Rittenhouse Mittens

Rittenhouse Avenue is the road that runs from Hollins Ferry Road—the original name for these mitts—to Ganley Drive, where my childhood home in Baltimore was. It was the obvious name for the kids’ version of these mitts!

Originally fingerless, the kids’ version of this pattern has been rewritten as true mittens and is knit at a tighter gauge to make them warm and toasty for little fingers. Central cable panel is charted only.



Sizes: Toddler (Child S, Child L); 5 ½ (6, 6 ½)”/ 14 (15, 16 ½) cm hand circumference; 4 ½ (5, 5 ½)”/ 11 ½ (12 ½, 14)  cm length from wrist to tip

Gauge: 32 sts and 40 rnds = 4”/10 cm in st st in the rnd, blocked

Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts PureWash Fingering, 100% merino wool (450 yd/113 g): 1 skein in Cosmic Night
Or approximately 80 (120, 150) yd fingering weight yarn

Needles: Set US 2/3 mm DPNs, 2 24”/60 cm circular needles, or 1 long needle for magic loop; or size to obtain gauge
Set US 1/2mm DPNs, 2 24”/60 cm circular needles, or one long needle for magic loop; or 2 sizes smaller than needle used for gauge

Notions:  Stitch markers, cable needle, stitch holder or scrap yarn, yarn needle