The Mitten Commitment

Posted by Autumn

Welcome to the Mitten Commitment! We’re delighted that you’ve decided to join us in making a difference in the lives of others. It’s easy and fun…all you have to do is knit, sew, or crochet a pair of mittens. If you’re like us, you already love to craft—now you can craft for a cause!


To get the yarn ball rolling, we’ve adapted this super-simple knitted mittens pattern from Suite 101.



Set of 4 Size 7 Double Pointed Needles

Alpaca Yarn (2 Skeins)

Stitch Holder

Yarn Needle

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

sts - stitches

K - knit

P - purl

tog - together

Instructions for Cuff

Cast on 32 sts. Divide onto three needles, 10 sts on the first needle, 12 sts on the second needle, and 10 sts on the third needle. Join in the round.

K2, P2 rib for 12 rounds.

Knit 15 more rounds.

Make Hand

Put the first 6 sts onto stitch holder for the thumb and cast on 6 sts, join in the round, and knit to the end of the round.

Knit 25 more rounds.

Shape Top of Mitten

Next round: K2 tog around

Next round: Knit

Next round: K2 tog around

Next round: Knit

Cut yarn, and using the yarn needle draw through remaining sts, pull tight. Sew in place.

Make Thumb

Place 6 sts from holder on one needle.

Pick up and knit 8 sts from around thumb hole.

Knit for 12 rounds.

Next round: K2 tog

Next round: Knit

Cut yarn, draw through remaining sts, pull tight, and sew in loose ends.


Sew in all loose ends.

Repeat for second mitten.


Photo by Jeris Swanhorst

Once you’ve made your mittens, send them to us so we can add them to the stash! And we’d love it if you included a short note or tag with your mittens saying who you are, how you made your mittens, and what inspires you!

Send your mittens to:

OttLite / The Mitten Commitment

220 West 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33602



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  • Chrissie Cunningham 6 years 305 days ago
    This is such a wonderful idea! I am knitting my first pair of mittens using this pattern (hopefully they're worthy of donation!) I am confused what "k tog around" means. I am familiar with the abbreviation k2 tog, but I've never seen "around" added. Please let me know.

  • Marissa 7 years 20 days ago
    Hi Sharon- We are collecting mittens until December 3. Please let me know if there is anything that we can do to help :)
  • Sharon 7 years 22 days ago
    What is the deadine?
  • Marissa 7 years 30 days ago
    Hi Jamie-
    No specific guidelines. We just ask that the mittens are new (i.e. not used) but the material you use is up to you. One cool example we have seen is people up-cycling old sweaters and making them into mittens. Thanks for your support :)
  • Jamie 7 years 31 days ago
    Hi There,
    I'd love to participate in the Mitten Commitment but one question -- are there any specific guidelines? i.e., only natural fibers/no synthetic materials...Thanks!
  • Marissa 7 years 34 days ago
    Hi Kathy! Thanks for your help. We plan on posting more patterns and projects every week, so keep your eyes peeled :)
  • Kathy 7 years 38 days ago
    I can sew and crochet some. Could you post some crochet patterns?
  • Elizabeth 7 years 40 days ago
    What a lovely idea to help others. I'll be sure to add this as a post to my blog to help share the love.