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Rounded Top for Top-Down Mittens

This article is part of my universal basic mittens pattern.

The increases are distributed evenly around the mitten in eight sections and worked every other round until you reach the desired width.

Round top for top-down mittens


Knitting abbreviations used in this pattern you can find here.


CO 8 sts, four (4) sts / needle. You can use for instance Turkish cast on method or Judy’s magic cast on.

Knit one round.

  • Round 1: *(k1, yo) repeat from * to beginning of round.
  • A total of 16 sts.
  • Round 2: *(k1, k1tbl) repeat from * to beginning of round.
  • Round 3: *(k2, yo) repeat from * to beginning of round.
  • A total of 24 sts.
  • Round 4 *(k2, k1tbl) repeat from * to beginning of round.

Now continue in a similar manner and increase 8 stitches evenly every other round until you reach your desired width. The mitten gets easily too wide if you increase 8 stitches every round so on the last round, you can increase also only 2 or 4 stitches.

You can use the increase evenly calculator to do the math for you.

In the table below are listed the typical stitch counts for mittens. The number of stitches depends on your hand size and knitting gauge so your stitch count may be outside the range but the table should give you a rough idea.

Typical stitch counts for mittens:

Yarn weightChildrenWomenMen
Fingering34 – 4844 – 5650 – 64
DK32 – 3842 – 4646 – 52
Worsted26 – 3234 – 4438 – 48
Chunky24 – 2830 – 3434 – 38

After you have finished the increases continue working in the round until the mitten covers the top of your hand from the tip of your longest finger to the base of the thumb or according to the measurement A on the size chart.

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