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Size Chart for Knitting Mittens

These measurements are the average measures of vanilla mittens gathered from different sources (e.g. knitting books & websites). You can use the measurement as a basis when you are grading your mitten design or when you are knitting the mittens as a gift. However, there is no chart that works for everyone (for instance I have longer thumbs than my husband) so it’s always better if you are able to measure the hand you are going to knit the mitten for.

The schematic of a mitten

A = From the top of the longest finger to the base of the thumb. This is the place where you either cast on the thumb stitches (top-down mitten) or place your thumb stitches on scrap yarn.

B = From the base of the thumb to the beginning of the cuff (where usually ribbing starts)

D = Cuff length (adjustable)

C = Thumb length

E = Mitten circumference

Babies and toddlers

Measurement in schematic6 – 9 months1 – 2 years
A2.6″ (6.5 cm)3.1″ (8 cm)
B1.4″ (3.5 cm)1.6″ (4 cm)
C1.4″ (3.5 cm)1.6″ (4 cm)
D2″ (5 cm)2.5″ (6.5 cm)
E 3.8″ (9.5 cm)5.3″ (13.5 cm)


Measurement in schematic3 – 5 years6 – 9 years9 – 12 years
A3.1″ (8 cm)4″ (10 cm)4.1″ (10.5 cm)
B1.8″ (4.5 cm)2″ (5 cm)2.2″ (5.5 cm)
C1.8″ (4.5 cm)2″ (5 cm)2.2″ (5.5 cm)
D2.5″ (6.5 cm)2.5″ (6.5 cm)3″ (7.5 cm)
E6″ (15 cm)6.8″ (17 cm)7.6″ (19 cm)


Measurement in schematicWomenMen
A4.7″ (12 cm)5.3″ (13.5 cm)
B2.4″ (6 cm)2.6″ (6.5 cm)
C2.4″ (6 cm)2.6″ (6.5 cm)
D4″ (10 cm)4″ (10 cm)
E8.4″ (21 cm)9.1″ (23 cm)

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