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How To Knit Snow Day Mittens

Learn how to knit the perfect pair of mittens to keep your hands warm on a cold snow day.

| December 2017

  • Snow Day Mittens after knitting is completed.
    Photo by Lesley Unruh
  • Mitten handbook.
    Photo by Lesley Unruh, Illustrations by Heesang Lee
  • Cover image of The Mitten Handbook by Mary Scott Huff.
    Photo courtesy ABRAMS

The Mitten Handbook (ABRAMS, 2017)by Mary Scott Huffprovides a list of mitten ingredients (thumbs, cuffs, tops, edgings, and different constructions), then outlines the best tools and techniques for readers to combine them to knit their own unique creations. The book is organized into three sections. The first presents mitten elements, with a menu of choices that makes get­ting custom results easy. The second section covers the key aspects of construction, including how to measure for the perfect fit, yarn and gauge considerations, and which direction to knit. And the final section provides 20 complete mitten patterns.

Fair Isle knitting has such irresistible charm. Snowflakes in shades of blue and gray decorate these cuffs, reminding us of times when school got canceled and we played in the snow. Declare your own snow day, and give the drifts the attention they deserve.


  • Woman's Large
  • Man's Small

Finished Measurements

  • 8" (20.5 cm) hand circumference
  • 10 1/4" (26cm) long, including edge and cuff

Yarn (fine weight)

  • Harrisville Designs Shetland wool; 217 yards (198 meters)/ 1 3/4 ounces (50 grams)
  • 1 skein #49 Charcoal (MC) 
  • Approximately 25 yards (23 meters) each of: #53 Silver Mist, #46 Oatmeal, #25 Aegean, #12 Seagreen, #10 Spruce, and #35 Chianti


  • One set double-pointed needles, size US 3 (3.25 mm) Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.


  • Stitch markers; waste yarn


  • 27 sts and 40 rnds = 4" (10 cm) in St st


  • Western Gusset Thumb
  • Spiral Top

Notes: These mittens are worked from the bottom up in the round. One size is given; the size may be adjusted by working at a firmer or looser gauge.


Using MC and Tubular CO or CO of your choice, CO 54 sts. Join for working in the rnd, being careful not to twist sts; pm for beginning of rnd. Work Rnds 1–4 of Snow Day chart.

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