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 14 reviews
Lynda Volz

This pattern has the best video on how to make thrums and the easiest way to insert thrums into the stitch below. Thank you!

Marie-Jeanne Gauthier
Très satisfaite

Facile à réaliser et tellement chaudes ces mitaines.

Barb Fell
Thrum mitten pattern

Thank you so much for the pattern I haven’t done anything with it yet, still have to order the yarn from you to start the project, a little intimidating, but I’m sure I’ll be able to figure it out using your excellent tutorial. Thanks again. Looking forward to dealing more with you

Mary Verleger
Great Pattern

Great pattern - have used this to teach the thrum technique to other knitters.

Stacy Sprengeler
Love this pattern

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