Free Newfie Mitten Pattern

Newfie Mitten
Size: Adult
Need:
· 2 colours of worsted weight yarn – preferably a light and a dark
· Set of 4 -4mm double pointed needles
· Stitch holder or large safety pin or even some scrap yarn

Pattern 1: *k4, sl2* repeat
Pattern 2: k1, sl2, *k4, sl2* repeat

Notes: Slip slipped stitches purl-wise.


Directions
With colour A, cast on 40 sts. Rib in K2, P2 for 3 inches increasing to 42 sts on the last round. Do not cut off colour A.

Join colour B and work 5 rounds of Pattern 1. Purl 2 rounds with colour A.

With colour B, work 5 rounds of Pattern 2, and purl 2 rounds with colour A.

With colour B, work 5 rounds of Pattern 1, and purl 2 rounds with colour A.

With colour B, work 5 rounds of Pattern 2, and purl 1 round with colour A.

Next round (Thumb): P3, slip next 6 sts to a holder, cast on 6 sts, and complete purl round.

Continue working until 7 more patterns are complete – alternating Pattern 1 and Pattern 2 with 2 purl rows of colour A after each pattern.

To decrease:
Row 1: *K4, K2tog* repeat
Row 2: *K3, K2tog* repeat
Row 3: *K2, K2tog* repeat
Row 4: *K1, K2tog* repeat
Row 5: * K2tog* repeat
Draw up stitches and fasten off.

Thumb:
Slip 6 stitches from holder, pick up and knit 8 more stitches (14 sts). Divide on three dpns. Work in stockinette stitch 2 ¼ inches or until desired length.

To decrease:
Row 1 *K2, K2tog* repeat
Row 2 *K2tog* repeat
Draw up stitches and fasten off. ENJOY!!

For child’s mitten – Cast on 30 sts. Work thumb on 7th row of Pattern 2, and work 4 more patterns for hand. 12 sts for thumb.

For larger child’s mitten – Cast on 36 sts. Work thumb on 3rd Pattern, and 7 more patterns for hand, and 14 sts for thumb.

46 comments:

Knitting Mama said...

Thank you for sharing.
Is this your own pattern?? :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this pattern; I've been looking for it for years. My mum got my girls a pair of these mitts from the hospital bazaar every year. This is definately a slice of home.

Anonymous said...

Re: Newfie Mitten Pattern
Is the pattern for both left & right hands? Thanks

Balkan Style Bloggers said...

You bet it is! Knit both mittens the same. Enjoy!
N

sewjesse said...

I really love this pattern! It knits up quickly and is interesting as well! I am currently working on my second pair of childrens mittens for charity! I would love a hat pattern to match...hint...hint!
Thank you so much for sharing!

Deborah said...

What a great mitten pattern! Thank you for sharing it with your fellow knitters!

Anonymous said...

Hello - I've just happened across your beautiful Newfie mitten pattern. I've been wanting to try knitting mittens, and as I am a fairly new knitter, I have a question. In the newfie mitten do you carry color A yarn on the back of your work as you knit with the color B? And does that not make long strands of yarn on the inside of the mitten that would make the mittens hard to get onto your hands without snagging on the yarn? Sorry to be so dense, but I really want to make these mittens, and in my mind I just can't figure it out!! Thanks so much for any help you can give me . . . and thank you for a wonderful freebie pattern!

Balkan Style Bloggers said...

Thanks for the mitten love! To answer the question above, you don't have to carry A as you knit with B. When you join B, you drop A where you left off, but don't cut it 'cause you'll need a few rows up again. The colourwork is done by slipping stitches knit with A. Let me know if that doesn't answer your question! I'm happy to help.

I've also knit these mittens with just one colour throughout, and I love them just as much as two colours! You can see a picture of them here - http://balkanstyle.blogspot.com/2009/02/revival-of-newfie-mitten.html

Cheers!
N

Anonymous said...

I've seen these mittens before and I love them. Thank you so much for posting the pattern. I can't wait to get started on a pair. And I'm glad that you included instructions for children's sizes as well.
But I have a question for you.
Would you happen to know what the gauge/tension is for these? I'll wait to start on them, until I'm sure.
Thank you very much. :)

Anonymous said...

I have been knitting these mittens for over 25 years now and everyone I give them to loves them. My daughter is 28 and still requests a pair each winter (although they never seem to wear out!).

Susan said...

i'm alittle confused... i'm a newbie knitter, and i'm up to the thumb part without a problem and so far my mitten looks great... my question is, where it says cast on 6 stitches, is that cast on the 6 stitches on the stitch holder? or cast it on the needed that you just took the stitches off of? that's probably a dump question, but any help would be great :)

mimi said...

how could I size these for a man's size? Any suggestions?

Anonymous said...

i did make a pair of these mittens as well as a hat for a friends daughter, who was 4 at the time. I used bernat baby in pink for the main color, and white fun fur for the background color. They turned out gorgeous. for the hat, i used 4mm dpn's and put on 90sts in the pink and used k2,p2 rib for 5" and then followed the mitt pattern to 9" from beginning, and then decreased using the pink.

Anonymous said...

I have now knit 5 pairs of these mittens along with hats.

Here is my pattern for the hat.

I used Patons Classic Wool and cast on 80 stitches with 3 3/4 mm needles.

I knit 5 rows of K1, P1 ribbing (I did the same ribbing for the mittens so if you want you could do K2, P2 ribbing).

Increase to 120 stitches on needle by increasing on every other stitch.

Change to 5 mm needle and work 5 patterns as for mittens.

Shape top starting with K 10 K 2 tog with starting wool.

Every other row is a knit row,

Decrease K 9, K 2 tog, decreasing by one stitch until last row K 2 tog.

I put a tassel on one hat, but left the other ones plain. It is a sort of pill box design.

Wendy Baker
wcbaker@wbaker.ca

Kate said...

I also love the pattern and am so excited you shared it... but I have a question. I'm on my first round of using Pattern 2 with Color B. When I got to the end of that first round according to where I initially joined in, I'm in the middle of a component of that pattern. (I've knitted two stitches with color B.) Should I continue until I end that component (knit 2 more stitches and slip 2)? Or should I stop mid-component, and start anew?

Sorry to be so dense. I appreciate any guidance!

annonomous said...

Thanks for the pattern, approximately what quantity of each colour of yarn is required to make one pair of mitts?

Balkan Style Bloggers said...

Answer to Kate: Pattern 2 should probably read "Knit 1, slip 2, then repeat *knit 4, slip 2* to last three stitches, and knit those three stitches. Sorry about that!

Do that row four more times.

As for Annonomous - I'm not really sure about quantity of yarn. To be on the safe side, you could buy 100g of each colour, and you could probably make two pairs in alternating colours with what's left.

Balkan Style Bloggers said...

Answer to Kate: Pattern 2 should probably read "Knit 1, slip 2, then repeat *knit 4, slip 2* to last three stitches, and knit those three stitches. Sorry about that!

Do that row four more times.

As for Annonomous - I'm not really sure about quantity of yarn. To be on the safe side, you could buy 100g of each colour, and you could probably make two pairs in alternating colours with what's left.

Anonymous said...

I made a pair of these for my aunt and she loves them. She wants a scarf to match! can you post a pattern for a scarf to match? thank you.

Anonymous said...

These are really cute, thanks! I think I'm going to have to figure out a matching hat, though. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm part way through a pair. A great, simple pattern. I added 2 more pattern repeats before the thumb since I seem to have long thumbs. There's a hat that matches on Ravelry, but it's a pay pattern.

Anonymous said...

This is a great mitten pattern and has been a favorite in our family for years! I am now looking for a pattern to do socks! Does anyone have one? Greatly appreciate!

Debbie

Kathy said...

What is the gauge for these mittens? I have some wonderful Alpaca yarn I want to use that is close to, but not a worsted weight.

Anonymous said...

I just tried this mitten pattern and absolutely love it!! The hat pattern is also great!! I used Patons Deocr for both and added one more round - a total of six - of the pattern for the hat. I am so glad to have found this pattern. I am going to try a scarf next to match the hat and mittens for my daughter for Christmas.

Thanks again1!

Keeper of the Past said...

Thanks for the pattern. I will give them a try.

Tara B said...

I tried this pattern a few times and I thought I was following the directions correctly when it said to slip stitches purlwise - which I took to mean, put the yarn to the front of the work as you slip the stitches. I even found online video to confirm where the yarn should lie. But it kept turning out incorrectly - not looking at all like the picture. So I ripped the work and just tried it by slipping the stitches *knitwise* (which I would take to mean, putting the working yarn to the back of the work and BEHIND the stitches that you slip, and it appears that the pattern is now looking correct.

So if you were confused like I was, I would say that as you slip stitches, keep the working yarn to the BACK, and slip the stitches in FRONT of the working yarn so that the slipped stitches are in front and the yarn you're working with at the time - Color A - is to the back of the work. To me, this means that you don't slip purlwise, but perhaps I'm understanding the directions incorrectly or misunderstanding what slipping purlwise means. Anyway, if you slip the stitches and keep them in front of the working yarn, the pattern will look like it does in the picture.

Hope this helps other people who were confused like I was.

Anonymous said...

Great pattern, I have a question. When doing a child size do you increase 2 stitches after the 3" wrist the same as for adult - this would mean doing the pattern on 38 stitches for large child and 32 stitches for small child sizes? I'm wondering if the pattern would be correct? Thanks for your help.

Cheryl said...

Does any one know of a patern for Newfie GLOVES?
My mother belongs to a knitting group and someone said they knew of someone who had made Newfie Gloves. Unfortunately that person was not at the knitting group. My mother has made many Newfie mittens over the years for her church group to sell, but would like to try Newfie GLOVES. If you have a patern for Newfie GLOVES, please send to noshjo@gmail.com.
Many Thanks!

Anonymous said...

My MOm knits these all the time, but she is looking for the pattern for the hat to match. any suggestions.

Diane said...

I have just been introduced to the newfie mittens by my sister-in-law. I am a relatively new knitter and unfortunately we live fairly far apart so it,s difficult to get knitting explanations over the phone. Does anyone know if a newfie mitten video exists anywhere? I am having trouble when it comes to taking off and putting back on stitches for the thumb. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I am looking for the scarf pattern.Could you please post this.
thank you

Anonymous said...

First time knitting in the round on 4 kneedles. I finished the first two patterns and my mitts look wrong , the color B looks purled and the slipped color A is knit. When I'm knitting a round the knit stitch is made on the inside. Help! a beginner

Emily said...

To the anonymous knitter who has a problem with her stitches being inside out:

You are probably knitting with the working needles held away from you. Knit with those needles facing towards you. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hello There,
Does anyone have a pattern for newfie socks. I saw some, when we were in Nfld. But, didn't buy them. Hope someone can help me. Thanks

Anonymous said...

your ad should read NL or Newfoundland and Labrador mittens. newfie is the same to a Newfoundlander as saying nigger to a dark person.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the pattern. Could u tell me how to devide the stiches on each needle?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the pattern. Could u tell me how to devide the stiches on each needle?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the pattern. Could u tell me how to devide the stiches on each needle?

Anonymous said...

Thank You so much for this pattern. I remember wanting these as a child! So glad I found this :) I just finished up a pair for my son and he luvs them. I have a question regarding the childs size. I am relatively new to knitting so my question may be crazy, lol. When you say "Work thumb on 7th row of Pattern 2",what does that mean??

Anonymous said...

Get real...I love being called a Newfie....and proud of it.

Anonymous said...

Was wondering about childs mitten is it k1, p1 for the ribbing as two and two does not work right. For the thumb could you please tell me how many sts we put on holder and how many to pick up.

Anonymous said...

To "Anonymous said...
your ad should read NL or Newfoundland and Labrador mittens. newfie is the same to a Newfoundlander as saying nigger to a dark person"

I too am a Newfie and proud of it. I have no problem being called one and do not believe it to be on the same level as calling a dark person "nigger" as you seem to suggest. On the other hand I lived in NFLD (yes i'm from that time frame) for 33 yrs and have never seen these mitts before, but my love of knitting and my 8 grand daughters will tempt me to try them. Thanks for the pattern, it's very nice.

Anonymous said...

My grandmother and mother use to make these for me when I was little. I now make them for my daughter and her friends. We however have always called them honeycomb mittens, this is the first I've ever heard them called Newfie or Newfoundland mittens. To the lady that asked about a mans size, these are girls mittens, or at least that's what I was always told. They are very pretty when done though. I'd love to see a scarf pattern though. I made my own hat pattern and it was very well received by all here.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone have a video they can post to u tube on how to knit newfir mitts. Thanks

Anonymous said...

hello
I just found this pattern for the newfie mitts and the 1 st row in the pattern works with a multiple of6 sts, and the 2nd row has 3 sts and then a multiple of 6. EWhere did the extra 3 sts come from
Thanks

crazycrochetmom said...

Hi I love this pattern and I would love to try it but I need to know how many stitches per needle you put I went 12/16/12 but you can also go 12/14/14 or which ever way please help