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Free Knitting Pattern: Team USA Mittens

Lion Brand® Heartland®
Pattern #: L32400
Rating: ****4.0 (based on 1 review)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: 2-3 yrs, Child 6-8, Medium, Large

Toddler, (Child, Adult Medium, Adult Large)
Finished Circumference 6 (7, 8 1/2, 10) in. (15 (18, 21.5, 25.5) cm)
Finished Length 6 (8, 10 1/2, 11 1/2) in. (15 (20.5, 26.5, 29) cm)

Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

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Color (A)

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Color (C)

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Acadia Tweed
*Heartland (Article #136). Solids: 100% Acrylic
Tweeds:  94% Acrylic, 6% Rayon; package size: Solids: 5oz/142g (251yd/230m)
4oz/113g (200yd/183m)

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•  136-109 Heartland Yarn: Olympic
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Note: (A)
•  136-098 Heartland Yarn: Acadia
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Note: (B)
•  136-113 Heartland Yarn: Redwood
$ 6.49 1, 1, 1 
Note: (C)
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Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 9 [5.5 mm]   $ 4.95  
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Team USA Mittens

Lion Brand® Heartland®


16 sts + 24 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS) with larger needles.

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


M1 (make 1) An increase worked by lifting the horizontal thread lying between the needles and placing it onto the left needle. Work this new stitch through the back loop.
ssk (slip, slip knit) Slip the next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time to right needle; insert the left needle into the fronts of these 2 sts and k them together.

MITTENS (make 2)

With smaller needles and leaving long yarn tail, cast on 25 (29, 35, 41) sts.
Row 1 (WS): P1, (k1, p1) across.
Row 2: K1, (p1, k1) across.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures about 2 (2 1/2, 3, 3 1/2) in. (5 (6.5, 7.5, 9) cm), ending with RS row. Note: End with a RS row means that the last row you work should be a RS row. Change to larger needles. Beg with a purl row, work 3 (5, 7, 9) rows in St st (k on RS, p on WS).
Thumb Gusset
Row 1 (RS):
K12 (14, 17, 20); place marker; M1, k1, M1; place marker; k12 (14, 17, 20) - 27 (31, 37, 43) sts.
Row 2 and all WS Rows: Purl.
Row 3: K to marker, slip marker, M1, k to next marker, M1, slip marker, k to end.
Rep Rows 2 and 3 until there are 9 (11, 13, 15) sts between markers - 33 (39, 47, 55) sts when all increases have been completed.
Next Row (WS): Purl.
Next Row:
K12 (14, 17, 20) sts; remove markers and slip the 9 (11, 13, 15) sts for thumb gusset to stitch holder; k12 (14, 17, 20) - 24 (28, 34, 40) sts.
Continue working in St st until piece measures about 5 (6, 9, 10) in. (12.5 (15, 23, 25.5) cm from beg.
End with a WS row as your last row worked, and placing a marker between the two center sts.
Top Shaping
Row 1 (RS):
Ssk, k to 2 sts before marker, k2tog; slip marker; ssk, k to last 2 sts, k2tog.
Row 2: Purl.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 until 16 (16, 18, 20) sts remain.
Next Row (all sizes): (K2tog) across - 8 (8, 9, 10) sts.
Next Row: Purl.
Cut yarn, leaving a long yarn tail. Thread yarn tail through rem sts twice and pull to gather. Knot to secure.
Thumb Top
Return thumb gusset sts from holder to larger needle ready to work a RS row.
Join yarn and knit one row.
Next Row: P3 (4, 5, 6), p2tog, p4 (5, 6, 7) - 8 (10, 12, 14) sts.
Work even in St st to desired length, ending with a WS row.
Next Row: (K2tog) across - 4 (5, 6, 7) sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a long yarn tail. Thread yarn tail through rem sts twice and pull to gather. Knot to secure.

Duplicate Stitch
With B and C and following chart, work a duplicate st flag, centered, on back of each Mitten just below cuff.
Using yarn tails, sew sides and thumb to complete Mitten. Sew closed any gaps that may have occurred when increasing sts for thumb gusset.
Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together p = purl
p2tog = purl 2 together rep = repeat(s)(ing)
RS = right side St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es) WS = wrong side

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Pattern Average Rating: ****4.0 (based on 1 review)
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Team USA Mittens Reviewed by Vincenza Bick on 2014-02-27 ****
Overall, a great pattern, but they are a bit loose on the hand. I made the adult medium size with the recommended yarn and needles but I used double pointed needles and one less stitch to accommodate the ribbing. While the thumb and thumb gusset are perfect, the body could stand to lose a few stitches. I tend to knit small/tight, so I was quite surprised that they were too wide. With that being said, the shape is great and with a bit of modification, they are perfect.

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