Thrummed mittens free pattern & knitting tutorial

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Years ago in England, the woolen mills would discard slubs of wool, called "thrums," which knitters would gather and use in their mittens to add extra texture and warmth. This tradition was brought to Newfoundland by the settlers and after being almost forgotten for years, has been recently revived. (source:

There is no left and right mittens for this pattern: they are both worked identically. At first, you may feel a bit tight in the mitt, but the roving will eventually compress against the inside of the mitt and your mittens will become insulated and very warm!

In addition to the free knitting pattern, you will need the following material to knit your thrummed mittens:


SIZES : 2 ● 4 ● 6 ● 8 ● Adult

GAUGE : 20 sts = 10 cm in thrummed pattern (refer to the 9 rounds under the HAND section).

NOTES : A photo tutorial showing how to prepare your piece of roving and how to thrum a stitch is available at the end of the pattern. You can also find a video version of this tutorial here:

2022-12-22: Correction for the row number where you have to stop before thumb opening. It should have read row 3 or 7.

Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Stacy Sprengeler
Love this pattern

Easy enough for a moderate knitter and the mittens look like they were made by a pro. Awesome pattern!

Marsha Nathan

Excellent pattern my mits came out great
Finished just in time for hubby to clear snow off car He said his hands stayed nice and warm

Margeret Grimley
Super pattern

Have enjoyed wearing them in the cold weather

Triste Longcore
Make these now!

Very easy to follow instructions, and they looked and felt wonderful.

Brenda H
Thrummed mittens

Easy to follow pattern, so warm!