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Star Top for Top-Down Mittens

This article is part of my universal basic mittens pattern.

The increases are distributed evenly around the mitten in four sections and worked every round until you reach the desired width. Increase lines form a star-like shape.



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.

  • Increase round 1: *(yo, k2) repeat from * to beginning of round.
  • A total of 12 sts.
  • Increase round 2:  *(yo, k1tbl, k2) repeat from * to beginning of round.
  • A total of 16 sts.
  • Increase round 3: *(yo, k1tbl, k3) repeat from * to beginning of round.
  • A total of 20 sts.
  • Increase round 4: *(yo, k1tbl, k4) repeat from * to beginning of round.
  • A total of 24 sts.

Now continue in similar manner and increase 4 stitches evenly every round until you reach your desired width. If you are knitting with the double pointed needles increase at the beginning of each needle. If you are knitting with a long circular needle increase one at the beginning of a needle and then knit half of the stitches remaining on that needle and make another increase. Repeat the increases on Needle 2 as well.

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

In the table below are listed the typical stitch counts for mittens. 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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