Knitted Mini Wash Mitts

by Daisy

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img_3929These are sort of fingertip wash mitts. Compared to the big, luxury mitts they dry more quickly and don’t drip as much while washing at the sink–you know that drip down to the elbows? The textured stitch makes for good scrubbiness. They measure about 4 inches tall and 3 1/2 inches wide at the top, flaring out to 4 inches at the ruffled bottom edge.

A very quick knit.

Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, assorted colors
Needles: size 6 circular or straights

CO 63 sts

Row 1: (RS) Using color A, K3, *bind off 3, K3, repeat from * to last 6 sts, bind off 3, K1, K2tog. You should now have 32 sts on needle.
Row 2: K
Row 3: K
Row 4: P
Row 5: K
Row 6: Change to color B; P
Row 7: K
Row 8: Change back to color A; P
Row 9: K
Row 10: Change to color B; P
Row 11: K
Row 12: K
Row 13: *K3, sl 1, rep from * to end
Row 14: *sl 1, P3, rep from * to end
Row 15: As row 13
Row 16: K
Row 17: *K1, sl 1, K2, rep from * to end
Row 18: *P2, sl 1, P1, rep from * to end
Row 19: As row 17
Row 20: K
Repeat Rows 13-20.
Fold over and knit together the edges of the mitt using your preferred method. One way would be simply to sew the top and side edges. Another way is to use the three-needle bind off for the top edge and sew together the side with a tapestry needle.

Choosing your color combinations is the fun part.


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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

rowena___. June 9, 2009 at 3:11 pm

oh these would make such nice bath mitts too! thanx for the pattern, TL.

TL June 9, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Yes! That’s what I use them for! After you commented I realized the way I described them makes them sound like dishcloths. I need to rename them I suppose–what should I call them?

Lindsay June 9, 2009 at 7:11 pm

I was going to ask to see them in use because I’ve never seen dish cloth mitts, but it makes perfect sense now. I need to learn how to knit. These are super cute.

Robin June 10, 2009 at 11:57 pm

Actually, I’m thinking these would make great gifts with a bar of home-made soap at Christmas. I’m taking a soap-making class next week and this would be perfect!!

nancy June 11, 2009 at 1:49 pm

These are adorable! I added a picture of my 1st attempt to the flickr group page – it’s waiting approval. I can’t wait to make more! Thanks so much. If I ever get brave enough to try making soap, I’d package these up for gifts. =)

TL June 11, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Wow! You are fast! I’m going over right now to see your mitt.

TL June 11, 2009 at 2:34 pm

And thrifty, too!

Naomi June 21, 2009 at 11:04 pm

Would anyone be able to convert the pattern to crochet? I don’t like to knit, but love crocheting. These would be perfect for using up scrap yarn!

TL June 22, 2009 at 8:10 pm

I wish I was much of a crocheter, but Ivory is the hooker around here. Maybe she will take a look at it.

AnimalCracker August 5, 2009 at 2:43 am

I think I’d call them bath or shower mits…way cute!

Tania December 15, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Have you done this up in the round at all? (cue lazy knitter!)
Great pattern, and a truly quick knit….finished one up just last night with some variegated yarn, and really like the finished piece. Even learned the 3-needle bind-off, too, which was a huge bonus! Thank you for sharing your pattern!

Tomato Lady December 15, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Tania–I’m glad you liked it, thank you! It think it would do well in the round, just haven’t gotten the dpn’s out for this one yet. I’ll have to try it.

Tyger Schonholzer January 1, 2010 at 9:22 am

I’m still a little confused. How do you use these things? And which side is the cuff side?

Tomato Lady January 1, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Tyger Schoonholzer– They fit over the four fingers just over the knuckles and you scrub with it, face, etc.,(or dishes) holding it secure with the thumb. They are the same on both sides The opening/cuff is the edge with the slight flare and the “ruffle”.

Terri Norris January 28, 2010 at 1:36 pm

ThePattern for Mini Wash Mitts looks really nice. However, I am just a beginner; so help please. Could one just bind off then sew the edge and seam togther? I would assume one would do the sewing by turning the mitt inside out. Thank you for the help.

Tomato Lady January 28, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Terri Norris–Yes, sewing the seam is A-OK. I do it all the time. Happy knitting.

Terri Norris January 28, 2010 at 2:45 pm

The Mini Wash Mitts looks great. I have a question, would it be alright to bind off, then sew the edge and seam together?

Terri Norris January 30, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Am beginner knitter. Having trouble with pattern for Mini Wash Mitts. Cannot get off the ground with the first row. Always end up with wrong number of sts. at the end. Help, Please.

Tomato Lady January 30, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Terri–Are you ending up with more or fewer than 32?

Terri Norris January 31, 2010 at 12:51 am

Am ending up with more , or less sts. then needed for the end of the row. Can’t figure out where I am going wrong.

Tomato Lady January 31, 2010 at 1:42 am

Terri–Here’s a binding off video just in case that’s the problem:
When you bind off 3 you are decreasing each time. After you K3 (at the beg of row 1) K 1 st, bind off, K another st, bo, K the third st, bo. Then continue and K3, etc. Hope I didn’t confuse you more!

Judy A. February 25, 2010 at 7:47 am

These are adorable! Sorry to be so dense here, but which end is at your fingertips-the smooth edge or the ruffle edge?
Judy A.

Tomato Lady February 25, 2010 at 8:40 am

Judy A.–Thank you! The smooth edge is at the fingertips. Ruffles would make a fun scrubbing end, though–maybe next pattern!

D.Gunning March 7, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Is there a mistake in this pattern?
I cannot figure out how to end up with 32 stitches at end of row 1. I know how to bind off. Maybe I am counting the bind offs differently. Works for me if the pattern would read “K3, *Bind off 4, k2* repeat from * to last 6 sts” and the last 6 stitches could be “Bind off 4 K2tog” for the count to come out correct .

gloria piatt March 8, 2010 at 7:41 am

I really like this pattern, but the numbers do not add up to 32 at the end of the row. I watched the video and did the bind-offs as shown and I came out with 42 stitches at the end of the row. Another person told me the same thing happened to them. People on a website I read are having to come up with creative ways to bind-off to get the 32 stitches, this shouldnot be. What is your answer? Gloria

Tomato Lady March 8, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Hi gloria piatt–It has been a while since I last knitted one of these. I will have to get out my needles and go to work. See D. Gunning’s comment for her solution. I will review my procedure and see if I can detect the problem. Thank you for pointing this out.

Tomato Lady March 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm

D. Gunning–I bet I’m using some terminology wrong. I’ll put my inexpert knitting skills to the task and see if I can get this ironed out. Sounds like you have come up with a good way to do it–just keep doing what works and I’ll hopefully have an improved pattern up soon. Thanks for your help!

Malory March 3, 2016 at 4:34 pm


I’ve tried to do the first row of this pattern twice. First time I ended up with more stitches, the second time, well, I have the right number of stitches but I had one extra stitch… I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong.

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