Here’s an easy knit hat and mittens set for some fun knitting. This knitted set can be a great last minute gift idea, a charity knit or simply a nice set for yourself. And if you’re a fan of straight needle knitting you’ll love these quick knitting patterns.
Here’s a better view of the hat and mittens below.
I started making another easy knit hat pattern because knitting hats are a fun knitting project for me and ended up having so much yarn left over I decided to whip up a 2 needle mitten pattern to go with it.
After all you can’t go wrong with some toasty mittens. And they’re great for making snowballs. ha-ha These mittens are a fun knitting project too and this basic two needle mittens pattern will show you how to knit them. A lot of knitters make them on DPN’s (double-pointed needles) or circular knitting needles but I still enjoy this 2 needle version.
You may also notice that the hat and mittens set has a more decorative ribbing stitch. I decided to add a little eye candy to the ribbing by using a twisted ribbing stitch pattern instead of the usual 1 X 1 ribbing. I think it’s pretty, what do you think?
So let’s get started knitting this quick knit set.
Hat and Mittens Pattern Details
Long tail cast on
Knit through back loop
Either the KFB increase (see notes)
Or the M1L & M1R (see notes)
Worsted weight yarn – approx 400 yards
Sock yarn if you’d like to add the extra warmth. This is not necessary, it’s what I did with mine.
Needles: Size US 7(4.5 mm) and US 8 (5.00mm)
Gauge: 4 sts and 6 rows = 1 inch
K, k = knit
P, p = purl
K2tog = knit 2 stitches together
Ktbl = knit through back loop
KFB = knit in front and back of stitch
M1R = Make 1 right
M1L = Make 1 left
Sizing: The knitted hat will fit an adult head size approximately (20 – 23 inches). Mittens will fit woman’s hand size between 7.5 and 9.5 inches and also man’s hands too. My friend Ted tried them and they were nice and cozy. The hat fit him too.
Notes: I decided to give you a choice when you start increasing stitches for the thumb gusset on the mittens. You can use the quick and easy knit front and back method or choose the make 1 left and make 1 right. I prefer the M1L and M1R. Don’t worry though. There’s instructions for both. I also decided to add some warmth to my hat and mittens and used up some of my woolly sock yarn which actually created a nice colourful design.
Knitted Hat Pattern Instructions
Using long tail cast on method cast and size 7 needles cast on 88 sts.
Work twisted ribbing stitch pattern for 1 inch as follows:
*Knit through back loop, purl, repeat from * across row
Then switch to larger needles and continue in Stockinette stitch for 6 inches
Row 1: * K9, k2tog, rep from * to last 11 sts, K7, k2tog, k2
Row 2: Purl on every other row
Row 3: *K8, k2tog, rep from * to last 10 sts, k6, k2tog, k2 (72 sts)
Row 5: *K7, k2tog, rep from * to last 9 sts, k5, k2tog, k2 (64 sts)
Row 7: *K6, k2tog, rep from * to last 8 sts, k4, k2tog, k2 (56 sts)
Row 9: *K5, k2tog, rep from * to last 7 sts, k3, k2tog, k2 (48 sts)
Row 11: *K4, k2tog, rep from * to last 6 sts, k2, k2tog, k2 (40 sts)
Row 13: *K3, k2tog, rep from * to last 5 sts, k1, k2tog, k2 (32 sts)
Row 15: *K2, k2tog, rep from * across row (24 sts)
Row 17: K2tog across row
Cut yarn leaving 8” tail and thread through yarn needle. Work needle through remaining sts and pull tightly and fasten. I usually put needle through top sts twice to make sure it’s securely fastened.
Seam up back of hat and weave in ends.
Two Needle Mittens Pattern Instructions
Beginning at cuff and using size 7 needles, cast on 38 sts.
Work twisted ribbing pattern for 2 inches as follows: *Knit through back loop, purl, repeat from * across row
Switch to size 8 needles and work Stockinette stitch for 10 rows.
K18, place marker, increase one stitch in next 2 sts by using KFB, place marker, knit 18 sts
OR (ALTERNATE INCREASE METHOD)
If you prefer the M1L and M1R continue as follows:
K18, place marker, M1L, k2, M1R, place marker, knit 18 sts.
Purl next row and all alternate rows
Continue increasing within the markers on knit rows until there are 14 sts ending with a purl row.
Divide for Thumb
K18 sts, drop marker and knit 14 sts. Stop and place those (just knitted) 14 sts on a stitch holder or scrap piece of yarn.
Using the single cast on (thumb cast on), cast on 2 sts and then knit final 18 sts. (Note: The 2 sts you cast on make up for the two sts used in the thumb)
Continue working Stockinette stitch for approximately 4 inches or about 1 inch before the end of mitten. (This is where you can choose the length you want. Measurement from beginning of work is approximately 8 -9 inches or length desired)
Row 1: K2, k2tog across row. (29 sts)
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K2, k2tog, *k1, k2tog, repeat from * across row (20 sts)
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: K2tog across row (10 sts)
Cut yarn leaving about 12” tail and thread through yarn needle. Run needle through remaining sts beginning at the opposite end of needle. Do this twice to fasten securely.
Slip sts from holder and knit Stockinette stitch for 12 rows or approximately 2 inches ending with purl row.
Next Row: K2tog across row, cut yarn leaving 10” length and thread yarn through remaining sts. Slip sts off needle and pull tightly to close up the thumb tip.
Seam up thumbs and fold mitten and seam up sides.
I hope you enjoy this cute little hat and mittens set.
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