All Hands on Deck Top Down Mittens by Rachel Kluesner

All Hands on Deck Top Down Mittens

September 2009
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
100 - 400 yards (91 - 366 m)
Knit to Fit
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This pattern has been updated and reformatted 12/2017 to include a new mitten shape and new thumb instructions, and to include more tips and tricks for making the most of your mittens.

  • Top down (meaning starting with the fingertips)
  • Any size
  • Any weight yarn
  • Use every bit of your hand spun or hand painted yarn! No guess work or worrying if you will run out.

When I first released this pattern in 2009, there were few patterns for those of us with big hands. It occurred to me that a mitten could be knitted in the same way as a toe-up sock, and that it could be adjusted to fit any hand, so I wrote this pattern recipe.

In 2017, I decided to revisit this pattern and add some new options for starting the mittens and for knitting the thumbs. I have also reformatted the pattern and added a tips and tricks section.

All Hands On Deck can be knitted for any size hand using any weight yarn. Instructions are included for a squared-off mitten top, a round mitten top, a top-down thumb, and a traditional mitten-up thumb.

Why top down? They’re easier to fit, plus there is no guessing on cuff length. Just knit until you are ready to stop. It is a perfect use for that one skein of precious stash yarn.