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This Baby’s Knitted Mittens pattern was created by Eugenia R. Pickney, first published in the February 1923 Needlecraft magazine.
This pattern appeared on the same page as the Cunning and Comfy Things for the Littlest Ones baby knitting and crochet patterns.
Knitting Pattern for Eugenia’s Baby’s Mittens
One ounce of fourfold saxony or Scotch fingering yarn will make a pair of these warm little mittens; four each of No. 13 and No. 16 steel needles are used.
On No. 13 needles Baby’s Knitted Mitten cast 44 stitches, 14 stitches on 1st and 3d and 16 on 2d.
- Rows 1 to 35: Knit 1, purl 1; repeat.
- Row 36: Purl.
- Row 37: Over, narrow; repeat. This row forms the holes for ribbon or cord at the wrist.
- Row 38: Purl.
- Row 39: Knit plain.
- Row 40: Purl.
- Rows 41-57: Repeat last 2 rows alternately nine times.
- Row 58: Knit plain the stitches on 1st needle and the 1st 2 stitches on 2d; slip next 12 stitches (for the thumb) on a thread, cast on 2 stitches, and knit remaining (16) stitches to end of 3d needle. There should now be 34 stitches on the 3 needles.
- Row 59. Purl.
- Row 60. Knit plain.
- Repeat last 2 rows alternately nine times.
- Using the No. 16 needles, work 10 times around in single rib (knit 1, purl 1); then knit 2 stitches together all around, break the yarn, leaving a short length, thread this through the remaining stitches and fasten off securely.
- For the thumb: Pick up and knit plain the 12 stitches taken off for the thumb, and knit up 3 stitches around the opening. Divide these stitches on 3 needles, and knit 1 row and purl 1 row, alternately, ten times. In 21st row shape top of thumb by purling 2 stitches together, all around; break off the yarn, leaving a short length, thread it through the remaining stitches and fasten off.
- Make the other mitten in same way, the thumb on other side, thread ribbon through the holes at the wrist and tie in pretty bow on top.
I hope you enjoy this pattern and of course don’t forget to check out the other antique baby knitting and crochet patterns as well as the antique patterns for knitted lace!