Finished Measurements: 7 1/4" tall, 2 3/4" wide
Materials: 1, 50g ball of worsted weight wool in Red
Small amounts of Black and Blue worsted weight wool
(I used Lambs pride in Red and Blue, and recycled merino in Black)
Knitting Needles: Size 5 double pointed or circular needles (I'm a magic loop girl myself)
Stitch Holder or waste yarn
Gauge: 6 st and 7 rows / 1 inch
You will need to twist your yarns together in order to avoid long floats in many places for these mittens, especially while working the thumb gusset. I typically twist my yarns together at least every 3 stitches.
For Right hand:
Cast on 30 stitches with Blue yarn.
Join in the round and knit in K1, P1 rib for 2 inches. Break Blue yarn.
Knit 1 round in Red yarn (this is row 1 of both charts)
Knit row 2 of Spider chart. M1, K1, M1 in red yarn (all thumb gusset stitches are knit in red yarn). Knit row 2 of Web chart, omitting first stitch.
Knit row 3 of Spider chart. K3. Knit row 3 of Web chart, omitting first stitch.
Knit row 4 of Spider chart. M1, K3, M1. Knit row 4 of Web chart, omitting first stitch.
Continue in this manner, increasing 1 stitch on each side of thumb gusset until row 12 has been completed (11 stitches in thumb gusset). Slip gusset stitches to a stitch holder or waste yarn.
Work row 13 of Spider chart. M1 with black yarn (this is now the first stitch of web chart). Knit row 12 of Web Chart.
Continue working Spider chart for back of hand and Web chart for palm of hand. Row 27 begins top decreases.
For decreases: SSK, work chart until last 2 stitches, K2tog for both the back of the hand and the palm.
When you reach the end of the chart, break red yarn. K2tog around with black yarn. Break yarn, pull through remaining stitches.
For Left Hand:
Knit ribbing and first row in Red yarn as for Right hand.
Knit row 2 of Spider Chart. Knit row 2 of Web chart, omitting last stitch. M1, K1, M1 in red yarn.
Continue knitting mitten as per right hand, with the thumb placed on the other side of the web chart.
Place gusset stitches back on needles. With Red yarn, pick up 3 stitches along thumb gap.
K9, SSK, K1, K2tog (12 stitches)
Knit 8 rounds on all 12 stitches.
Break thread and pull yarn through remaining stitches.
Weave in all ends.
I always attach my mittens with a crochet chain mitten string. That way, the kids don't tend to loose the mittens. If your child is too cool for a mitten string, though, you can omit it.