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Triangle Top for Top-Down Mittens

This article is part of my universal basic mittens pattern.

The increases are worked every round on both sides creating a knit stitch band on each side of the mitten.


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.

  • Needle 1: k1, m1r, k to last st, m1l, k1
  • Needle 2: k1, m1r, k to last st, m1l, k1

Now continue in a similar manner and increase 4 stitches every round until you reach the desired width.

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
Worsted, Aran26 – 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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