Engagement Mitts

Just in time for Valentine's Day . . .

engagement mitts

Pattern: Engagement Mitts [Ravelry]
Yarn: Knitpicks Telemark: Passion Heather (MC), 1 ball; Poppy (CC), 1 ball. (the original pair was School Products Cashmere)
Needles: US 3 & US4 DPNs
Gauge: 5 1/2 st. / 1"
Sizing: Women's XS. To size up, use a worsted weight yarn and larger needles.
CAVEAT! This pattern may not be perfect, as it was not especially well-edited. Email me if you have questions or find any mistakes, and I will update this post!

Want the original notes? Click here for that authentic experience! (.pdf)

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Arm and wrist
On smaller needles, CO 36 st. with MC. Divide evenly among three needles. Join. (K2, P2), repeat to end of round, PM. Continue in K2, P2 ribbing for about 1".

Switch to larger needles. Join CC. Knit one round even. At beginning of next round, pick up the stitch below the first stitch and knit it together with the first stitch. This technique is called a jogless join, and it will yield continuous stripes. Repeat this on the second round for each stripe, every time you switch colors.

After these two rows, switch back to MC and K two rows even, continuing to use jogless join.

Row 5 (decrease row): K1, K2og, knit to 3 stitches before end of round, ssk, K1.
Rows 6-8: knit, continuing with stripes.
Repeat these four rows 5 more times (24 st.). If you have larger wrists, leave out one or two of the decrease rows, substituting even knit rows.

Knit 10 rows even.

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Thumb gusset
Row 1: K around to last 4 stitches. P1, kfb, m1, K1, P1.
Rows 2-3: knit even.
You will continue increasing between the purl stitches.
Row 4: K to first purl stitch. P1, kfb, knit to 2 stitches before the final purl stitch, kfb, k1, P1.
Rows 5-6: knit even.
Repeat this sequence 4 more times, until you have 12 stitches between the purl stitches.

Next row: Knit to first purl stitch, P1, place 12 stitches on waste yarn. Cast on 6 stitches using backward loop method. P1. (28 st.)

Knit even in stripe pattern until the top of the mitt reaches just below your knuckles when you try it on. For me, this was 9 more rows. End with a row of CC.

Switch to smaller needles. With MC, (K2, P2) around. Continue in ribbing for about 3/4". Bind off in ribbing.

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Place thumb stitches on 2 DPNs. With a third DPN, pick up 6 stitches between thumb and hand that you cast on after placing thumb stitches on waste yarn. Continuing in stripe pattern, an starting in the middle of the thumb stitches (see diagram), knit until 1 stitch remains on DPN. Knit this stitch together with the first picked up stitch on the next needle to prevent a hole from forming. K4 picked up stitches. K the last picked up stitch together with the next thumb stitch. K to end.

Continue knitting in stripe pattern for 9 more rows (ending with a CC row). Switch to smaller needles, and (K2, P2) around. Continue in ribbing for about 3/4". Bind off in ribbing. Weave in all ends.

Mitt 2: Repeat as written EXCEPT work thumb gusset on FIRST four stitches of the round rather than the last four.

Wear your mitts, and act all nonchalant, waiting for something awesome to happen!(*)(**)

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(*) I make no guarantees concerning the nature of the expected awesomeness. Someone might stick a ring on your finger, or maybe you'll get to scritch a little puppy behind the ears, get a compliment on your knitting, or just have a kickass day

(**) Yes, we are, since a little while ago :-) I was wearing an old, unblogged cashmere version of these mitts when Chris asked. It was a total surprise, but the handwear was mighty convenient!

Posted by jess at February 8, 2009 6:16 PM


You spiders have wedding fever :D

Posted by: Wanett at February 8, 2009 6:57 PM

Love the mitts!! Thanks for putting up a pattern!

Posted by: Lisa at February 8, 2009 7:04 PM


The mitts are awesome. The thumb on my last pair just got snagged and started to unravel. :( So, time for some new ones!

(actually, I may try to darn these...but that doesn't mean I won't start new ones, too. ;)

Posted by: Eva at February 8, 2009 7:34 PM

Congratulations - such a pretty ring!

Posted by: sixoneseven at February 8, 2009 7:35 PM

Congratulations! And thank you for the pattern - the mitts are adorable.

Posted by: Kristen at February 8, 2009 8:03 PM


Posted by: jessie at February 8, 2009 8:08 PM

such a cute pattern! i love red and pink stripes :)

Posted by: gleek at February 8, 2009 8:27 PM

Congrats Jessica!

Posted by: delia at February 8, 2009 8:42 PM

Yay! Congratulations and thanks for posting the pattern - I love the mitts!

Posted by: Melissa at February 8, 2009 8:48 PM

Congratulations!!!! I love the ring and the mitts look great, as well.

Posted by: Adrian at February 8, 2009 9:01 PM

Hooray!! congrats!

Posted by: Kym at February 8, 2009 9:18 PM

Congratulations to you and Chris!

Have you decided which shawl to knit yet? ;-)

Posted by: Margot at February 8, 2009 9:56 PM

Congratulations! You two look really happy in that picture together.

Posted by: Lara at February 8, 2009 9:59 PM

Yay, yay, yay! Congratulations, you two!!!

Posted by: grumperina at February 8, 2009 10:17 PM

well, it is about time.

huge congrats. are you going to have a wedding dress like your friends? because i want a do over in that category.

Posted by: mamie at February 9, 2009 1:39 AM

Congratulations!! Yay engagement! That ring is just beautiful and I love the mitts too.

Posted by: jane at February 9, 2009 2:47 AM

congrats!! what a sweet ring and a lovely handmade mitten to go with it.

Posted by: blossom at February 9, 2009 6:16 AM


Posted by: Sarah at February 9, 2009 7:16 AM

Woo hoo! Congrats! Was it a surprise?

Posted by: Veronique at February 9, 2009 8:51 AM


Posted by: Jessica at February 9, 2009 9:52 AM

Awww, congrats!! And may I say, this photostyling (and the pattern too of course) is superb!!

Posted by: Cirilia at February 9, 2009 10:11 AM

The mitts are gorgeous, and so fun! Congratulations on your recent engagement! Your ring is lovely, and it sounds like the guy is too :)

I'm recently engaged myself, and just rode my bike to work for the first time with my ring. (ha!) So I truly enjoyed your bike photos ;)

Posted by: Mariss at February 9, 2009 10:54 AM

Yay!! Congratulations!!!

Posted by: Faith at February 9, 2009 11:30 AM

Great! Congrats! I love these, I can't wait to make them. What a great stash-buster.

Posted by: Brooke at February 9, 2009 11:49 AM


Posted by: Nell at February 9, 2009 12:39 PM

Ooooo la la... I love these!

Posted by: Brianna at February 9, 2009 1:33 PM

Congratulations :o)

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Posted by: britt at February 9, 2009 2:15 PM

waahoo! congrats! love the bright valentiney colors.

Posted by: Diana at February 9, 2009 4:54 PM

congratulations to you both... I know you will be happy. and in those colours- who wouldnt be :)

Posted by: stinkerbell at February 9, 2009 5:53 PM


Posted by: Knittripps at February 9, 2009 6:53 PM

Wonderful news! Perfect gloves for getting engaged, definitely!

Posted by: yoel at February 9, 2009 7:18 PM

You are truly a remarkable daughter!!! :-)

Posted by: Sandi (Mom) at February 9, 2009 11:19 PM

DOOOOOOD! Congrats... now do you want my huge fat wedding blog blogroll? =)

Posted by: yaiAnn at February 10, 2009 1:06 AM

Yay! Congrats :o)

Posted by: Julia at February 10, 2009 2:34 AM


Thanks for posting this pattern, the colors are rad!

Posted by: jean at February 10, 2009 2:07 PM

Yaaaay! Congrats! :-)

Posted by: Rebecca at February 10, 2009 4:59 PM

Congrats on your engagement, and I love the mitts!

Also, I'm glad to see the title--I had to click on this, because I had a dream I was knitting engagement socks. And while this made perfect sense to dream!me, I thought I was crazy and...well...this makes me feel slightly less so.

Posted by: Steph at February 10, 2009 8:33 PM

Congratulations! I wasn't wearing anything knitted when we got engaged, now I wish I had been! :o)

Posted by: mia at February 14, 2009 7:44 AM

Congratulations! The ring, boy, and mitts are all very cute. :)

Posted by: Claire at February 18, 2009 8:45 PM

This work is Art! Brilliant posting!!! Congratulations!!!!

Posted by: David Santos at February 22, 2009 1:58 PM

Real nice. Love the different ways these fingerless mitts are displayed. Rock on Princess.

Posted by: Omarsha at March 12, 2009 7:41 PM

I really love the sweet :)

Posted by: Lillian at March 28, 2009 11:43 PM

I just thought you should know-- I whipped up these little mitts last week. I wore them for the first time on Monday. What do you know, my boyfriend proposed that day! It was just to funny. Now I call them magic mitts, becuase they really did work!

Posted by: Katie at May 15, 2009 12:00 AM