Charlie Mittens Knitting Pattern

free mittens knitting pattern

A new easy mittens knitting pattern, the Charlie Mittens, is now a free knitting pattern here on the blog! Read all about the inspiration, yarn and set it is a part of, or scroll down for the free knit pattern.

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Free Mittens Knitting Pattern

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When it’s the dead of winter and your fingers are COLD cold, you need the Charlie Mittens. The super bulky yarn will make for a quick project and will keep you so warm and cozy AND you can match them to the rest of the Charlie set.

Worked up in super bulky yarn, it makes the perfect last-minute gift you can whip up in an hour or two. It’s worked in the round on circular needles (optional double pointed needles) so it’s perfectly seamless. Perfect for beginners learning to work in the round!

Charlie Accessories Knitting Pattern Set

The Chunky Charlie Beanie knitting pattern is part of a matching hat, cowl and mittens set.

Simple and unisex, make 1, 2 or all 3 pieces of the Charlie Set for a quick handmade gift!

Grab the discounted PDF pattern set here.

Charlie accessories set knitting patterns: includes hat, cowl and mittens

Quick & Easy

I’ve been wanting to design a super quick and easy accessories set in super bulky yarn for a while now. Something similar to the Simple Hat & Mittens but even quicker to make. I’ve had the leftover yarn from the Apricity Cardigan saved for this for way to long to admit but It’s finally here!!

The entire set is designed to be classic, timeless and easy to knit. Worked in the round (on circular needles) it’s completely seamless. If you’re not used to knit on circular needles, the Charlie set is a great place to start!

Each piece is sized to fit both men and women standard sizes so it’s completely unisex.

You can find the free patterns here on the blog:

The Yarn

I love the color combo I used for the Apricity Cardigan so much, I knew as soon as it was finished that I needed accessories set with the same color combo.

The yarn I used is the popular LionBrand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Seafoam and Succulent colors. I love how the mixed color seafoam has strands of succulent making it a perfect match.

Here are a few other color combo ideas based on the same concept:

  • Glacier with arctic ice
  • marble with black
  • market spice and mustard
  • fern and grass green
  • coney island and pumpkin spice

And many more!

Charlie accessories set showing the beanie, cowl and easy mittens knitting pattern

Chunky Easy Mittens Knitting Pattern Downloadable PDF

click here to purchase the printable PDF of the easy mittens knitting pattern

Why I Recommend You Purchase the PDF Pattern

If you’ve never used PDF patterns before, you are missing out on so much convenience!

  • You don’t need to take screenshots of the pattern
  • You don’t need to have your computer, phone or tablet around to work on your project.
  • You don’t need to panic if your husband accidentally closed the page
  • You can take notes, highlight your size and write down where you are.
  • When your best friend begs you to make her the same sweater, you have the pattern ready.
  • It’s a great way to support the blog so I can continue to bring you knitting tutorials.

Grab the printable PDF of the Charlie Chunky Beanie knitting pattern is now in my Etsy shop or on Ravelry:

Before you Start your Easy Mittens Knitting Pattern


Knit Mittens Pattern Sizes

The mittens knitting pattern is available in the following sizes: S, M, L and XL to fit both men and women. Sizes are noted throughout the pattern in the following way: S (M, L, XL). The pictures illustrate the S size.

The mittens are designed to fit following hand circumferences:

  • S: 18 cm/7”
  • M: 20 cm/7.75”
  • L: 21.5 cm/8.25”
  • XL: 23 cm/9”

Length is easily adjustable, refer to notes in italic.


The gauge for this pattern, in stockinette stitch on 8 mm / US 11 needles, is 9 st by 13 rows for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”).

Abbreviations & Instructions

  • st = stitch
  • k = knit
  • p = purl
  • k2tog = knit 2 stitches together, single right-leaning decrease
  • ssk = slip 2 stitches knitwise, knit these 2 stitches together through back loops; single left-leaning decrease.
  • M1R= make one right; single right-leaning knit increase
  • M1L = make one left; single left-leaning knit increase

Repeat instructions between [] the indicated number of times or until the end of the round/row.

The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the round/row between < >.

Special Stitches and Techniques

  • Stockinette stitch:
    • Flat: knit on the right side, purl on the wrong side.
    • In the round: knit all rounds.
  • The mittens are worked in the round. You can choose to either use the magic loop technique or work with double pointed needles. I used the magic loop technique, if you’re not familiar with the magic loop technique, this tutorial will help you.
  • M1R: Insert your left needle from back to front, under the bar between the stitches (thus lifting it onto the left needle). Knit this bar through the front loop (this twists it into a nice little tight loop)
  • M1L: Insert the left needle from front to back, under the bar between the stitches (thus lifting it onto the left needle). Knit this bar through the back loop (this twists it into a nice little tight loop).

If you are not familiar with this increase technique, I find this video tutorial very helpful.

The Actual Mittens Knitting Pattern

Make 2.

With color A and your 8 mm / US 11 circular needles, cast on 20 (22, 24, 26) st and join in the round.

Tip: use a stitch marker to indicate the beginning of the round.

[K1, p1] around for 9 rounds.

cuff of the chunky mittens pattern

Switch to color B and 10 mm / US 15 needles.

Knit 3 rounds.

Thumb increase: k1, M1L, knit until last st, M1R, k1. <22 (24, 26, 28) st>

Knit 1 round.

Repeat [thumb increase followed by a knit round] three times. <28 (30, 32, 34) st>

Knit 1 (1, 2, 2) round(s).

increases for the thumb of the knit mittens pattern

Split for thumb: k3 and place them on your stitch holder, knit until last 3 st and place them (not knitted) on stitch holder. <22 (24, 26, 28) st on needles, 6 st on stitch holder>

putting stitches on hold for the thumb
keep working the palm of the chunky mitten

Knit the main stitches for 7 (10, 10, 12) rounds.

Note: Try the mitten on. The top of the mitten should reach the top of your pinkie finger at this point.

Decrease round: [ssk, knit 7 (8, 9, 10), k2tog] twice. <18 (20, 22, 24) st>

Knit 2 (2, 3, 3) rounds.

Decrease round: [ssk, knit 5 (6, 7, 8), k2tog] twice. <14 (16, 18, 20) st>

Knit 2 rounds.

Decrease round: [ssk, knit 3 (4, 5, 6), k2tog] twice. <10 (12, 14, 16) st>

Knit 1 round.

K2tog around.

Finished easy bulky mitten palm

Cut the yarn leaving a tail. With your tapestry needle weave the tail through the remaining stitches, remove the knitting needles and pull tightly. 

Join yarn back at the thumb. Pick up 2 extra stitches at the base of the thumb (on the side of the palm).

go back to the stitches for the thumb

Knit 4 (4, 5, 5) rounds.

K2tog around.

Cut the yarn leaving a tail. With your tapestry needle weave the tail through the remaining stitches, remove the knitting needles and pull tightly. 

Weave in the ends.

Finished knit mittens pattern


You’re done with the knitting part. Make sure to weave in all the ends.

To make your accessories even prettier, help even your stitches and make the textures come out even more, block your project.

Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.

free knitting and crochet cheatsheets

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