Purls and Knit

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Hybrid Mittens July 22, 2009

Filed under: Fiber Working,Knitting Projects — knitbee @ 12:46 pm

Hybrid Mittens– PDF Link


This is a very simple mitten pattern knitted flat and seamed up the side. It is also available in the round.

Using a worsted wt. yarn and a size 8 needle.

CO 28 st. Work desired cuff length (I did 1 ½ in) in 1x ribbing (k1,p1)

Work mitten body:

  1. K
  2. P
  3. K11,Knit in front of stitch and in back of stitch (KFB),K4,KFB,K11 (30st)
  4. P
  5. K12,KFB,K4,KFB,K12 (32st)
  6. P
  7. K
  8. P
  9. K13,KFB,K4,KFB,K13 (34st)
  10. P
  11. K14,KFB,K4,KFB,K14 (36st)
  12. P
  13. K
  14. P
  15. K
  16. Purl 21, place 6 purled st on holder (the ones that were just purled), purl rest of row
  17. K15,CO2,K15 (32st)

Continue in Stockinette st until stockinette section measures 4in.

Work Opening:

  1. BO 16 st using a purl BO, P 16 (remaining 16 st)
  2. K 16, CO16
  3. P (all 32 st)

Continue to work in Stockinette st  until desired length minus ½ in.

Decrease for Shaping:

  1. K2tog,K12,K2tog,K2tog,K12,K2tog (28st)
  2. P
  3. K2tog,K10,K2tog,K2tog,K10,K2tog (24st)
  4. P
  5. K2tog,K8,K2tog,K2tog,K8,K2tog (20 st)
  6. P
  7. K2tog,K6,K2tog,K2tog,K6, K2tog (16 st)
  8. P2tog,P4,P2tog,P2tog,P4,P2tog
  9. Bind Off

Finish Opening:

  1. Pick up 16 of the bottom st.
  2. Work in 1x ribbing for 16 st.

Work in pattern for ½ in, BO in pattern

Work top portion in the same manner.

This will create an opening that will have a slight overlap.


  1. from inside center of thumb, PU 3, K6,PU3
  2. P
  3. K

Work in Stockinette St for 2 in

Decrease for Thumb

  1. K2tog,K2tog,K to last 4 st, K2tog,K2tog
  2. P
  3. K2tog x4

Break yarn with ample enough to draw through the remaining st, sew down side of thumb, weave in ends

Finish mitten by seaming edges and by grafting the tip of the mitten.

Please remember to knit the second mitten for the opposite hand.

I forgot that detail the first time I knit these 🙂


26 Responses to “Hybrid Mittens”

  1. […] I made these great mittens and I wanted to make a neck warmer to go along with them. The yarn that I had left over was perfect […]

  2. Great Mittens! Your Dad is very proud of your skills! When you are in Nevada, drop by and see our new yarns at the studio.

  3. I’m looking for pattern to donate to church auction and this looks super. Looking at construction, I’m wondering if they could be knit in round. Has anyone done that?


    • knitbee Says:

      I have never tried it in the round. The only part that will be tricky to do in the round is the bind off and then cast back on for the opening. You could always knit it in the round and then switch to flat knitting for that little bit (only two rows) and rejoin for the round. If you want me to work on modifying this to work in the round I will and I would be really excited for you to use it!

  4. If you’re willing to adapt the pattern, that would be wonderful and probably easier for me, since you’re definitely more familiar with the construction. I just know these will be a hit at the auction (Oct. 24) — I’ll let you know.

  5. LoriAnne Says:

    I would LOVE to have this pattern worked in the round! Look forward to seeing it 🙂

  6. knitbee Says:

    Your wish is my command! Check out this pattern revised for knitting in the round. I actually like the round version a lot more so enjoy!

  7. April Says:

    I am actually quite confused by your pattern. I’m at the ‘Finish Opening:’ section, and I don’t know which 16 sts and where I should be knitting from. I think that pictures along the way would be helpful in this scenario (for beginners like me) because I don’t have any concept of what this should look like, so I don’t know where I could have messed up. Hopefully the round will make more sense. Thanks.

    • knitbee Says:

      The 16 stitches that you pick up are the ones at the mouth of the opening. You are essentially going to knit an 1″ long ribbing across the opening so that there is not a gaping hole in the palm of the hand. This step should be done as part of the finishing. Thank you for your suggestion about the pictures as I go along. I will try to take pictures or a video on the next mit/mittens I make and post it. Feel free to PM me on ravelry.com (purlsandknit) or post a comment on here if you have any more questions. I will do my best to help you out.

  8. Sophia Says:

    What is the holder in your pattern?

  9. Sophia Says:

    I mean, what happens to those 6 stitches? Do you keep them there on the safety pi, slip them off, or what?

  10. Sophia Says:

    I mean safety PIN.

  11. Amy Says:

    i have yet to attempt this pattern, but it looks really interesting, and the end results look awesome! i was just wondering if there was a certain way to make the mitten for the opposite hand? or does it all just kind of come down to how you sew it? (i’m still kind of new to the whole knitting thing. ) also i was wondering if it might be possible to perhaps do a side note of an abbreviation breakdown for the pattern like the BO and the PU parts for newbies like myself? i think i have them all figured out, but it would be helpful i think. just a thought 🙂
    i look forward to trying this out!! thank you for the pattern!!

    • Alice Says:

      I was wondering that too. As you can see, from my posts as Sophia, I’m really confused with knitting. Plus I’m really ambitious. Not really a good combination, eh? Bo means Bind off, or cast off, and pu means pick up stitches. Hope that helps!

  12. Genevieve Says:

    I think you should edit the thumb portion of your pattern. I reckon it should say PU 3 FROM HOLDER, K 6, Pu 3 FROM HOLDER.

    What do you think?

  13. A R Branson Says:

    What do the letters BO mean in knitting? I want to try this mitten pattern but have no idea what BO means, other than the other type of bo 🙂

    • knitbee Says:

      BO means bind off. I will include a glossary when I rewrite this pattern. I am purlsandknit on Ravelry if you have any more questions. Thank you for using my pattern.

  14. caitlin Says:

    Wait, what do I do with those 6 sts on the holder? I don’t think you said anything about them after putting them on a st holder.

    • knitbee Says:

      Those should be on a holder, sorry for the confusion. I am purlsandknit on Ravelry if you have any more questions. Please let me know if you have any more questions. Sorry it took me forever to answer.

  15. Tricia Says:

    Love your mittens, however I am confused by the instruction K15 CO2 K15. I’m sure this is a simple instruction and I am just not getting it. I checked youtube but couldn’t find a similar instruction to view. If you could help that would be great!

    • knitbee Says:

      You are making a tiny increase for the thumb at this point. You will have 15 st before the thumb hole, cast on two stitches and then knit 15 stitches for the other side of the mitten. I am purlsandknit on Ravelry if you have ant more questions.

  16. […] is a picture of the hybrid mittens I made for Sarah from Christmas – this pair was made with gray Caron Simply Soft and Rowan […]

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