer have to wear your heart on your sleeve. In fact, we recommend carrying it around in your hands, literally! These simple knit mitts get a bit of V-Day love with stitched embellishments. (Or any embellishments you want, really.)

Simple Mitt Pattern

Level: Easy
Designed by Sunne Meyer

What You Need


21 st x 28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Pro Tip

Your gauge will determine the size of these mitts. Fitting a bit loose? Go down a needle size or use a thinner yarn. Too tight? Try bigger needles or bigger yarn.

Finished Size

8 inches around and 5.25 inches tall


  • BO – bind off
  • CO – cast on
  • K – knit
  • K2tog – knit 2 together
  • P – purl
  • PM – place marker
  • RS – right side
  • St – stitch(es)
  • WS – wrong side
Stitch Refresher
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CO 42 st, leaving a 10-12 inch tail.
Row 1: *K2, p2, repeat from * until 2 st remain, k2
Row 2: * P2, k2, repeat from * until 2 st remain, p2
Repeat rows 1 and 2 three more times.

Row 9 (RS): Knit.
Row 10 (WS): Purl.
Repeat rows 9 and 10 nine more times.
Row 27(RS): k1, k2tog, k until 3 st remain, k2tog, k1.
Repeat rows 9 and 10 two times, then row 9 once more.

Row 33 (RS): K1, *p2, k2 until 3 st remain, p2, k1.
Row 34 (WS): P1, *k2, p2, until 3 st remain, k2, p1.
Repeat rows 33 and 4 one more time.

BO all stitches in pattern , leaving a 6-8 inch tail.

Using mattress stitch or mattress stitch , starting at the top of the mitt, seam to the decreases with shorter tail. Weave in ends.

Starting at the bottom of the mitt, using longer tail, seam the edge, stopping after 2-1/4 inches. Weave in your end.

Wash and block if needed.


Plain mitts are good, embellished mitts are better. Here's how!

Put a Heart On It

Oh Hi, Dip Dye

Work up a pair of mitts in white wool and use our dip dye tutorial to make 'em any color of the rainbow.

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